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The only thing La Crosse has at stake with a vote tonight is the lack of peace and quiet late at night. The city council tonight is expected to agree to making a request of the feds to allow a nighttime quiet zone along the Burlington Northern railroad spur that runs through several southside neighborhoods to City Brewery. Should be a simple decision for the feds, says councilman Fran Formanek who lives next to the spur
Typically, the only time a train uses the spur is overnight.
A few years ago, former Wisconsin cop Evan Zimmerman was cleared of a murder charge that led to a false conviction and three years in prison.
The La Crosse attorney who helped Zimmerman clear his name is happy to see state lawmakers propose a bill that would offer more money to the wrongly convicted. Keith Belzer says Zimmerman had many strikes against him as an ex-con trying to return to society, including having his court record displayed on the C-CAP state website. Evan Zimmerman died of cancer in 2007, only two years after his release. Existing rules only allow the falsely convicted to get five thousand dollars a year for up to three years. The new bill would raise that to a maximum of 50-thousand dollars for every year the prisoner had been locked up.
We still don't know the cause of death for a La Crosse woman, whose body was found in a parking lot.
But the possibility of drug involvement has been mentioned by Police Chief Ed Kondracki. He says if the death of 35-year-old Kristen Rodgers is proved to be drug-related, it would be the ninth such death in the city within eight months. Kondracki says the frequency of local drug deaths shows how serious a problem drug abuse has become in the La Crosse area.
In the latest sign that invasive Asian carp are penetrating
Citing new fees required by La Crosse city hall, the Oktoberfest board of directors says it has suspended plans for its three parades in the city for the fall of 2012. As part of a fee structure passed by the city council in the fall, parades, fun runs and other similar events have new fees and permits to pay to the city in order to offset things like police service. The bill for Oktoberfest for this year: $18,000. The board says its losses last year exceeded $40,000 without the fees and the organization isn't certain how it will be able to hold the parades with the new expense. Mayor Matt Harter, meanwhile, says he has yet to meet with anyone from Oktoberfest but believes some arrangement will be reached in order to keep the parades rolling this year.