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Update - On Sunday, April 13, 2014, at approx. 7:10 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Department was notified of a large structure fire at Slumberland Furniture Store.  This is located at 700 East Blackhawk Avenue, Blackhawk Junction, Prairie du Chien.
   Upon arrival Officers observed that the building was fully engulfed and Prairie du Chien Fire Dept. was on scene fighting the fire.
   Slumberland was a total loss and other businesses in the mall also suffered smoke, water damage.  Many businesses in the mall are closed at this time.  The scene of the fire was secured and the State Fire Marshall is assisting in the investigation of the cause of the fire.  See video of interview with Assistant Chief Tim Deluhery, Sr.
Also, Donna Reed sent a video she shot of the building burning  See youtube video.

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Prairie du Chien, WI - April 14, 2014 - at approx. 7 p.m. last night, a fire broke out in Slumberland Furniture store in Blackhawk Junction Shopping Center.  At first heavy smoke was seen before flames spread engulfing the entire building.  Fire Departments from surrounding areas came to aid the Prairie du Chien Fire Department.  The goal was to keep the fire from adjacent stores.  It appears the Slumberland store, one of the largest stores in the mall, was a total loss. (photo courtesy of Aubrey Johnson)

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Man killed playing ‘Russian roulette’
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Update - On April 11, 2014 at approximately 3:50 a.m. the Crawford County dispatch center received a 911 call from a residence in the village of Gays Mills.  The caller, 44 year old Branston Haggerty stated he needed medical attention for his friend who had shot himself.
   Ocooch Mountain rescue Squad responded along with Crawford County sheriff deputies.  When deputies arrived they found 29 year old Donald Macleod seated in a chair with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.  Occupants of the residence were applying pressure to the wound and giving first aid.  
   Macleod was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital and later to Gunderson hospital in La Crosse.  On Saturday April 12 Macleod died from his wounds. 
   The investigation revealed that on April 10th and into the early morning hours of the 11th Macleod and Haggerty had been drinking together for several hours.  At some point during the evening they were met by 42 year old Diane Lynch who was a friend of the pair.   
   During the early morning hours of April 11 the trio ended up at Branston Haggertys residence in Gays Mills.  According to Lynch and Haggerty, Macleod picked up a loaded .22 caliber revolver that belonged to Haggerty.  Macleod was talking about being in the military and said that he didn’t fear death.  Lynch and Haggerty said Macleod was talking crazy and told them he wasn’t afraid to play Russian roulette.  According to Lynch and Haggerty Macleod took three bullets out of the gun leaving every other cylinder empty.   Macleod who was sitting in a chair put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, the gun went off causing the fatal injury.  The sound of the gunshot woke up Branston Haggertys father, Jay Haggerty who was asleep in an upstairs bedroom. 
   Branston Haggerty and Diane Lynch were taken to the Sheriff’s Department where they were questioned and later released.  The Wisconsin State Crime Lab was called to assist with the processing of the scene and the Wisconsin State Patrol reconstruction team was called to diagram the scene.  An autopsy will be performed on Monday April 14, 2014.  The case remains under investigation. 

Gays Mills, WI – April 11, 2014 – In the small hours of this morning a shot(s) rang out in the old section of Gays Mills at 411 Orin Street, a house owned by Jay Haggerty.  Emergency responders arrived and rushed one person, who had been shot, to the hospital.  The person is believed to have life threatening injuries.
   Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick said that neither Jay Haggerty nor his adult son were the person shot.  The sheriff emphasized that there was no threat to the community.  Sheriff's personal, along with WI State Patrol, and the WI Div. Of Criminal Investigation (DCI) are on scene collecting evidence. See Video (HD watch full screen)

Vernon County arrest woman making meth in car

April 9, 2014 - Vernon County Sheriff John Spears reports the arrest of
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Ashlyn Dawn Roney, age 25, of Mt. Sterling, Wisconsin.  While on patrol, a Vernon County Sheriff’s Deputy came across a suspicious vehicle at Blackhawk Park, Town of Wheatland.  Through the course of the investigation it was discovered that Roney was in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine, using the “shake and bake” method.
   The automobile was impounded and thereafter all the components of the drug making process were neutralized by Vernon County Haz Mat team and the Sheriff’s Office.
   Sheriff Spears asks that people stay alert and be aware of suspicious activities in their neighborhoods, rural or otherwise.  
   If you have any information regarding this individual or this crime, please contact the Vernon County Sheriff or Vernon County Crimestoppers.


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