Council committee to discus plans next week
When it comes to parking in La Crosse's municipal ramps, what's old is new again. Just months after removing the often malfunctioning and vandalized parking gates in favor of free...
New, higher inspection fees for plumbing, electrical and HVAC are closer to reality in the city of La Crosse. The city council rules committee has voted to approve a fee schedule first introduced last year. The city planning department was to study the fees and a special committee was created to evaluate whether the fees were in line with other communities. That special committee has met one time and wanted to hold off on the fee increases for 12 months. The full city council votes on the fee increases next week.
Guilty on all four counts...
A jury in La Crosse County declares Jeffrey Lepsch guilty of two murders and other crimes. May's Photo owner Paul Petras and his teenage son A-J were shot to death in the store nearly a year ago, and dozens of products stolen from May's turned up at Lepsch's Minnesota home. Police were led to Lepsch partly through security videos from the downtown area that appeared to place his Dodge van at the crime scene. Defense attorneys had argued that the evidence was circumstantial, including a palm print on a display case which the state crime lab traced to Lepsch. Sentencing is set for September 6th.
Jurors in the Jeffrey Lepsch murder trial have been deliberating since late this morning...
They're trying to decide whether Lepsch murdered two people at a La Crosse camera store while stealing cameras and other expensive items. In his closing statement, district attorney Tim Gruenke said Lepsch had the motive and the opportunity to kill Paul and A-J Petras. This afternoon, the jury once again viewed an hour-long video in which Lepsch was questioned by a state agent shortly before his arrest.
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Can the La Crosse Police Department assign more officers to work the neighborhoods?
It would be tough to do right now, according to Police Chief Ron Tischer. The chief tells the city's neighborhood revitalization commission that there are neighborhood watch programs in place now, but he says most officers are needed to handle drug and gang investigations. Tischer says other law enforcement agencies in the area might be asked to help coordinate better neighborhood enforcement.
The state Department of Justice says 10 children have been rescued and 100 suspects have been arrested in Wisconsin as part of a nationwide, child sex trafficking crackdown led by the FBI.
Nationally, the FBI says it has rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution in the United States and arrested 150 people it described as pimps and others in a series of raids in 76 American cities.
The Wisconsin crackdown was done in and around Milwaukee, Madison, Wisconsin Dells and the Fox Valley. Fifteen agents from the Wisconsin DOJ and officers from 14 local law enforcement agencies participated in the three-day crackdown, known as "Operation Cross Country."
The FBI says the victims, almost all girls, range in age from 13 to 17.
All the witnesses have been called in a La Crosse murder trial...meaning that the defendant will not be on the stand.
The defense for Jeffrey Lepsch presented only two witnesses ...Lepsch's wife and mother, who both said that he is not a violent person. Lepsch is accused of killing Paul and A.J. Petras at their camera store in La Crosse during a robbery last fall. The prosecution had more testimony today about finding items stolen from May's Photo at Lepsch's home. Closing arguments will be presented to the jury on Tuesday.