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High speed chase leads to crash and 4th DUI arrest

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at approximately 12:54 PM the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified by the Grant County Sheriff's Department of a vehicle pursuit coming into Crawford County. Grant County advised the suspect was driving a white minivan with the Wisconsin Dells Duck logo’s on the side of the vehicle.  Grant County advised that the vehicle was stolen and that they had received numerous complaints reference the vehicle driving erratically.  Grant also advised that the vehicle was west bound on State Highway 60. Grant County ended their pursuit at that time.  The Wauzeka-Steuben School was contacted and notified not to have children outside.
   A member of the Crawford County Sheriff's Department driving an unmarked Chevy Truck located the vehicle on State Highway 60 near Gran Grae Road. The deputy observed the vehicle traveling at a speed of 90 mph or more.  The deputy attempted to follow the vehicle when the suspect vehicle turned into a private drive.  The deputy then blocked the driveway with his truck, activated his lights and identified himself to the suspect as a Law Enforcement Officer.
   The suspect then came back toward the highway and struck the Sheriff’s Department truck and went around in the grass and got back onto the highway.  At that point a fully marked Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Squad got behind the Suspect vehicle and activated his lights.  The suspect vehicle failed to stop and continued to go at very high rates of speed west on Sth 60.
   The Prairie du Chien Police Dept. went to the Sth 60 and Old Hwy 60 intersection in attempt to set up stop sticks and channel the vehicle onto a rural road and away from the intersection with US Hwy 18.  However, the driver nearly struck them head on and they were unable to redirect the vehicle.  The suspect vehicle then continued on and went through the Sth 60 and Us Hwy 18 intersection and struck a 2007 Chevrolet HHR operated by Kael A. Kilbey age 64 of Woodman WI.
   The operator of the suspect vehicle was identified as Danny J. Joles Jr. age 30 believed to be from Eau Claire. Both Kilbey and Joles were transported to Crossing Rivers Health Emergency Room for medical treatment.  Kilby was treated for numerous bruises and a back issue and later released.  Joles was treated for head injuries and transported to La Crosse for observations.  Both vehicles sustained severe disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene.
   Joles was arrested for operating while under the influence 4th offense causing injury, operating while revoked causing injury, felony bail jumping, vehicle operator flee elude offi cer, and operating motor vehicle without owners consent. Joles was also issued numerous traffic citations.

Car rear-ends motorcycle

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports that on May 7, 2018 at 4:07 p.m. the sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting a three vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 14 and County Highway B east of Coon Valley in the Town of Coon.
   Sherry L. Coleman, age 53, of rural Westby, WI was stopped in the westbound lane on U.S. Highway 14 signaling to turn left onto County Road B.  A westbound motorcycle operated by Linnea B. Rice, age 45, on Onalaska, WI stopped in traffic behind Coleman’s vehicle.
   Another westbound vehicle operated by Allison G. Hawthorne, age 21, of rural Westby, WI became distracted by an oversized load caravan and took her eyes off the road.  Hawthorne’s vehicle ran over Rice and her motorcycle. Rice and the motorcycle became pinned under Hawthorne’s vehicle.  As Hawthorne’s vehicle continued forward it rear ended Coleman’s vehicle.  Linnea Rice was able to free herself from under the wreckage with assistance from Hawthorne, Coleman and other motorists.
   Linnea Rice was transported to Mayo Health by Tri-State Ambulance.  Hawthorne and Coleman did not report any injuries. Both Coleman and Hawthorne were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.  Allison Rice was not wearing a helmet.
   Coon Valley First Responders, Coon Valley Fire Department and Tri-State Ambulance assisted the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.  U.S. Highway 14 was partially blocked and reduced to one lane for approximately two hours. The crash remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Nine calves deceased as a result of dog attack

On April 19, 2018 at 6:22 A.M., the Grant County Sheriff's was dispatched dispatched to a dairy farm on Milner Ln. in Little Grant Township, regarding two dogs attacking several Holstein calves.
   A sheriff's deputy responded, as well as veterinarian with the Lancaster Vet Clinic.
Upon the deputies arrival, the dogs had since fled from the scene. A search of the area was conducted and several neighbors, businesses, and the township patrolman were contacted, which yielded no additional information.
   The veterinarian had to put down nine calves, due to the injuries sustained in the dog attack. The sheriff's office continued searching the area for the owner of the dogs. Several hours later, the owner, Benuel Smucker, 34 of rural Mount Hope, was located and informed the deputy that the dogs belonged to him. Mr. Smucker was charged with Dogs running at large, Untagged Dogs, and Dogs Causing Injury-Without Notice. Mr. Smucker is in contact with the owner of the calves and is in agreement to take care of the damages his dogs caused.



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