Police cite La Crosse man seeking revenge on downtown tree

2013-10-28T10:30:00Z 2013-10-28T10:38:47Z Police cite La Crosse man seeking revenge on downtown treeBy ANNE JUNGEN | ajungen@lacrossetribune.com La Crosse Tribune

A La Crosse man climbed a downtown tree early Saturday and tore a limb for its trunk, telling officers he was "paying the tree back," according to police reports.

Officers found a crowd gathered outside Qdoba, 127 S. Third St., about 3 a.m. and Mitchel Pfaff, 25, up the tree. Pfaff said he sought revenge on the tree because his friend two or three years ago fell from it and cracked his head open, reports stated.

Pfaff was given a $240 ticket for damage to property and $177 ticket for disorderly conduct. He's due in La Crosse Municipal Court on Nov. 27.

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  1. Tim Russell
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    Tim Russell - September 25, 2015 11:24 am
    The report did not indicate if the police thought the incident was in any way related to alcohol.
  2. Boo
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    Boo - November 04, 2013 11:17 am
    10 police??? and 8 firemen??? WHY??? do we have extra money in the budget to waste??
  3. Boo
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    Boo - November 04, 2013 11:16 am
  4. William_Harrison
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    William_Harrison - October 31, 2013 2:25 pm
    To those who might think that La Crosse seems to have gained a reputation for the youth coming into town, getting hammered and acting in strange ways... it was pretty much the same way when my brothers and I would road trip down from St. Paul for 3 day weekends that often had us leaving town, roaring up Hwy 61 with the lights off, in the middle of the night, just ahead of the police who were busy searching the streets, alleys and fleabag dives (like the old Stoddard Hotel). 'Twas always a great time to be had in "La Crosseyed"!!!
  5. Lucky1980
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    Lucky1980 - October 29, 2013 10:33 pm
    The tribune acts as if this is the first time a nut has fallen out of a tree.
  6. Mike Hammer
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    Mike Hammer - October 29, 2013 12:12 pm
    Your comment is far better than the article. Well done.
  7. Letitsnow
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    Letitsnow - October 28, 2013 7:28 pm
    Are you sure it wasn't you
  8. jjde66
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    jjde66 - October 28, 2013 6:16 pm
    Are you sure this isn't supposed to be in the entertainment tab? Tribune needs to learn when some things are just not worth writing about, and the title is just comical. Really, Tribune? All I need to do is climb a tree to get in the paper?
  9. Napoleon
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    Napoleon - October 28, 2013 4:11 pm
    This Pfaff guy is 25.... that's way too old for this kind of stupid nonsense.

    Grow up!
  10. common-cents
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    common-cents - October 28, 2013 2:28 pm
    I was told there were at least 10 police officers and 8 firemen on site.
    Charge him for all the resources the city already wastes on a daily basis.
  11. cowboy hooli
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    cowboy hooli - October 28, 2013 2:05 pm
    I am going out on a limb here, he might have some issues with his family tree... that is all I got so don't bark at me!
  12. honesty
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    honesty - October 28, 2013 12:59 pm
    Bad tree. Bad!

    Tree-trimming would be appropriate community service.

  13. Ragtop
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    Ragtop - October 28, 2013 11:54 am
    Must be a slow news day. Really! this makes the news? Leave it for the police blotter.
  14. freiman07
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    freiman07 - October 28, 2013 11:31 am
    He already received enough penalty. Chop the tree down. It has caused more harm than pfaff.
  15. lookout
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    lookout - October 28, 2013 11:27 am
    We have to have a few nuts to make up the world, I just wish we didn't have so many. It makes the human race look bad to the rest of the animals.
  16. LaCrosseBadger
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    LaCrosseBadger - October 28, 2013 10:23 am
    What would a fitting penalty be for this guy? Go.
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