Cassville man killed in car crash

On September 14, 2019 at 4:48 AM the Grant County Dispatch Center received a report of a one vehicle rollover crash on County Road B west of Stanton Road.
   Dallas Esser, age 22 of Cassville, was traveling west on County Road B in a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, traveled into the ditch on the south side of the road and struck a culvert, which caused the vehicle to roll multiple times before coming to a rest on its wheels. Esser was found laying along the passenger side of the vehicle.
   Esser was transported to Southwest Health by Southwest Health EMS and was then transfered to UW-Madison via Med-Flight, where he later passed away due to his injuries. Esser was alone in the vehicle at the time of crash.
   The Grant County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Southwest Health EMS, Platteville Fire Department, and Donnie's Tire and Tow out of Dickeyville.
   The crash remains under investigation.  This is the 8th person killed in a crash in Grant County for 2019 (Seven crashes total, with 8 people killed)

Intoxicated Man Arrested in Tavern with a Gun

On September 12, 2019 at approximately 12:18 pm Grant County Deputies responded to a report of a male subject who had made some vague comments of being on the news and was in possession of a pistol inside Yesterdaze Tavern located at 7911 CTY U in the Township of Beetown.
   Deputies located Brian Irish, age 60 from the rural Lancaster area, and detained him while they investigated the matter. Eventually deputies were able to locate the pistol Irish had hidden outside of the bar once he had learned the authorities had been called.      The firearm was loaded and Irish was discovered to be impaired as well as a convicted felon. Irish was also discovered to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Irish was arrested for: Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Endangering Safety by Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Carrying a Handgun Where Alcoholic Beverages May Be Sold and Consumed, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Irish was transported to the Grant County Jail where he was later released, after an initial court appearance, on a signature bond.

Campground dispute end with gun fired

At 0645am, on September 15, 2019, the Richland County Sheriffs Dept received a complaint of a fight between two males where a handgun was displayed and fired.           Richland Co Deputies arrived and spoke with Thomas Zimmerman 55 of New Lisbon, WI, who stated that he and 32 yr old Joseph M. Lobsinger of Cazenovia were staying in campers on a property near the intersection of Corwin Ridge Road and Cty Hwy II, Westford Township, Section 20 with their families when an argument started between the two.    
   As Zimmerman tried to leave the area, Lobsinger grabbed a handgun and fired it one time, then waved the gun towards Zimmerman and yelled at Zimmerman as he left the property.  He told deputies two adult females and a younger female were still at the property.
   Assistance was requested from the Richland County Special Response Team. The team used its armored vehicle to search the property and to determine the other family members were safe.  There was no threat to the general public.  Deputies later located Lobsinger and took him into custody on charges of Domestic Disorderly Conduct, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felony Bail Jumping.  Other charges are pending with the DA's Office.  The investigation continues.

Ginseng hunter in mud and raising waters rescued

Update - The Crawford County Emergency Management Office responded with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Prairie du Chien Police Department, Wisconsin DNR, and Wisconsin State Patrol to mass storm in Crawford County on 09/12/19.
   The county received two tornado warnings.  The Sheriff’s Department had a all hands-on call go out to be able to get the help to the county it needed.  Multiple roads were shut down because of mudslides, rockslides, and road damage.
   The Crawford County Highway Department and Townships worked diligently to open up as many roads as fast as possible safely.
   Multiple homes were affected and access from the road was restricted.  We were able to determine everyone was safe and work at getting them access to be able to leave their property.
   A overdue ginseng hunter was reported missing.  His last phone call stated he was up to his knees in mud and water was rapidly rising around him.  Search and rescue operations with local fire departments were immediately organized.  A request to Wisconsin national guard for air support was performed.  Before the helicopter took off the individual was located and retrieved.
   The initial public infostructure damage is about 1.5 Million in damage.  Not all townships and villages have reported at this time.  Private infostructure is being collected by calling 2-1-1.  This information will then be passed on to Crawford County Emergency Management.
   Assisting in the county last night was all fire departments, all EMS/First Responders, highway department, villages/city entities, Wisconsin DNR, and WI state patrol. 

After his truck burns, man climbs water tower,
takes off clothes

Waukon, Iowa - On 8/27/2019 at 7:15 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s 911 Dispatch Center received a report of a vehicle fire on Iron Mine Drive in Allamakee County.
   Upon arrival Sheriff’s Deputies observed a 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck on fire and fully engulfed.  The vehicle was unoccupied and the owner of the vehicle, Ryan Daniel Peters (age 34) of Waukon, Iowa, was not located at the scene.  The vehicle fire was extinguished by the Waukon Fire Dept.
   On 8/27/2019 at 9:05 p.m., an Allamakee County Sheriff’s Deputy was contacted by telephone and received a report that Ryan Daniel Peters had climbed onto the water tower located at the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office and Jail at 877 Hwy. 9, Waukon, Iowa, approximately 1 mile from the location of the vehicle fire.
   Upon arrival, Sheriff’s Deputies and Officers observed Peters on the water tower approximately sixty-five feet off the ground.  Peters refused to come down from the water tower and then removed all of his clothing.
   Deputies and Officers attempted to talk Peters into coming down from the water tower.  After approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes peters did come down from the tower and was taken into custody.
   Peters was arrested and charged with 1 count of trespass and 1 count of interference with official acts, both simple misdemeanor charges.  Peters remains in the Allamakee County Jail awaiting arraignment.     

Explosion & fire results in fatality

On 8-24-19 @10:06 pm the Vernon Co Sheriffs Dept received a 911 call reporting a fire at 18478 Co Hwy U in Sylvan Township.
    When authorities arrived, they discovered a 2 story home completely engulfed in flames.  Early reports indicated that a person may still be inside the structure.  Richland Center Fire responded & requested mutual aid from the Viola Fire Dept, and Lone Rock Fire Dept.  Viola EMS also responded. 
   When Sheriffs Deputies & RC Fire arrived they conducted a size up of the scene, and while doing so located an adult female laying behind the residence.  It was determined an explosion had occurred.  Viola EMS checked the female for signs of life and found none.  She was pronounced dead at the scene by a Deputy Richland Co Coroner. She was identified as 63 year old Bonnie L. Strothman. 
   Her husband, 68 year old Allen D. Strothman, was transported by Viola EMS to Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua with non life threatening injuries.  An autopsy was ordered by the Coroners Office.  Fire crews were on the scene forapproximately 5 hours.  The incident remains under investigation.

Plane crashes near Viroqua airport, pilot killed

Update - Jack E. Wuolle, 65 of Genoa, WI, was the lone-operator of the aircraft.
On August 19, 2019 at approximately 6:34 pm, the Vernon County 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 phone call indicating an aircraft crashed near the Viroqua Municipal Airport in a private field. Emergency crews were able to quickly locate the downed aircraft in a field off of Miller Road, in the Town of Jefferson.
   The Viroqua Fire Department was able to put out a small fire on what was eventually identified as an Experimental Rotorcraft Sportcopter Vortex. The single rotor became detached from the body of the aircraft upon impact, and the body of the aircraft continued another 40 feet before coming to rest in a corn field.
   Witnesses stated they could see the aircraft leaving the Viroqua Municipal Airport when eventually they heard the engine stop. The aircraft then descended and emergency crews were notified, after receiving two 911 calls.  The name of the lone-operator of the aircraft is not being released at this time pending notification of the family. 
   Responding Agencies: Vernon County Sheriff's Office, Viroqua Police Department, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board, Viroqua Municipal Airport, Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, Viroqua Fire Department, Vernon County Coroner's Office.
   The accident remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board,  Vernon County Sheriff's Office, and the Vernon County Coroner's Office.

Some things you wanted to know about CAFOs,
but were afraid to ask

Editor’s note - This column written by Gina Holtz is an amazing detailed and referenced overview of CAFOs with their twisted relationships with various government agencies. At first glance one might think they are protected, only to realize they are not, and that the citizen has few rights or say in the matter.  It is a long read, but well worth your effort, as this is the most important local issue of our time.

By Gina Holtz -
Dear Citizens of Crawford County,
Did you ever have a moment in life when you realized how unaware you have been about what is happening around you?  I have had these moments in my life, and they usually occur after I notice things that happened while I was distracted.
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I’ve missed turns or traveled in the wrong direction while driving, my children have acted as tornadoes in the house while I was doing yard work, the dog has chewed up shoes while I was cooking dinner on so on. About seven weeks ago I had another realization of how unaware I have been about what is happening around me, not just in my home, or my neighborhood, but throughout our state and country. I learned from a neighbor that a CAFO, otherwise known as a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, was planning to start up in our neighborhood in Marietta Township. I realized at that time that I knew nothing about CAFOs or what CAFO even stood for. So, like many people do, I Googled it. 

After many hours of weeding out information from questionable sites and reading information from those I considered to be more reliable, I realized how unaware I have been about what has been, and is, currently going on in the farming industry. I am not against a person’s right to farm; in fact, I have friends who are farmers. Also, where my husband and I built our retirement home in Steuben, we have many times had more trail cam footage of cows wandering our property than anything else, and we are okay with that, otherwise we would not have built where we did. However, what I have learned about CAFOs has been shocking to me and I would like to share some of the information with you. As you may have read or heard about already, Marietta Township has passed a 12-month CAFO moratorium and I am hoping that Crawford County will follow suit in order to protect the people and our environment.   Continue



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