Kong Vue and Pao Vue in LaCrosse court today for murder of Sara HougomWisconsin News
-- Two men were scheduled to make their first court appearances in La Crosse this afternoon for the killing of a woman, and another incident which involved a drive by shooting
Two men were scheduled to make their first court appearances in La Crosse this afternoon for the killing of a woman, and another incident which involved a drive by shooting. 19 year old Kong Vue and his 21 year old uncle Pao Vue are both charged with homicide and attempted homicide. According to prosecutors, Kong Vue told police that he went to Sara Hougom’s apartment in March to steal a purse and he shot the 22 year old woman when she confronted him. Hougom was apparently able to call 911 from her cell phone before she died at a La Crosse hospital. The two men are also accused of committing a drive by shooting in another part of the city, just moments before Hougom was murdered. Police said bullet casings were recovered from both crime scenes and they matched those from the same .22-caliber handgun.
Kip Smith says people should insist that their representatives in Washington abolish financial requirements and other cumbersome rules needed to run for federal office or else the average person could no longer serve in Congress. Smith, a physical therapist from Rhinelander, made his withdrawal from Wisconsin’s US Senate race official today with a courthouse news conference. The Republican put out a statement yesterday that his campaign was getting deep into debt, to the point in which he was putting his family in danger. Smith said he was also hurt by laws which prohibited certain nonprofits from endorsing him. He said people need to hold their lawmakers accountable, with changes that make it possible for a political unknown of modest means to run. Smith did not rule out a run for another public office in the future. His withdrawal from the US Senate race leaves three well known political figures on the GOP side plus hedge fund manager Eric Hovde, who has spent $1.5 million dollars of his own money to build name recognition.
It’s not clear when dredging work will resume on the Fox River near De Pere. A federal judge ordered Friday that the NCR paper company immediately resume an ongoing clean up of contaminated sediment from the river. But dredging vessels have remained silent along the Fox River at Ashwaubenon. And the ruling from Federal Judge William Griesbach apparently gives NCR at least some time to start up the dredging work that was cut off last year. The project is meant to remove harmful PCB’s from the river that were dumped by paper companies around a half century ago. The government asked Judge Griesbach to get the work going again as soon as possible, after a dispute over who pays for the cleanup was at least partially resolved. The judge ruled last month that Appleton Papers does not have to pay more, after covering about 60% of the work. Appleton Papers estimated in March that it had spent close to $200 million dollars already on a nine year project that was about three years in.