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Truck pulling farm equipment sideswipes multiple
vehicles in two counties, and keeps on truck’n

On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at approximately 5:27 PM the Crawford County Sheriff's Department was notified of multiple crashes involving a truck pulling a piece of farm equipment.    Some of the callers were stating the crash took place on US Highway 61 near Marietta Valley Road in the Township of Marietta and other callers stated the farm equipment caused a crash in the City of Boscobel in Grant County. It was later determined that there were two different crashes involving the piece of farm machinery one in Boscobel and one on US Highway 61.
   Donald H. Wood age 53 of Montfort was traveling south bound on US Highway 61 in a 2015 Mack truck when he meet a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 truck pulling a piece of farm equipment 18 feet 11 inches wide north bound on a bridge.
   The Mack truck is owned by Darling Ingredients Inc out of Des Moines, Iowa. The operator of the truck pulling the farm equipment was Kevin C. Lewandowski age 48 of Thorp, WI and his passenger was Darrell G. Zurakowski age 46 also of Thorp.
   When the two vehicles meet on the bridge the piece of farm equipment caught the front driver fender of the Mack truck causing damage and continued to cause damage all down the driver side of the Mack Truck. Kevin continued to travel north bound after striking the Mack truck. The piece of farm machinery being towed was also damaged leaving parts of the farm machinery at the crash scene. Lewandowski and his passenger told deputies they were going to travel to the next town and contact law enforcement about the crash.
   Vernon County Sheriff's Department was asked to assist in locating the truck pulling the farm equipment and they were able to locate the vehicle in the Village of Soldiers Grove.
   Wood claimed possible injuries from the crash and was taken to the Boscobel Hospital Emergency Room for possible injuries.  The Mack truck sustained severe damage and had to be towed from the scene. Lewandowski and Zurakowski claimed no injuries.
   As of Friday, December 2, 2016 the Crawford County Sheriff's Department has been receiving calls from other vehicle owners/operators stating their vehicles were also damaged by Lewandowski and his piece of farm equipment. Crash remains under investigation.
   Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff's Department: Boscobel Police Department, Grant County Sheriff's Department, Vernon County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Guys Truck and Tractor Towing.

Electoral College rarely comes into play
in presidential elections

By Tom Emery
The stunning outcome of this month’s Presidential election is a rare example of a race decided in the Electoral College.  Though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over 650,000, Donald Trump won where it mattered most – by picking up over 270 electoral votes.

   It is the fifth time that the Electoral College influenced a Presidential race. Two of those cases were decided by Congress, while one – the notorious 2000 Gore-Bush battle – went to the Supreme Court.

   The 2016 campaign was bitter and dirty, but the races of the 1820s were even worse. The 1824 campaign featured four candidates – Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams, as well as Speaker of the House Henry Clay and ex-Georgia congressman and Cabinet member William Crawford.  Jackson polled the most popular votes, edging Adams 42-32 percent, while Crawford and Clay each earned 13 percent.

   None of the four, however, had a majority of electoral votes.  Continue

Meth arrest after traffic stop

On Wednesday November 23, at 2:30 a.m.  a City of Prairie du Chien Police Officer conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle.  The officer identified the driver, Tamara Messler, 34 of Garber Iowa, and a passenger, Kyle Vanderbilt, 30 of Prairie du Chien, inside the vehicle.
   While investigating the traffic stop, both Messler and Vanderbilt were found in possession of Methamphetamine (meth).
   Messler and Vanderbilt were arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail for pending charges of Possession of Meth,

Man has melt-down, arrested for Disorderly Conduct

On Monday, November 28 at approximately 7:30 p.m. the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a disorderly male at 48294 Maple Ridge Rd, in the Township of Marietta. Deputies responded to a call of an aggravated male party throwing things inside of the residence.
   On scene deputies took statements from several parties that were present during the incident. Through the investigation it was found that Korey A. Koppenhaver, age 30, of Steuben WI was causing a disturbance within the residence. Korey caused damage to the property which included a broken door, a hole in the wall and he ripped out the phone line. One witness stated to deputies that Korey armed himself with a knife at one point during the incident. Korey was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Property Damage.

Sheriffs work together to solve serial burglaries

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears and
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Lonnie J. Rockwell, age 44

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Trent Rockwell, age 18.

Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick jointly release the arrest of Lonnie J. Rockwell, age 44, and Trent R. Rockwell, age 18, both of De Soto, WI. 
   The arrests were made Thursday afternoon, November 10, 2016, in the village of De Soto pursuant to a felony arrest warrant issued by the Iowa District Court for Allamakee County, stemming from an incident reported early Wednesday morning, November 9, in Allamakee County. 
   At 6:37 AM, a farmer on Iowa River Drive, near New Albin, IA contacted the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office to report he may have interrupted a burglary in progress on his property.  The farmer reported two males fled in a car pulling a small trailer.  The vehicle was last seen traveling north on State Highway 35 in Wisconsin, just east of Lansing, IA.  The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and a Vernon County deputy located a vehicle and trailer, matching the description given, near De Soto, WI.  The suspects were identified and the investigation continued. 
   Late Monday evening, November 14, a stolen all-terrain vehicle was recovered in the town of Wheatland, in Vernon County.  The ATV had been reported stolen in July 2016, from a farm building, on Red School Road, rural Waukon, IA.
   Tuesday afternoon, November 15, a stolen power washer was also recovered in Vernon County that had been reported stolen from Lansing, IA in May 2016.
   Lonnie and Trent Rockwell appeared in Vernon County Circuit Court and waived extradition to IA and both were transported to the Allamakee County Jail, on November 15.  The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Lansing Police Department assisted with the investigation.
   Anyone with information are asked to contact the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at 608-637-2123, or the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office at 563-568-4521, or Vernon County Crime Stoppers.



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