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Vernon County, WI - A single-vehicle crash occurred Friday night, October 14, 2016, at approximately 11:30 PM, in the Town of Genoa. 
   Cole Allen Lange, age 23, of Genoa, WI was operating a small pickup truck southbound on State Highway 35, about two miles south of the Village of Genoa.  Lange said he fell asleep and went off the right side of the highway.  The vehicle travelled down a steep embankment and struck a tree.
   Cole Lange sustained minor injuries and sought medical treatment on his own.  He did not report the crash until Saturday afternoon.  Lange said he was wearing a seatbelt.  The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.  (Photo courtesy of Vernon Co. Sheriff)

Bond set in murder case - details surface

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Prairie du Chien, WI - Oct. 10, 2016 - In a nearly empty Crawford County Courtroom of Judge Rider the defendant Jimmy D. McDaniel appeared on closed circuit TV with his public defender.  The victim’s family sat behind prosecutor Tim Baxter.
   Bond was discussed.  Due to the fact that the defendant is an over the road trucker who resides in Hampton, Ga., has little ties to this area, and the serious nature of the crime, Judge Rider set the bond at $500,000 cash.  McDaniel is to have no contact with the Muns(sp?) or Little families.  The next court date is set for Oct. 17th at 1:30 p.m.
   The Probable Cause Statement is as follows:
On October 5, 2016, at approximately 12:15 a.m., a 911 call came into the Crawford County, WI Law Enforcement Center that a woman had hanged herself.  Crawford County Sheriffs Department Deputies Kyle Mezera and Sergeant Phil Baumgartner, and City of Prairie du Chien Police officer Tony Berg, responded.
   Officer Berg was first to arrive on scene.  Officer Berg noted a female laying on the ground in the backyard of the residence located in the town of Bridgeport.  Officer Berg noted a male subject kneeling near the head of the female.  Officer Berg stated that as he approached, the male, subsequently identified as Jimmy D. McDaniel, looked up at him and, at that time, began what appeared to be CPR compressions on the female.  Officer Berg told the defendant to back away from the female and to go into the residence.  Officer Berg stated that he contacted emergency medical personnel to the scene.  EMT's arrive and confirmed that the female was deceased.  The victim was identified as Linda Klein. Continue

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Crawford County Sheriff’s department dispatch received a 911 call from a residence on Velvet Lane in Bridgeport Township.  Officers responded and found Linda L. Kline age 53 of Velvet lane, Bridgeport Township, deceased lying on the ground outside the residence.   Linda’s sister Michelle Little age 55 and Linda’s boyfriend Jimmy D McDaniel age 48 were also at the residence. 
   The body was taken to UW Madison Hospital where an autopsy was performed.  During the autopsy Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Steier ruled the death as a homicide. 
   On October 6th 2016 the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from the Prairie du Chien Police Department to arrest McDaniel while he was in the lobby of one of the local hotels in Prairie du Chien.  McDaniel was waiting for a ride to the La Crosse Airport to fly back to Georgia. 
   McDaniel is currently in the Crawford County Jail awaiting a bond hearing on Charges. 
Crawford County Sheriff Dept. is continuing to investigate this homicide. (more details to follow)

De Soto man killed in head-on collision

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a two-vehicle collision occurred Sunday morning, October 9, 2016, at approximately 4:45 AM, in the Town of Bergen, north of Stoddard, WI.
   Jim Alan Pavwoski Flanagan, age 18, of rural De Soto, WI, was operating a vehicle northbound on State Highway 35, near Chipmunk Ridge Road.  A witness saw the vehicle travel into oncoming traffic or the southbound lane, and struck a vehicle head-on, operated by Katherine Regina Devereaux, age 29, of Prairie Du Chien, WI.  Pavwoski Flanagan and Devereaux were trapped in their vehicles and extricated.
   Jim Alan Pavwoski Flanagan and Katherine Regina Devereaux were transported to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, by Tri-State Ambulance.  Pavwoski Flanagan was later pronounced dead at Gundersen Health System.  Devereaux was treated and released.  Both vehicles sustained severe damage.  Airbags deployed in both vehicles.  Devereaux was wearing a seatbelt, but Pavwoski Flanagan was not.
   Assisting were the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department, Shelby Fire Department, La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Town of Shelby Police.
   The accident remains under investigations by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and Vernon County Coroner.  This marks Vernon County’s fourth fatal traffic accident. 

Five people arrested in drug raid

On the evening of Sunday October 2nd, 2016 the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the David Pugh residence located on Halverson Ridge Rd. in the Township of Clayton, Crawford County.
   Through the course of the search warrant and investigation numerous items associated with the illegal use and/or sale of narcotics were located. Items found at the search was methamphetamine, marijuana, scales, and assorted items used to ingest narcotics.
   Five people were arrested in connection with this investigation:
 -David Pugh Sr. was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine Paraphernalia, and possession of Marijuana.  Pugh was released from custody on a $1000.00 signature bond.
 -Wade Hirschfield was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana. Hirschfield also had warrants for his arrest for DNR violations out of Grant County.  Hirschfield remains in custody on a $1000.00 cash bond.
 -Michael Copus, age 46 of rural Soldiers Grove was taken into custody for warrants out of Crawford County.  Copus remains in custody on a 500.00 signature bond as well as warrants for Theft in Crawford County.
 -Kim Wardell, age 61 of Muscoda was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, and Possession of Paraphernalia.  Wardell remains in custody on a $1000.00 cash bond.
 -Kevin C. Crowley, age 52 of Steuben was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.  Crowley was given a $1000.00 cash bond has since bonded out of custody. 
   The Prairie du Chien Police Department the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources assisted the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office with the search warrant.  Ocooch Mountain Rescue was on standby at their shed during the execution of the search warrant.  This investigation remains open and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

Narcotics investigation arrests

Lansing, Iowa - On 10/2/16 members of the Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop and executed a search warrant at t residence in connection with an ongoing narcotics investigation.
   At 11:00 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted on State Highway 9 near the intersection of Old Stage Road on Richard Lewis Aswegan, Jr. (age 56) of West Union, Iowa, in connection with the above investigation and search warrant.  Aswegan was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine (meth)).  Aswegan is currently being held in the Allamakee County Jail.
   At approx. 12:37 P.m., a search warrant was executed at 211 Valley Street in Lansing, Iowa.  During a search of the residence, numerous items consistent with illegal narcotics use were located.
   Amy Sue Downing, age 53 of Lansing, Iowa was charged with possession of a controlled substance (meth).  Downing is currently being held in the Allamakee County Jail.



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