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But a jury convicted Loren Mundt of stealing thousands of dollars while working for Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, and now he's being sent to prison for two years. Mundt worked less than a year at Gundersen as a facilities and equipment manager. At his sentencing today, Mundt spoke of how effective he was in saving the hospital money. But he thinks his success made others mad at him. Judge Elliott Levine says people at Gundersen were afraid that Mundt could 'demolish their careers.' Mundt also is accused of trying to intimidate higher-ups at the hospital, including CEO Jeff Thompson.
Best advice for the disturbance-minded individual who doesn't want the party to end at bar time in downtown La Crosse and who, in fits of alcohol-fueled aggressiveness, seeks to put into headlocks various individuals of likewise drunken composure: Don't run from police. Matthew Ewing would have done well to heed that advice early Friday morning. But he ran instead. And, after hot-footing through the downtown, and jumping off a rooftop, twenty feet below, was targeted by a taser-wielding officer intent on order. Those probes missed. But the cop didn't miss twice and the 23 year-old Ewing was stopped, arrested and locked up for his headlocks and his outstanding warrants.
Want to pay lower taxes in Wisconsin? You already are. News from an annual report by the state's Department of Revenue this week shows taxes have dropped again in the state--at least, in comparison with other states. Wisconsin now ranks 15th in the nation in taxes per thousand dollars of income. 21st on a per capita basis which is the lowest since the state adopted a sales tax. According to the state, those rankings are the lowest in 50 years.
They've got the drugs, now they're looking for the drug dealers. La Crosse police are on the hunt for three people they say have something to do with some guns, drugs, and money they found with a search warrant at a place on Jackson street on Tuesday. Working off a tip, cops says they collected from 1621 Jackson; two guns, lots of ammo, three grand in cash and 20 thousand dollars worth of cocaine. But no people. They're looking for information or the whereabouts of 29 year-old Nichole Scholl, 30 year-old Raymond Lewis, and 36 year-old Orlandus Lewis. All of them, say the cops, should be considered armed and dangerous.
When U-W-La Crosse began work on a new academic building last year, two old dorms had to be demolished.
Now, there seems to be some second-guessing about whether Baird and Trowbridge Halls should have been torn down before new housing was built. Residence Life director Nick Nicklaus says the building schedule on campus did cause a little problem, and "ideally," a new dorm would have been ready by the time those two halls were demolished. Two freshman dorms had to put three to five students in some rooms this year, to make up for the loss of two halls, but Nicklaus says the students handled the situation well. However, U-W-L did impose an early deadline this year for getting into dorms next fall.