A 9-1-1 communication system upgrade for Monroe County fell one vote short of being passed by the county board Tuesday night. Some board members want to use a system of mobile repeaters that would cost more than 3 million dollars less than the currently proposed 3.8 million dollar solution. Some board members want a 7 million dollar system that was turned down by county’s public safety committee. The current system covers about 65 percent of the county, short of goals of 95 percent coverage.
The Dakota, Minnesota man convicted of killing a La Crosse photo shop owner and his son in 20-12 wants a new trial. 41-year-old Jeffrey Lepsch says nine of the 12 jurors in his trial thought he was guilty before testimony began. Lepsch was convicted of killing 56-year-old Paul Petras (PEE-truss) and his 19-year-old son AJ at May’s Photo. A hearing date has not been set.
The swine show at this year’s Monroe County Fair will be a terminal show, where all the hogs are sent afterwards to a processor to prevent the spread of the PED virus. Fair vice president and Tomah veterinarian Dr. Steve Doll says the virus is not too bad yet in Western Wisconsin, but Wisconsin also does not have a big swine population. Dole says in the past they had weigh-in and tags for the baby pigs, but this year officials said no. Doll says it can effect older pigs, but it’s not a big deal. Doll says if you get it, it can pretty much wipe your baby pigs out. The fair begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday. For more information, go to http://www.monroecountyfairwi.com.
Town of Campbell police chief Tim Kelemen is expected to take a plea deal Friday on charges he signed up a man who filed a lawsuit against him on pornographic and gay dating websites. Monroe County DA Kevin Croninger is prosecuting the case and says he did not think not he’d get convictions on felony identity theft or misconduct charges. Croninger says case law would not support a misconduct charge, and says that the identity theft charge was not appropriate because Kelemen did not stand to gain financially from his alleged actions. Croninger says he thought the case was more harassment than to harm the victim’s reputation.
A Nekoosa woman was arrested on Interstate 94 in northwest Jackson County Tuesday morning for second-offense drunk driving with a 3-month-old child in the car. Police say 23-year-old Jolyn Beighley was pulled over for driving more than 100 miles an hour.
Add Clark County to the list of Wisconsin counties that will hold an advisory referendum on expanding the state’s use of Medicaid and Badger Care.
June Western Wisconsin home sales were up from June of last year in all La Crosse County, but selling prices were mixed. June homes sales were up from June of last year more than 75 percent in Trempealeau County and nearly 65 percent in Vernon County. But June selling prices were down from June of last year by nearly 30 percent in Vernon County.
Western Wisconsin farmers can do something simple to prevent the spread of Canadian thistle disease. Officials say farmers can mow thistle plants with white shoots when water is on the leaves. The added moisture helps spread a disease-killing bacteria throughout fields.