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A tiny pest came out early and in large numbers. LaCrosse county vector control manager Dave Geske tells us warm weather has brought out ticks. Especially deer ticks which carry lyme and other bacterial diseases. Geske says repellents will work. But, you need to follow directions and make sure you apply enough repellant to keep the deer ticks from making you their next blood meal.
Some demolition plans by Franciscan Skemp have their critics. La Crosse City council member Andrea Richmond is very clearly not a fan of a plan of the medical center to knock down buildings to lay some asphalt for parking. During a council committee meeting this week, Richmond says she'd rather Franciscan add on to its existing parking ramp. Not in the the medical center's immediate plans, however; so the plan is to tear down six buildings in their campus area instead. Along with the parking lot, Franciscan also plans to add green space and community gardens. All of the land will be taxable.
Among creditors looking to get paid something back from Skipperliner in the town of Campbell: The town of Campbell. The boat builder on French Island entered bankruptcy owing the town for a pass-through loan of sorts from the state. Outstanding balance: about 350 thousand dollars. Town of Campbell administrator Travis Parish says the town's on the hook for that. He says Skipperliner also owes the town about 322 thousand dollars in harbor lease payments. The boat builder hasn't made a payment on the harbor since December.
The former business manager at a La Crosse plumbing company now has a better chance of getting out of jail...
The bond for Gary Deml has been lowered to 10-thousand dollars cash. It was set at 500-thousand dollars, after Deml was arrested for embezzling close to a million dollars from Bernie Buchner Plumbing and Heating. Deml chose not to have an evidence hearing this week. He could enter a 'not guilty' plea at a hearing later this month.
One of the young men convicted in the killing of teenager Jeff Smulick has another hearing in La Crosse County court today...
Timothy Goyette has made attempts to withdraw his 'guilty' plea in the murder of Smulick nine years ago. Goyette was only 15 when he took part in a gang-related beating of the 16-year-old Smulick. Goyette is serving a 25-year prison term. In March, a La Crosse judge turned down requests by Goyette and co-defendant Jonathan Coryell to have their sentences reduced.