Arbitrator: Deputy wrongly fired in Jennings death; Stratman to be reinstated

A former La Crosse County Sheriff’s deputy fired after she killed a Holmen teenager in a 2010 crash has won her job back.

In a ruling released Monday, an arbitrator ordered Trisha Stratman be returned to duty with back pay of about 20 months.

Stratman was responding to a call for help at a Holmen bar fight in the early morning of Jan. 18, 2010, when she drove through a red light at more than 90 mph just as 16-year-old Brandon Jennings pulled into the intersection.

Jennings was thrown from his vehicle and died at the scene.

A jury acquitted Stratman on a charge of homicide by negligent operation, but she was fired in 2011 after an internal investigation found … Continue reading

More police officers injured as suspects flee to avoid arrest

Gerard Phillips Sr. fled from police before. La Crosse officer Dan Ulrich didn’t expect him to cooperate this time either.

Wanted on four warrants, Ulrich was pursuing Phillips during the evening commute July 3. They wove through busy residential areas before Phillips lost control of his Chevy Impala on Ninth Street when it hopped a curb. Phillips bailed.

His Impala barreled backward, forcing the squad car door shut on Ulrich’s left hand. The officer was trapped inside.

“It hurt, but I was more upset I couldn’t get out,” he said. “My hand looked like a mini train had gone over it.”

Ulrich is one of more than two dozen members of the La Crosse and Onalaska police departments and the … Continue reading

Julie Christensen Walk/Run/Bike Benefit – August 3, 2013

Officer Injured in Line of Duty

5k Start/5k Return/Total 10k

(Participant may choose whichever they prefer)
on the Mountain Bay Trail, Weston, Wisconsin

  • Saturday, August 3, 2013
  • Registration 9:00am at:
    Dale’s Weston Lanes
    5902 Schofield Ave, Schofield WI 54476
    Phone: 715-359-8488
  • Hamburger and Hot Dog meals will be sold at reduced cost for all participants with a wrist band.
  • $25.00 Per Person

Questions please email:

Get PDF of event and Release of Liability if you want to participate.