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No injuries after overnight fire at La Crosse home

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) - No one was hurt after a fire overnight at a house in La Crosse. The La Crosse Fire Department said that at 12:08 a.m. Monday, they responded to a report of a house on fire near downtown La Crosse on the 600 block of South 7th Street.
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La Crosse man accused of putting knife to child's throat

A 19-year-old was charged Tuesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court after allegedly putting a knife against a child’s throat. Hayden M. Steinhoff faces a felony charge of child abuse/recklessly causing bodily harm and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct by use of a dangerous weapon. According to the criminal...
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La Crosse man charged with sexual assault

A 22-year-old La Crosse man was charged Monday in La Crosse County Circuit Court with second-degree sexual assault. Davidlee S. Godfrey faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted on the felony charge. According to the criminal complaint, a 16-year-old told police that Godfrey entered her bedroom during the...
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Multiple Thefts In Holmen

Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Law enforcement is investigating several reports of theft in and around Holmen Wednesday night. The La Crosse County sheriff’s office and the Holmen police department are looking for anyone who may have video of suspicious activity, specifically items being stolen from vehicles. Officers say so far most...
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Missing Child, Major Harris, Found Dead

Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The missing La Crosse County three-year-old boy who was the subject of an ongoing amber alert is dead. The Milwaukee police department late this afternoon said Major Harris’ body was found on the western side of Milwaukee. Police officers earlier said they made several arrests in the...
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La Crosse Doctor Facing Two More Charges

Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Two more charges are filed against a La Crosse doctor accused of sexually assaulting multiple children. 40-year-old joseph Poterucha appeared virtually in La Crosse County court today. He now faces three counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. He’s a pediatrician...
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Holmen Police Department looking for information regarding thefts

HOLMEN, Wis. (WEAU) - The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office and the Holmen Police Department is releasing information that they have taken several reports on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 21 of items being stolen from vehicles in and around Holmen Wednesday night. They are looking for anyone that may...
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Two more charges against Mayo doctor accused of sexually assaulting girls

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- A La Crosse pediatrician accused of sexually assaulting a minor is now accused in two more cases. Joseph Thomas Poterucha, 40, faces three felony charges of sexual assault of a minor younger than 13. Poterucha’s attorney, Jennifer Lough, told La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Gloria...
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Sparta man charged with trying to grab officer’s gun

SPARTA (WKBT) — A Sparta man was arrested this week after he was accused of attempting to steal a police officer’s gun. Anthony Cox, 25, was charged Monday in Monroe County Circuit Court with seven felonies and eight misdemeanors in connection with an incident that took place Oct. 15 at the Monroe County Jail. Cox refused to cooperate with a...
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Police investigating thefts from vehicles near Holmen

HOLMEN (WKBT) — Police are investigating reports of several thefts from vehicles in and around Holmen. The Holmen Police Department and La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office took several reports Thursday of items stolen from cars. The majority of the reports are from Remington Hills toward Holmen High School and the area of Deerwood Park. Holmen police are looking for video...
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La Crosse man accused of trying to sexually assault girl

A 23-year-old La Crosse man was charged Monday in La Crosse County Circuit Court for attempting to have sex with a minor. Connor J. Horman faces felony charges of attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child and exposing genitals to a child. According to the criminal complaint, a girl told...
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The Search for Major Harris Continues

Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Dozens of volunteers are leading a grassroots effort to find a missing three-year-old boy from La Crosse County. Major Harris hasn’t been seen since last week, and volunteers have taken it upon themselves to search for the boy. They started their day back out at Havenwoods state...

Two more children accuse La Crosse doctor of sexual assault

Two more children have come forward with allegations that a La Crosse doctor molested them in the past two years, adding to the allegation that led to his arrest last week. Dr. Joseph T. Poterucha, 40, a pediatrician and Intensive Care Unit doctor at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, appeared in La Crosse County Circuit Court virtually on Wednesday in front of Judge Gloria Doyle. He faces three charges of first-degree child sexual assault of a child under age 13.
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La Crosse County CMJC approves resolution to study independent police oversight committee

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- The possibility of a new La Crosse County independent police oversight committee takes another step forward. Before a formal committee can be created, the county’s criminal justice management council says it must consider additional study and coordination between stakeholders. On Wednesday, October 20th. the council approved a resolution to form a committee to study the possibility of a civilian oversight board.
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La Crosse man accused of battering woman

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 22-year-old La Crosse man accused of injuring a woman during a July 4 altercation in La Crosse. Jayvon E. Jones-Shields was charged Monday in La Crosse County Circuit Court with felony counts of strangulation/suffocation and substantial battery with intent to cause bodily harm and a misdemeanor count of intentionally pointing a firearm at a person.
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