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The emptying of the Lake Delhi dam In Iowa has caused repercussions downstream. Locks on the Mississippi south of where the Maquoketa river empties in are closing because of the sudden release of water that happened after a failure of the dam on Saturday. Hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed and people were evacuated after Lake Delhi let loose its waters. The dam failure has been blamed on the torrential amount of rain that northeast Iowa has received in the last week or so. Meanwhile, the Army Corps tells us locks on the Mississippi above Guttenberg, Iowa will operate normally.
Some unusual thumping in a motel room in La Crosse just didn't sound right for one guest this week-end. Maybe lucky cops checked it out. They say a woman was strangled to the point of blacking out twice by her boyfriend. Apparently 34 year-old Gregory Coleman got a little angry with his woman for questioning his flirtatious ways at a downtown bar. An argument led to her on her back on the floor at his hotel room and his hands around her neck. Cops say she apparently passed out after the first round of choking, then woke up only to be choked until unconsciouness again by Coleman.
Having a giant oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico is bad enough.
Having one off the coast of Door County would be tragic for people in Wisconsin. That's why Milwaukee assemblyman Jon Richards wants a state constitutional amendment that would ban Great Lakes oil drilling off of Wisconsin's coasts. Even though there's already a congressional ban on drilling in all the lakes. Richards says, as an act of congress, it could be repealed at any point.
Richards felt compelled to prepare a constitutional amendment after a Wisconsin US senate candidate earlier this month was accused of supporting drilling for oil in the Lakes.
A treacherous curve on an Iowa highway apparently has claimed four lives this weekend...including two people from the La Crosse area.
Joseph Vinopal Junior of La Crosse and Heather Althiser of Onalaska were killed along with two people from Iowa when their car rolled several times in a ditch. The Iowa State Patrol says Althiser was the only person in the car wearing a seat belt. The other three were thrown from the car. Because of many crashes there over the years, a family living near the curve reportedly has tried to get the speed limit reduced, or to have warning signs put up nearby.
You won't be able to hear the radio chatter before the fatal accident near Midway this past week-end. Not for awhile, anyway. The La Crosse county dispatch center has denied our newsroom's request for the audio of the conversations between dispatch and deputy Trisha Stratman prior to and after the accident that left 16 year-old Brandon Jennings dead. Recording of that audio is part of an ongoing investigation into the accident. Stratman was responding to a call at a bar on Mill Street in Holmen when she collided with Jennings at the intersection of highways 35 and OT.