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 Three vehicle crash in Readstown

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Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a three vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon, October 4, 2015, at approximately 12:04 PM, in the Village or Readstown.
   Corey Spencer, age 18, of Gays Mills, WI was driving westbound on USH 14.  Spencer turned left in front of another vehicle driven by Glenn Fillner age 79 of Sun Prairie, WI onto STH 61.  The two collided and Spencer continued turning left and struck a vehicle driven by Jodi Swiggum, age 47 who was waiting at the stop sign on STH 61.
   Glenn Fillner along with a passenger Carol Fillner sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua by Readstown Ambulance.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the Readstown Ambulance and Readstown Fire Department.  The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

ATV accident takes man life

The Vernon County Sheriff reports a ATV fatal accident that occurred on October 3rd, 2015 at 2 p.m.  The accident occurred on private property on Moon Ridge Road in the Town of Forest.
   Kevin A. Kerl, age 54 of Janesville, was pulling a trailer with wood up a steep hill on an ATV.  The ATV began to spin and the driver lost control of the ATV.  The driver and ATV went over a steep embankment falling approx. 20 feet.  Mr. Kerl was pronounced dead at the scene by the Vernon County Coroner's Office.

 American Queen upstream bound

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Captain’s Log - Oct. 2, 2015 - 00:45 hrs. - The American Queen slipped past our shantyboat ‘Drifless’ at river mile 635.5.  First Mate sleeping!  All is well.  Tim Mason, captain.

Bar fight - victim hit in head with shovel

Update - The victim has been identified as Joseph Koelker.
Beetown, WI - On September 26, 2015 at
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Timothy Riley, 38 of rural Lancaster

approximately 10:50 pm the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a fight had taken place at Yesterdaze Tavern in Beetown Township.     Witnesses stated there were three individuals involved in the fight.  One of the individuals had been, punched, kicked several times, and hit in the head with a shovel; he sustained severe head trauma. 
   The victim (male, 28 years old from Cassville, WI) was transported to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster by Cassville EMS and then taken via Med Flight to UW Hospital in Madison due to the severity of his injuries.  The other two individuals/suspects involved had fled the scene in a vehicle. 
   At approximately 12:20 am (9-27-15) Grant County Deputies were able to locate the vehicle involved and then, approximately an hour later, located and arrested Timothy Riley, age 38 from rural Lancaster, for his role in the fight. 
   Deputies continued to look for Jeremy Kastner, as he was the other party involved.  Jeremy Kastner, age 39, was
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Jeremy Kastner, 39 of Platteville

eventually located and taken into custody at his residence in the City of Platteville on Sunday evening (September 27) at approximately 8:40 pm.  Kastner was arrested for his role in the fight in Beetown as well as two Grant County Warrants for Possession of Prescription Medication without a Prescription and Bail Jumping.  Both Riley and Kastner were transported to the Grant County Jail and held without bail.

   The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this matter by the Cassville EMS, UW Platteville Campus Police, The Platteville Police Department, and Bennetts Towing of Lancaster.

Arrest* or Charges:

 Riley:  Substantial Battery (Felony), Mayhem (Felony), Disorderly Conduct, 2 Counts Felony Bail Jumping

 Kastner:  Substantial Battery (Felony), Mayhem (Felony), Disorderly Conduct

 Platteville man dies as result of crash

On September 24, 2015 at approximately 3:05 PM the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call regarding a two vehicle crash on Hwy 80/81 on the Hwy 151 overpass.  When emergency personnel arrived, they found a semi-truck on Hwy 80/81with heavy front end damage and a passenger car off the south side of the road with heavy damage to the driver’s side doors. 

   The initial investigation revealed that Randy J. Voss, 59, of Freeport, IL had been driving a 2009 Freightliner, owned by RE Transit, LLC of Shannon, IL.  He was going south on Hwy 80/81 going over the Hwy 151 overpass. 
   Paul D. Reichers, 77, of Platteville, WI, had been driving his 2000 Buick going north on Hwy 151 and had just exited at Hwy 80/81.  Reichers had stopped at the stop sign at the top of the ramp.  He pulled out from the stop sign as Voss was approaching the off/on ramps for Hwy 151 at Hwy 80/81. 
   Voss’s truck struck both driver’s side doors on Reichers’s vehicle, which came to rest south of the off northbound off ramp.  Reichers had to be extricated from his vehicle.  He was transported to Southwest Health Center and then flown to UW Hospital in Madison, WI shortly after.  Reichers died a few hours later at UW Hospital.  Voss was uninjured in the crash.

   The crash remains under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Platteville Fire Department, Platteville EMS, the Wisconsin State Patrol, UW Platteville Police, Guy’s Towing, and the Kieler Service Center.

Road rage chase ends with driver being Tasered

On September 21 at approximately 10:40 p.m., the Grant County Sheriff`s Office took a report of a road  rage incident that started in the city of Platteville. The caller reported a vehicle tried to run him off the road in Platteville on Business Hwy 151 near Pizza Hut.
   The caller turned around and drove away as the man in the driver of the suspect vehicle got out of his vehicle to confront him. The suspect chased the caller south onto Hwy 80 near the Hwy 151 overpass. The suspect vehicle got in front of the caller blocking the highway.

   The caller turned around and got onto Hwy 151 southbound. The suspect chased the caller south onto Hwy  151. The suspect got in front of the caller and swerved from one side of the roadway to the other preventing  the  caller from passing. The suspect car blocked the caller on Hwy 151 near Church Rd in Paris Township.  The driver of the car got out of his vehicle and tried to confront the caller. The caller backed up away from  the man.
    A Grant County Deputy arrived on scene. The suspect got in his car and tried to drive away. The deputy  initiated a traffic stop and the car stopped. The man in the car was later identified as Cole Cushman, age  33 of Platteville. Cushman got out of his car and confronted the Deputy.
   As the Deputy tried to restrain  Cushman, Cushman resisted arrest. Cushman was eventually taken into custody with the use of an  electronic control device (Taser).
   Grant County was assisted on scene by Platteville Police Department,  Potosi Police Department, and Dickeyville EMS. Cushman was transported to the Grant County Jail where  he was booked for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. This incident is still under investigation.

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