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A couple of high level employees have been placed on administrative leave at La Crosse city hall. We're told city prosecutor Pete Kisken and Community Development Administrator Lianna Escott have been placed on leave. We're told both were escorted from La Crosse city hall late last week. Requests for additional information from the city attorney's office and the human resources office regarding the suspensions have gone unanswered so far. Mayor Matt Harter and city council president Audrey Kader have also both declined to comment on the apparent discipline.
A child who apparently drowned in a Goodview lake on Memorial Day is identified as a 5-year-old girl from Arcadia. Her name has not been released yet. The girl was found in Lake Goodview around 7 o'clock Monday night, after being reported missing in a park. She was pronounced dead at a hospital in Winona.
It wasn't much heroin that La Crosse police found in a van during a traffic stop. But it was enough to charge a couple guys in the van with dealing. 52 year-old Darnell Hamilton and 46 year-old Dennis Mickelson, both from La Crosse, have been charged with heroin dealing. Cops say they got suspicious when they pulled the van over and the two guys started getting fidgety. They say Ralph the drug dog sniffed out the van and hit in several spots. Lots of hidden compartments in the van, say police. But they didn't have to look far to find two baggies of heroin and a bag of crack. Those were just sitting on the floor in the front.
This summer's big road project in the city of La Crosse will happen on Losey Boulevard...
Speaking on WIZM's La Crosse Talk, ity traffic engineer Matt Gallager said several blocks of Losey need surface repairs this summer. The first phase of the project will begin next week, and will last about six weeks. The work will extend from La Crosse Street south to Market Street. Gallager expects the repair job to last 10 to 15 years.
6 teachers are being laid off in the La Crosse School District, effective this fall. Human Resources Director, Steve Salerno, says in talking with the teachers, they were well aware of the financial position the district is in.
Educators laid off include a teacher at Longfellow Middle School and the other 4 are from Logan High School.