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State Senator Joe Leibham to not seek recount for last week's election

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Joe Leibham will not seek a recount for last week's 6th House District Republican primary. The Sheboygan state senator lost the four man race to State Senator Glenn Grothman by 219 votes, which was close enough to ask for a recount that would have been paid for by local government units. In a statement made Friday afternoon, Leibham said he has contacted Grothman about his decision and wished him well in the November general election.  He adds he is happy of the ...

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La Crosse foundation aims to raise money for downtown surveillance cameras

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LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A private foundation in La Crosse plans to raise almost a half-million dollars so the Police Department can operate 41 surveillance cameras downtown.

The La Crosse City Vision Foundation came up with the idea, after downtown camera shop owner Paul Petras and his son were murdered in September.

Officers made an arrest after reviewing hours of footage from security cameras put up by the downtown businesses. But Police Chief Ron Tischer said officers wasted a lot of time finding all the footage, verifying the accuracy of the dates and times listed on the videos, and converting all of it to a usable format.

Tischer said if the police could get their own cameras, it would be much easier to track down the video evidence they need.

Private donations would pay for the cameras, and the foundation wants enough money to add new cameras in the future without having to seek donations over and over again.

There have been concerns that the police are setting up a “Big Brother” operation. But Tischer said officers won’t have the time to constantly monitor the cameras – but they’ll keep rolling, and producing evidence. And they’ll be clearly marked, in the hopes that at least some crime will be prevented. 

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