Fire and explosion at Grain and Barge in Clayton

On March 19, 2019 at 1:00pm the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of an explosion and fire located at Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB) in Clayton. The fire and explosion were contained to an exterior building on the CGB property. No injuries were reported. The Garnavillo and Guttenberg Fire Departments remain on scene at this time. The cause is under investigation.

St. Pat’s Day parade in PdC

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Prairie du Chien, WI - Saturday March 16, 2019 - The annual St. Patrick's Day parade kicked off on a beautiful, clear sunny morning with the temperature cold, but not bitter.  The parade seems to have gotten larger than other years.  It’s a time when every one seems happy, and in todays world, we need that.  (Photo by Carolyn Bendel, MWNews)

Man shot & killed outside rural residence

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports an ongoing homicide investigation in rural Chaseburg, WI, in the town of Coon.  Sheriff Spears reports his office received a 9-1-1 call Saturday morning, March 16, 2019, at approximately 9:15 AM, from a residence on County Road KK.  The caller was identified as David M. Stowe, age 59, and he reported suspicious activity.
   Upon arrival of the first deputy, a male victim was located just outside the residence.  The victim, identified as Stuart George Warner, age 75, of Snowflake, AZ had no signs of life and was pronounced dead at the scene by Vernon County Coroner Betty Nigh. Upon further investigation, it was determined that a firearm was used in the incident.  An autopsy is being conducted today in Madison to determine an official cause of death.
   David Stowe was taken into custody and booked into the Vernon County Jail for First Degree Intentional Homicide and formal charges will be sought through Vernon County District Attorney Timothy J. Gaskell.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, State Crime Laboratory, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Vernon County Emergency Management.  Also assisting with family notifications were the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, Holbrook, AZ, and the Snowflake Police Department, Snowflake, AZ.  It was determined Stuart Warner was currently staying with David Stowe at the time of Warner’s death.
   The Sheriff’s Office will maintain scene security pending results of the autopsy; however, there is no threat to the public.  The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and Vernon County Coroner.

Alleged meth operation inside home with children

On 02-28-19 members of the Richland Iowa Grant Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 35 Ann St. in the City of Platteville.
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Alvin Colson

Diana Colson

Diana Colson

Officers located methamphetamine, paraphernalia to ingest methamphetamine, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia inside the residence. 
   Alvin Colson 29, and Diana Colson 37, were arrested for drug offenses and charges related to child neglect and taken to the Grant County Jail. 
   There was an infant and two toddlers at the residence in close proximity to the drugs and drug paraphernalia including syringes. Due to the conditions inside the residence, Grant County Social Services was notified and removed the children from the home.
   On 03-05-19 the Grant County District Attorney filed the following charges
Alvin Colson
   Maintain drug trafficking place
   Possess methamphetamine with enhance for near a park
   Possess THC 2nd offense
   Possess drug paraphernalia
   2 counts of child neglect(child under 6)
Diana Colson
   2 counts child neglect (child under 6)
   Possess drug paraphernalia

Gun shot through front window of residence

On March 2, 2019 at about 6:40 pm the Grant County Sheriff's Office received a report from a residence on Louisburg Rd near the Village Hazel Green of a bullet shot into their home. A Grant County Deputy investigated and found there was a bullet hole through her front window and into the wall of her living room. There was an adult and children present in the home when this occurred.
   It appeared the round did come from the direction of the roadway. At this time it is believed the round may have been fired from a distance and unintentionally struck the house. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Grant County Sheriff's Office at (608)723-2157 or Grant County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-789-6600. As always, when shooting a firearm always be sure of your target and what is beyond.

NWS predicts above normal flood risk this spring

The first spring flood outlook has been released as of Thursday, February 21, 2019. Based on current conditions and forecast trends through March and April, below are the highlights for this years's outlook.
    Above to Well-Above Normal Flood Risk: Main-stem Mississippi River and Wisconsin tributaries
    Near to Below Normal Flood Risk: Majority of tributaries in southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa
    Contributing factors include: expansive snow cover across the region, 1-4" of water in that snow, thick river ice, persistent higher-than-normal flows this winter, saturated soils due to a very wet fall

Train Vs Car Crash

Guttenberg, Iowa – February 19, 2019,
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10:47 a.m. – A 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by Karen Ann Edgewood, 75 of Edgewood, was traveling west on China Street in Guttenberg.  The driver of the vehicle failed to yield from a posted stop sign at the railroad crossing. The Edgewood vehicle was struck in the middle of the driver's side by a northbound freight train.  The car was pushed two blocks north to the Pryam Street crossing.
   The air bag was deployed on the driver's side and seat-belts were used.  Ms. Edgewood was trapped and had to be extricated by mechanical means.  Ms. Edgewood was taken to the Guttenberg Hospital and her condition is not known, but is suspected to be serious or incapacitating.  The car is considered to be totaled.  The accident is being investigated by the Iowa State Patrol.

Lansing man killed in single vehicle traffic accident

Lansing, Iowa - On February 18, 2019 at 11:14 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle accident at the intersection of Shweinfurth Road and Village Creek Road in rural Allamakee County.
   A car driven by Marty Roger Melcher, age 52 of Lansing, was westbound on Schweinfurth Road.  The vehicle failed to stop at the intersection and traveled across Village Creek Road and entered the ditch and struck a tree.  Melcher was transported to Veterans Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The accident remains under investigation.

Man seen running from property with rifle,
blood in snow

On February 14, 2019 at approximately 12:27 pm the Grant County Sheriff's Office and the Lancaster Police Department responded to a report of some suspicious activity at a residence on S Wilson St near W Cherry St located in the Township of South Lancaster.        The reporting party had just returned home to find an individual running from their back yard to a vehicle parked on the road. The subject was observed carrying a rifle with a scope. As deputies arrived on scene a large amount of blood was discovered in the snow in the back yard as well as in the area of the suspect's foot prints.
   The suspect vehicle was described as a black Chevy Impala and left the area in an unknown direction.  Several officers and agencies assisted in attempting to locate the suspect vehicle but ultimately it was not located. At this time it is unknown if the blood located at the scene is human or not and this case remains under investigation.
   The Grant County Sheriff's Office was assisted in this matter by the Lancaster Police Department, Mineral Point Police Department, and the Iowa County Sheriff's Office. Anyone with any information regarding this matter is encouraged to call the Grant County Sheriff's Office or Grant County Crime Stoppers.



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