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A former Monroe County jailer, who is charged with sexually assaulting an inmate and writing 20 sexually explicit letters to her, was back in a Monroe County Courtroom this morning. 26 year old Jerry Friedl of Sparta stood mute to the four felony charges. Monroe County Judge, Mark Goodman, entered a not guilty plea on behalf Friedl to felony counts of second degree sexual assault.
Friedl is accused of sexually assaulting the female inmate in August of last year outside the view of cameras. The woman testified today that Friedl passed her a piece of candy and note instructing her to insert it into her body so that he could have it. She did what he asked because she said she cared for him and gave it back, but he asked her to do it again. It was then when she contacted police because she felt the assaults had gone too far.
Friedl will be back in court in April.
This year will mark the 5th anniversary of the LHI Freedom Fest in La Crosse. And the entertainment lined up is keeping in line with bands booked in the past. The event is June 16th at the UW-L Veterans memorial Field Sports Complex and after a Freedom Fest motorcycle ride, the 451st Army band and local band the Remainders....the night will be filled with music from Foreigner and The Steve Miller Band. In the past 4 years, the Freedom Fest, has raised close to $300 thousand and out of that.....$80 thousand has gone for scholarships to veterans. 100% of the proceeds have benefited veteran's causes including the Veterans Hall Of Honor at UW-L. Tickets for the event go on sale April 13th and you can choose grandstand seating.....lawn seating.....and two different V.I.P. seating arrangements. The fee for the 3 hour motorcycle ride is $25. The website for more info is freedom fest lacrosse dot com.
At this point, the job description for the next mayor of La Crosse is kind of vague. He or she will still have a veto pen. Will still lead city council meetings. Can still make appointments. And those mayoral proclamations will never go out of style. After that, it gets a little fuzzy. Depends on whether voters approve hiring a city administrator through a binding referendum in April. That would change the job description of the mayor. It would also change the pay. After a final city council vote last night, the next mayor's pay would get cut in half if the administrator is okayed. Current mayor Matt Harter could still vote the pay cut. And he might; he's adamantly opposed to the idea of hiring a city administrator.
This spring will likely be decision time for the Forest Hills clubhouse in La Crosse. The city's doing an evaluation of the building to see if it's salvageable for renovation or should get torn down. The first steps of that process are underway
Steve Carlyon is the city's park, rec and forestry boss. He figures remaining asbestos abatement now at just a few thousand dollars. It's clear that he would prefer to restore the century old building to retain a link to the course's past. But replacing might turn out to be way more cost-effective.
How about getting a separate bill in the mail for garbage pick-up? That's apparently among the coming suggestions from a task force on garbage and recycling. The Onalaska and La Crosse committee is getting close to making some formal recommendations. And then, says county sustainability coordinator, Nich Nichols, councils in both cities will have to act pretty quickly due to soon-to-be-expired garbage pick-up contracts
Other local municipalities may also get involved in the garbage changes in order to streamline the entire county but, so far, just the cities of La Crosse and Onalaska are involved.