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La Crosse's police chief says he won't block a new ordinance that allows tickets for first time marijuana possession. But chief Ed Kondracki is still not happy about the idea. The chief says he's concerned the ordinance will send a "mixed message" about drug tolerance which could increase drug use in the community. Kondracki says, once the ordinance goes into effect, it's up to his officers' discretion on whether to write tickets for marijuana or charge possession as a crime.
A couple heat related items today so far........The La Crescent-Hokah Community Summer Band & Jazz Band have canceled their concert for tonight, due to the heat. For members of the band there will be practice instead at 6:30pm at the High School Band room.
A Norwalk man, charged with attempted homicide of a Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy, will make his next court apearance in Monroe County on Tuesday. 23-year-old Rodrigo Medina-Ferrer is also charged with escaping from custody and armed burglary for the incident in which was arrested before his alleged escape.
Seems as though Medina-Ferrer broke into a woman’s house and tried punching her father with a metal belt buckle. When he was arrested for that, Medina-Ferrer managed to open the window of squad car, wiggle out, cut a chain on his hand-cuffs, charge at a deputy, and strike him repeatedly in the head with the cuffs.
Another officer who tried to arrest Medina-Ferrer was bit by the suspect
La Crosse may be living beyond its means. The latest annual report on municipal taxes and spending by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance once again paints a picture of a city that has high levels of taxes and spending even though its citizens can ill afford it. The report shows that La Crosse has the second highest tax rate in the state among 24 cities of populations from 30 to 150 thousand. La Crosse also is tops for per capita operations spending. And has the fourth-highest debt per capita. At the same time, the per capita income is one of the lowest among those same cities. At 39 thousand dollars, coming in just above Racine, Sheboygan, West Allis and Beloit.
Veto overrides became the central focus of the city council this week in La Crosse. The council turned over ten vetoes by the mayor in a Thursday night meeting. Nine were for new hires approved by the city council last month. But probably the most notable was overturning the mayor's veto of a marijuana possession ticket writing ordinance. The ordinance gives police the ability to write tickets for first time marijuana possession. Police chief Ed Kondracki had strongly opposed the measure, saying it sends a pro-drug use message. Kondracki also has said that his officers will likely not use the ordinance but continue to charge possession as a crime.