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Why would you steal a car?
Ask that question after this week-end in La Crosse, you might get a variety of answers. After the armed robbery at a 75 year-old woman's house on the southside, it was pretty clear the thugs that roughed her up and gave her bruises on her fingers where they pulled her rings off stole her new Toyota because it was a pretty nice ride and they just needed to get away. The 16 year-old Central student who stole a car said he did it because he didn't have a license. And the guy who stole a running SUV out of a parking ramp while its owner was trying to help out a friend in a fight: that drunken car thief told cops, he just wanted to get in trouble. Mission accomplished.
When three young men were done with a 75 year old southside woman this week-end, she had bruises on her knees and bruises on her fingers and a desperate feeling of insecurity, fear, and betrayal. La Crosse cops say the woman's own grandson led two other punks to her house, directing them to a safe, jewelry, keys to her car and her television. They took it all and roughed her up in the process, even bruising her fingers while they ripped off her rings. The woman escaped to a neighbor's house and called cops who were there in seconds. Cops say the grandson, Jonathan Anderson, was trying to sell some of the stuff the next day. He's got a bit of a drug problem, apparently. Anderson, 21 year-old Jeffrey Flores, and a 16 year-old all faces numerous charges.
A truck fire on westbound I-90 in Winona County has shut down traffic in both directions.
No word on any injuries. The truck, carrying a load of cheese, caught fire near the Rushford exit.
LA CROSSE POLICE ARE PLENTY TICKED OFF AT THIS GUY...
A 22-YEAR-OLD COLLEGE STUDENT IS BEING CHEWED OUT PUBLICLY BY CHIEF ED KONDRACKI FOR GETTING DRUNK AND CHOOSING TO WALK HOME FROM 3RD STREET LATE SATURDAY MORNING. THE COPS SPENT HOURS LOOKING FOR HIM, UNTIL HE TURNED UP DRUNK AND ASLEEP INSIDE SOMEBODY ELSE'S CAR ON ZEISLER STREET...ABOUT A MILE FROM DOWNTOWN. THE CHIEF SAYS THE STUDENT FAILED TO ANSWER ABOUT 50 CALLS TO HIS CELL PHONE, AND SAYS IT'S 'MIND-BOGGLING' THAT ANYONE WOULD IGNORE SAFETY TIPS LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AFTER THE LATEST RIVERFRONT DROWNING IN LA CROSSE.