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Among the many, many drunk drivers arrested this week-end in la Crosse was the guy who didn't seem to know what car he was driving. Cops say they stopped 22 year-old National guard Reservist Bryan Brunken around bar time on Sunday after getting a complaint from someone who thought he seemed drunk. Police say they pulled Brunken over on Front Street. They say he was swerving dangerously and driving about 5 miles an hour. Apparently he'd broken the steering column to steal the little sedan out of a parking ramp but was pretty convinced it belonged to him. Cops say he blew a .235 on the breathalyzer.
NINE YEARS AGO IN LA CROSSE, A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS BEATEN AS PART OF A RITUAL TO BRING ANOTHER TEEN INTO A GANG...AND THEN HE WAS MURDERED.
FOUR YOUNG MEN ARE STILL IN PRISON FOR THE 2001 DEATH OF JEFF SMULICK. TWO OF THEM RECENTLY ASKED A JUDGE TO REDUCE THEIR SENTENCES OF MORE THAN 20 YEARS. BUT JUDGE DALE PASELL SAYS IT'S NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO SHORTEN THE SENTENCES OF JONATHAN CORYELL AND TIMOTHY GOYETTE. ALTHOUGH PASELL COMMENDED THE TWO MEN FOR THEIR REHABILITATION EFFORTS IN PRISON, HE SAYS ANY REDUCTION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED CLOSER TO THE END OF THEIR SENTENCES. JEFF SMULICK'S FATHER ASKED THE JUDGE TO DENY THE REDUCTIONS...SAYING THE APPEAL REQUESTS ARE HURTFUL BECAUSE THEY OFTEN COME AROUND THE TIME OF JEFF'S BIRTHDAY.
A deeper look into the information technology goings on in city hall looks like a certainty . The La Crosse city council finance committee has approved spending thousands on an audit of the city's IT department. The audit was called for after the city's IT director was hauled from his job in shackles by FBI agents in late January. David Montealegre now faces federal fraud charges in Texas. The charges stem from a bankruptcy filing from several years ago.
La Crosse is getting close to fulfilling a waterfront vision that's decades old. The city council's finance committee has approved paying the nearly two million dollars for the eleven acre Patros property between Copeland avenue and the Black River. The final piece in a big jigsaw puzzle of development project land, giving the city 65 acres in the area.
No plans on how to develop the land yet. City planner Larry Kirch says the public should be involved in those decisions.