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Fall affects some of us more than others, but is there a person so lacking in sensitivity that fall doesn't tug on their emotions? I think not.  This short fall video explores some of the ways fall affects us emotionally.

Three vehicle crash - one fatality

On October 11, 2015 at 12:57 p.m. the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a three vehicle crash on State Highway 35 at Meadow Lane in Prairie du Chien Township.
   A 2008 Honda sport van operated by Jason C. Bland age 36 of Holmen was stopped in the northbound lane waiting for a vehicle to make a left hand turn into Meadow Drive. A 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Daniel J. Koch age 34 of Waterloo Iowa was also stopped behind the Bland vehicle.
   Larry L. Walters age 69 of Marion Iowa was operating a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle also driving northbound and failed to yield to the stopped vehicles.
   Walters first collided with the Koch motorcycle causing it to fall then collided into the rear of the Bland vehicle causing Walters to exit the highway and enter the east ditch. Walters was ejected from the motorcycle about 29 feet from the point of impact.
   There was minor damage to the Walters motorcycle as well as minor damage to both the Bland and the Koch vehicles. No injuries were reported by Bland or his passengers.        Koch was transported and released from Crossing Rivers Health with minor injuries. Walters who was wearing a helmet was also transported to Crossing Rivers Health with severe injuries to his chest.  Walters later died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.
   Both the Koch and Walters motorcycles were towed from the scene. Assisting at the scene were the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Bobs Towing, Bridgeport Fire, Bridgeport First Responders, and Tri-State EMS. The crash remains under investigation.

Waterville Bar & Grill destroyed by fire

Waterville, Iowa - On Oct. 10, 2015 at 4:42 a.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fire at the Waterville Store Bar & Grill, located at 58 Main Street, in Waterville.
   The building is believed to be a total loss.  The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is currently under investigation by authorities.  Responding to the fire were the Waterville, Waukon, and Harpers Ferry Fire Departments.

Father allegedly barricades himself with baby
in domestic violence incident

On October 1, 2015 at approximately 9 am the Platteville Police Department received a complaint of a domestic violence incident in which the reporting victim was kicked and strangled.  It was reported that the suspect, Douglas Forbes Jr., had assaulted the victim on two prior occasions as well. 
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Douglas Forbes, Jr.

   The victim reported that Douglas Forbes Jr., had the victim’s 8 month old son with him.  The victim was due to pick up the child during a normal child exchange time later in the day.  There was no indication at the time that the child was in any immediate danger.  Police intended to make contact with Douglas Forbes Jr., when the child was back safely with the victim. 
   Douglas Forbes Jr., in this incident was alerted to Police involvement when the victim called him to try to arrange for an earlier exchange time.  Douglas Forbes Jr., then threatened harm to himself and the child if the victim didn’t meet him and or contact him.      Platteville Police and Grant County Negotiators made telephone contact with a subject inside the residence. The subject that answered was not cooperative with the officers and lied about who was present inside the residence.  The subject then hung up and further attempts to call went unanswered. 
   Officers with the Grant County Crisis Resolution Team (CRT) made entry into the residence and Douglas Forbes Jr., was taken into custody along with another subject who was later determined to be uninvolved. The 8 month old child was found safe and unharmed and returned to the custody of his mother.

   Charges against Douglas Forbes Jr. are pending further review.  Three area schools were placed on lock down in the initial stages of the barricade incident, until such time that it was contained. 

   The Platteville Police Department was assisted by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Grant County Crisis Resolution Team, the UW-Platteville Campus Police, Southwest Health EMS, the Platteville Fire Department and Family Advocates of Platteville.

Suspect arrested for allegedly poisoning victim
with antifreeze

The Richland Center Police Department is continuing their investigation into an attempted 1st degree intentional homicide that occurred in the
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Nina V. Fields, 25 of Richland Center

city in the days leading up to Sunday, September 20, 2015.
   The Richland Center police Dept. learned that the Madison Police Dept. had been contacted by staff at Meriter Hospital, who had concerns that one of their patients had possibly been intentionally poisoned.
   Preliminary investigation showed that the victim was a 68 year old female resident of Richland Center that had been transferred from the Richland Hospital to Meriter Hospital on the afternoon of Friday, September 18th.  The victim's condition had gotten considerably worse throughout the morning of Saturday, September 19th at which time she was put on dialysis and had further blood work tested that ultimately showed elevated levels of Ethylene Glycol (antifreeze) in her system.

   A safety plan was set up in conjunction with the Madison Police Department and Meriter Hospital Security staff to oversee the victim while the investigation continued.

   According to Chief Clements, a suspect has been identified as, Nina V. Fields, 25 of Richland Center.  This identification was the result of the amount of work in a short period of time that the detective and officers investigating this case put forth.

   Nina Fields was taken into custody by officers of the Richland Center Police Department at 10:00 p.m. On Friday, September 25th without incident and is currently being held in the Richland County Jail pending a bail hearing and initial appearance.  Nina V. Fields is tentatively charged with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide.

   The victim remains hospitalized in Madison at Meriter Hospital in stable condition and continuing to recover.

Man sentenced for Cassville rampage including,
robbery, kidnapping, strangulation, and more

MADISON, WIS. -- September 23, 2015 - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that James M. Kruger, 38, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 15 years in federal prison for twice possessing firearms as a felon. Kruger pleaded guilty to these charges on July 2, 2015.

   In connection with his guilty plea, Kruger admitted that he possessed a .22 rifle in Madison in August 2013. Kruger also admitted that he possessed three firearms on September 10, 2013 -- a Savage long rifle, a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, and a loaded 12 gauge shotgun.

   Judge Conley enhanced Kruger’s sentence because Kruger stole the firearms on September 10, 2013 and then used the weapons to rob a relative, threaten a woman who lived in rural Grant County, kidnap the woman’s husband, and steal a truck. Judge Conley also observed that Kruger stole a second vehicle on September 10 and led police officers on a high speed chase through Grant, Iowa, and Dane Counties. During the chase, Kruger drove in excess of 100 miles per hour and drove against traffic on Wisconsin State Highway 18-151.  See background story and video.

   United States Attorney Vaudreuil stated, “This sentence protects the public by ensuring that James Kruger, a very dangerous man, will remain behind bars for a long time.”

   The charges against Kruger were the result of an investigation conducted by the Grant and Iowa County Sheriffs’ Departments; the Cassville, Mount Horeb, and Madison Police Departments; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy M. O’Shea and Peter M. Jarosz.


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