Fight ends with man shot twice

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a shooting occurred Friday, May 20, 2016, at approximately 10:30 PM, in the village of Viola, in Vernon County.  The Sheriff’s Office received several 9-1-1 calls of gunshots being heard in the 200 block of West Commercial Street. 
   When officers arrived, they determined an altercation had occurred, on private property, owned by Michael D. McNelly, age 56, of Viola, WI.  The incident involved McNelly and Jonathan L. Franks, age 32, of La Crosse, WI.  Franks was struck twice in the lower abdominal area and was transported to Vernon Memorial Healthcare, in Viroqua, by the Kickapoo Rescue Squad. 
   McNelly was injured prior to the gunfire and he was also transported to Vernon Memorial Healthcare by La Farge Ambulance.  Both Franks and McNelly were later transferred to Gundersen Health System, in LaCrosse, by Tri-State Ambulance.  Both Franks and McNelly are expected to recover.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the La Farge Police Department, Viola Police Department, Viroqua Police Department, and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and more details will be released as the investigation progresses.

Train Derails near Wauzeka, WI

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Railroad supplies are staged in Wauzeka Friday, for repair of the roadbed after the recent train derailment.

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On 05/17/16 at 8:34 PM the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a train derailment Approximately 2 miles east of the village of Wauzeka. 
   The train was a BNSF train carrying corn on a Wisconsin Southern rail line.  An estimated 150-200 tons of corn was spilled when four rail cars tipped over spilling their load onto the ground and river bank. 
   DNR was contacted to determine any hazard to the Wisconsin River.  It was determined that the corn poses no threat to human or wildlife.  A cleanup plan is set in place and should be completed within 72 hours.  The cause of the derailment is under investigation.  (Photo courtesy Sheriff Dale McCullick)

Two people killed in roll-over accident

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The identities of those involved in this accident are as follows: MaKenzle C. Foust, 16, deceased; Brooklyn M. Lindvig, 17, deceased; Jacob R. Logterman, 18, injured.

Richland Center, WI - May 15, 2016 - Richland County Sheriff James J. Bindl reports at 2:49 p.m. on Saturday May 14, 2016, the Richland County Communications Center received a 911 call of a roll-over accident on Cty. Hwy A about 3 miles west of St. Hwy 80. Richland EMS, Fire and the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. responded to the scene.
   It was discovered that a passenger car had over turned, landing in the south ditch at that location.  Two persons were pronounced dead at the scene by the County Coroner.
   Names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  The investigation continues.

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Two men killed, two seriously injured in crash

On May 8, 2016 at approximately 12:46 am a report of a traffic crash was received by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.  Initial reports were of multiple vehicles with a number of injured persons. 
   The initial investigation revealed that Robert McCabe, age 61 from Cuba City, was southbound on Hwy 80/81 in his 2003 Chrysler Van.  An unidentified Hispanic subject driving a 2005 Jeep Liberty was eastbound on Hwy 81.  This vehicle contained two passengers one of which was identified as Manuel Perez, the other is unidentified at this time. 
   The Driver of the Jeep Liberty failed to stop for the stop sign, striking the McCabe vehicle on its driver’s side.  Robert McCabe and one of the unidentified males were pronounced dead at the scene by the Grant County Coroner’s Office.  The two other males were airlifted to UW Hospital for life threatening injuries. 
   This crash remains under investigation as Deputies continue to collect statements, attempt to identify individuals involved, and pending reconstruction reports.
   Assisting at the scene were Platteville Fire and EMS; Cuba City Fire and EMS; the Belmont Fire Department;  Platteville and Cuba City Police Departments; Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office; Wisconsin State Patrol Reconstruction Unit; Med Fight; Bennett’s Auto of Lancaster; and Precision Auto of Platteville.

Fennimore man killed in motorcycle accident

On 05/07/16 at approximately 3:47 p.m., Daniel J. Jones, age 61 of Fennimore, lost control of his motorcycle while overtaking another vehicle on CTH K near Hunter`s Hollow Rd. Daniel was unresponsive when police and EMS arrived on scene. CPR was started and Daniel was transported by Fennimore EMS to Grant Regional Health Center.
   Daniel was later pronounced dead at the hospital by the Grant County Coroner. The Fennimore Police Department, Fennimore EMS, and Wisconsin DNR, assisted at the scene. Haase`s Towing, of Montfort, removed the motorcycle.

Battle lost - Haydn Street RR crossing CLOSED

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Prairie du Chien, WI – May 3, 2016 – After a long 15 year fight between Frazier's Old Faithful Inn, and the Railroad (RR), the RR has prevailed in closing the Haydn Street crossing.  The business most affected is the the Old Faithful Inn who fought the closing of the intersection because it was the main access to their business.  Few small businesses would have fought the RR as tenaciously as Sharon Frazier and Keith Colburn, co-owners of the Inn.
   In the end, you can't fight city hall as the old saying goes, and today saw the permanent closing of the Haydn Street crossing.  Sharon and Keith are not quitters, and they are looking ahead at ways they can keep their business healthy.  The city could help, as they should, to keep this family business thriving by carefully considering how they handle the flow of traffic on the surrounding streets.  See video.



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