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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 13:16

Koula Completes Testimony At His Trial

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After a day-and-a-half of questioning, Eric Koula has completed testimony at his La Crosse murder trial.

Koula has been consistent in explaining his actions surrounding the shooting of his parents two years ago, and in saying why he misled police about certain evidence. The West Salem man has said that when he was arrested, he couldn't believe police suspected him of committing the murders. Prosecutor Gary Freyberg followed up on that statement, claiming that Koula thought he was smarter than everybody else.

 

Koula insists that he went to the Bridgeview Plaza Shopko at about the time that his parents were shot, and was not actually at the scene of the crime. The prosecution argues that Koula went to a second Shopko and grabbed the first plant he found, just so he could get a receipt proving he shopped there.

 

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Look through the travel expense reports from La Crosse city hall and you'll find all sorts of interesting destinations: Phoenix, Los Angeles, Orlando, Boston.   All places that city employees have traveled to that appear on records for the first five months of this year.  We took a look at the travel report and found plenty of travel for training and conferences.  Like the nearly five hundred dollar bill for the municipal prosecutor to attend an OWI workshop in Elkhart Lake.  Or the thirty three hundred dollars spent by the city's planning department to send three employees to the American Planning Association conference in L.A.  A couple of Orlando trips: one for GREAT program training and another for the fire chief to attend a conference.  Police spend by far the most on travel.  But much of that is paid for through grants.  54 thousand dollars in travel expenses by city employees so far this year. 

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 13:10

Worker Hit By Train at Forest Hills

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Someone hit by a train at Forest Hills this morning in La Crosse.   Apparently a worker at the golf course was crossing the tracks after eight this morning in a small utility vehicle when he was hit by a train.  Stunningly, Police say the worker suffered only minor injuries while the little utility vehicle he was on was absolutely destroyed.  He told cops he never heard the train coming. 

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 11:16

Not Sure About Wolf Hunting at Fort McCoy

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The state DNR plans to issue five times more licenses to hunt wolves than the harvest number, predicting that hunters will have a 20 percent success rate. That's the plans when details on a hunt are released next month. Fort McCoy Biologist, Tim Wilder is glad the DNR has stepped forward to control the wolf population.

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Fort McCoy has a growing number of wolves and it keeps on growing. Wilder's not sure whether people will be able to hunt them there.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 11:15

Airport Scanners Get A Warm Welcome

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New full body scanners have been in place at the La Crosse Airport for several months now. They were one of the first in the state to get the new techonology. And interim Airport manager, Clint Torp, says they offer something passengers actually like.

About 600 units have been installed in 140 airports around the country, including five airports in Wisconsin.

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Eric Koula openly denies killing his parents...but he has admitted to other things at his La Crosse murder trial.

Koula was emotional on the stand Monday when he apologized for sending a threatening note to himself after the murders, to keep police from suspecting his teenage son.

 

Koula told defense attorney Keith Belzer that he didn't tell police about signing his father's name to a 50-thousand dollar check, because he didn't expect them to believe him.  Koula is charged with forgery for cashing that check.

 

Koula insists that he did shop at Bridgeview Plaza at about the same time his parents were shot on May 21st, 2010...even though security cameras do not show him at that location.

 

 

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Monday, 18 June 2012 15:07

UW-L Fire Update

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The weekend fire in UW-La Crosse’s Wittich Hall has been ruled an accidental electrical fire. Firefighters were called to the second oldest academic building on campus around 10:45 p.m. Saturday. The fire started in and was contained to a basement storage area, but there is extensive smoke damage throughout the building. The fire started near a power strip on the wall, according to La Crosse Fire Department investigators.

State fire investigators are expected to tour the building Tuesday. Once state officials have reviewed the site, service companies will begin the fire recovery and cleaning process. At this time, Bob Hetzel, UW-L Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, says they have no timetable of getting back into the building.

Hetzel says the center will temporarily run from Mitchell Hall. The Student Affairs Administration Department was scheduled to move from Wittich to Morris Hall at the end of June. In the meantime, that department and other offices will temporarily be housed in nearby Graff Main Hall.

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Monday, 18 June 2012 11:11

Suspects Sought in La Crosse Robberies

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Police are still looking for suspects in robberies and attempts reported in La Crosse this week-end.  There was the woman who was attacked when she went to her car at four in the morning on King street downtown.  She got hurt when the thief stomped on her foot and slammed her head into her car but he ran off before stealing anything.  Another guy took a little time to report a robbery that happened in the middle of last week.  He says he was attacked by about ten guys after a confrontation downtown at bartime.  They got his phone and some cash and gave him a good beating in return.  A couple with children were attacked in their southside home on Sunday evening and fought with the home invaders before driving them away and calling police.    

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New garbage rules for La Crosse might not fix the city's curbside trash problem.  Livable Neighborhoods president Charlie Weeth is among those who question whether the just-approved regulations will achieve promised results.  he suggests the benefits of mandates for more dumpsters at rentals might have been oversold a bit

 

 

Weeth says if the volume of garbage is too big for a dumpster then there will still be messes.  As there will be if scavengers continue to dumpster-dive and people use the dumpsters illegally. 

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