Canadian Pacific train derails near Clayton

Clayton, Iowa - July 24, 2016, at approximately 11:45 a.m. yesterday, a northbound Canadian Pacific (CP) train entered a section of track that had been impacted by a rockslide near Clayton.  The engineer applied the train’s emergency brake, but was unable to stop short of the debris on the tracks.
   As  result of this incident, the lead locomotive and 12 rail-cars on the train derailed.  All 12 cars were empty, and all of them are upright.  There were no injuries, no dangerous goods involved, and no public safety issues.
   Teams worked through the night rerailing cars, restoring track to operation, and conducting inspections to ensure train traffic could safely resume.  The first train passed through the site at 7:30 this morning.

Area widespread power outage

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - During an all day thunderstorm with severe lightening, power was lost in a wide area that included, among other towns, Steuben, Boscobel, Woodman, Mt. Hope, Lancaster, Bloomington and Eastman.  SREC stated that their suppler was down.
   The outage started at approx. 2:25 pm and power was restored about 2 hours later.

Mother, son arrested for drugs at motel

In early June, 2016 Investigators with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office were notified of illegal narcotics activity at the Prairie Motel, in the City of Prairie du Chien.
   Further investigation led Crawford County Sheriff’s Office investigators to believe that Patrick Tesar, age 18 and his mother, Renee Hubanks, age 50 were dealing marijuana, methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms, and possibly prescription medication out of the motel room in which they resided.
   Subsequent to the investigation, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office investigators applied for and were granted a search warrant for Tesar’s residence at the Prairie Motel.
   At approximately 4:30 p.m. on July 20th, 2016 members of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Prairie du Chien Police Department executed the search warrant. Inside the residence law enforcement found marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, oxycodone, scales, and numerous other items of drug paraphernalia.
   Tesar and Hubanks were both arrested in connection with this investigation. Tesar is facing charges of delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and possession of psilocybin mushrooms with intent to deliver.
   Hubanks is facing charges of possession of marijuana (second offense) and possession of drug paraphernalia.   

Home invasion & robbery by three gunman

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears, reports a Home Invasion, Armed Robbery that occurred at a residence located off from West Smith Road, in the Town of Viroqua, Vernon County. 
   The robbery occurred in the early morning hours of July 20th, 2016 minutes before 12:19am, when the 911 call was placed to the Sheriff’s Office.   The residence was occupied by one adult female and her grand-children at the time of the incident.  The parents and owners of the residence were gone at the time, out of the area, but had their mother watching their children while they were away. 
   No one was physically injured as a result of the robbery, but three suspects, later described as two white males and one black male were all dressed in dark clothing, wearing masks and were displaying handguns during the robbery.  Taken in the robbery was a safe, with an un-determined amount of cash, documents, an I-pad mini and several x-box games.  The suspects fled the area before officers arrived on scene and have not been located at this time.  
   Sheriff Spears wants the public to know that this seems to be an isolated incident, targeting the victims in this incident, and there is no danger to the public at this time.  Sheriff Spears does ask the public to report any suspicious activity, persons or vehicles when observed and if anyone knows anything about this crime to call the Sheriff’s Office at (608)637-2123 or the Vernon County Crime Stoppers at (608)637-8477.
   This incident is still under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office. Assisting at the scene was the Westby Police Department, Viroqua Police Department, Readstown Police Department, and a K-9 bloodhound from LaCrosse County.

Boscobel man attacks off duty officer in bar

On the afternoon of 07-16-16, Dakota Dempsey
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(age 24) of Boscobel was arrested for battery to a police officer after attacking an off duty law enforcement officer in a Fennimore tavern. During the attack, Dakota told the victim officer he hates law enforcement.
   Before the attack, Dakota approached the off duty officer and verified the victim officer was employed in law enforcement. Dakota told the victim officer he was upset about a citation he received several years ago for egging cars. Dakota then punched the victim officer several times in the head before being subdued by the victim officer and other patrons in the tavern.
   After being arrested, Dakota advised the investigating officer he felt the need to punch the victim officer in the face. The victim officer suffered minor injuries consistent with being punched, but did not need medical treatment.

Man killed in head-on collision with semi

On 07-14-16 at 2:15pm the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a traffic crash involving a semi and an automobile on Hwy 35/61 south of Substation Rd. The initial investigation determined Michael D. Miller 56, Kewanee Ill. was traveling northbound on Hwy 35/61 in a 2013 Kenworth Semi owned by Millis Transfer Inc and an John Hovancak, 66 of Dodgeville, was traveling southbound in a 1998 Chevy Blazer when a head on collision occurred between the two vehicles.
   Hovancak was pronounced dead at the scene by the Grant County Coroner. Karen Cooley 66 of Dodgeville, who was a passenger in the Chevy Blazer was transported by Lancaster EMS to Grant Regional Hospital for minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Truck crash kills driver

Home truck crash

Update - The driver of the vehicle was Charles S. Weist Jr. age 45 of Fennimore, Wi.  Mr. Weist was not wearing a seatbelt.
Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a one vehicle accident that occurred on July 12th, 2016 at approximately 3:30 pm. The accident happened on Wisconsin Highway 82 near West Prairie approximately 8 miles east of the Village of Desoto, in the Town of Sterling.
   The accident occurred when a Town and Country Sanitation truck was travelling east on Wis. Hwy. 82 and had lost control after negotiating a curve to the right.  The vehicle went off the right side of the road, down into a field and overturned.  The driver was extricated from the vehicle.  The Viroqua Fire Department had to use the Jaws of Life to remove the driver. The driver was transported to Gundersen Health System in Lacrosse by Med-Link Air where he was pronounced dead.
   It is unknown if the driver was wearing a seatbelt.  The drivers name is being withheld pending notification of family.  This marks the 2ND traffic fatality in Vernon County for 2016.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was the Viroqua Fire Department, Desoto Fire Dept., Wheatland Fire Dept., Tri-State Ambulance and Med-Link Air.  The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.   (photo courtesy of Vernon Co. Sheriff’s Office)

 

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