BRF man arrested for strangling woman
A Black River Falls man was arrested early last Thursday after police say he strangled and punched a woman in the head, and whipped her with a belt at a Fourth Street apartment. 37-year-old Roosevelt Harris’ record includes a 20-12 Monroe County strangulation and suffocation conviction.
Warrens US mailbox stolen
A US mailbox was stolen from outside the Warrens Post Office over the weekend. Police say it was unbolted and removed between 1 o’ clock Saturday and 8 o’ clock Monday. If you put mail in the box in that time, call Monroe County police and the Warrens post office. Police say you should also watch bank accounts for suspicious activity.
BRF police petition group shooting for February referendum
The Black River Falls group starting a petition to have a spring referendum on keeping the city’s police department intact and not contracting with the county for policing in about two months is about a week from starting their petition drive. Beth Rose-Acor says they’re working with lawyers to make sure they get the wording right before starting. Rose-Acor says they’ll hold petition signings at different city locations next week; the locations haven’t been decided on yet. Rose-Acor says those that can’t drive, group members can come to you to sign it. Rose-Acor says they got 400 signatures in a previous 5-day petition drive, so getting 200 signatures by a week from Friday for a February referendum is a reasonable goal.
La Crosse police use non-lethal round in Walgreens standoff
La Crosse police were able to use non-lethal rounds to diffuse Thursday’s standoff at the north side Walgreens where a naked man was armed with a knife, keeping the suspect alive. Lieutenant Pat Hogan says it’s not a new strategy and that it’s becoming more common. Hogan says it all depends on the circumstances of each specific event. The bean bag round is a tool they have that also includes non-lethal things like tear gas and tasers. The suspect was charged disorderly conduct while armed, and lewd and lascivious behavior.
Chicago man sentenced to 10 years in Lax shooting
The Chicago man who reached a plea deal on an attempted murder charge in a La Crosse June of last year south-side shooting was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday. That’s the maximum sentence 23-year-old Cordero Short could receive for shooting a woman in the back near Fifth and Winnebago streets. He’ll also be on extended supervision for eight years after he’s released.
Lot C parking considerations to be discussed
Parking considerations for the downtown La Crosse Lot C development will be discussed by the county board Tuesday night.
Monroe County could put in wheel tax Tuesday night
The Monroe County board is expected to consider putting in an annual 20 dollar per car wheel tax Tuesday night. The county’s highway committee looked at an annual 10 dollar per car tax last fall, but decided against it in favor or borrowing or a referendum. The county’s highways have been ranked worst in Wisconsin by the state’s local roads information system. More than half the county’s highways are listed in the worst possible condition among five state rankings. The move would generate about 500 thousand dollars a year. If approved, the tax would kick in in March.
Florida man accidentally shot in leg in Vernon County
A Florida man was accidentally shot in the leg in Vernon County early Sunday evening according to police. Police say 42-year-old Joseph Connell was shot by 71-year-old Antonio Cruz of Viroqua as Cruz was unloading his gun outside his home.