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The La Crosse County sheriff, the district attorney, and the Onalaska police chief met with reporters to talk about Monday night's shooting near West Salem. But they didn't take questions, because the investigation isn't finished yet, and they don't want to spread rumors. What the law enforcement leaders would say is that Keith Marchbanks is still in the hospital, under 24 hour guard. Marchbanks was shot by an Onalaska policeman when he came toward police with a large butcher knife. He's accused of injuring his wife Stefanie with that knife. And arson investigators are still looking into the fire that ruined the Marchbanks home that night. So, until charges are filed or there's a major change in the case, they have no more answers.
A BODY FOUND IN THE MISSISSIPPI...IN SOUTHERN HOUSTON COUNTY.
SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES WERE CALLED TO THE RENO AREA WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND FOUND A MAN'S BODY IN THE WATER. INVESTIGATORS HAVE IDENTIFIED THE MAN, BUT HIS NAME WON'T BE RELEASED UNTIL THE FAMILY IS NOTIFIED. AN AUTOPSY IS PLANNED FOR TODAY.
SOME DISAGREEMENTS ABOUT WASHINGTON'S ROLE IN HEALTH CARE ARE NOT GOING TO BE SETTLED SOON...IF EVER.
OPPONENTS OF THE HEALTH CARE BILL SIGNED LAST WEEK ROUTINELY CALL THE PLAN A GOVERNMENT 'TAKEOVER.' BUT DEMOCRAT RON KIND SAYS, LOOK AT IT MORE CLOSELY. KIND SPOKE WITH REPORTERS IN LA CROSSE YESTERDAY ABOUT THE EFFECT THE HEALTH BILL SHOULD HAVE ON WESTERN WISCONSIN. THE HOUSE DEMOCRAT SAYS WHEN CONGRESS PASSED A PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILL YEARS AGO, BACKERS MADE THE MISTAKE OF NOT INCLUDING WAYS TO PAY FOR THE PLAN.
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.