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Series of hunting accidents leaves two dead

On November 20, 2015 6:13 P.M. The Crawford County Dispatch center was notified of an individual who had fallen out of his tree stand on property located on Sunset Ridge in Eastman Township.  Dennis Kiefer age 51 of Oconomowac died from injuries suffered after he had fallen approx. 15 feet out of his tree stand while bow hunting.
   Eastman Fire and Ems responded with four wheelers and UTV to get to the victim.  Tri State Ambulance was also called to assist and transported Kiefer to Crossing Rivers Hospital where he was later pronounced dead by coroner Joe Morovits.
   On November 21 2015 The Crawford County Dispatch center was notified of an 85 year old man who had suffered an apparent heart attack while hunting.  James Evers of Madison died from and apparent heart attack while walking with his son on property on Byers Road in Scott township. Evers 61 year old son from Peoria IL  was performing CPR when the Boscobel Fire and EMS responded. Evers was transported to Boscobel Hospital where he was pronounced dead by Coroner Joe Morovits.
   On November 22 2015 at 7:42 a.m. The Crawford County Dispatch center was notified of a window being shot out of a house on Bluff Wilderness Ln in rural Prairie du Chien Township.  Crawford County deputies and Wisconsin DNR investigated the incident. 
   It was learned that Terry L. Tesar age 54 of Prairie du Chien was hunting when he pulled up his gun to shoot a deer.  Tesar hit and killed the deer but the bullet traveled through the deer and went approx. 140 yards and struck the window of an occupied residence.  No one inside the residence was hurt.  Tesar faces possible trespassing tickets and the incident remains under investigation.

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CS Arneson crash


Sheriff John B. Spears reports a single vehicle rollover accident on November 13, 2015 at approximately 1:15 p.m.  Jackie L. Arneson, age 48, of Viroqua, WI was southbound on County Road U in the Town of Kickapoo.  
   Arneson reported that she blacked out and loss control of her vehicle.   Arneson’s vehicle went out of control and overturned in the ditch.  Arneson was assisted  out of the vehicle by the Viola and Readstown Fire Departments.

   Arneson was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital with injuries.  Arneson was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.  Fire Departments from Viola and Readstown along with Viola Ambulance assisted the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.  The crash remains under investigation.  (Photo courtesy of Vernon Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Man tasered before arrest for alleged OWI (6th)

On 11/10/2015 at 10:09 p.m.,  a Grant County Deputy made contact with Michael Mergen, age 45 of Bloomington on 1st St., regarding a suspicious vehicle 
   During the contact it was determined Mergen had been drinking.  Mergen  refused to comply with the deputy’s commands and resisted arrest.  During the active resistance to arrest, a taser was  deployed in an attempt to take Mergen into custody. After a short time Mergen was placed under arrest.  Mergen was transported to the Grant County Jail and held on charges OWI 6th and resisting arrest.  Mergen was cited for having  open intoxicants in a motor vehicle .  Mergen was released on a $1000 signature bond.

Two crashes result of alledged OWI (4th & 3rd)

On November 11th at approximately 12:04 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff`s Office received the report of a crash in  Hazel Green Township at the intersection of Plum Hollow Road and Bluff Road.
   The driver, Raymond P Blasco, age  28 of Hazel Green was injured in the crash. Raymond was wearing a seatbelt. During the initial investigation it was determined that Raymond was operating under the influence of intoxicants. Raymond was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 4th Offense.
   The crash remains under investigation. Assisting the Sheriff`s Office at the scene was Jamestown First Responders, Jamestown Fire, Dickeyville EMS, and  Guy`s Towing.

On November 12th at approximately 3:00 a.m., Tiffany F. Panaritas, age 26 of Lancaster, was traveling west on CTH A in Lima Township (just west of CTH D) attempting to negotiate a curve when she drove into the ditch and crashed into a mailbox that was set in concrete. 
   The 1999 Chevy Malibu sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene by Bennetts of Lancaster.  Panaritas was cited for fail to have vehicle under control and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated 3rd offense. Panaritas was transported  to the Grant County Jail and later released on cash bond.


Serial burglar hits Viroqua, Cashton & La Farge

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The City of Viroqua and Cashton, as well as the Village of La Farge have been victim of what is believed to be the same suspect.  On Sunday 11-1, Viroqua and Cashton had a combined 9 entries.  On Sunday 11-8 overnight to 11-9, La Farge had a burglary.
   To date approximately $3500 in cash has been taken.  No property.  Similar tool marks in all locations.  Suspect in video has very similar clothing that was recorded on the two dates in question.



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