Man with assault rifle in Westby?
Westby police are asking for the public’s help identifying a white man they say may have been carrying a black assault rifle in the city Monday afternoon. The man was wearing blue jeans and a brown shirt, and carrying foam ear muffs in his other hand. The man was seen on West State Street, West Avenue and Second Street.
Juneau man charged with sexual assault
A Juneau County man charged with second-degree sexual assault earlier this month will make his initial court appearance Wednesday morning. 30-year-old Juan Flores of Lyndon Station is also charged with intimidating the alleged victim. Flores faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
Sparta police chief search update
The deadline to apply to be Sparta’s new police chief is Wednesday. Co city-administrator Todd Fahning says they’re still a few months away from having a new chief, beginning with a resume reviews, phone interviews and background checks in October. Fahning says they’re still on schedule; in the first week of November they hope to submit a list a consultant to the city police and fire commission to narrow it down to about a half-dozen candidates. Fahning says they’re hoping to have a new chief in place by January 1st. Mike Kass stepped down about two months ago to become Brown Deer’s chief. Lieutenant David Kuderer is serving as the interim chief.
Senior Health Expo Thursday
Western Wisconsin senior citizens can learn how to improve their health at a free Tomah Memorial Hospital event Thursday at Tomah’s Cranberry Country Lodge. Hospital community outreach health educator Whitney Sanjari says it begins with health screenings that do not require fasting from 9 o ‘clock to 11 o’ clock. There’ll also be a chair exercise class at 10 o’ clock. For more information, go to http://www.tomahhospital.org/content/detail.cfm?pageID=11&id=395
Tomah flushing water mains next week
Tomah will be flushing water mains during the day next week. The city will work from south to north. After mains have been flushed, public works director Kirk Arity suggests you open your cold water wide open to flush out any discolored water that may be in the service lines.
Interstate chain-reaction crash
Sunday afternoon’s I-90 crash near the Tomah Highway 12/16 exit where seven Illinois residents were injured led to a second chain-reaction crash. In the second crash, police say the car of Madison man hit the minivan of a Watertown man, forcing the minivan into the car of a Stevens Point man. Also in the traffic backup, two other cars ran into one another. Eight people were injured. None of their injuries were life threatening.
Sparta fifth-offense drunk driving arrest
A Sparta man was arrested for fifth-offense drunk driving late Friday night. Police say 38-year-old Troy Kruk got out of the car after being pulled over and walked over to the squad car to tell the officer he had not been driving. Kruk faces up to six years in prison if convicted. He’ll make his initial court appearance a week from Tuesday.
VA offering teledermatology
Tomah’s VA Medical Center recently introduced a new teledermatology clinic. It’s an area where the VA is short doctors. Telehealth lets vets get exams from doctors by completely secure video conferencing without having to drive to Tomah. Officials compare it to using Skype to communicate with someone outside Western Wisconsin.
Competency hearing for Sparta man
A Sparta man charged with stealing jewelry from a La Crosse south-side home and car theft in will be in court Tuesday afternoon for a competency hearing. 23-year-old Nathan Kohls has also been charged recklessly endangering safety. Kohls faces up to 28 ½ years in prison if he’s found competent and convicted of the charges.