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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.
There's plenty of vacancies in La Crosse's city hall. Seems like none of them are getting filled. And city council member Marilyn Wigdahl wonders what kind of negative effect on city services that will have over time. Like the seven vacancies currently in the city's fire department. Wigdahl worries about what would happen if that department is short-staffed during a major fire in the city. She's also convinced that, with too many vacancies, the fire department will simply have to shut down a fire station at some point. Wigdahl is among those asking for a report on how vacancies left unfilled by mayoral directive are impacting city departments.