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Hillsboro woman arrested on alleged drug charges

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports the arrest of a 44 year old Hillsboro, woman on charges of Burglary, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, and a Probation Violation, stemming from an investigation into missing Fentanyl patches and other prescription pain medications from a residence in rural Vernon County.
   On March 17th, 2017 a search was conducted at the Diane M. Fronk-Franke residence where she lives with her children and elderly parents.
   Diane M. Fronk-Franke of rural Hillsboro was arrested on March 17th, 2017, following an extensive investigation into reports of missing Fentanyl patches and other pain medication. 
Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office with the search of the residence was the Hillsboro Police Department.

Poultry owners urged to increase biosecurity efforts

MADISON, Wisconsin – March 9, 2017 - Animal health officials with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are urging all poultry owners, regardless of size, to increase biosecurity efforts now that two strains of avian influenza have been found in the Mississippi flyway.  This comes after a highly pathogenic (H7) strain was found in a Tennessee commercial chicken flock and a low pathogenic (H5) strain was found in a Wisconsin commercial turkey flock.
   “It’s in a poultry owner’s best interest to take precautions now to minimize the effect that avian influenza will have on their flock if the disease makes its way to Wisconsin,” says Dr. Darlene Konkle, Wisconsin’s Assistant State Veterinarian.
   The H5N2 strain found in Wisconsin is not related to the H7 strain found in Tennessee.  High path strains are often fatal for birds, but the low path strain found in Wisconsin is not uncommon in poultry flocks and tends to cause few, if any, clinical signs of illness in the birds.
   “Low path avian influenza is similar in severity to the common cold in humans and will eventually clear from the flock without bird loss,” Konkle said.
   Konkle recommends the following six steps for protecting birds from HPAI:
    Keep your distance—Restrict access to your property and keep your birds away from other birds.
    Keep it clean—Wash your hands thoroughly before and after working with your birds.  Clean and disinfect equipment.
    Don’t haul disease home—Buy birds from reputable sources and keep new birds separated for at least 30 days.
    Don’t borrow disease—Do not share equipment or supplies with neighbors or other bird owners.  If you must borrow, disinfect it first.
    Know the warning signs—Early detection can help prevent the spread of the disease.  Check your birds frequently.  If you find a sick or dead bird, don’t touch it.
    Report sick birds—Don’t wait.  If your birds are sick or dying at an abnormal rate, call DATCP at 1-800-572-8981. If you notice dead wild birds, call the DNR’s hotline at 1-800-433-1610.
   CDC considers the risk to people to be low.  No human infections with these viruses have been detected at this time.  In addition, poultry and eggs are safe to consume as long as they are properly handled and meat is cooked to an internal temperature of 165F.
   More information about avian influenza is available at and from the USDA-APHIS at

Children left at Ferryville gas station

On March 7th, 2017, The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of children being left at the Mobile gas station in Ferryville. 
   A deputy arrived on scene and learned the children ages 6 and 8 were the children of a 28 year old woman from Mt Sterling. During the investigation it was learned that the children had been dropped off and left unsupervised at the station on numerous occasions.
   The mother arrived on scene and immediately started yelling profanities to the store clerks, the woman also made threats to a worker a few days prior.
   The deputy placed the woman under arrest for disorderly conduct and transported her to the Crawford County Jail. The children were taken by their grandmother.  Crawford County Human Services assisted the sheriff’s department.

Steuben man found after Search & Rescue effort

On Monday, March 6, 2017 at approximately 7:11 P.M., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a male party who went into the woods and did not return home. The report came in from the area of Downing Ln, outside of Steuben.
   Bruce A. Downing, age 62, of Steuben, was shed hunting near his property on Downing Ln. Some time while he was in the woods he suffered an injury to his ankle. Downing was located at approximately 9 p.m. by members of a search party. Downing was given first aid and removed from the woods.  Downing and transported to a nearby hospital for his injuries. 
   The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank all of those who assisted in the search and rescue efforts; Steuben First Responders, Eastman Fire Dept, Seneca First Responders, Eastman First Responders, Ocooch Mountain Rescue Boscobel Rescue Squad and family and friends.  We would like to thank everyone for a rapid response, a professional job and the effort given with the impending poor weather conditions. 

Man arrested after gunshots and screams heard

On March 4, 2017 at approximately 10:18pm the Crawford County Communications Center took a report from a concerned citizen who heard three consecutive gunshots and someone screaming at or near the residence of 26436 US Highway 61, in the Township of Marietta.
   Deputies arrived on scene and made contact with a female subject who initially stated she was in bed sleeping and denied hearing gunshots. The female subject was intoxicated, stated she was home alone and did not know the whereabouts of her husband.
   After further questioning, an intoxicated male subject, later identified as Lucas JR Frey age 30, emerged from a nearby room. Frey was questioned about the gunshots and screaming coming from the residence. Frey admitted that he was the person who discharged a firearm and was yelling. Frey admitted to being in a heated argument with the female subject and wanted to “let off a little steam.”
   It was determined that Frey discharged a Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum into the ground on the north side of the residence.
   Frey was placed under arrest for operating a firearm while intoxicated and was transported to the Crawford County Jail for booking.   

Six juveniles, 3 a.m., vehicle crashes

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a one vehicle rollover accident , that occurred on the morning of Tuesday February 28, 2017 at approximately 2:54 A.M.
   A vehicle driven by a juvenile was traveling south on Bloomingdale Road when they lost control of their vehicle near Miller Road, in the Town of Webster.
   In the vehicle were six total passengers. Four including the driver fled the scene prior to arrival of emergency personnel. The remaining two parties that stayed with the vehicle were transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital with injuries. The names are not being released at this time due to all of them being juveniles.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was the Lafarge Fire Department and Lafarge Ambulance Service.  The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.






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