Man barricades himself in Boscobel, woman shot

On January 17, 2020, at approximately
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10:00 a.m., the Boscobel Police Department received a report of a male subject who had barricaded himself in a residence at 1306 Elm Street in the City of Boscobel. Additional information provided to law enforcement stated that the subject was armed with a rifle, and possibly had a female subject in the residence with him.
   The male subject was identified as, Bryant Matti, age 32 of rural Eastman Wisconsin.
After receiving the report, a perimeter was established around the residence and neighbors were notified to evacuate the area.
Once a perimeter was established, negotiation teams made telephone contact with Matti inside the residence. Efforts to get Matti to surrender were met with negative results, and a standoff ensued.
   Through the course of the standoff, gun shots were heard from inside the residence which prompted law enforcement to make entry.
Once inside the residence, law enforcement located a 20 year old female from La Crosse, Wisconsin with a gunshot wound to her lower right leg. Matti was also located and taken into custody without further incident.
   Matti and the female victim were transported to Gundersen Boscobel Hospital for medical treatment. The female victim was later transferred to Gundersen Hospitals in La Crosse with non-life threatening injuries.
Matti was treated for minor injuries, and then transported to the Grant County Jail where he was book in on the following charges; 1st Reckless Injury, Injury by Negligent Handling of a Dangerous Weapon, False Imprisonment, Criminal Trespass to a Locked Dwelling, and two counts of Bail Jumping.
   The following agencies assisted the Boscobel Police Department with the investigation;
Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Grant County Emergency
Management, Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,
Fennimore Police Department, South West Emergency Response Team, Dubuque Police
Department, Dane County Tactical Response Team, Richland/Iowa/Grant Drug Task
Force, Boscobel Fire Department, and Boscobel EMS.

About 200 households suing large farms in
Wood and Juneau counties

MAUSTON, Wis. (WSAW) -- A lawsuit filed against corporate farms in the Central Sands area of Wisconsin is as of the New Year now has more than 300 people or roughly 200 households signed on.
   The lawsuit filed by lawyers at Habush Habush and Rottier and Pines Bach blames the Central Sands Dairy, Wysocki Produce Farm and their insurance company of knowingly causing high nitrate levels in the groundwater in Wood and Juneau counties.  "It's difficult for an individual resident to bring a large, corporate farm to justice and so with these neighbors joining together in this case, there really is strength in numbers," attorney Jason Knutson, who represents the homeowners, said.  See video

Trump administration gives crooked Brazilian
meatpacker another taxpayer-funded bailout
despite bipartisan outrage

Bucking mounting bipartisan outrage, the Trump administration this week  issued another bailout to a Brazilian-owned meatpacker with a long  history of corruption meaning the shady foreign firm has now received  more than $100 million in taxpayer cash meant for struggling American  farmers. Link to story

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 Jan 10, 2020 

Crawford County CAFO Moratorium Paves the Way
for Water Protection Efforts

Madison, WI—A temporary halt to the construction or expansion of large livestock facilities in Crawford County will give the county time to review the latest scientific research on CAFOs and their impact on the health, safety and welfare of local residents. County officials will then determine whether additional protections are necessary to address the health and safety risks posed by CAFOs.
   The Crawford County Board of Supervisors voted to enact the one-year moratorium at a December 17th board meeting which drew more than 80 concerned citizens. The moratorium applies to agricultural operations housing more than 1,000 animal units—the equivalent of 700 dairy cows, 1000 beef cattle or approximately 2,500 hogs.
   Health and safety Issues related to CAFOs—manure runoff, drinking water contamination, air pollution, and road hazards—have been a source of growing concern among southwest Wisconsin residents. In early 2018, the Crawford County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution acknowledging the County’s susceptibility to groundwater contamination due to the fractured, or ‘karst’, bedrock that underlies much of the area. Grant, Lafayette and Iowa Counties share similar geology and have undertaken a comprehensive groundwater study (SWIGG) to better understand nitrate and bacterial contamination of area wells. A similar study, known as the Driftless Area Water Study, will begin gathering information on well water contamination in Crawford, Vernon and Richland Counties later this year.
   Concern about the detrimental health effects of CAFOs is also growing at the state and national levels. Crawford County’s CAFO moratorium comes on the heels of a recent announcement by the American Public Health Association calling on all levels of government (federal, state, and local) to impose a complete moratorium on new and expanded CAFOs until the true health hazards of these operations can be properly assessed.
   Forest Jahnke of Crawford Stewardship Project says, “We’re grateful to the Board of Supervisors for taking the time to plan for the future by ensuring that local agricultural practices protect water resources and are more resilient in the face of extreme weather events.”
   Adam Voskuil, Midwest Environmental Advocates Staff Attorney, adds, “The County Board has the authority to enact measures that protect the health and safety of local residents. This moratorium is a commonsense measure that gives county officials time to gather the information they need to make decisions that are in the best interest of their constituents.”
   Midwest Environmental Advocates is a public interest law center that works to defend public rights, protect natural resources, and ensure transparency and accountability in government. Learn more at
   Crawford Stewardship Project works to protect the environment of Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources. Learn more at

Wauzeka woman shoots boyfriend Christmas Eve

On 12/24/2019 at 11:56 p.m. the Crawford County Dispatch received a 911 call from Cheryl L. Lippitt age 50 of Industrial Drive in the Village of Wauzeka.  Lippitt stated that she had just shot her live-in boyfriend Harold P Schuh age 50 and he was currently inside their residence on Industrial Drive. 
   Deputies responded and found Schuh laying on the living room floor.  Schuh was conscious and told deputies that he had been shot in the arm and stomach. Deputies found a .45 caliber handgun in the residence which is suspected to be the weapon Lippitt used to shoot Schuh.  Schuh was ultimately transported to the Boscobel Hospital and transferred to UW Hospital in Madison where he is currently in stable condition. 
   Lippitt who appeared to be extremely intoxicated, told deputies that earlier that evening she and Schuh had gotten into an argument and began to hit each other and break items in the house.  Lippitt stated that during the fight she became afraid for her safety so she shot Schuh and then called police.
   Lippitt did have what appeared to be bruising, scrapes and cuts on her face and arms, and the residence appeared as though there was some type of altercation with items broken and thrown around the home.
   Lippitt was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail where she is being held on the initial charges of Intoxicated Use of a Firearm, Endanger Safety with the use of a dangerous Weapon and Domestic Disorderly Conduct.
   The incident remains under investigation and additional charges may be filed.   Assisting at the scene were the Wauzeka First Responders, Boscobel EMS and Boscobel Police Dept.



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