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La Crosse's fire chief could find out this week if he's got a new gig. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa city manager's office says the replacement for that city's outgoing fire chief will likely be named in the next few days. La Crosse chief Gregg Cleveland is among five finalists for the job. He's been the chief in La Crosse for five years. The Cedar Rapids fire department provides service for over 120 thousand people with only about fifty percent more firefighters than the La Crosse department has.
It was a very interesting way way to start the work week this morning as storms rolled through western Wisconsin. The National Weather Service said there was golf-ball-sized hail between Arcadia and Blair in Trempealeau County. A road washed out in Jackson County, where a flash flood broke out near Taylor following a four-inch downpour. The western half of Jackson County was impacted by the storm with downed trees and power lines. Crews continue to clear roadways. In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for West Central Jackson County. Clark County reported 4 culvert washouts as a result of heavy rains.
The Grandad Bluff Flag will be removed until power is replaced to the lookout, due to current construction taking place on the Bluff. The Bluff will be closed until further notice due to renovations. Visitors are not allowed to enter the lookout area as construction can be dangerous.
Among the many drunk drivers corralled by La Crosse police over the week-end was the guy who got a little too distracted by the electronics in his car. Cops say James Panzer from Marshfield was paying more attention to his GPS than to the road when he swerved across a lane of traffic to make a left turn and ran into another car. Some people hurt in the accident, including kids in the back of Panzer's van. Panzer blew a .143 on the scene. Interestingly, police say his wife, a passenger in the van, was sober enough to drive.
Another convicted sex offender will call La Crosse home. 57 year-old Alvin Hughes will live at Attic Correctional on Rose street . Hughes was convicted five years ago in a sexual assault of a disabled woman and threatened to hurt the woman's child if she didn't give in. He's also got a second degree murder charge on his rap sheet.