Copeland Avenue on the south end of La Crosse’s north side is open again after a water main break just before 7 o’ clock Friday morning, but Monitor Street between Copeland Avenue and Rose Street remains closed. Police are asking drivers to use caution in the area as roads could become icy.
The Mauston man accused of killing a woman and severely wounding another outside a downtown Mauston bar in May will make a plea Thursday afternoon. Defense lawyers for 29-year-old Cody Treul said in July they were considering an insanity plea. Police say Treul pointed a gun at several people before killing 29-year-old Gail Howland and severely wounding 23-year-old Ebony Lasher in the smoking area behind P.J.’s Bar and Grill.
This winter’s weather will be felt into this summer in Sparta. It’s put construction on the new city pool behind schedule and will likely push the opening date back, according to parks and recreation director Brad Gilbertson. Gilbertson says the pool was originally supposed to open May 29, but they’re now looking at sometime in mid-June. Gilbertson says they don’t anticipate being open for Butterfest weekend June 7 and 8. Gilbertson says they may have to cut the first session of swimming lesions, too, but may be able to accommodate the same number of total swimmers with the larger pool.
How would Governor Scott Walker fund state public schools in a perfect world? He addressed the topic at Fort McCoy last week, saying he sees both sides of it as a property tax payer and a parent of sons who graduated from public schools. Walker says he does not necessarily want to spend less money on schools, but wants to spend money for schools more wisely.
Holmen police are warning of a scam where the caller is able to change their number on caller ID to that of an area police or sheriff’s department. The victim in the Holmen case got a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and said they would issue a warrant if they did not pay money they owed. Minutes later they got a call from someone claiming to be a deputy from the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department.
Vernon County police are asking for the public’s help finding three men accused of cocaine and heroin delivery. Warrants have been issued for 32-year-old Derrick Knox, 29-year-old Ernest Knox and 22-year-old Eric Knox. All three are black men.
A bill that would hand out refunds to flood insurance policy holders who’ve seen dramatic rate hikes, and limit future rates hikes to 15 percent a year, was approved by the US House Tuesday. Third District Congressman Ron Kind will hold a press conference on the bill this afternoon on La Crosse’s north side.
Cashton High School will host a program on texting-and-driving Friday afternoon. Students will drive on a simulator while trying to text at the same time. Texting and driving has been illegal in Wisconsin for more than 3 years. Nearly three-quarters of teens admit to texting and driving.
Spring weight limits on most Juneau County roads will kick in Monday. Six segments of county highways necessary to promote public health, safety and welfare are exempt.
Sparta Boy Scouts will be collecting food for local pantries Saturday morning. If you found a yellow grocery bag on your door last Sunday, you’re asked to consider leaving non-perishable food items in the bag in front of your Saturday morning, and a Boy Scout will pick it up. Donations will also be taken at city food pantries or in the Lawrence Lawson Elementary School parking lot Saturday morning.