Shed between BRF and Sparta collapses in fire
A wood-frame shed collapsed in a fire at a home between Black River Falls and Fort McCoy last Wednesday. It happened at a home in the 2600 block of Thundercloud Road near the Jackson and Monroe County line. Resident Amber Grob was not home at the time. Two other nearby buildings also sustained heat damage. A cause of the fire has not been determined. A damage estimate is not known yet. The shed was not insured. The property owner is Steve Grob.
BRF woman arrested on possible meth-related charges
A Black River Falls woman was arrested on several alleged drug-related offenses after a traffic stop late last Thursday night. 52-year-old Donna Deloske was arrested for possession of meth, having a prescription drug without a prescription and possession of meth-related paraphernalia.
Tomah VA psychiatry unit temporarily closing Friday
The 11-bed psychiatry unit at Tomah’s VA Medical Center is closing Friday. Director John Rohrer gives a timeline when they hope it may reopen. Roher says it will not effect psychiatry outpatient services. They hope to re-open the unit in about 3 months, but says it could take up to 6 months to recruit and credential new hires. Rohrer says the psychiatry unit closure represents about 4 percent of the overall 266-bed hospital. Mental health associate chief of staff Doctor David Skripka says while travel-wise it may make more sense to have those patients go to nearer private hospitals, there are some drawbacks to that, too. Skripka says while they generally attempt to send their cases to other VA’s, they consider outsourcing patients to private hospitals on a case-by-case basis. Skripka says there are some downsides to outsourcing, they’re not integrated as far as access to clinical information and follow-ups. Skripka says they’re offering salaries 15 thousand dollars year higher than normal starting salaries and comparable to that at private hospitals. Rohrer says what’s gone on the hospital in the past seven or eight months certainly has not made things easier, making a difficult situation more difficult, but that VA and private hospitals statewide are having the same issues.
Highway 21 bridge over Wisconsin River down to 1 lane Monday
Highway 21 east of Necedah over the Wisconsin River at the Juneau and Adams County line will be down to one lane with flagging at times Monday due to a bridge inspection. Work is scheduled to be done by the end of the day.
Tomah VA dedicates painting to Simcakoski
Tomah’s VA Medical Center dedicated a large painting to veteran Jason Simcakoski Sunday afternoon. Simcakoski died at the VA last August, a death the federal VA inspector general called avoidable. The report said Simcakoski was given 55 different doses of medications in the 72 hours before he died.
Sauk County motorcyclist injured in crash near Coon Valley
A Sauk County man was injured when he crashed his motorcycle southeast of Coon Valley early Monday morning. Police say 21-year-old Korey Hawkins of Prairie du Sac skidded several feet before ending up on the shoulder on County Highway B near Koll road. His injuries were not life threatening.
Jackson County police dog gets free bulletproof vest
A Jackson County police dog has received a new bulletproof and stab-resistant vest thanks to charity Vested Interest in K-9s. The vest normally costs over a thousand dollars. For more information, go to V-I-K-9’s dot org.
La Crosse police think they've tied suspect to murder
La Crosse police say a bloody jacket and gun found Tuesday appear to tie the man now formally charged to a killing of a teen on the city’s south side earlier this month. Police say 18-year-old Deshawn Randall told them that victim George Miller shot at him about a week earlier. Randall claimed he was sleeping when the murder occurred and stole a gun during a Milwaukee robbery for protection.