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The Government Accountability Board has decided to do a formal investigation into potential violations of conduct by Jeffrey Greene of the La Crosse school district. It is related to prohibitions on political solicitation involving public officials and employees and also violations related to misconduct in public office.
At issue is an e-mail sent by Greene, an employee of the Emerson Elementary School, using his official government e-mail account and school equipment, to an undisclosed list of recipients. In the e-mail, Greene uses political language and attacks on elected representatives to solicit volunteers to campaign on behalf of candidate Steve Doyle. Greene provides dates, times, locations and contact information to potential volunteers. Greene further encourages the recipients to "forward this message onto your list of union or union family contacts."
The GAB requires local officials conduct an investigation prior to their further action after receipt of a complaint. This has been done and now the formal investigation has begun.
A deadly motorcycle accident reported on County Highway B in La Crosse County...
The crash happened shortly before 4:30 in the afternoon. Traffic was shut down for a time in the area of Kleinsmith Road, near Smith Valley Road in Medary. The victim's name has not been released yet.
After three days of searching, the body of a six-year-old swimmer is found in the Mississippi.
Word came in late Wednesday that Junior Thao had been located in the Goose Island area. That's a few miles south of the Pettibone Beach area, where the boy's family had been swimming on Monday. Rescue teams had been working since then to find Junior.
It may take awhile to get there. But eventually fines and tickets in La Crosse could be much higher. Depends on the outcome on a proposed study that would determine how La Crosse fines stack up against those in comparable cities in the state. Do that study, says city councilman Doug Farmer, but don't be surprised to find that, among other things, the city has enacted ordinances for which a ticket has never been written.
The police department says it wouldn't be able to complete a fine study for several months.
It's happened with little fanfare. After months of debate over whether people In La Crosse could keep chickens in their backyards, the first two applicants have come before the city council seeking permission for just that. One fellow on Sunset Lane and a family on Farnam street are hoping to get permits to have up to five hens in their yards. First hurdle cleared last night. Both applicants received quick approval from one city council committee. Two more yes votes will be all they need.