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A LaCrosse fire fighter arrested over the weekend after a standoff with local cops has taken a personal leave. On Saturday night Thomas Morstatter shot a gun off inside his 16th street home. Police blocked off a portion of the street and surrounded the area for hours until Morstatter finally ended the standoff. He has worked as a LaCrosse firefighter for almost 13 years. City human resources tells Wizzum News that they will only make a decision on Morstatter's employment status if he's convicted of a crime.
Heavy thunderstorms are rolling through LaCrosse county. But, no tornados. County emergency management coordinator Keith Butler says high winds and a possible tornado have been reported in St. Croix county. The worst of the severe weather seems to be touching down from Eau Claire to anywhere north of that location.
Two months ago, a young woman in La Crosse died from a drug overdose.
Now,her fiance and a friend of his are charged with causing the woman's death. City police say Mitchell Perner provided heroin to his girlfriend, Shelby Perkins, before she died on May 21st. The next day, Perner called police and admitted to buying the heroin from Cory Koopman of Sparta. The two men were arrested yesterday, and they're appearing in La Crosse County court today on reckless homicide charges.
What should scuba divers do to avoid risking their health, when they go underwater?
Get good training, and good equipment. Advice from Marineland of Onalaska manager Jeff Zilliox, a diver himself. Two divers died at Wazee Lake in Jackson County this weekend...one apparently from a heart attack, with the other showing signs of surfacing too quickly. Zilliox says the divers at Wazee could have made some mistakes while going to levels below 150 feet.
A couple dozen squad cars were dispatched to the Nodine area on Sunday, in a search for a man missing from a campground.
The search, on the ground and by helicopter, turned up a 41-year-old man who had walked away from a campground on Friday night, apparently intending to harm himself. He apparently was dehydrated, and was taken to the Winona hospital for treatment. The man was not wearing his backpack when he was found, but police later discovered a handgun along with the pack and other belongings.