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Grief counselors were on hand at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School this morning as a student there has been identified as the person struck by a train Friday evening near Trempealeau.
Superintendent David Grace tells WIZM news that students were told of the 17-year-old's death and offered opportunities to talk with school counselors and other staff. The student was a senior and a member of the Redhawks football team.
The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department has not released further details, but are expected to in the morning.
Officers arrest a man for murder after he turned himself into the department. The Prairie du Chien Police Chief, Chad Abram, says 26-year-old Michael John Burroughs turned himself into custody around 9:30 Sunday morning. After being interviewed by officers, he was arrested early Sunday afternoon.
Burroughs is accused of murdering Shannon Fischer, who disappeared in December of 2006. The two were dating. The chief says Burroughs will be in court this afternoon and the hopes, according to the Chief, are he is charged with homicide.
He wouldn’t comment on where the body is or how Fischer was murder as it is way to early in the investigation.
Six months after a car crash killed three teenage girls in Winona County, a 17-year-old boy is being charged with causing their deaths.
Since the crash last April near Lewiston, there has been speculation that a second car somehow was involved in the accident. The county attorney's office now says there's evidence that two cars were racing before one of them rolled over. Now, Adam Greden is suspected of driving the other car which did not crash. The charges are filed in Winona County juvenile court, but the prosecutor will attempt to have Greden tried as an adult. A fourth girl was hurt seriously in the rollover.
Issues of smoke and fire are settled by the La Crosse City Council on Thursday night...
By a two-vote margin, the council decides to decriminalize marijuana use in the city. But on a more lopsided vote, council members approve the hiring of seven new firefighters for next year. Even though Mayor Matt Harter has objected to hiring new workers at this time, a compromise was reached with the mayor's office hours before the council meeting. On the marijuana vote, councilman Dick Swantz changed his previous vote in opposition to decriminalization, after talking to past and present judges in the area who approve of the law change.
Blame the usual suspect...a squirrel.
A furry animal tripped a few power lines in south La Crosse this morning, cutting off electricity to 51-hundred Xcel Energy customers. That was around 20 minutes to 10. Xcel spokeswoman Liz Wolf Green says more than half those customers got their power back by 10 o'clock, and the rest were back to normal after another 15 minutes. The outage messed up traffic on some busy streets, when the signal lights shut down.