Officially, it's an arson. La Crosse loggers general manager Chris Goodell tells us this afternoon that the fire department has termed Sunday's fire at Copeland Park intentionally set. The dugout and bleachers along the third base line were both torched. Both need to be completely replaced. No suspects yet, but police have collected footprints of those who apparently ran around the bases either before or after setting the fire. No dollar amount on the damage yet and no word on whether it will be the city or the Loggers who will pay for repairs.
Big ol' fight at Ye Old Style Inn this week-end. When cops showed after midnight on Saturday, they figure more than two dozen people were in the street at the La Crosse south side bar. One arrest: 18 year-old Tavier Holling. They say Holling attacked a woman standing outside the bar smoking. Beat her with a hammer. After which, his mother got in a couple licks on the victim. The woman tells cops she doesn't know Holling or his mother and doesn't know why she was attacked. Holling's in trouble for the hammer attack and for spitting in the face of two cops during his arrest.
A 47 year-old guy in la Crosse faces a whole laundry list of charges after an apparent hit and run last night. Police say Carlos Williams was drunk when he rear-ended a car at red light downtown. They say Williams drove off after the accident, leaving behind two startled women, one of whom is seven months pregnant. Cops eventually chased Williams down but they say he tried to drive off with a cop half way inside the car. He had to be tazed twice before they could shackle him. Besides being liquored up, they say Williams had also taken some sleeping meds before getting behind the wheel of his car.
It's the first weather cancellation of the new school year for one area district...
Eastern Allamakee is dismissing the New Albin students at 12:45 and the Lansing students at 1 p.m., because the schools are too hot.
A La Crosse shooting victim has been identified. La Crosse police say You Moua is the 19 year old woman who was shot to death in a yard on the southside of La Crosse Sunday night. They say the shooting of Moua apparently followed a connected shooting in the 700 block of Ferry street earlier in the evening in which no one was hurt. Police say the shootings and the death of Moua is a domestic-related crime and is still under investigation.