Was Stratman Paid This Whole Time
Lacrosse County Deputy, Trisha Stratman avoided any punishment for her role in the death of Holmen teen Brandon Jennings, besides being fired from her job. But how much money did she make while the whole ordeal of charges and courts was going on? Almost $28 thousand.
Stratman was involved in the crash that killed Jennings in July of 2010. Charges were filed against her this past January and she went on a personal leave in February. When she returned back to work, she was on light duty work until she was fired in August. Stratman appealed her firing and state law requires sheriff's deputies continue receiving full pay and benefits until the appeals process is finished.
Stratman lost her appeal and was officially taken off the county payrolls on October 8th. An arbitrator with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission will determine whether there was just cause for the firing, but no date has been set for the hearing.
Former Fort McCoy Commander Running for Congress
The next opponent for La Crosse congressman Ron Kind has a pretty significant military background. Former Fort McCoy garrison commander Ray Boland says he'll run against Kind as a Republican in next year's third district congressional race. Boland, also the former state secretary of Veterans Affairs, complains about runaway spending, reckless borrowing, managerial dysfunction and political gridlock in Washington. Boland plans a formal announcement after the holiday season.
La Crosse Aquinas Grads Get Attention for Aaron Rodgers Tribute
All of a sudden, a couple La Crosse Aquinas graduates have been thrust into the spotlight.
Payton Sterba, now a student at Marquette, and Matt Haupert, at Drake, have produced what has turned into a bit of an internet video sensation Aaron Rodgers tribute
"I could be your Jordy" is the name of the song
Payton Sterba. He and Haupert wrote and recorded the Rodgers song while they were in La Crosse for Thanksgiving together. The video is also filmed in La Crosse and scenes include UWL, Riverside Park, and the Glory Days bar downtown.
First Spring Referendum Vote by City Council is Yes
A spring referendum on whether to add a city administrator in La Crosse seems imminent. The council has cast a preliminary--near unanious-- vote on holding a referendum. Which is how it should be, former councilman Bill Harnden told current council members last night
While the council casts a final vote on a referendum tomorrow night, two local groups are holding a petition drive to also possibly force a referendum.
Thieves Hit Fleet Farm In Winona
Looks like an electronics filled Christmas for some thieves in Winona. Lots of electronics.
Last Wednesday afternoon, 3 men walked into the Fleet Farm, one leaving
shortly after going in the store. The other two took a large hockey
equipment bag from a shelf and began filling it with electronics and sporting
goods. Items stolen? A crossbow, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and
Playstation 3 game systems, telephones, DVD players, a BB pistol and other
items. Worth close to three grand. The men then left the store, loaded the bag
filled with merchandise into a waiting car and took off.