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Edward Lipke, with addresses in Bangor and Sparta, was stopped and searched near Interstate Exit 2 on Monday. Lipke is accused of hauling 14 ounces of pot and almost 11-thousand dollars in cash. Where was the marijuana hidden? Sheriff's Sergeant John Zimmerman says, in the trunk.
Since April Keith Marchbanks has been under guard at a LaCrosse hospital. Marchbanks was shot by a police officer during a confrontation. Sheriff Steve Helgeson feels it's necessary to keep Marchbanks under 24 hour guard because he's facing 4 counts of attempted murder. Helgeson says the guards are there to protect hospital staff. By using reserve deputies to guard Marchbanks the county has already spent about 25 grand. The sheriff says it would have been more like 68 thousand if he would have given these duties to his full time staff.
Cops in Tomah didn't have to look far to find a bank robber there yesterday. Police say 34 year-old Mark Rathbun was hanging out relatively close to the Farmers and Merchants Bank in the City of Tomah when they picked him up. They say he matched the description provided by tellers of the guy who came into the bank around 1:30, showed a note, said he had a gun, got some money and left. Sure enough, police say Rathbun, had the money. But he didn't have a gun. Never did, he told cops. But he's still been sent to the Monroe county jail on Armed Robbery charges.
Yes, according to a US Supreme court decision announced yesterday, you have the right to bear arms. But concealed arms? McDonald versus the City of Chicago doesn't go that far, says Onalaska'a Hubert Hoffman, vice president of Wisconsin Carry. So the case is likely to have little impact on state gun laws. He says the state only controls the manner in which people can carry guns, not whether they can have them at all so McDonald probably doesn't apply in that sense. But Hoffman does believe the court's decision might help his group challenge state restrictions of guns in school zones.
Just another law to enforce. That's the response from La Crosse police when we asked about enforcing the new statewide indoor workplace smoking ban that goes into effect next week. Police lieutenant Bob Berndt says, an officer will be able to respond to complaints or anyone he sees smoking where they shouldn't be. At that point, says Berndt, a $164 ticket could be issued based on the officer's discretion. Berndt doesn't expect his department to stage any indoor smoking crackdowns in the city.