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A couple of vetoes from La Crosse mayor Matt Harter this week. Harter has said no to the $25 dollar per council member reimbursement for internet service. He's also vetoed an ordinance that would have allowed police to ticket for pot possession. Not because he thinks the measure lacks merit. The mayor says he just wants to be sure no one's confused about the ordinance. And he wants the public to be clear that a similar ordinance would not be less than what state law already allows for. Also, Harter says he wanted to avoid the impression that the city was taking the criminality out of illicit drug use.
The clock is ticking on a potential veto of La Crosse's decriminalization of marijuana possession. In a surprise move last week, the city council voted to give police the option to write tickets for first time possession of marijuana up to 25 grams. The veto deadline for the ordinance is up today. Mayor Matt Harter has been noncommittal about whether he would veto the ordinance. Police chief Ed Kondracki who is adamantly opposed to the measure, suggesting enacting it is like profiting from blood diamonds, will not comment on the council's vote.
Superintendent David Grace tells WIZM news that students were told of the 17-year-old's death and offered opportunities to talk with school counselors and other staff. The student was a senior and a member of the Redhawks football team.
The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department has not released further details, but are expected to in the morning.
Officers arrest a man for murder after he turned himself into the department. The Prairie du Chien Police Chief, Chad Abram, says 26-year-old Michael John Burroughs turned himself into custody around 9:30 Sunday morning. After being interviewed by officers, he was arrested early Sunday afternoon.
Burroughs is accused of murdering Shannon Fischer, who disappeared in December of 2006. The two were dating. The chief says Burroughs will be in court this afternoon and the hopes, according to the Chief, are he is charged with homicide.
He wouldn’t comment on where the body is or how Fischer was murder as it is way to early in the investigation.