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A UW-LaCrosse student athlete returns from a trip to earthquake ravaged Haiti. Track and Cross Country runner Conner Lonning says conditions were grim. He immersed himself in their way of life staying in a tent with the locals with no blanket or pillow and ate the rations handed out by the Mexican Army. He handed out food to the Haitians and helped care for the children. A number of them have lost everything including their parents due to the earthquake. Conner noticed political red tape is slowing down progress. Still a lot of people living in tents and not much being done to clear the rubble and begin rebuilding the country.
He was carrying a knife more than a foot long, and ignored police orders to drop it.
That's why a West Salem man, Keith Marchbanks, was shot by an Onalaska policeman during a call to his home last night. Marchbanks had surgery at Gundersen Lutheran, and is in critical condition. He's suspected of stabbing wife Stefanie, who's been treated for chest and thigh wounds. A two-car garage was set on fire. Officers got two younger family members out of the burning house.
The brush pile is already growing at Isle La Plume in La Crosse. Yard Waste drop-off in the city begins this week. The city collects 16 hundred tons of yard waste plus another six hundred tons of brush at two sites. It's a huge recycling effort; A private contractor composts the waste into dirt and the brush gets shredded and is available for free pick-up at Isle La PLume.
More dry days means a heightened fear of wildfires. The town of Farmington is the latest area to institute a complete burning ban. The ban includes burn barrels, leaves, and fire pits. The DNR says most of the state is under a high fire danger advisory because of dry ground cover and brisk spring winds. Those parts of the state have at least some burn restrictions in place. The town of Campbell also has a burning ban in place.
A stabbing, a shooting and a fire, all at the same home near West Salem. Police were called to the home on Hidden Valley Road in the town of Hamilton just after nine last night. When police got there, they found the garage on fire. A man armed with a knife came charging at police when they responded. He was shot, reportedly three times in the chest, by officers. He was medlinked to a La Crosse hospital. A woman was treated for stab wounds. No word this morning on the condition of either the suspect or the victim, and no names have been released yet.