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La Crosse police are on the trail of another bank robber. Few details right now, but police are apparently looking for a thin white guy, about 6 feet tall, light hair, wearing a baseball cap, dark hoodie, dark sunglasses. They say a semi-automatic weapon of some kind is involved.
There'll be punishment for a deadly attack on a dog in Riverside Park after all. Late last week, La Crosse police say, Lips, the 145 pound bull mastiff, took a big bite of Baxter, the 10 pound Yorkshire Terrier. Baxter didn't survive the attack. Owners of both dogs were given verbal warnings for having their dogs in the park. Upon further review, police determined that the owner of Lips didn't really have control of his dog in the attack so they've delivered to him a $164 ticket. The guy, who only outweighs his dog by fifteen pounds, says the ticket's unfair and he did everything in his power to hold his dog back. He plans on fighting the ticket.
La Crosse police reserves are once again on the case in Riverside Park. Summertime shifts for Operation Riverwatch belong mostly to reserves because the college student-led organization loses most of its volunteers during summer months. A police reserve was the one who nabbed a Galesville guy this week-end in the park before he could get in any trouble. the 21 year-old was stumbling drunk in the park early Saturday morning near bar time when he was spotted by a reserve who then hailed a nearby officer. The guy thought he was near Myrick Park and UWL and was looking for a duplex. Pretty solidly drunk, says the officer, who handed the guy his first public intoxication warning.
Principal vacancies for La Crosse schools should be filled after this evening. The school board is scheduled at a meeting tonight to fill the openings left by the retirements of three elementary school principals. Laura Huber will take the job heading Roosevelt, Franklin and the Coulee Montessori schools on the northside. Steve Micheals is getting hired for the principal's job at Hamilton and Sota-1. And Michelle Shirel will take over the top job at Spence elementary. The district has already filled another principal slot that was to be vacant after this spring. This summer, Larry Myhra will return to the job he left two years ago as principal of Lincoln middle school.
LA CROSSE'S RIVERFEST IS KNOWN FOR EVENTS LIKE RUBBER DUCK RACES AND THE CHILEDA RUN...BUT AN UNUSUAL KIND OF WALK WILL BE TRIED THERE THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME.
IT'S CALLED 'WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES.' A FUND-RAISER IN WHICH MEN WILL BE ASKED TO WALK AROUND THE FESTGROUNDS IN HIGH HEELS. KIM SALWOLKE IS ORGANIZING THE EVENT FOR GUNDERSEN LUTHERAN, TO BENEFIT DOMESTIC ABUSE PROGRAMS.
KIM SAYS MOST OF THE SHOES ARE COMING FROM A COMPANY IN MADISON, WHICH MAKES THEM ESPECIALLY FOR THIS TIME OF FUND-RAISER. THE WALK IS PLANNED FOR THE THURSDAY OF RIVERFEST, JULY FIRST.