A man was arrested after a multiple-county pursuit Tuesday night that started in Onalaska and ended south of Arcadia. Police say Ryan Meachem was in a fight in Onalaska that led to another man suffering head injuries, then took off. Police chased him through Holmen and Centerville before Meachem’s tires were deflated on Highway 93 south of Arcadia. Meachem was arrested for fleeing police, battery, second-offense drunk driving and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A dead crow in Adams County tested positive for the West Nile Virus last week. County health officer Sarah Grosshuesch says it means county residents need to try harder to prevent mosquito bites, including putting repellant on clothing, disposing of or turning over items that hold water, cleaning roof gutters and keeping grass cut.
A Pierce County farmer won this month’s 31st State Senate District Republican primary and will run against State Senator Kathleen Vinehout in November. Mel Pittman favors local control in education, including on Common Core. Pittman says Common Core might be good for some districts, but for others he thinks Western Wisconsin can do a lot better. Pittman says he favors giving local districts control teaching what they think is best for the children they’re educating. Pittman says he and Vinehout also differ on Vinehout’s plan to let students get two free years of college tuition. Pittman thinks students who have some skin in the game do a better job of learning.
Sparta’s school board officially approved a November referendum to go over state spending caps last Thursday. Superintendent John Hendricks says part of the extra money would pay for expanding Community Learning Centers to Cataract, though Hendricks says there’d be a sunset on that. Hendricks says they’re working to wean the centers off of both grant and referendum money; he says they hope to move them to their normal budget. The referendum would also pay for security and technology upgrades.
The Monroe County board will take another crack Wednesday night at borrowing 1.8 million dollars for a 9-1-1 communication system upgrade. Funding for the upgrade fell one vote short of being passed by the board last month. The county would use 2 million in reserves to pay for the rest of the project. The board will also consider continuing a merit pay system for county employees.
Mail service is expected to return to normal Wednesday around construction for residents on County Highway A between Black River Falls and Hixton.
A 19-year-old man who died between Kendall and Wilton Friday night after getting hit in the head by a tow strap while attempting to free a tractor that was stuck in mud has been identified. Aaron Brockman of New Lisbon was a 20-13 New Lisbon High School graduate and died near County Highway V in the Town of Wellington.
No one was injured after La Crosse fire officials say a tree branch fell onto a power line and then onto a home in the 2200 block of George Street in La Crosse Tuesday. A man living there was able to get out safely. Fire crews were originally called to a neighbor’s house for an electrical problem when they saw the fire. The power had to be turned off before crews could start putting out the fire. The home sustained moderate fire and smoke damage.