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Cold pills, ammonia, and drain cleaner...
Tell-tale ingredients for a meth lab. And that stuff was found inside an address on Farnam Street in La Crosse this week...along with some meth being cooked, and some already made. Eight people are facing charges so far. Investigator Fritz Leinfelder for La Crosse County says purchases of cold medicine led police to some of the suspects.
Leinfelder says even if less meth is being produced in Wisconsin, it's still being brought into the state from Chicago, Minneapolis, or elsewhere.
The outcome was never seriously in doubt. But La Crosse city council members had a hard time with some aspects of a deal for a new parking ramp and third Riverside Center building downtown. During discussions over the deal last night Council member Doug Farmer got a little frustrated that an agreement would keep the city from charging for parking at its own ramp. Farmer thinks developer Don Weber must be thinking the ramp is hi. Not the case, says Farmer. He also expressed doubts about a deal that hinged on whether the city could charge for parking in its own ramp.
Under the deal, the city will own a new parking ramp but generally won't be able to charge for parking for 13 years. Construction on the ramp is scheduled to start in July. Groundbreaking for a third Riverside Center building under the deal is supposed to happen on May 15th.
The state crime lab has been called to Tomah, to look into the death of a 53-year-old man. Police found Vance Evans dead in a house, after receiving a call from 9-1-1 early Tuesday morning. Evans had been shot.
THE LONG-TIME BUSINESS MANAGER FOR A LA CROSSE PLUMBING COMPANY IS ACCUSED OF STEALING ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE BUSINESS OVER THE LAST DECADE...
BOND FOR 62-YEAR-OLD GARY DEML IS SET AT HALF-A-MILLION DOLLARS. INVESTIGATORS SAY DEML HAS TAKEN UP TO 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR FROM BERNIE BUCHNER PLUMBING AND HEATING SINCE 2001, PUTTING MUCH OF IT INTO AN ACCOUNT FOR A COMPANY HE USED TO OWN IN SPARTA. THE BUCHNER FAMILY HAD ASSUMED THAT DEML'S COMPANY WENT OUT OF EXISTENCE WHEN THEY HIRED HIM. A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT SAYS THE OWNERS WERE UNAWARE THAT BUCHNER PLUMBING HAD NOT PAID ANY TAXES IN THE LAST NINE YEARS, AND OWED A MILLION-AND-A-HALF DOLLARS JUST TO THE I-R-S.