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A LaCrosse county road is temporarily closed. This morning a gas line ruptured causing crews to close the portion of county highway M that runs from West Salem to Barre Mills. Emergency dispatch advises drivers to stay away from that area until the gas line is fixed and the road is re-opened. It could take a few hours before repairs are completed.
An Illinois woman claims it was an accident...but the Monroe County D-A is charging her with murder.
Tammy Cole is one step closer to being tried for the April shooting death of Vance Evans at his house in Tomah. Cole was bound over for trial after a hearing today in Sparta. Her sister, Cindy Sturm, testified that Tammy told her about an accident, around the time Evans was killed. Evans was shot in the back of the head. He and Cole had known each other for years in northern Illinois...and police say evidence places Cole at the scene of the murder.
Drug dogs help a La Crosse County deputy nab a guy carrying marijuana on I-90...
Edward Lipke, with addresses in Bangor and Sparta, was stopped and searched near Interstate Exit 2 on Monday. Lipke is accused of hauling 14 ounces of pot and almost 11-thousand dollars in cash. Where was the marijuana hidden? Sheriff's Sergeant John Zimmerman says, in the trunk.
Since April Keith Marchbanks has been under guard at a LaCrosse hospital. Marchbanks was shot by a police officer during a confrontation. Sheriff Steve Helgeson feels it's necessary to keep Marchbanks under 24 hour guard because he's facing 4 counts of attempted murder. Helgeson says the guards are there to protect hospital staff. By using reserve deputies to guard Marchbanks the county has already spent about 25 grand. The sheriff says it would have been more like 68 thousand if he would have given these duties to his full time staff.
Cops in Tomah didn't have to look far to find a bank robber there yesterday. Police say 34 year-old Mark Rathbun was hanging out relatively close to the Farmers and Merchants Bank in the City of Tomah when they picked him up. They say he matched the description provided by tellers of the guy who came into the bank around 1:30, showed a note, said he had a gun, got some money and left. Sure enough, police say Rathbun, had the money. But he didn't have a gun. Never did, he told cops. But he's still been sent to the Monroe county jail on Armed Robbery charges.