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A "not guilty" verdict for Trisha Stratman...
After about three hours of deliberation on Thursday, a La Crosse County jury has acquitted the former sheriff's officer of negligent homicide. Stratman was driving her squad car to a police call in Holmen when she collided with a car driven by teenager Brandon Jennings. The 16-year-old Holmen student was killed in the crash. Stratman's attorney said the collision was an accident, while state prosecutors portrayed Stratman as unnecessarily endangering the safety of others by driving about 100 miles an hour through a red light to assist in handling a bar fight.
An Onalaska man was arrested this week and charged with numerous counts of burglary and theft. Twenty year old Jonathan Huber was arrested Tuesday and charged with 5 counts of burglary, 4 counts of theft and residential burglary. On Monday, an Onalaska Officer reported that his personal vehicle had been entered and an ipod was taken. Through a check of the LeadsOnline system, it was found that the ipod had been pawned at Pawn America by Huber’s girlfriend. The officer’s property was successfully recovered with Pawn America’s cooperation.
A hearing today in Wisconsin is dealing with proposed Medicaid cuts. Democrats are holding a hearing on package of measures aimed at cutting a 554 million dollar deficit in the government’s health programs for the poor and the elderly.
If it’s not approved on time, officials said 53 thousand recipients would lose their Badger Care. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau said 65 thousand people could lose their eligibility for Medicaid and 28 thousand of them could still have access to coverage from their employers.
A live TV telethon to support the Coulee Region Humane society next Saturday will be produced by UW La Crosse communication studies students. Professor Pat Turner says in the 13 years she has worked with the telethon.....the results have been huge. And her students put alot of leg work into the production.
Recall backers in Wisconsin feeling good this week.
Especially after Tuesday's vote in Ohio which repealed that state's new restrictions on collective bargaining for public unions. Essentially the same reason behind a recall push for govenor Walker. And the two really are similar, insists service employees local 180 union president in La Crosse, Rich Smith