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Chad Schroeder will get another trial...
This one will determine whether Schroeder should be committed to a state hospital, because of a history of violent sexual behavior. After hearing two hours of testimony from a forensic psychologist on Friday, Judge Dale Pasell ordered a commitment trial for the former Holmen High School athlete, who's now 37. Schroeder was still a teenager when he was tried for forcing several girls to have sex. The state is preventing him from being let out of prison because of sex-related incidents in recent years. The trial probably won't happen until at least summer.
A hearing on ethics today in La Crosse city hall. The ethics board hearing testimony in complaint against mayor Matt Harter. At the heart of the complaint are the mayor's actions during meetings with county solid waste director, Hank Koch. Although the meetings happened in February, it wasn't until months later that Koch claimed the mayor had wept in his office and begged for a solid waste study not to go forward. Koch claimed that the mayor left a five inch puddle of tears and mucus on Koch's conference table. But the mayor, through his attorney, says Koch's version of events isn't credible and the mayor did nothing wrong.
A former member of the West Salem School Board is ready to jump into a local Assembly race...
Jon Hetland will announce officially next week that he plans to run for the 94th District seat left open when Mike Huebsch joined Governor Walker's cabinet. Hetland says he'll run as a Republican. He has worked in real estate, and has operated some area Subway restaurants. Lynnetta Kopp and Steve Doyle have entered the race already.
Wisconsin’s prison population has dropped for the second year in a row. The state Corrections Department said the average daily prisoner count was just over 20-thousand last year – down 14-percent from 2009.
Former Governor Jim Doyle’s early release program did not play a big role. Only 391 prisoners have been released before their terms expired. Republican Governor Scott Walker plans to end that program. Walker supports efforts to divert offenders before they go prison, in part by giving judges and prosecutors more leeway in sentences. Something Lacrosse County Judge Scott Horne agrees with.
Wisconsin’s prison population rose by almost four times from 1990-to-2008, due in part to the truth-in-sentencing law in which most prisoners must serve their full terms