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Four charges of attempted murder...
That's what Keith Marchbanks is facing for a night of violent activity near West Salem almost three months ago. Marchbanks was shot by police when he threatened them with a knife, after reportedly injuring his wife and setting fire to her house. Defense attorney Keith Belzer believes the half-million dollar bond should be lower, because of his client's physical condition. Marchbanks is in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down because of the shooting. Judge Scott Horne says the charges against Marchbanks are serious enough to warrant a high bond. Horne ordered a competency examination for Marchbanks. The next court hearing is scheduled for July 16th.
It hasn't been passed by the full legislature. But, a move to force all police departments to add equipment to track racial profiling is moving closer to reality. Yesterday, the legislative budget committee approved the plan. Assembly democrat and former Onalaska cop Chris Danou says larger departments will have the equipment on hand to make the change without much expense. He feels smaller police stations could face a challenge paying for the additional profiling technology. Danou doesn't believe this is an issue in western Wisconsin. But, race is an issue between cops and residents living in the southeast portion of the state.
Federal home buyer tax credits certainly have boosted home sales. But the credits are expired and homes are still moving, says State Bank Financial Senior VP in La Crosse, Wayne Oliver. Those sales happening for good reasons, he says. Among them: Value. Oliver says, when comparing quality rental prices to home prices and interest rates, people are making good choices in buying.
La Crosse tracks the rest of midwest in home sales, according to a new report; the region showing better growth in sales for May than the rest of the nation.
Long range planning can sometimes take a long time to get done. Kind of like the planning that the La Crosse school district is tackling regarding the future of its school buildings. The school board is months into the review of a proposed long range plan. A complicated process, says school board member Steve Kopp, because some of the key issues facing the district in the long run don't have solutions yet. While long range plans were back on the school board's agenda this week, the board skipped over the topic to deal with more pressing concerns. Like a whole bunch of teacher assistant layoffs.