A strange night for Onalaska Police last night. Seems as though 25 year old Martin Cooper of Sparta walked into Northern Hills Elementary where he grabbed the janitor, pulled her into a closet and put his hands on her hips. The janitor was able to get away from Cooper and called police. While Onalaska police were searching the area for Cooper, another call came from a resident advising that a man had walked into their house......sat down on a couch......put his arm around a female that was sitting on the couch and pulled her closer. He then left the house.
While still searching for Cooper, another call was received from a business on Riders Club reporting a suspicious male. Officers located the subject, determined it was the same person from the previous two calls and arrested Cooper.
He was arrested on two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of trespassing and taken to the La Crosse County Jail where he was booked on the three charges. Cooper, who is also on probation, had a probation hold placed on him.
A Monroe County Man is dead after being involved in an industrial accident which happened this morning just before 10.
The accident happened at the Valley Pride Packing Plant in Norwalk. The man was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta first by the Wilton Ambulance Service with an emergency intercept by the Sparta Area Ambulance Service for advanced emergency life support. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
His name is being withheld pending notification of family. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating
3 people in Monroe County escaped serious injury today after a car they were riding in swerved to avoid a deer. The crash occurred just after 11 this morning on Basswood Road west of State Highway 27 in the township of Little Falls.
A pickup truck driven by 20 year old Jonathan Koresh of rural Sparta swerved to miss a deer in the road.......the truck veered off the right side of the road.....spun around.....crossed the road and into a ditch where it rolled one time.
Koresh sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a La Crosse Hospital. Two passengers in the vehicle.....22 year old Daniel Laxton and 18 year old Stephen Becker, both of Sparta, received non-life threatening injuries. Laxton was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta. Becker was not medically transported.
The 2011 Holiday Train will roll into Lacrescent tonight at 8:45. The train stops at 215 South Chesnut Street. Admission to the train and the show is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. All donations are given to the local food shelf. This year's show has a brand new stage and lighting design with 3 miles of LED rope lighting. The headline performer will be Milwaukee folk-rocker Willy Porter. Sara Proud with Canadian Pacific says the crowds have been great so far.
Now the Holiday Train also stops in Winona on Saturday at 5:00 pm at the Amtrak Station. Last year's visit to Winona brought out close to 7,000 people. Since its launch in 1999, the Holiday Train program has raised close to $5.6 million and 2.5 million pounds of food for North American food banks.
The North American Squirrel Association held a lottery amongst 50 people with physical challenges. Out of that pool, 19 were selected to take part in a special 2 day Saturday and Sunday in Hixon Forest with a goal of bagging 15 deer. Jay Odegaard with Lacrosse Parks and Rec says this isn't the first year they have tried to hold the hunt.
The forest will be closed from 5am to 1pm both days due to safety reasons. Odegaard says the controlled hunt will be used to try to thin out the deer population in the forest.