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The Wisconsin Attorney General's office may announce in a week or two whether charges will be filed because of a fatal car crash in Holmen this summer. A La Crosse County deputy and a high school student collided on Highway 35 late at night, while the deputy was heading to a police call in a squad car. The student, 16-year-old Brandon Jennings, was killed. Deputy Trisha Stratman was placed on leave for several weeks after the crash, before returning to office duty.
Murder, plus burglary, plus car theft...
Jackson County has filed more than half-a-dozen charges against the suspect in the October shooting death of Terrance Stoen. The most serious charge against 23-year-old Aaron Powers is first-degree murder. Powers is suspected of killing Stoen during a burglary, and then stealing his pickup and cell phone. He had both the phone and the truck when he was arrested days later while camping in Juneau County. His bond remains at a million dollars cash. An evidence hearing is planned for early January.
Full time fire protection around Holmen will increase by 50% soon. The Holmen area fire board has agreed to increase the number of full time firefighters from four to six. The change comes amidst growing budget pressures but also with continued rapid growth and against the backdrop of state mandates that require certain levels of fire protection at specific population levels. The Holmen fire district includes not just the village but also the towns of Onalaska and Holland. Total budget increase for the additional firefighters will be around $65,000.
Among the many, many drunk drivers collared by La Crosse police over the week-end, one guy is on his fifth OWI. Police say they found Anthony Guzman passed out in his car in the middle of the intersection at 15th and Farnam very early in the morning on Halloween. The car was running, in gear, but Guzman's foot was on the brake and he was fast asleep. Cop managed to wake him up and the get the car in park safely. The 50 year-old Guzman said he'd been drinking downtown with friends. He wouldn't blow in the breathalyzer but cops say he couldn't stand or speak very well.
There might not be many ten dollar tickets on windshields this morning, but they're coming.
Tis the season after all. Alternate side parking ticket season is on. Started at one this morning. So, today's November first. That means, this morning you needed to be parked on the odd side of the street. Tomorrow it's the even side. And so on. Ten dollar tickets in La Crosse. Among communities that have hiked the alternate side ticket prices in recent years. That price bump last year may explain why La Crosse traffic cops wrote fifty percent fewer tickets last winter than the year before. But part of that explanation also may be the parking study conducted around UWL last year. Cars were exempted from alternate side parking rules except after notification by the city for things like snow emergencies.