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A fight over cards has landed an Onalaska man in some hot water. La Crosse cops say they arrested Angelo Ervin at a northside bar this week-end after he got into a tussle with a guy he was playing cards with. They say the 41 year-old Ervin wrestled another man to the floor of the bar over an argument about money in the poker pot. And then Ervin apparently pulled out his pocketknife and tried to slash the guy's throat. Not successful at that but he did manage to cut himself pretty good. Ervin faces a few charges including a couple for the crack and pot he tried to swallow when police busted him at the bar.
A guy police busted this week in La Crosse might not be unbreakable. But he appears to be Taser-proof. Cops had to chase down 26 year-old Bruce Finch after he threatened to shoot a northside bar owner and then did a drive-by at the bar while cops were posted outside. They say he was Tased by two different cops and given some drive stuns to the leg. All to no effect. Finch faces a list of charges, including one for fighting the cops and one for head-butting the bar owner.
La Crosse police won't have much problem linking a 26 year-old guy to a burglary of a downtown ice cream shop this week. They caught Nathan HOlmes pretty much red-handed on the roof of the Pearl after, they say, he nailed the store's cash box for hundreds of dollars. They think he's the guy that hit the same ice cream store last week for several hundred bucks. He's also a suspect in three other burglaries. Now, police are putting out feelers among business owners downtown to see what else Holmes may have been up to; they're looking for info on his activities over the last three weeks.
Farms in the area will be well represented at the Farm Aid event in Milwaukee this week-end. Arcadia-based Organic Valley is sending busloads of farmers to the 25th anniversary Farm Aid benefit concert. The 120 farmers won't be hard to identify; they're all wearing T-shirts that say either "who's your farmer?" or, "I'm your farmer." The concert will be held on Saturday at Miller Park.