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Noise complaints, drunk driving arrests, lots of underage drinking tickets. Classes have started again at La Crosse's colleges. UWL begins classes today and police certainly could tell over the week-end with numerous underage drinking tickets, a bunch of fights and a guy who tried to steal some computer equipment from the basement of a pizza joint downtown. While the pizza place was full of bartime customers. It was a couple of those customers who helped employees chase that guy down. By any measure, a busy week-end for police, capped off by a short Labor Day search for the missing out of town of college student who woke up drunk somewhere downtown.
A La Crosse man faces a list of serious charges after essentially torturing his girlfriend for a couple of hours at her apartment on Thursday. Police say 39 year-old Lonell Powers spent two hours alternating between beating and strangling his girlfriend. At one point, she used her pet snake to shield herself, because Powers is apparently scared of it. At another point, police say the woman escaped to the neighbor's house but Powers dragged her back inside by the hair. Among the charges Power is facing: strangulation and first degree sexual assault. Apparently the violence erupted over the woman communicating with other men.
It's a new school year in the City of La Crosse and the school district is gearing up for new faces roaming their halls today. Superintendent, Randy Nelson, says they are down 9 staff this year from last, and they have struggled to staff one area of the district.
Over 50 new teachers throughout the district are ready this morning to welcome in students for the 2012-13 school year.