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La Crosse police have made an arrest under the city's new fake pot ordinance. The city council last month passed a rule that outlaws synthetic marijuana that's typically marketed as incense but can apparently create a high much more intense than the real stuff. Police picked up a 25 year-old guy early Sunday morning on a probation violation for drinking. Then found some Happy Shaman Herbal Spice on him. La Crosse is the first city in Wisconsin to outlaw synthetic pot. Some state lawmakers say they may pursue a statewide ban in the next session.
A federal border agent is among those in big trouble after this week-end's festing in La Crosse. Police say 30 year-old David Sackmaster beat up a bar employee in an alley off of fourth street. The 59 year-old victim was apparently taking out the garbage around bar time on Saturday, surprised Sackmaster taking a leak in the alley and then got pummeled by the younger man. Cops say Sackmaster was bragging about the beating later. The victim suffered skull fractures and his brain was bleeding but doctors say none of the injuries appear to be life threatening. Sackmaster claims he was simply defending himself.
You'd expect there to be more than a few public intoxication warnings during the Oktoberfest week-end in La Crosse. And there was, including the one that went to the woman who had no idea where she was, where she was staying, what month it is or who the president is. Her PBT: .28. Police are also still counting up the underage drinking tickets. Nearly forty so far. And, despite the typical Oktoberfest style of enforcement, there were still plenty of public consumption tickets and several for people who just couldn't quite locate a restroom.
An ethics board meeting has been scheduled after a complaint filed against La Crosse mayor Matt Harter. An opinion from an outside law firm says the mayor crossed some ethical boundaries during meetings with the county solid waste director and his father, Gary Harter, the owner of La Crosse's garbage contractor. A complaint was filed by several people more than a week ago. The city's ethics panel is scheduled to convene to begin considering the ethics charges at 3:30 Tuesday in city hall.