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It's a fourth OWI for a La Crosse guy. But still a felony. Under a law that's new this year in Wisconsin, a fourth OWI is a felony if the last drunk driving arrest was within a five year period. Which fits for Thomas Nold, a 44 year-old guy who was busted late Tuesday night after a convenience store clerk called cops to let them know a drunk guy just left the store with keys in his hand. Nold told cops he'd been drinking all day. They weren't surprised; he blew a .17 on the breathalyzer.
Hey, where's the fire? No rush to fill some vacant positions in the La Crosse Fire Department...
The city council's Committee of the Whole decides to wait a month before making any new appointments to the fire staff. If the full council approves tomorrow night, the Finance and Personnel Committee would spend the next month reviewing eight open positions. It would also look for other ways to save money in the fire department. Council members rejected the idea of appointing a special committee to spend 60 days reviewing the fire budget.
They're shooting for two million dollars this year...
The Great Rivers United Way is already 40 per cent of the way to its goal for the fall campaign. Pacesetter companies in the area have raised 800-thousand dollars so far. United Way marketing director Jen Lewis says the goal is slightly above last year's level, because cuts in government funding have led to a greater need of money for La Crosse area service agencies.
Does La Crosse have enough parking ramps for you yet?
As a new ramp rises near the La Crosse riverfront, the U-W-L campus is moving ahead with its plans for a 600-stall ramp. Admittedly, it's not on the top of Chancellor Joe Gow's to-do list, but it's coming up soon, with construction ready to start next fall. The cost of a long-term parking permit at U-W-L would rise about 80 dollars, to pay for the combination ramp and police station. Earlier this week, Gow said a renovation of the Cowley Science Hall might have to wait until after 2015, because the campus power plant needs to be modernized first.