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Organizers of the Viroqua Harvest Celebration & Parade have launched a capital campaign to raise funds for the October 13th parade, as well as for new initiatives for 2013. The first donation raised was a grant from the Viroqua Tourism Committee to help fund advertising and promotion for the event.
The organization’s creative director, Joe Hart. In 2013, the group will be eligible to apply for state and federal arts grants.
Just one person shot and killed Sara Hougom at her La Crosse apartment this year...but two men have claimed responsibility.
Partly because of those dueling confessions, Pao Vue and Kong Vue will get separate trials in La Crosse County court. The two are suspected of murdering Hougom during a burglary attempt at a Division Street apartment building. Kong Vue's attorney, Mark Lawton, says an alleged confession by the other suspect would make it hard for the two to be tried together. Kong Vue is already scheduled to be tried in late August. No date has been set for a Pao Vue trial.
Jurors in the La Crosse murder trial of Eric Koula will have to resume deliberations on Wednesday. They spent about 10 hours discussing the case on Tuesday before calling it quits for the night. Koula is accused of killing his parents at their home two years ago, to get their money so he could pay off debts.
5 teens from the La Crosse area face some serious prison time after getting caught stealing alot of beer from the La Crosse Speedway Sunday morning. Nineteen year olds Chase Wilker and Joshua Romskog, both of West Salem, and 18 year olds Presley Stemper, Jack Bauman and Tyler Randall, all face 12 years a piece for their role in the thefts. Track Manager, Chuck Deery, installed security cameras at the track this year after finding out someone was stealing from the the track last year. Four of the five are captured on the video stealing what may have been up to 50 cases of beer and assorted alcohol. According to the criminal complaint, the perps had climbed a fence, unscrewed the motion detector light, yanked open the cooler door and made countless trips back and forth from the cooler to their cars parked in the north part of the race track. Some of the alcohol was found at Randall's home on La Crosse Street. All 5 were released on signature bonds.