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Gov. Walker authorizes National Guard
to respond to Avian Flu outbreak

Monday, April 20, 2015 -Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker today signed Executive Order #156, authorizing the Wisconsin National Guard to assist authorities in the response to the avian influenza virus affecting Jefferson, Juneau, and Barron Counties.

   “We must act quickly and efficiently to contain the outbreak and protect domestic poultry,” Governor Walker said.   “It is important to note, however, there is no threat to humans with the avian flu outbreak.”

   According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), avian influenza virus has been detected in three Wisconsin poultry flocks, affecting tens of thousands of chickens and turkeys.   Read more here.

   Governor Walker’s Executive Order allows the Wisconsin National Guard to assist in the response and help contain the outbreak, as well as offer assistance in site clean-up.   The state veterinarian, through DATCP, requested up to 14 Guard personnel be made available, on a rotating schedule, for immediate assistance.   This assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard is necessary because federal resources are thin, due to avian influenza virus outbreaks in other states, particularly in the Midwest.

   If you find a sick or dead bird, do not touch it.   For domestic birds, call DATCP’s Division of Animal Health at 1-800-572-8981, and for wild birds, call the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-433-1810

Teenager killed in multi vehicle crash

CS April 12 Nelson crash

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a two-vehicle crash, resulting in a death, Sunday Morning, April 12, 2015 at approximately 1:20 AM in the Town of Kickapoo, west of Readstown.

   Preston D. Nelson, age 19, of rural Soldier’s Grove, WI was operating a pickup eastbound on US Highway 14 when he lost control.  His truck crossed the center line, made contact with another eastbound vehicle, and entered the left ditch.  It rolled multiple times, and Preston was ejected.  Preston D. Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene. 
   Steven R. Young, age 18, of rural Chaseburg, WI was extricated from the truck, using Jaws of Life, and transported by Med Link Air to Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, WI with serious injuries.  Taylor A. VanVoorhis, age 19, of LaCrosse, WI was transported by Tri-State Ambulance to Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua, WI, then transferred to Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, WI with serious injuries.  Jacob W. Kent, age 18, of Nekoosa, WI was transported by private vehicle to Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua, WI with non life-threatening injuries and was released.  None of the occupants are believed to have been wearing a seatbelt.

   The second vehicle was operated by Dalton R. Mikkelson, age 17, of rural Viroqua, WI.  Occupants included Levin S. LeMere, age 18, of rural Viroqua, WI and Evin D. Engen, age 19, of rural Viroqua, WI.  Dalton’s truck was eastbound on US Highway 14 when it contacted Preston Nelson’s truck, sustaining very minor damage.  No one in Dalton Mikkelson’s truck was injured.

   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene were the Viroqua Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Readstown Fire Department, Readstown Ambulance, Viola Fire Department, Kickapoo Valley Rescue Squad, Viroqua Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance, and Med Link Air.

   The crash remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, the Vernon County Coroner’s Office, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.  This crash marks the second 2015 traffic fatality in Vernon County.

Driver runs into stopped school bus

On April 9, 2015 at 3:42 PM the Grant County Sheriff's Office received a call about a crash on Hwy 61 south of  Meadow View Dr, Lancaster, involving an SUV and a school bus.  Upon arrival, the sheriff's deputy found that none of the occupants of the bus or the SUV were injured. 

   Through the investigation, the deputy found that Lori Wellington, 42, of Lancaster, was driving south on Hwy 35/61  just south of Meadow View Dr.  A Lancaster School district bus, with students on board, was stopped to let students  off of the bus about .1 mile south  of Meadow View Dr on Hwy 35/61. The students were off the bus and walking up the  driveway, away from the road.
   The driver of the bus was just closing the door with the flashing lights and stop arm still  out and activated.  Wellington said that she had looked down and was not paying attention.  She said that she did not  see the bus stopped in the road and she struck the rear end of the bus with the 1999 Ford Explorer she was driving.   There was little to no damage to the rear of the bus. 

   Wellington's vehicle sustained severe damage to the front end.  Wellington had three children in the car with her.  Two of the three were not properly restrained in child safety seats.  

   Wellington was cited for Inattentive Driving and Violation of Child Safety Restraint, Child 4 yrs but >8.  Other violations are pending further investigation.

   The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster EMS and Lancaster  Fire Department.

Roll-over accident on State Hwy. 27

On Sunday April, 12th, 2015 at 12:21 pm the Crawford Sheriff`s Dept was notified of a rollover accident in  Eastman township on Hwy 27 approximately .2 of a mile south of Ducharme Ridge Rd. A 2005 Chevy Cobalt owned by Richard and Tracy Feye of Prairie du Chien   was operated by Owen Feye age 16 of Prairie du Chien.

   Feye stated that as he was negotiating a curve his steering locked up.  The vehicle left the west side of the Hwy climbed a steep bank, struck a private sign, rolled and came to rest on it's wheels in the ditch.

   Feye declined medical treatment.  The vehicle had heavy damage and was removed by Bob's Towing.



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