Police often called to vagrancy problems
It was a good first step. But it is clear more needs to be done. In 2011, Wisconsin lawmakers passed a bill limiting when teachers and other school employees can...
New, higher inspection fees for plumbing, electrical and HVAC are closer to reality in the city of La Crosse. The city council rules committee has voted to approve a fee schedule first introduced last year. The city planning department was to study the fees and a special committee was created to evaluate whether the fees were in line with other communities. That special committee has met one time and wanted to hold off on the fee increases for 12 months. The full city council votes on the fee increases next week.
Guilty on all four counts...
A jury in La Crosse County declares Jeffrey Lepsch guilty of two murders and other crimes. May's Photo owner Paul Petras and his teenage son A-J were shot to death in the store nearly a year ago, and dozens of products stolen from May's turned up at Lepsch's Minnesota home. Police were led to Lepsch partly through security videos from the downtown area that appeared to place his Dodge van at the crime scene. Defense attorneys had argued that the evidence was circumstantial, including a palm print on a display case which the state crime lab traced to Lepsch. Sentencing is set for September 6th.
Jurors in the Jeffrey Lepsch murder trial have been deliberating since late this morning...
They're trying to decide whether Lepsch murdered two people at a La Crosse camera store while stealing cameras and other expensive items. In his closing statement, district attorney Tim Gruenke said Lepsch had the motive and the opportunity to kill Paul and A-J Petras. This afternoon, the jury once again viewed an hour-long video in which Lepsch was questioned by a state agent shortly before his arrest.
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Can the La Crosse Police Department assign more officers to work the neighborhoods?
It would be tough to do right now, according to Police Chief Ron Tischer. The chief tells the city's neighborhood revitalization commission that there are neighborhood watch programs in place now, but he says most officers are needed to handle drug and gang investigations. Tischer says other law enforcement agencies in the area might be asked to help coordinate better neighborhood enforcement.