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Hiker rescued from Grandad Bluff cited for trespassing

Published On: Jun 27 2013 06:49:03 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 28 2013 02:47:28 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The La Crosse Police Department issued a trespassing citation to a hiker who was rescued from Grandad Bluff Thursday afternoon.

Jessica Hale, 22, recieved a $290 fine for the ordinance violation of "Trespass-Unauthorized Area on Bluff," police said. Hale's friend, Coey Oliver, 22, was also cited.

They are scheduled to appear in court on July 17.

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A woman had to be rescued from Grandad Bluff in La Crosse after becoming stranded.

The woman was not hurt, but it caused quite a scare.

Authorities tell us she was trying to climb Grandad Bluff near the lower lookout when she got stuck above a ledge. The woman was with a friend at the time.

A firefighter had to rappel down to pull the woman to safety. "She was up about 15 feet off a rock ledge, so we sent somebody down from the top to tie her in, then lowered her down," said La Crosse Fire Department Division Chief Tom Wallerich.

The woman and her friend were climbing in a restricted area on the other side of the fenced off portion of the Grandad Bluff lookout.

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