The arrests of two men for a March murder in La Crosse have come, by coincidence, just a day before a memorial event in honor of the victim.
The 'Light Up the Sky' tribute to Sara Hougom is still planned for tonight at the Fox Hollow golf course of Barre Mills. Yesterday, two young men were brought to court on charges of killing Hougom during an apparent robbery attempt at her apartment.
The Fox Hollow event is expected to include the release of balloons carrying L-E-D lights. It begins at 6 p.m.
An area man who claims he's not paranoid learns that a state appeals court has ruled against him...
The court sides with a Trempealeau County judge in calling for a man known as 'Charles O.' to be committed. Charles appealed his commitment, challenging the opinions of doctors that he's dangerous when he's off his medication. But the appeals judges agreed with the doctors, who studied Charles and testified that if he doesn't take his meds, he stops working and doesn't take care of himself.
La Crosse police say two men will be charged for the murder of Sara Hougom at her southside apartment back in March. They say Kong Vue and Pao Choua Vue--La Crosse men and members of a gang--have been arrested for both the murder of Hougom and for a drive-by shooting on the northside just minutes before the March 26th killing. Police say Pao Choua Vue was being held in the La Crosse jail for something else. They just located Kong Vue yesterday in Milwaukee. They say Kong Vue admitted to both the drive-by shooting on Island street and the shooting of Sara Hougom. Apparently, the killing of Hougom was a random act. Her door was open and the two men were simply looking for a purse to steal.
(AP) A Dane County judge has ordered an encampment that began as an Occupy Madison demonstration to leave a city-owned lot. The judge denied a temporary restraining order that would have prevented city officials from removing the campers. They have until noon Tuesday to leave the site. The Occupy Madison movement began last October as a demonstration against economic inequality and social injustice. But the encampment has evolved into a gathering spot of mostly homeless people. About 50 to 60 people have occupied the site. Mayor Paul Soglin says the encampment has become a haven for drug use, assault and property crime. Soglin says the encampment will be treated as a hazardous waste site during cleanup because of reports of needles and bodily fluids.
(AP) Appeals judges are recommending the Wisconsin Supreme Court hear the case of a Wisconsin couple convicted of reckless homicide in the 2008 death of their daughter. Dale and Leilani Neumann prayed for their daughter's recovery instead of getting medical help for complications of undiagnosed diabetes. The Neumanns were convicted in separate trials in 2009. The Neumanns argued their actions regarding their 11-year-old daughter, Madeline, were permitted under Wisconsin law. In a recommendation released Tuesday, the appeals court in Wausau says that since the case is unique in Wisconsin, it would be appropriate for the Supreme Court to hear it. The jail terms were delayed pending their appeals.