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Police say the 41 year old guy got into a fight with 52 year-old Colleen Dorn while she was frying up some chicken in the kitchen very early Sunday morning. The argument had police responding to the northside home four times that morning. On the fourth time, they arrested Dorn. Because, apparently, she'd pressed the hot pan to her brother's back, leaving behind a mark that, police say, bore a certain resemblance to the bottom of a frying pan. Both brother and sister, police say, had been drinking.
A new study on sexual assaults in Wisconsin paints a pretty bleak picture for younger people. That's because children 15 and younger made up two thirds of the victims of sexual assaults in 2009. The state says 21 percent of victims were 10 and under. A full eighty percent of victims are 21 and under. Typically the victim knows the attacker and, for the most part, the normal reported sexual assault involves, what the state calls "forcible fondling." The state study shows La Crosse county near the top 20 in sexual assault rates; 94 per 100,000. Ashland county is the highest at 167 per 100,000. Buffalo county, meanwhile, has a rate that's so insignificant the state pegs it at zero.
For many of the 20 thousand members of the La Crosse area YMCA, the shift might not require much of a change in perception. The organization takes on a new identity this week. To be known simply as, "the Y." The La Crosse Y's Executive director, Bill Soper, says it makes perfect sense partly because everyone already calls it "the Y." La Crosse is one of the first in the nation to make the branding shift. Soper says it comes with a strategy to make members and the community more aware of the types of programs offered at the Y.
Got an alley? Want the city of La Crosse to plow it? You'll get the same response the guy who asked about that at a public works board meeting this week: Tough luck. City public works director Dale Hexom says it's just impractical to plow the alleys. It would fifty to eighty miles to the five hundred or so that plow drivers already have to tackle after a big snow. Also, because of the profile and width of paved alleys, some additional equipment would be needed. No exceptions, says Hexom. Not even for the guy who went to the public works board this week. He lives off of West Avenue and can't get to his house except through the alley.
City of La Crosse employees are showing the true spirit of the holiday season by donating toys, gifts and gift certificates to families in need this holiday season. Earlier this fall members of the City of La Crosse Human Resources Department contacted the School District of La Crosse to get a list of students and families that could use some extra support this holiday season. Since then, the pile of gifts has turned to a mountain in the Human Resources office.