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.

Folks slipped & slid at the finish
of the annual Mud Run

Prairie du Chien, WI – September 20, 2015 – An enthusiastic crowd of athletically oriented people lined up at the starting line for the annual Mud Run on St. Feriole Island yesterday.  The weather was a little cooler than last year, but that was not an issue for these brave folks.  If you're going to run 4 miles, navigating obstacles designed to challenge you all along the way, and end crawling through a mud pond, weather is the least of your worries.
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Armed robbery in Waterloo leads
to arrest in Postville

On Tuesday, September 15, 2016 the Waterloo Police Department  responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery that just occurred at the  I-Wireless cellular store, 1523 San Marnan Dr., Waterloo.

Two male suspects entered the business at gunpoint and ordered the  employee to a backroom. The suspects then stole an undisclosed amount of cash and cellular telephones. Witnesses observed the suspects exiting  the business with the stolen items and fleeing the area in a silver SUV. The employee was not injured during the robbery.

As a result of the investigation a suspect vehicle was located in the parking lot of the Pines Motel in Postville Iowa. The Waterloo Police  Department requested assistance of the Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team  to execute a search warrant of the motel room occupied by the armed  suspects. The occupants inside the motel room are being detained for  questioning at this time.

Update - On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, as a result of the robbery investigation at the I-Wireless cellular store in Waterloo the following six suspects have been charged in Black Hawk County District Court for the following crimes.

-          Roosevelt Brown, Age 20 of Harvey, IL, Robbery 1st Degree.

-          James Harden, Age 29 of Markham, IL, Robbery 1st Degree.

-          Don N. Redmond, Age 29 of Harvey, IL, Robbery 1st Degree.

-          Jeffrey A. Kemp, Age 39 of Chicago, IL, Robbery 1st Degree.

-          Lawerence D. Adkinson, Age 27 of Hazel Crest, IL, Robbery 1st Degree.

Dominique Walker, Age 22 of Harvey, IL, Accessory After the

 Fact-Robbery 1st Degree, and Theft 3rd Degree.

   All the suspects are being held at the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department.

The Waterloo Police Department was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team, Iowa State Patrol Negotiators,  Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department, Clayton County Sheriff’s  Department, Postville Police Department, Postville Fire and EMS, Cresco  Police Department, and the Waukon Police Department.

Man shoots at squirrel, hits hunting partner

Sheriff John B. Spears reports on September 13, 2015, at approximately 10:15 am, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a hunting accident.  The accident happened approximately one mile east of Coon Valley on public hunting land owned by the State of Wisconsin. 

   Alcedin Vang, age 44, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was squirrel hunting with a group of hunters when he shot at a squirrel, accidentally shooting another hunter.

   The victim Lee Vang, age 43, of Holmen, Wisconsin, was shot in the shoulder area. Lee Vang was treated at the scene for his injury and transported by Tri-State Ambulance to Gunderson Health System.

   Assisting at the scene were the Coon Valley Fire, Coon Valley EMS, and Tri-State Ambulance.  The accident remains under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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