Postville Fire Chief stabbed during domestic dispute

Postville, Iowa - On June 28, 2015 at about 12:36 a.m., The Postville Police Department was dispatched to 431 West Tilden Street reference a domestic dispute.  Following an investigation, officers charged 26 year old Justin Yoerger with Burglary in the 1st degree, a Class ‘B’ Felony.
   Yoerger allegedly entered the occupied residence without permission and refused to leave after occupants told him.  While attempting to remove him, a physical altercation ensued.
   The owner Jeff Bohr was stabbed during the altercation and was transported to a medical facility.  Yoerger was arrested on scene.  Yoerger was also charged with driving while suspended.
   The investigation is ongoing.  The Postville Police Dept. was assisted by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Officer, Monona Police Department, and Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office.
   Editor's note - According to Chief Bohr’s Facebook page, he sustained 3 knife stab wounds, one of which punctured his lung, but he is home now.

Area storms bring hail, flash flooding

June 22, 2015 – Thunderstorms swept the area just as people were starting their day.  High winds, lightning, heavy rains, and in some places hail.  Before it was over sheds were overturned, houses damaged, power-lines downed, roads blocked by fallen trees, and area forests had many trees bent in homage to the passing storm.
   In Crawford County there was a lot of damage in the Wauzeka, Steuben area.  In Grant County, Lancaster and Cassville received the most damage.
Update - From Crawford Co. Sheriff -
Heavy Rain, High Winds and Hail caused extensive damage throughout Crawford County Monday Morning June 22, 2015.  Homes were damaged with one mobile home considered destroyed.  Roofs damage, widows and siding damage due to trees being blown over.  A number of power poles were down and roads closed due to trees and flooding.

   Anyone with building damage to report may call Crawford County Emergency Management at 608- 326-0266.

   Gloria Wall, Public Health reminds private well owners to have their wells tested if they were flooded.  Test Kits and more information is available at Crawford County Public Health  608-326-0230.
Update - It’s offical: TORNADO 2...RURAL CRAWFORD COUNTY WISCONSIN

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.3 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   35 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JUN 22 2015
START TIME:             850 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         4 MILES NORTH OF WAUZEKA
START LAT/LON:          43.1375 / -90.8889

END DATE:               JUN 22 2015
END TIME:               852 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           3 MILES SOUTH OF STEUBEN
END LAT/LON:            43.1408 / -90.8632

SURVEY SUMMARY: EVIDENCE WAS FOUND IN TREES ALONG
KICKAPOO VALLEY ROAD NORTH OF WAUZEKA.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.
EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

Woman killed Saturday by lightning strike

PALO, IA – June 21, 2015 -  A Hiawatha woman died after being struck by lightning early Saturday evening at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area near Palo in Linn County.
   Rebecca McCarty, 42, was camping with friends and family when she was struck by lightning while walking between camping spots shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
   McCarty was transported by ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids where she was pronounced dead.

New details of arrested suspect

Update - During the search and arrest of Thomas Andrew Cannon,
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age 32 of West Union on 6/15/2015 an investigation found Cannon had stolen a firearm from a residence, assaulted a female and was in possession of a firearm as a felon.
   During the investigation it was learned that Cannon in the early morning hours had assaulted his girlfriend causing injury and was charged with domestic abuse assault.   After Cannon was placed in custody on the escape charge a search was conducted of Cannons vehicle and he was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm. This firearm was reported stolen this date to the Sheriff’s Office.
   Cannon was also charged with theft in the third degree, an aggravated Misdemeanor and possession of a firearm as a felon, a class “D” felony. Cannon was also charged with escape from custody for failing to return from a court ordered furlough and attempting to flee the state to avoid apprehension. Cannon is now in custody at the Fayette County Jail on these charges.

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Waukon, Iowa - On 6/15/2015 the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received information that a white Cadillac matching the description of a vehicle operated by a wanted subject out of Fayette County was observed in Allamakee County. The vehicle was located by Deputies at a residence on Lycurgus Road.

   At 1:47 p.m., Tom Cannon (age 30) of West Union was taken into custody. Cannon was found in a trailer house on Lycurgus Road where he had entered the trailer without permission. Cannon was taken into custody without incident. Cannon has been returned to Fayette County where is currently being held.

   Cannon had recently been sentenced in Fayette County on a sexual abuse charge and was expected to show up at the Fayette County Jail on 6/15/2015, but had cut off an ankle GPS monitoring device and was in violation of his sentence. Cannon was also to be considered armed and dangerous.

   Assisting at the scene was the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Waukon Police Department and Iowa Division of Motor Vehicle Enforcement.

Waukon man injured in Jet Ski collision

LANSING, Iowa - A Waukon man was injured Wednesday afternoon, June 10, 2015, when the jet ski he was  operating on the main channel of the Mississippi River collided with  another jet ski near Lansing.

   The jet ski operated by Jeremy Wicks, 21, collided with a jet ski being  operated by Paul Wagner, 30, of Waukon at approximately 4:30 p.m. Both  Wagner and a passenger on his vessel, Alyssa Petersburg, 24, of Waukon,  were uninjured.

   Wicks was transported by ambulance to Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon  then airlifted to Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI,  where he was being treated for what are believed to be non-life  threatening injuries to his head and neck. Wicks was thrown into the  water by the force of the collision, but remained conscious. He was  pulled from the water by Wagner and Petersburg.

   All of the occupants had the required safety equipment including life  jackets and alcohol was not a factor in the collision, according to DNR  Conservation Officer Jerry Farmer.  The incident remains under investigation by the DNR.

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