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Two La Crosse men, including repeat drug offender Aric Elmore, are facing heroin charges Friday after they appeared in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

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Aric Elmore

Elmore

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Homer Taylor Jr.

Taylor

Elmore, 43, and Homer D. Taylor Jr., 38, are co-defendants in a drug case after they were accused of selling heroin to a criminal informant for $160 on Nov. 13.

According to the complaint, investigators with the West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group Drug Task Force conducted a series of controlled drug buys in the La Crosse area in November and observed Elmore selling drugs while Taylor was in the room. Taylor was later pulled over, and the bills used in the controlled buy were found in his jacket pocket.

At the time of the arrest, Elmore was serving four years of probation after Judge Elliott Levine stayed a prison sentence in September. The decision drew criticism from Police Chief Ron Tischer, who in a Sept. 23 column in the Tribune cited Elmore’s history of fighting with officers, battery and disorderly conduct, as well as violating a restraining order, bail jumping, possession of a firearm and drug crimes.

Elmore was charged Friday with second and subsequent offense conspiracy to commit delivery of heroin as a repeat offender. Taylor was charged with second and subsequent offense delivery of heroin as a party to a crime as a repeat offender and misdemeanor bail jumping as a repeat offender.

Elmore remains in custody in the La Crosse County Jail on a probation hold in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond. Taylor remains jailed in lieu of a $7,500 cash bond. They will return to court Nov. 30.


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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering local government and city issues for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218.

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bartleybigears

Why do many countries NOT have a drug issue like the United States? It's because those countries have much harsher laws including the death penalty for drug offenses. The criminal justice system in the United States is a complete farce when it comes to drug crimes. Other countries laugh at the U.S. and their weak laws.

LaCrosseTaxPayer

Capital punishment eliminates repeat offenders! 3 time losers should be just like baseball, strike 3 and you’re out!!!
The problem in the US is the court system and the crybabies that want to protect the slime of the nation! There should be NO juvenile court, if you kill someone you fry no matter your age, the person that gets killed is no less dead if a 13 year old kills them compared to the person killed by a 30 year old!!! Capital punishment eliminates repeat offenders!! Why don’t we just fry the hard core lifers and make the rest of them in prison and jail work if they want to eat! A good old fashion chain gang, cleaning our roads and road ditches would keep them busy for years and benefit the tax payers also!! Put a shovel in their hands when it snows and a weed whip in the summer!! Have the jailer analyze their performance, if they don’t work no food for the day, if they work they eat, and if there a really good worker pay them a half a buck an hour in an account for when they get out, and feed them really good! Jail and prison is a punishment and not a resort that you are waited on for all you needs like some seem to think!! I will repeat myself Capital punishment eliminates repeat offenders!! And Make jail and prison someplace they NEVER want to go back to!!! The slim in prison should have NO rights because they didn’t care about their victim’s rights or wellbeing! I will repeat myself Capital punishment eliminates repeat offenders!! We need to make our streets safe again!
The do gooders that whine about Capital punishment need to pony up with their money and let them support the scum in prison for the rest of their lives if they feel so against Capital punishment so the taxpayers don’t waste their money on supporting this scum!!! If most of these do gooders experience a violent crime first hand or to a loved one I doubt very much they would want to save all the scum of the nation! If the judges would start making the punishment fit the crime instead of just slapping the wrists of the little darlings’ maybe they would learn we’re sick of their actions!!! I will repeat myself Capital punishment eliminates repeat offenders!! Do you get my point? If you kill or attempt to kill someone you should fry or if you commit any crime using a weapon not only a gun but knifes, clubs, screwdrivers, any kind of weapons it should be automatic Capital punishment for any violent crime or drug dealing and none of this 5, 10, or 20 years on death row, if you’re convicted you have 48 hours to make peace with your maker and you’re done!!!!! All violent criminals have one thing in common, an acute lack of lead between their eyes!!!

let it go

The words of the Chief of Police are meaningless as long as we provide many of these users an out with the drug Narcan and free needles. How can we as a society sit back and watch what this is doing to our future generation. 20 years ago this sort of behavior would not have been accepted and we had fewer police working at that time. Reaching out to the community does nothing if we cannot keep them safe from drug dealers. Where there is a demand there will always be problems like this and they affect so many more people than the user and dealer. How many chances do these people get before they are tossed in jail. You want more money to fix the roads. I first suggest you clean them up first.

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