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That suspect is the couple's 40-year-old son. Eric Koula of West Salem is being charged with the May shooting deaths of his parents, Dennis and Merna Koula, at their rural home. The younger Koula also is charged with forgery. The La Crosse County Sheriff's Department worked with state agents to find a suspect. Sheriff Steve Helgeson has planned a news conference for tomorrow to discuss the arrest.
A brief standoff comes to an end. LaCrosse police responded to a domestic disturbance at a home on Adams street. Apparently a couple got into an argument. Eventually cops were called and a guy remained in the house threatening to shoot himself. Police persuaded the guy to give himself up a little before 9am.
La Crosse's mayor says he wouldn't do it again...
Matt Harter tells reporters that in the future, he will avoid taking part in meetings affecting his family's waste disposal business.
Harter's comments come after a law firm concluded that he violated city ethics by meeting with the county solid waste director, and bringing his father to the meeting. He says the ethics board, the district attorney, and the state justice department to review the situation and give advice on how to avoid problems again.
You've probably already seen the back to school displays in stores. Some won't take advantage of any of that. Not without your help. The Salvation Army in La Crosse has cranked up its Steppin' Back to School program. And they're looking for sponsors, says Julie Nelson with the Salvation Army in La Crosse. She's hoping for new pants, shirt and shoes for each of the 290 kids registered in the Steppin' Back To School program.
Wisconsin can kiss that $250 million goodbye. A quarter billion dollars was how much the state was seeking under the federal Race to the Top program in round two applications. One of 35 states to apply for grant money in the competitive program. Finalists announced today by the feds and Wisconsin is not on the list. La Crosse schools would have been among the states biggest winners had the application gone through, potentially collecting over a million dollars in grants.