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With some promotions this week, the La Crosse police department has filled
a few vacant positions. But those promotions mean new vacancies. Something
police chief Ed Kondracki hopes to deal with soon by getting permission from the city council to hire actual people instead of just being allowed to fill positions. In the meantime, he's
got himself a new assistant chief. Rob Abraham, 20 year veteran of the
force, son of a retired La Crosse cop, will be Kondracki's new right hand man. Abraham most recently headed the department's detective bureau.
You should start seeing a slightly higher water bill in La Crosse.
President Obama hopes Congress comes back from the August recess, ready to work...
During the first day of his Midwestern bus tour, Obama said he hopes members of Congress are learning something from the kind of town hall meetings like the one where he spoke near Decorah.
The president argues that the economy is in better shape than it was when he took office two-and-a-half years ago. And Obama says his health care plan isn't perfect, but the U-S is closer to universal health care than before.
The Monroe County man accused of beating a sheriff's deputy is headed to trial. Rodrigo Medina-Ferrer is charged with 11 counts including attempted first degree homicide.
At Friday's court hearing, a judge determined there was enough evidence to send the case to trial. Medina Ferrer is accused of escaping a Monroe County squad car following a domestic abuse incident, breaking his handcuffs and beating Sergeant Scott Perkins in the head.....severely cutting his eyes and face.
He's being held in the Monroe County Jail on a $10 thousand cash bond. He'll be arraigned later this month.
The bears? They're still out there.
In La Crosse and Monroe county, it's becoming not at all unusual to see a black bear wandering about. And not at all unusual for DNR biologist Ron Lichtie to hear a few complaints about the bears doing damage to bird feeders and crops.
Lichtie figures there's anywhere from 5 to 10 black bears that have permanently settled in the area. Many of those, he guesses, driven out of territory farther north by other bears.