Possible future National Guard deployments
The Wisconsin National Guard will likely be a part of any future Middle East missions to combat ISIS as determined by President Obama. That’s according to Wisconsin National Guard major general Donald Dunbar, speaking to deployed Guard, their families and other service members in an online town hall forum Tuesday.
Tomah woman head injury
A Tomah woman suffered head injuries when police say a deer ran into her car on Highway 21 between Tunnel City and Fort McCoy last night. The deer broke the driver’s side window of the car of 51-year-old Penny Thorpe. Her injuries were not life-threatening.
BRF police union head on staying with current staff
The city of Black River Falls is considering two options for how they’ll handle city policing starting January 1st. One is to continue with most of their current staff, and officer and police union president Tom Cooper says municipal police departments and county sheriff’s offices serve different roles. Cooper says the chief would also be the primary department investigator and would handle all criminal investigations. Cooper says the department needs to refocus on its strengths; ordinance and traffic enforcement, sheriff’s-department aiding intelligence gathering and correcting the city’s drug problems. The other option is contracting with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for about 25 percent less than what the city currently pays.
TMH free grief program
Monday is the deadline for Monroe and Adams County residents to register for a free Tomah Memorial Hospital Hospice Touch eight-week program on dealing with the death of a family member. Hospice bereavement coordinator Barb Goble says grief is a natural loss response. For more information or to register, go to http://www.tomahhospital.org/content/detail.cfm?pageID=11&id=393
Sparta fire department new trucks
The Sparta Fire Department should have two new trucks within the next two months after 6 of the 9 municipalities covered by the department voted Thursday night to borrow the department 415 thousand dollars. One will replace a nearly 40-year-old truck that broke down in the recent Dutch Mill Trucking shop fire. The other will replace a truck that’s going to the new Cataract station.
VA MIA-POW program Friday
Tomah’s VA Medical Center will host a public program honoring Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action Friday afternoon. The program begins at 1 o’ clock at the VA Chapel.
Tomah free drug-test kits
The Tomah Police Department is now offering free drug test kit to parents. To get a kit, go to https://www.testmyteen.com/Products.aspx. Pick the Noble 10 Drug Home Test Kit on enter code 7-A-4-Z-8. You’ll still need to pay shipping and handling. If you don’t have Internet, you can pick up a voucher at the police department.
Home Depot credit card hack
All 26 Wisconsin Home Depot stores were hacked in the company’s recent data breach. It could effect up to 5 percent of state residents. Home Depot says the problem has been fixed. Nationally, the number of breached cards is more than the breach that hit Target last year.
Onalaska road closure
Onalaska’s Oak Avenue South between Oak Forest Drive and the La Crosse’s north-side industrial park will be closed starting Monday for about two weeks. It’s part of ongoing I-90 construction to add a third lane between Exits 3 and 4.