Charges Could Be Filed This Month in Holmen Crash
The Wisconsin Attorney General's office may announce in a week or two whether charges will be filed because of a fatal car crash in Holmen this summer. A La Crosse County deputy and a high school student collided on Highway 35 late at night, while the deputy was heading to a police call in a squad car. The student, 16-year-old Brandon Jennings, was killed. Deputy Trisha Stratman was placed on leave for several weeks after the crash, before returning to office duty.
D.A. KRATZ QUITS
Ken Kratz resigned today as Calumet County’s district attorney, almost three weeks after he first admitted giving sexually-suggestive messages to a woman. In a statement, Kratz said he lost the confidence of the people he represented, due primarily to quote, “personal issues which have now affected my professional career.”
It was first reported last month that Kratz sent 30 racy text messages last fall to a domestic abuse victim while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend. At least four other women then came forward with stories of what Kratz told them – including one who said Kratz offered to help write a victim-witness statement in exchange for sex.
Doyle said this morning that every crime victim has the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and Kratz violated that right.
Fire Department in Holmen Growing
Full time fire protection around Holmen will increase by 50% soon. The Holmen area fire board has agreed to increase the number of full time firefighters from four to six. The change comes amidst growing budget pressures but also with continued rapid growth and against the backdrop of state mandates that require certain levels of fire protection at specific population levels. The Holmen fire district includes not just the village but also the towns of Onalaska and Holland. Total budget increase for the additional firefighters will be around $65,000.
First-degree murder and burglary charges against Powers
Murder, plus burglary, plus car theft...
Jackson County has filed more than half-a-dozen charges against the suspect in the October shooting death of Terrance Stoen. The most serious charge against 23-year-old Aaron Powers is first-degree murder. Powers is suspected of killing Stoen during a burglary, and then stealing his pickup and cell phone. He had both the phone and the truck when he was arrested days later while camping in Juneau County. His bond remains at a million dollars cash. An evidence hearing is planned for early January.
Two Dead Another Hurt in Scuba Accident
Two men from the twin cities die and another is injured in a scuba diving accident near Black River Falls. By the time Jackson County cops arrived at Wazee Lake Recreation Area all three men had been pulled from the water and CPR was getting used on the lone survivor. Police are investigating what killed the 60 and 57 year old scuba divers. Their 53 year old companion was injured but there's no update on his condition.