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Parole denied. That's the word from a state review board today in the case of 63 year old Bonita Smith. She's in prison for killing a 76 year old grocery store worker in Richland County back in 1982.
Smith, along with James Wilson both received life sentences plus 20 years for the killing of Leona Milfred during a robbery. She will now stay locked up in a minimum security prison for at least another year.
One of the people telling the review board to keep Smith locked up, was the victim's 71 year old son, Terry. He says that Smith never took responsibility for the thrill seeking killing and accused Smith of telling conflicting stories to avoid getting busted.
2 people are dead after a house fire in the Village of Curtiss in Clark County. Fire fighters were called to the house shortly after midnight today to find the house engulfed in flames.
Three people were taken to Ministry St. Joesph's Hospital in Marshfield.......2 were pronounced dead.....a third person's condition is unknown.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate the fire.
La Crosse's fire chief will remain La Crosse's fire chief. At least for now. Chief Gregg Cleveland was one of five finalists for the Cedar Rapids, Iowa fire chief position. The city announced earlier this morning that it was going with one of two internal candidates among those finalists. Meanwhile, Cleveland remains under a microscope with a special committee assigned to review process, procedure and performance of the La Crosse fire department.
Don't look for storm water utility charges in your next water bill. Or the one after that. Or, maybe, the one after that. The newly approved utility won't start billing until the first quarter of 2012. Between now and then, says city public works director Dale Hexom, plenty of work on adding the storm water charges to current water and sewer charges. Once billing begins, each household will pay a little over fifty bucks per year. Businesses will pay more. In some cases, thousands more.
The WAFER food pantry in La Crosse has plenty of people to serve. And then it picked up 80 more families in May. Caused a bit of a shortage on the shelves at WAFER. With eyes on a restock, WAFER will have truck at Riverside center in downtown La Crosse on Front street until three this afternoon. Their goals: ten thousand pounds of food. A solid thousand dollars in cash.