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Report of Neighborhood Incident

Campus Safety received a report of the sound of either fireworks or gunshots heard near campus on the evening of Saturday, March 27, 2017, at approximately 9:15 pm.  There were no injuries and there are no suspects. 

The La Crosse Police Department responded immediately and continues to investigate the possibility of gunshots at 709 S. 7th Street.  If you have any information about this incident, please call Campus Safety at 608-796-3913 or the La Crosse Police Department Non-Emergency Dispatch at 608-785-5962. 

Given this incident and with a greater number of individuals out in the pleasant spring weather, Viterbo campus community members are reminded to take measures to increase safety.

  • Report suspicious and/or threatening behavior to Campus Safety at 608-796-3911 or the La Crosse Police Department at 911.
  • To request a Safe Walk escort when walking on campus and/or in the surrounding neighborhood call Campus Safety at 608-796-3911 or 608-780-1582.  You may schedule this service as needed or in advance.
  • Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings, wherever you are.
  • Do not walk or jog alone especially after dark. Take a friend or neighbor along for company.
  • At night, walk in well-lit areas whenever possible. Choose busy streets and avoid going through vacant lots, alleys, or other deserted areas.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave right away and get help if necessary.
  • Be aware and be prepared. Do not be taken by surprise. Stand tall and walk confidently.

UPDATE: Suspect in Custody in relation to domestic stabbing

Posted: Jan 25, 2017 2:53 PM CST Updated: Jan 25, 2017 4:26 PM CST

Captain Jason Melby La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -  The La Crosse Police Department, Fire Department, and Tri-State Ambulance responded to a domestic violence incident Wednesday afternoon.Dispatch received a call at 12:10 p.m., that the altercation had occurred in a home near 6th and Ferry Streets in La Crosse. "One of the individuals is the victim of a stabbing, at this point in time we don't have any information on the extent of injuries," said Captain Jason Melby with the La Crosse Police Department. That victim was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital. Just before 1 p.m. police were searching for the suspect, Viterbo University was temporarily placed on lockdown.

The suspect, 37-year-old Andrew White of La Crosse was taken into custody without incident and is being charged with recklessly endangering safety. Wright makes his first appearance Thursday in La Crosse County Circuit Court. The identity of the victim is unknown at this time, the altercation remains under investigation. More Information: La Crosse Police Department

REPORTS OF INDIVIDUALS DRESSED AS CLOWNS

Campus Safety received a report of an individual dressed as a clown adjacent to campus near the intersection of 7th and Winnebago on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at around 5:30 pm. There was another report of an individual dressed as a clown near Viterbo parking lot R on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at 11:50 pm.

If you see individuals dressed as clowns on or around campus, do not engage and call Campus Safety at 608-796-3911 or 608-769-3401. If you feel threatened, call 911.

Stay safe by following these tips:

  • Do not walk or jog alone especially after dark. Take a friend or neighbor along for company.
  • To request a Safe Walk escort when walking on campus and/or in the surrounding neighborhood call Campus Safety at 608-796-3911 or 608-780-1582.
  • At night, walk in well-lit areas whenever possible. Choose busy streets and avoid going through vacant lots, alleys, or other deserted areas.
  • Carry purses and bags close to your body and keep a firm grip on them. Avoid pickpockets by carrying your wallet in an inside coat pocket or front trouser pocket.
  • Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings, wherever you are.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave right away and get help if necessary.
  • Be aware and be prepared. Don't be taken by surprise. Stand tall and walk confidently.

REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED NEAR CAMPUS

According to http://www.news8000.com at approximately 3:54 a.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2016, La Crosse police officers responded to reports of shots fired near 613 8th Street S. The officers recovered six spent shell casings at the scene.

Officers searched the neighborhood and found nothing damaged and no one injured. As of today, May 3, 2016 there have been no reports of injuries or property damage from this incident.

There currently are no suspects and the incident remains under investigation. If you have any information on this incident contact the La Crosse Police Department at 608-785-5962.

Students and employees are reminded to utilize the Viterbo Safe Walk service when walking up to two blocks from campus and to report suspicious and/or threatening behavior to Campus Safety at 608-796-3911 or the La Crosse Police Department at 911.

RECENT SHOOTINGS IN LA CROSSE

A summary of the five shooting incidents occurring on the south side of La Crosse between August 14 and August 16, 2015, and currently being investigated by the La Crosse Police Department, is provided here:

  • On August 21, 2015   shots were fired at Redfield and Green Bay Streets.
  • On August 14, 2015, at approximately 8:53 p.m., shots were fired into houses located at 1102 5th Street South and 412 Mississippi Street.  There were no injuries.
  • On August 15, 2015, at approximately 1:33 a.m., a man standing outside 717 S. 5th Street South was shot once in the foot.
  • On August 16, 2015, at approximately 1:25 a.m., several gunshots were fired in the 900 block of 5th Street South.  There were no injuries.
  • On August 16, 2015, at approximately 1:49 p.m., a man was shot in the 400 block of 9th Street South.  The injuries were not life threatening.

The two men who were shot are related. The La Crosse Police Department states the public is not at risk. 

Citizens are reminded to be cautious and watchful.  Police are conducting extra patrols in the areas of the listed shootings.

If you have any information on any of these incidents, please contact the La Crosse Police Department (LCPD) at 608-785-5962.

REPORT OF THREATENING BEHAVIOR

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at approximately 8:50 a.m., a female Viterbo student reported an incident that occurred as she walked back to campus from the Weber Performing Arts Center. 

The student was walking between the 800 and 900 blocks of Cass St. when she noticed two men standing across the street from her.  Both men made comments to the student and one of them also made kissing noises.  The student placed a call on her cell phone and when the two men saw this they stopped making comments, turned around, and walked away.

The two men were described as Caucasian, in their late 20s or early 30s.  One of the men was wearing a plaid jacket.

Students are advised to walk with others and report suspicious and/or threatening activity to Campus Safety at 608-796-3911 or the La Crosse Police Department at 911.

REPORT OF THEFTS

On Tuesday afternoon, April 14, 2015, the removal of a backpack from the Fine Arts Center lobby was reported.  A man observed going through a backpack at the same location is described as Caucasian, with short, black hair, about 5’10” tall, and in his mid-twenties.

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, a theft of a backpack was reported.  The theft occurred in the San Damiano Chapel at approximately 12:30 p.m.  A man who grabbed an unattended backpack and then ran out of the chapel is described as Caucasian, with short, closely cropped brown hair, 5’8” – 5’10” tall, in his late twenties or early thirties, no facial hair, no glasses, wearing a black hooded jacket with red lettering on the back, baggie black shorts, and black tennis shoes.

If you have any information on either incident or see any suspicious activity, please contact the Campus Safety Department at 608-796-3911 or 608-780-1582 or the La Crosse Police Department Non-Emergency Dispatch at 608-785-5962.

Do not leave your belongings unattended.  Keep backpacks and/or other belongings with you and within your sight at all times.  Also, lock your car doors and keep items stored in your car out of plain view. 

REPORT OF BREAK-IN

On Thursday evening, April 9, 2015, laptop computers, phones, and video game equipment were taken from a residence on Mississippi Street, just east of West Avenue. During the incident, a resident was injured by the one of the assailants.

If you have any information on this incident, contact the La Crosse Police Department (LCPD) at 608-785-5962.

You are asked to be cautious and to report suspicious activity to the LCPD. Keep your doors and windows locked. Keep electronics out of sight and avoid walking alone.

The La Crosse Police Department will be performing extra patrols in the neighborhood.

REPORT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT NEAR CAMPUS

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2014, shortly after 9 p.m., the on-duty Viterbo Campus Safety Security Officer was notified by the La Crosse 911 Dispatch Center that a woman had reported being sexually assaulted at the intersection of Ferry Street and 8th Street South.  The assailant is described as a white male, wearing all black who was riding a yellow BMX style bike.  The woman reported that the male grabbed her chest and attempted to lower her pants.

The La Crosse Police Department will continue increased patrol of the area.  Persons with any information about the male described in this incident are asked to contact the La Crosse Police Department at 608-785-5962.

Students and employees walking in the neighborhood are advised to walk with others and report suspicious and/or threatening behavior to Campus Safety at 608-796-3911 or the La Crosse Police Department at 911.

Students and employees are also encouraged to utilize the Viterbo Safe Walk service when walking up to two blocks from the campus.  Contact Campus Safety at 608-796-3911.

VITERBO STUDENTS REPORT ANOTHER INCIDENT OF SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR

On Wednesday morning, October 8, 2014, two female Viterbo students reported they were followed as they drove to campus.  A tall African-American male with chin hair, driving a blue car with a Wisconsin license plate number of 661-WRK, waved at the two female students repeatedly as he drove alongside them.  He followed the two female students to the front of the Student Union.  The female students parked there and remained inside their car.  The male exited his car, walked over to the female students’ car, and knocked on the window.  Another student saw him do this, and advised him to return to his car and leave.  The male walked to his car, got inside, and drove away.

Students and employees are advised to be aware and observant of their surroundings on campus and in the neighborhood, walk/ride with other friends, and to report suspicious behavior to Campus Security at 608-796-3911 or the La Crosse Police Department at 911.

VITERBO STUDENT REPORTS SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, a Viterbo student who lives on Farnam St, between 9th and 10th Streets, reported she and her boyfriend were followed home the prior night.  On Saturday morning she saw a man in the alley behind her home.  She later saw the same man on her property and also at the Maple Leaf parade.  She described the man as a black male with shoulder length dreadlocks, wearing a red t-shirt and blue jeans.

Students and employees are advised to walk with others and report suspicious and/or threatening behavior to Campus Safety at 608-796-3911 or the La Crosse Police Department at 911.

VITERBO STUDENT REPORTS 4TH DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, at about 11:55 p.m. a female student reported being grabbed in the genital area by a tall black male wearing a white t-shirt.  The assault took place while she was walking near the intersection of Jackson St. and 7th St.

Students and employees are advised to walk with others and report suspicious and/or threatening behavior to Campus Safety at 608-796-3911 or the La Crosse Police Department at 911.

VITERBO STUDENTS REPORT THREATENING BEHAVIOR

At approximately 5 pm today, Wednesday, Sept. 24, a Viterbo student reported to Campus Safety that while walking downtown and back, she was followed by a man driving a white Chevy Lumina with Wisconsin plates 671-WBZ.  The driver of the car is described as a black male who is approximately 5’8” with longer than shoulder length dreadlocks. The driver identified himself as Julian.

Another incident reported by a Viterbo student occurred on Sunday, Sept. 21, at approximately 10:30 pm.  The student reported that she was walking on 8th Street between Clare Apartments and McDonald Terrace and a black male approximately 6 feet in height made suggestive remarks to her.

Students are advised to walk with others and report suspicious and/or threatening activity to Campus Safety at 608-796-3911 or the La Crosse Police Department at 911. 

Students who may have experienced similar interactions with the suspect(s) are urged to call Campus Safety at 608-796-3911 to file a report.  Doing so will help in apprehending the individual(s) and securing the campus.

Students who would like to utilize the Viterbo Safe Walk service should contact Campus Safety 608-796-3911.

Update on 04/23