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During a recent Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Click It or Ticket mobilization event, 6 people were handed tickets for not wearing their seatbelts, the primary function of the mobilization. But what others were nailed for really made the event worthwhile. Deputies handed out 39 speeding violations, made 6 drunken driving and 2 drug arrests, made 3 felony arrests and locked up 3 others for warrants. Sheriff, Pete Quirin, said that the goal during Click It or Ticket and for the rest of year is not to write more tickets but to convince drivers and passengers to buckle up every trip, every time.
A city council member in La Crosse is resigning. Jim Bloedorn says he'll leave the council by next Tuesday. In his resignation letter to the mayor dated Monday, Bloedorn says he bought a house elsewhere in the district and plans to be moved in by next week. Bloedorn has served on the council for several years and has been a strong opponent to what he has often called the overuse of TIF district financing in La Crosse. Bloedorn has also been a strong ally of mayor Harter and has typically been one of the few voting to sustain Harter's numerous vetos.
Jurors in the Eric Koula trial received the case at about 4 p.m. on Monday, and have retired for the night. They had spent most of the day listening to closing arguments from DA Tim Gruenke and chief defense attorney James Koby. Koula is charged with killing his parents and forging a check from his father's bank account.
A Coon Valley man has died after after crashing his moped into an oncoming semi truck Saturday. The Vernon County Sheriff's Department says the crash happened on Central Avenue in the Village of Coon Valley at about 4:25 p.m. on Saturday. 63 year old Bobby Livangood was traveling westbound when his moped crossed the center line, striking an oncoming semi-truck. He was not wearing a helmet at the time and suffered several severe injuries. Livangood was transported to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse where he died Sunday. The driver of the semi-truck did not suffer any injuries. The crash remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff's Department.