A meeting for La Crosse's ethics board has yet to be scheduled. Months have passed since Mayor Matt Harter said he would ask the city's ethics panel to weigh in on his potential conflicts of interest regarding conversations with his father and the county solid waste director. Now an outside legal opinion says he actually violated city ethics codes. Still, no meeting scheduled for the board, according to city attorney, Stephen Matty. Matty also confirms for us that it is only the mayor who has the authority to appoint someone to fill a months-long vacancy on the ethics board. Making that appointment ahead of the board sitting in judgement on the mayor seems highly unlikely.
Among the many drunk drivers La Crosse police had to deal with this week-end there was the one who did up a doozie of a first OWI. 23 year-old Kayla Martin from La Crosse. Somehow found herself behind the wheel in the new car lot at Bob Burg on Monitor street on the northside. Careened into three new Jettas before slamming into a concrete pole and getting stopped by a firefighter at the nearby station. Cop asked Martin how much she had to drink. She said, "8 shots of tequila." He asked her when. She said, "three shots ago." Blew a .26 on the breathalyzer. Along with Martin's first OWI, she gets a ticket for not having insurance. Tough luck that it was new cars she hit.
A DROWNING NEAR BROWNSVILLE CLAIMS THE LIFE OF AN AREA BARTENDER AND STORYTELLER...
ANDREW REVELS OF LA CROSSE DIED SATURDAY AFTER BEING PULLED UNDERWATER BY A BARGE WHILE HE WAS ON LAWRENCE LAKE ON THE MISSISSIPPI. REVELS APPARENTLY FELL INTO THE WATER DURING AN AFTERNOON OF INNER TUBING ON THE LAKE. REVELS WAS 27. HE WAS A BARTENDER AT BUCKY'S BURGER BARN...AND IS KNOWN FOR PODCASTING AND WRITING CHILDREN'S BOOKS.
Law officers from throughout the La Crosse area showed up for this news conference...and so did the state attorney general.
They were present today as La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson spoke about the arrest of 40-year-old Eric Koula for the May shooting deaths of his parents. Helgeson says financial gain was Eric's motive for killing Dennis and Merna Koula. Attorney General J-B Van Hollen touted the state's assistance in the murder probe...and said D-A Tim Gruenke can't tell as much as he would like to about the case. Gruenke says Eric Koula was interviewed more tan once about the murders, but he won't say how early Eric was considered a suspect.
A suspect is arrested in the double murder of a Barre Mills couple...
That suspect is the couple's 40-year-old son. Eric Koula of West Salem is being charged with the May shooting deaths of his parents, Dennis and Merna Koula, at their rural home. The younger Koula also is charged with forgery. The La Crosse County Sheriff's Department worked with state agents to find a suspect. Sheriff Steve Helgeson has planned a news conference for tomorrow to discuss the arrest.