A Viterbo student probably picked the wrong butt to slap this week-end. Cops say 22 year-old Andrew Kiel gave one of the La Crosse PD's female officers a whack on the backside with his hand. Trying to be jovial, apparently, while getting liquored up in a bar early in the morning. "Good job," he told the cop. Not sure if he felt the same after she cuffed him and hauled him to lockup. Now Kiel faces a charge of fourth degree sexual assault.
People are losing a bundle in Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling, the average reported debt on the organization's gambling hotline last year was more than $157,000. A whopping increase of over a hundred thousand dollars from the year before, says council director, Rose Gruber
Gruber says more people are maxing-out credit cards, getting short-term loans of all kinds, leaning on friends and relatives, and gambling money they should spend on mortgages or rent.
It's going to get loud on the southside of La Crosse if something doesn't change. The city has until June of next year to improve intersections along the Burlington Northern rail spur that runs to City Brewery. Otherwise train horns will start blowing.
City councilman Fran Formanek's district is one of those through which the rail spur runs. He says the city will likely close several intersections that cross the spur to limit the cost of the needed improvements.
A little later than originally planned, but La Crosse's Grandad Bluff Park apparently will open almost as soon as spring arrives. A reopening plan for the park will be presented to the city's parks board this week. Good to have the park among the city's attractions again, says Mayor Matt Harter
Grandad Bluff park closed last May for a big renovation. The $1.7 million project was to be completed last fall but some delays with materials delayed the reopening until spring.
Three guys face charges for a fifth OWI in La Crosse county court today. 49 year-old Robert White from West Salem and La Crosse guys, 48 year-old Richard Stach and 29 year-old Jon Storandt all got busted this week-end driving drunk for the fifth time. They say Storandt hit it hard before getting behind the wheel. La Crosse cops stopped him speeding at bartime on Sunday on Copeland Avenue. Stumbling drunk, they say. Blew a .25 at the scene couldn't remember where he lived.