Cataract man missing
A 20-year-old Cataract man is missing. Thomas Hartman was last seen November 30th at a home in Sparta. Foul play is not suspected. For a photo of Hartman, go to https://www.facebook.com/MonroeCountySheriffsDepartment.
Juneau, Adams County 911 service restored
Juneau and Adams County 911 service was restored late Thursday afternoon. A cut fiber optic line knocked out the service from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have an emergency in Juneau or Adams County, you can go back to calling 911.
Anderson found not guilty in Lax Kwik Trip stabbing
Not guilty. That’s the verdict in the case of 27-year-old Mitrel Anderson, who was accused of murdering 24-year-old DeMario Lee at La Crosse’s Cass Street Kwik Trip early last year. A verdict was reached Thursday night after seven hours of deliberation. Anderson’s lawyers said he acted in self defense after three men threatened and assaulted him. Anderson swung a knife into Lee’s head near his ear. The trial lasted for seven days.
Bad test valve caused Lax Midwest Fuels explosion
A bad test valve caused last month’s fire at La Crosse’s Midwest Fuels in the industrial park off Copeland Avenue. A cause of the fire was released by the La Crosse Fire Department Thursday. The bad test valve led to a large tank explosion. Officials say a worker followed proper procedures in the incident, and that the tank has been destroyed and will be rebuilt.
Lawyer explains why murder charges dismissed for Tomah man
Murder charges against 26-year-old Cade Clark of Tomah were dismissed Wednesday in the October Sawyer County death of his wife Kristina Clark. Cade Clark’s lawyer, John Matousek of Sparta, says doubts about the case extend back to last month’s preliminary hearing. Matousek says it was very, very difficult for this to have been a homicide. Matousek says the decision to arrest Clark was based largely on a Duluth forensic pathologist saying that the shot occurred from a distance. Matousek says a Wisconsin state pathologist says it was actually a close wound, which matched Clark’s version of the events being a suicide. Clark had been barred from having contact with his infant son since his arrest. Matousek says he still has not been able to see him. Matousek says that’s frustrating, and that they intend to fight that vigorously with an intent to have the child back with him by January 15th. Sawyer County DA Bruce Poquette declined comment on the dismissal because the investigation into Kristina Clark’s death is still ongoing.
One of men charged in Rustic Mill arson sentenced Friday morning
One of the Jackson County men charged with having a hand in burning down a nearly 150-year-old Jackson County restaurant in 20-11 is scheduled to be sentenced Friday morning. 22-year-old Kyle Rott of Black River Falls had arson charges reduced to felony burglary and causing more than 2500 dollars of property damage in the burning down of the Rustic Mill. Rott faces up to 16 years in prison. Brian Adkins, who was convicted of arson, got 2 years in prison for his part in the crime.
Monday deadline for Lax charter school sign up
Monday is the deadline for La Crosse parents to get priority placement in signing up for a school district charter school for the 20-15-16 school year. Parents of students currently enrolled in a charter do not need to sign up. If you do not sign up by Monday, you’re considered at the same time as out-of-district students in spring open enrollment.
Juneau police cracking down on drunk driving Friday night
The Juneau County Sheriff’s Office, and Mauston, New Lisbon and Elroy police will be cracking down on drunk driving from 7 o’ clock Friday night to 3 o’ clock Saturday morning.