Murder at Tomah motel a robbery gone bad?
The Tomah man who police say was murdered at the Econo Lodge earlier this month was stabbed multiple times with a machete in a possible robbery gone bad. Tomah police released more information on the case Wednesday. Chief Mark Nicholson says it came in the middle of a multi-state crime spree that ended near Nashville for 26-year-old Zachary Davis and 20-year-old Sebastian Martinez. Nicholson says on March 5th the duo were suspects in a Boise car theft; on March 8th they were in a North Dakota high-speed chase. Nicholson says on March 10th the duo bought a machete at a Twin Cities area sporting good stores; when they were arrested near Nashville they were driving the stolen car and had a machete in the car. Monroe County district attorney Kevin Croninger explains the extradition process. Croninger says they have car theft charges in Tennessee that need to be considered first; after that he hopes they’ll be extradited to Wisconsin before being extradited to Idaho. The duo will be held without bond once they’re extradited back to Wisconsin. The criminal complaint says the body of 43-year-old Derek Magnuson was found by a hotel employee with blood prints that led down a hallway into his room, and that Davis and Martinez are a couple.
House bill would establish VA pain management boards
A bill introduced Wednesday by Third District Congressman Ron Kind would establish pain management boards within VA service networks that would include doctors, patients and patients family members. The boards would also provide an annual report to the federal VA secretary and reports to Congress.
BRF citizens question city on police referendum information accuracy
Black River Falls citizens in favor of keeping the city’s police department intact instead of contracting with the county for policing in next month’s referendum’s are questioning ways the city is getting out referendum information. They say a mailing sent out by city administrator Brad Chown contains false information and question Chown using city tax dollars to pay for referendum advertising.
Monroe Cnty board will not hold special session on Schmit
The Monroe County board will not hold a special session questioning moving expenses and the authority of county administrator Cathy Schmit vs. the board. The board voted 11-10 Wednesday night against holding the special session. The session also could have questioned whether Schmit needs to live in the county.
BRF downtown association hosting economic development event Thursday
The Black River Falls Downtown Association will hold a Connecting Communities kick-off event Thursday afternoon. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation staff will tour downtown starting at the association office at 1 Main Street at 3 o’ clock. It’ll include a discussion of short and long term downtown economic development goals. Public officials, businesses and the public are invited to attend.
3 Western WI politicians holding events Thursday
Three Western Wisconsin politicians will hold public events Thursday. Nancy Vandermeer and Jennifer Schilling will hold a joint budget listening session at 6 o’ clock at Sparta’s Barney Community Center. Julie Lassa will hold local business roundtables at 1030 at Sparta’s American Legion and 130 at Burnstad’s in Tomah.