A La Crosse teen is nursing a wound he received at the jaws of a pit bull on the city's southside. Police say the 13 year-old was walking on the sidewalk on the five hundred block of Hood street last night around eight. As he passed a woman and her pit bull going the other way, the dog jumped up and got a mouthful of flesh right under the boy's arm. He was treated at the hospital. Police are still looking for the woman and the dog.
A disagreement over a bloody steak has landed an apparent cocaine dealer in the clink. La Crosse cops say Matthew Ewing made a ruckus over an underdone dinner delivered at a restaurant just south of Riverside Park Wednesday night around 10. Apparently, the restaurant called the cops on the guy. And, they say the 24 year-old Ewing still wasn't a pleasant person when a cop showed up. Wound up in a tussle with the cop. Finally cuffed. On him they found ten grams of coke, nearly four thousand dollars in cash and two cell phones with text messages that read something like, "can you get me an eight ball?" Ewing faces a number of charges.
The new athletic director at U-W-La Crosse has taken an unusual path to that job...
Josh Whitman was a college football player who went to the N-F-L, and he's been an assistant A-D at the University of Illinois. But right now, Whitman is a lawyer in Washington, D-C. Whitman says his law career has been part of a plan to become an athletic director, because a lawyer has the skills to communicate, and advocate for a cause. Whitman likes the university's commitment to developing champions on the field, and in the classroom. He succeeds Joe Baker, who is now A-D at Carroll University in Waukesha.
He's not generally known as the most vocal city council member in La Crosse. Now, his voice will be completely absent from the council. At least for awhile. Mike Larsen, seventh district representative on the council, is taking a leave of absence. He might be gone, but his seat won't be empty. Council president Audrey Kader has proposed temporarily filling the seventh district slot with former fifth district council member, Jacie Gamroth. The council will vote on it next month. It's not clear how long Larsen will be gone from the council.
It's a re-worked ordinance that will be used to likely fill a temporary vacancy on the La Crosse city council. It was just this past April that members finally agreed on changes to an ordinance for filling vacancies on the council. The changes came out of a desire to give the council as a whole more control over the process. In the past, if the council president refused to fill an empty seat, than it didn't get filled. Now, with council member Mike Larsen on a disability leave of absence, it's council president Audrey Kader who's proposing filling the seat temporarily, a process that's also part of that re-worked ordinance. Kader says she's filling the seat at Larsen's request. Kader also says, after weeks of consideration, she decided on proposing to fill the seat with former 5th district council member Jacie Gamroth.