Stolen firearms found after 10 months

On Sunday, July 26th, 2015, the Crawford
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County Sheriff’s Department investigated a residential burglary at Bjorn Unseth home located at 106 Railway Ave. in the Village of Soldiers Grove.  During the commission of the burglary, a gun safe containing six firearms and other miscellaneous items of value was stolen.
   On December 7th , 2015 a local man while walking on Orchard View Lane  found a gun safe in the woods just off the road.  The gun safe was matched to the one stolen from the Unseth Burglary.  A large hole had been cut in the back of the safe and all the contents had been removed. 
   On May 9th 2016 a local fisherman was fishing in a stream near the intersection of West Point Rd. and CTH B in the Township of Utica and hooked a shoulder strap attached to a rifle. The fisherman was able to retrieve the gun from the water and then notified the Sheriff’s Department.   A Serial number from the firearm matched one of the serial numbers of the stolen guns from the Unseth burglary. 
   On Thursday, May 12th, 2016, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Dept. responded and searched the area of the stream near the bridge on West Point Rd. As a result of the search, all stolen firearms from Unseth’s residence were recovered.

Man held for stabbing woman

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports at
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Shayne A. Swadley, 22

12:48 AM, the Vernon County Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a stabbing occurred at the Pine Crest II Mobile Home Park, in the Town of Wheatland, north of DeSoto, WI.
   Shayne A. Swadley, age 22, of Readstown, was arrested and appeared via video-conference in Vernon County Circuit Court before Judge Rosborough.  Swadley is being held on a $100,000.00 cash bond and has an initial appearance on June 1, 2016. 
   The victim is identified as Christine M. Mazilauskas, age 45, of DeSoto.  Christine was stabbed in the neck area multiple times.  Christine was transported by Tri-State Ambulance to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, and remains in critical condition.
   Swadley is facing charges of either Attempted 1st Degree Homicide or 1st Degree Homicide depending on if Mazilauskas survives the attack. Investigators suspect alcohol and methamphetamines are factors.
   Assisting at the scene were the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and Wheatland First Responders.  This case remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

PdC Hwy. 18 construction zone accident

On Wednesday may 25 2016 at 6:50 am the Crawford Sheriff`s dept. was notified of a one vehicle accident in Bridgeport township in the Hwy 18 construction zone. 1mile west of Ward Rd..
   A 2007 Freightliner straight truck owned by URSA Logistics of Waukesha , WI and operated by Nicholas Ruedinger 29 years old of Boscobel, WI was hauling mail west bound on Hwy 18.
   Ruedinger stated the truck`s steering cause him to lose control.  The truck struck a cement retaining wall in the construction zone and then veered to the north onto a large pile of rock where it came to rest.  Ruedinger suffered minor cuts but refused medical treatment.
   Due to traffic and the construction zone Hwy 18 had to be detoured for approximately 45 minutes while the truck was removed.  The accident remains under investigation.
 Assisting at the scene were the Bridgeport Fire & First Responders, Tri state EMS, and Bob`s Towing.

Fight ends with man shot twice

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a shooting occurred Friday, May 20, 2016, at approximately 10:30 PM, in the village of Viola, in Vernon County.  The Sheriff’s Office received several 9-1-1 calls of gunshots being heard in the 200 block of West Commercial Street. 
   When officers arrived, they determined an altercation had occurred, on private property, owned by Michael D. McNelly, age 56, of Viola, WI.  The incident involved McNelly and Jonathan L. Franks, age 32, of La Crosse, WI.  Franks was struck twice in the lower abdominal area and was transported to Vernon Memorial Healthcare, in Viroqua, by the Kickapoo Rescue Squad. 
   McNelly was injured prior to the gunfire and he was also transported to Vernon Memorial Healthcare by La Farge Ambulance.  Both Franks and McNelly were later transferred to Gundersen Health System, in LaCrosse, by Tri-State Ambulance.  Both Franks and McNelly are expected to recover.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the La Farge Police Department, Viola Police Department, Viroqua Police Department, and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and more details will be released as the investigation progresses.

Train Derails near Wauzeka, WI

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Railroad supplies are staged in Wauzeka Friday, for repair of the roadbed after the recent train derailment.

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On 05/17/16 at 8:34 PM the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a train derailment Approximately 2 miles east of the village of Wauzeka. 
   The train was a BNSF train carrying corn on a Wisconsin Southern rail line.  An estimated 150-200 tons of corn was spilled when four rail cars tipped over spilling their load onto the ground and river bank. 
   DNR was contacted to determine any hazard to the Wisconsin River.  It was determined that the corn poses no threat to human or wildlife.  A cleanup plan is set in place and should be completed within 72 hours.  The cause of the derailment is under investigation.  (Photo courtesy Sheriff Dale McCullick)

Two people killed in roll-over accident

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The identities of those involved in this accident are as follows: MaKenzle C. Foust, 16, deceased; Brooklyn M. Lindvig, 17, deceased; Jacob R. Logterman, 18, injured.

Richland Center, WI - May 15, 2016 - Richland County Sheriff James J. Bindl reports at 2:49 p.m. on Saturday May 14, 2016, the Richland County Communications Center received a 911 call of a roll-over accident on Cty. Hwy A about 3 miles west of St. Hwy 80. Richland EMS, Fire and the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. responded to the scene.
   It was discovered that a passenger car had over turned, landing in the south ditch at that location.  Two persons were pronounced dead at the scene by the County Coroner.
   Names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  The investigation continues.



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