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La Crosse DA Tim Gruenke says an Onalaska cop was justified in the shooting of a man late last month. Gruenke says officer James Page had every reason to believe that "deadly force was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself" in the shooting of 45 year old Keith Marchbanks on the night of March 29th. Marchbanks apparently stabbed his wife and set the Hidden River Road house on fire before coming towards Page with a butcher knife. A sheriff's deputy evidently used his Tazer on Marchbanks before Page dropped him with a single shot to the chest. Marchbanks is apparently still in the hospital. The woman is recovering from her stab wounds. Marchbanks has not yet been charged. La Crosse police had investigated the shooting per normal protocol.
The case of the underwater car with an open door could be a closed case very soon...
La Crosse police are wrapping up the investigation of why a Chevy Malibu was in the water at Pettibone Park last night. The car was hauled onto dry land with a door open, but nobody inside. Dive and rescue teams did a brief search in the water, for anyone who might have been in the car. Investigators think it may have been an empty car that was pushed into the water, or accidentally rolled in.
One day this winter, a Viterbo student parked his car to go to class...and when class was over, the car was missing.
Almost a week later, police caught up with the stolen Dodge Neon. It was in an accident, in Montana. A Viroqua man was behind the wheel, and he crashed the car into a parked truck. David Martinez was accused of driving O-W-I. Now, Martinez is in La Crosse County jail, pleading 'not guilty' to car theft. He's a repeat offender, and could get eight years in prison if he's convicted.
Who won the sausage race? The motorcycle. Just ask a banged up Kevin Carboni. The La Crosse man was dressed in a Klement's sausage costume yesterday in Milwaukee to help promote the Milwaukee Brewer's opening day. He was part of a costumed relay team running from the Klements factory to Miller Park. As he ran, Carboni was run over by his police motorcycle escort. He is ok, and was able to finish his leg of the race, but he suffered some minor injuries.