Scuba diver dies at Lake Wazee
A scuba diver died in Lake Wazee Saturday morning. The 54-year-old woman was practicing dives when she was found unresponsive and not breathing. She was brought to the surface. CPR was performed. She died at a nearby hospital. The woman’s name has not been released.
Tomah man originally charged with murder in wife's fall suicide dies
The Tomah man who was charged with murdering his wife in Sawyer County last fall before it was determined she committed suicide died himself Thursday. Funeral services for 26-year-old Cade Clark are tomorrow morning.
US Senate bill to help prevent vets painkiller abuse formally introduced
A US Senate bill to help prevent painkiller abuse by veterans was formally introduced Wednesday. Wisconsin US Senator Tammy Baldwin says it’ll be a good bill for vets and their families. Baldwin says it’ll give vets and their families a stronger voice in their own care by strengthening prescription guidelines and increasing doctor training. This bill is named after Jason Simcakoski, who died at the Tomah VA last year. His father Marv says his death was unnecessary. Simcakoski says after he’s passed away when he looks back he thinks his son didn’t have a chance. Simcakoski says with the way the VA system is, if something isn’t done about it, there’s going to be a lot more veterans that run into the same problem Simcakoski did. Baldwin says it’ll make sure the VA has the latest information on painkillers.
Ft hosts DOD's largest field medical training event
Fort McCoy hosted the Defense Department’s largest field medical training event earlier this month. Force Master Chief CJ Mitchell describes the type of people that trained and they’re looking for more of. Mitchell says in particular they’re looking for medical professionals, and with the Navy reserves staying modern with the Navy, they’re looking for people that work in cyber defense and security. Army and Air Force reservists were also a part of the event.
President Obama in La Crosse Thursday
President Obama will speak in La Crosse Thursday. The speech will be about the economy. The exact time and location of the speech has not been released yet. He’s the first sitting president to visit Western Wisconsin since George W. Bush in 2004.
One of accused Econo Lodge murderers in court Monday afternoon
One of the two men charged after an alleged murder at Tomah’s Econo Lodge in March will be back in court his afternoon. 20-year-old Sebastian Martinez has been charged with being a party to the murder of 43-year-old Derek Magnuson of Tomah. The other man charged, 26-year-old Zachary Davis, won’t be back in court again until late September.
DeSoto woman injured after car hits bridge
A DeSoto woman was injured when her car hit a bridge west of Viroqua Saturday afternoon. Police say the car of 33-year-old Marlene Sletten hit the bridge over the Bad Axe River on County Highway N. Police say she suffered minor injuries.
Iowa couple injured in Vernon County crash
An Iowa couple were injured in a motorcycle crash between Viroqua and DeSoto yesterday afternoon. Police say the motorcycle of 57-year-old Michael Weltha of went off the road, over a hill and into the ditch. Injuries suffered by Weltha and his wife, 55-year-old Karen, were not life threatening.
VA hosting open house Tuesday
Tomah’s VA Medical Center will host an open house tomorrow from 10 o’ clock to 3 o’ clock. It will include a mobile tour of the hospital, a guided walking tour and the opportunity to learn about job openings. Volunteer opportunities and telehealth services will also be highlighted.