Man killed in ATV crash east of Melvina
An 82-year-old man died in an ATV crash on private land east of Melvina late Tuesday afternoon. The man was dead when First Responders arrived. The man’s name has not been released.
West Nile Virus found in dead crow in Monroe County
The West Nile Virus has been found in Monroe County in a dead crow. Monroe County is the 30th county in the state to have a bird or horse test positive for the virus since May 1st. County health director Sharon Nelson says it means residents need to go out of their way to try and prevent being bitten by mosquitoes, which is how the virus is spread. Mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on infected birds.
Safe Communities Coalition conducting community perceptions survey
Monroe County’s Safe Communities Coalition is conducting an alcohol and drugs community perceptions survey through September 16th. Drug free communities coordinator Natalie Carlisle gives an example of something that came out of their last survey in 20-13. Carlisle says the number 1 and 4 items on their 20-13 survey were prescription drug abuse-related. Carlisle says at the time they only had a prescription drug drop box in Tomah, but since then have added one in Sparta, and plan to have one in the new Monroe County jail. To take the survey, go to http://www.mcsafecommunities.org/. All those that fill out a survey will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card.
Tomah VA psychiatry unit temporarily closing Friday
The 11-bed psychiatry unit at Tomah’s VA Medical Center is closing Friday due to a lack of doctors. Mental health associate chief of staff Doctor David Skripka says he thinks issues over the past seven or eight months have not helped, but it’s more a bigger picture issue. Skripka says it’s more a reflection of recruiting for psychiatrists in rural areas being very, very difficult. Skripka says when psychiatrists interview for the open spots in Tomah, after they understand what’s been done to fix problems, the problems are neutralized. Director John Rohrer says statewide hospitals are currently short more than 270 psychiatrists.
La Crosse man charged with August murder fires lawyer
The La Crosse man charged with killing a teen on city’s south side late last month fired his public defender Tuesday. It could take weeks to find 18-year-old Deshawn Randall a new lawyer, meaning Thursday’s scheduled preliminary hearing in the death of 17-year-old George Miller has been postponed. Police say Randall shot Miller nine times.
Tomah buses vandalized before 1st day of school
A number of Tomah school district buses were vandalized before Tuesday’s first day of school. The vandalized buses were pulled from service and replaced with spare buses. If you have any information on the vandalism, call the Tomah Police Department or Monroe County Crime Stoppers at 269-STOP.
New BRF recreational equipment storage ordinance expected to kick in next week
New Black River Falls ordinances covering how recreational equipment like boats, trailers, campers, jet skis, ATVs, UTVs and snowmobiles are stored is expected to kick in next week. They can’t be left on city streets for more than 24 hours. They can’t be left in front of houses out of season other than in driveways for more than two days. They can’t be left in front of houses in season other than in driveways for more than four days.
Left turn lane near I-90 and Hwy 16 in Ona being extended
Onalaska Highway 16 construction of a longer westbound left-turn lane onto South Kinney Coulee Road will start next Tuesday. City engineer Jarrod Holter says construction will run from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for four weeks to minimize traffic disruption. During peak hours traffic was backing up into the left lane and causing hazardous conditions. Eastbound access to Farm and Fleet will be eliminated.
Sparta, AF to continue with after school learning centers
Sparta’s Lawrence-Lawson Elementary and Adams-Friendship Middle School will have after school Community Learning Center’s again this fall.