Gays Mills man charged with child pornography

Ricky Olson, 56, Gays Mills, Wis., is charged with distributing child pornography, receiving child pornography, possessing child pornography, attempting to use a minor to produce child pornography, and attempting to transfer obscene matter to a minor.
   The indictment alleges that he committed these offenses in February 2015.  Olson was arrested on these charges January 6th, 2016 in Crawford County.
   If convicted, Olson faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison on the distribution and receiving counts; a maximum of 10 years on the possession charge; a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years for the attempted production charge; and a maximum of 10 years on the charge of attempting to transfer obscene matter to a minor.
   The charges against Olson are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, and Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation. The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie S. Pfluger.

Two girls killed in Wauzeka house fire

Editor’s note - There is a GoFund Me site setup for donations to help the family.                                    
Update -
On January 22, 2016 I was contacted by the State Fire Marshalls Office through the Division of Criminal Investigation reference their investigative findings of the fire in the Village of Wauzeka that claimed the lives of two young girls. 

   Their investigation revealed that the fire started in the center of the home near the stair case which prevented escape from the upstairs.  They cannot definitively state how or what started the fire but it is ruled as an accidental fire.

Update - Trinity Bartels, age 15 and her sister Lena Bartels age 12 were the only occupants in the home.  At this time there is no cause of the fire known.  It is still under investigation.  DCI, State Fire Marshall and ATF agencies are on scene.  Sheriff McCullick absolutely feels there is nothing suspicious that caused the fire.

   On Jan 18, 2016 at 11:39 p.m. the Crawford County Sheriff’s Dept. was notified of a house fire in the village of Wauzeka. The caller stated that the house was engulfed in flames and there was smoke coming from the windows. 
   The caller along with a Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy and neighbors attempted to gain entry into the residence but couldn’t due to the amount of smoke and fire.  The Wauzeka Fire Dept. and First responders along with the Boscobel Fire Dept. and Boscobel EMS responded to the call.
   After the fire was extinguished the bodies of two girls were discovered inside the house. The girls age 12 and 15 were the only occupants in the home at the time of the fire.  Both girls were pronounced dead at the scene by the Crawford County Coroner Joe Morovits.   The State Fire Marshal has been called to assist with the investigation.  The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
   Names are being withheld pending notification   

Police crack serial burglaries case,
two PdC men arrested

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Prairie du Chien Police Department have been actively investigated several burglaries to enclosed trailers, sheds, and storage units in the Village of Gays Mills, Township of Prairie du Chien, Township of Bridgeport, and City of Prairie du Chien.
   As a result of an extensive investigation, Roman Hertrampf (Age 23) and Joshua Schomacker (Age 33) of Prairie du Chien were arrested in connection with the multiple burglaries in Wisconsin and Iowa. Hertrampf and Schomacker gained entry by cutting paddle locks. Upon gaining entry, they stole chainsaws, saws, drills, air compressors, toolboxes, tools, ladders, nail guns, shop-vacs, carpet cleaners, jacks, trolling motor, fishing equipment, phone, radio, jewelry, and several others items of value.
   Hertrampf and Schomacker were connected to several burglaries in Iowa in the jurisdictions of the Mar Mac Police Department and Monona Police Department. 
   The above cases remain under investigation and efforts are ongoing to gather and return the stolen property to the rightful owners.

Teenagers’ daredevil stunt results in one death

On February 12, 2016 at about 1:13 AM the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received notification from the Dubuque Police Department that a patient had been brought there with serious injuries that were possibly caused by falling from a moving vehicle. 
   The investigating deputies found that Kyle Vosberg, age 19 of Potosi, was driving his 2011 Dodge Ram truck on Cty U near Dutch Hollow Rd.  Thomas Leibfried (18), Cole Menne (17), and Jacob Langkamp (18) (all of Potosi) were all passengers in the truck.           Kyle Vosberg set the cruise control at about 30 MPH and he tried to get out and stand on the running board of the truck.  Kyle Vosberg was standing there, with the door closed, controlling the steering wheel on the truck from outside the door.  When Kyle Vosberg was about to get back in the truck, he lost his footing and slipped off of the running board.  He fell from the truck, landing on the highway.  Kyle Vosberg sustained a serious head injury from the fall. 
   The three friends brought him back to his house where his mother then transported him to Mercy Medical Center for treatment.  Kyle Vosberg was later flown to University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City where he eventually succumbed to the injuries sustained in the accident.  The incident is still under investigation.

Two arrested after raid on meth lab

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Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports two arrests made Friday afternoon, February 19, 2016, in the village of Viola, in conjunction with an ongoing drug investigation.
   Christopher R. Swadley, 37, of Soldiers Grove, WI and Tara M. Sanders, 35, of Viola, WI were taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant at a mobile home, on South Wagoner Avenue.  The Vernon County Combined Tactical Unit was utilized to execute the warrant.  A quantity of methamphetamine and materials used to manufacture the drug were seized.
   The Vernon County Hazardous Materials Response Team assisted to clear hazardous materials from the Meth Lab.  Swadley and Sanders were held in the Vernon County Jail, until Monday, when both appeared in Vernon County Circuit Court for a bail hearing.  Swadley was released on a $5,000.00 signature bond and Sanders on a $500.00 signature bond. 
   Charges are being sought through the Vernon County District Attorney.  Swadley and Sanders are due back in court March 9th at 10:00 AM.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Vernon County Combined Tactical Unit, Vernon County Hazardous Materials Response Team, the Viola Police Department, and the Readstown Police Department.  The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Manure spill runs two miles overnight unnoticed

At about 7 a.m. Thursday February 18th, 2016, DNR staff responded to a manure spill at Misty Morning Farms, rural Fennimore. Manure had spilled from a lagoon when a hose coupling failed sometime during the night. The hose was being used to transfer manure from one lagoon to another lagoon.
   The manure spill stretched about 2 miles and much of it was captured using sand berms and other cleanup methods, but some manure did reach Castle Rock Creek.  A berm is still in place and flushing of the ditch along Wood Road is being conducted.  That effort should conclude today according to George Althoff, communications director for WDNR..
   At this point, we’re not sure of any harm to wildlife. DNR staff will be monitoring the situation in the coming days.  Grant County Health Department is spearheading efforts to test wells in the area.

Police investigate woman beaten to death
in Orion, WI

Update - According to Sheriff Bindl, Andrew Weeden is being considered a person of interest at this time.  Sheriff Bindl wants to reassure residents there is no danger to the public.
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Editor's note - Mr. Weeden is only a person of interest at this time.

UPDATE – Richland County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman found dead as Rachael Pauls, 32, of Muscoda. Authorities say she had substantial trauma to her face.
   Officials of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a death in Orion Township in southern Richland County. 
   The Communications Center received a 911 call at approximately 2:44 pm Saturday (February 20, 2016) reporting a subject who needed medical attention at 22004 Catherine St. in the Town of Orion.  When Emergency responders and Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the scene, the body of a 32 year old female was located inside the residence.       Deputies began a search for a male subject who had reportedly fled the scene.  Richland County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dane Kanable deployed K-9 TITAN who quickly and successfully tracked and located that male subject. 
   He was detained for questioning and subsequently booked into the Richland County Jail on a probation violation.   The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is working closely with the Richland County District Attorneys Office.  The incident remains under investigation.

Burglar has ‘a thing’ for chain saws

Lancaster, WI February 26, 2016 - On December 3, 2015, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary and theft complaint from a farm on Millville Hollow Rd in Patch Grove Township. 
   Upon contact with the victims, it was discovered that several DeWalt power tools and hand tools, along with two Husqvarna model 395 chain saws (20” bar) were stolen from the property.  During the investigation, it was discovered that victim’s truck was taken, but the truck had been returned. As part of the investigation, the DeWalt power tools and hand tools were recovered in Prairie Du Chien and later returned to the victims.  Through the investigation, deputies learned that Christopher Easterling, age 26 of Mount Hope, was the individual who possessed the stolen property in Prairie Du Chien.
   On January 22, 2016, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received information that an individual associated with Christopher Easterling, had posted on FACEBOOK that he was selling a Husqvarna chain saw.  On the evening of January 23, 2016, an individual responding to the FACEBOOK post had contact with sheriff deputies, who informed the deputies he was responding to a residence on Millville Hollow Rd, to purchase a Husqvarna chain saw.  Sheriff’s deputies made contact with Christopher Easterling, who was in possession of the stolen chain saw and was attempting to sell it. Mr. Easterling was arrested and transported to the Grant County Jail.  The chain saw was recovered and returned to the victim.  At this time, a second Husqvarna chain saw model 395 with a 20” bar is still missing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
   As a result of this investigation, Easterling was charged with one count of burglary, two counts of theft, and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.  Easterling was released on a $1,000 signature bond and as part of his bond condition; Easterling was to avoid contacting the victims.  Easterling was released from the Grant County Jail on the afternoon of January 26, 2016. 
   On January 27, 2016, at approximately 1:30 A.M., the same victims from the previous investigation discovered a door was open on one of their sheds on the farm, on Millville Hollow Road in Patch Grove Township.  The grandson of the property owner entered the shed and located Mr. Easterling hiding behind a tractor.  Grant County Sheriff’s deputies responded and Mr. Easterling was arrested for one count of burglary, four counts of felony bail jumping, one count of theft and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. Along with these criminal charges, Mr. Easterling is facing an additional 14 criminal charges from two burglaries in the City of Fennimore in December 2015.  Mr. Easterling is currently being held on $5,000 cash bond in the Grant County Jail.

Firearms stolen from Mar-Mac Police Dept.

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the theft of property from the Mar-Mac Unified Police Department.  The investigation began with a request from Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich following the discovery of missing items in February 2016. 
   It was reported between the dates of February 8 – 17, 2016 an undisclosed number of firearms were stolen from the city garage attached to the police department at 319 Pleasant Dr. Marquette, IA 52158 during renovations to the police department.  Details of the crimes cannot be released to protect the integrity of the investigation. 
   The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is working with full cooperation of the Mar Mac Unified Police Department.  Anyone having information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office at 563-245-2422.

After accident, husband charged in wife's death

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Editor’s note - The family has announced: Memorial prayer service April 9th at 1pm at St Feriole Island in Prairie Du Chien all are welcome”.
Update - On March 28 2016 William Hampton was arrested by the Crawford County Sheriff Dept. on the charge of Homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.   The charges stem from an accident that occurred on March 17, 2016, in Crawford County on US Hwy 18.  The result of the accident sent both William Hampton and his wife Renee Hampton to the hospital.  On March 25, 2016 Renee Hampton who was a passenger in the vehicle her husband William was driving died from injuries sustained during the accident.
   Based on advice from medical professionals, and the County jails inability to administer the proper treatment for Hampton’s injuries that he sustained in the accident, Hampton was released from custody on a $10,000.00 signature bond.  Conditions of the signature bond are, he is required to stay with a family member and wear a GPS monitoring device.  Hampton is not to leave the residence unless it is for a medical appointment.  The GPS monitoring device also tests Hampton for the presence of alcohol every 30 minutes. Some of the other bond conditions are that he not drive and not drink alcohol.
   On April 11 Hampton is scheduled for his initial appearance in Crawford County Circuit Court. At that time bond will be revisited.  

- March 18th - Renee Hampton, of Prairie du Chien, is currently in critical condition at Gundersen  Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse and William Hampton, also of Prairie du  Chien, is currently in stable condition at UW-Madison.
   On Thursday, March 17, 2016 at approximately 6:25 P.M., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a two vehicle traffic crash on State Highway 18 near Ward Rd. in the Township of Bridgeport. 
   William E. Hampton, age 55, of Prairie du Chien, WI was operating a 2000 Chevy Malibu Eastbound on State Highway 18 when he lost control of the vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway. Hampton attempted to correct the vehicle and get back onto the roadway and in his lane of travel. Once on the pavement Hampton’s vehicle started to spin and was out of control. The vehicle crossed the center line entering the westbound lane of traffic backwards. Hamptons vehicle was struck by a 2013 GMC Yukon operated by Michael R. McKinney, age 68, of Houston MN. 
   Mckinney attempted to avoid the Hampton vehicle by swerving onto his shoulder of the roadway but was unable to avoid the collision. The vehicles collided and stopped off the north side of the roadway.
   Joseph G. Hundt, age 61, of Bangor, WI and Jeramy J. McKinney, age 45, of West Salem, WI were passengers in the 2013 GMC Yukon. All parties in the 2013 GMC Yukon were transported to Crossing Rivers Health for minor injuries.
   Renee J. Hampton, age 52, of Prairie du Chien, WI was a passenger in the 2000 Chevy Malibu. William and Renee were both transported to Crossing Rivers Health and then later air lifted due to the extent of their injuries.
   The cause of the crash remains under investigation. State Highway 18 was closed for approximately 4.5 hours, while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol.
   Also assisting on scene was Tri State EMS, Prairie du Chien Police Department, Bridgeport Fire Department, Bridgeport First Responders, Mar Mac Police Department, Mar Mac EMS, Crawford County Highway Department, Bob’s Towing and Repair and Wisconsin State Patrol. (photo by Dave Collins, Midwest News).

Coon Valley man arrested for alleged child abuse

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Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports the arrest of Tyrone A. Barbee, 44 of Coon Valley.  Tyrone A. Barbee was arrested on multiple counts of Physical Abuse of a Child, stemming from an investigation conducted by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.
Tyrone A. Barbee was arrested on March 7th, 2016, following an extensive investigation into Child Abuse allegations.  On March 8th, 2016, Tyrone Barbee had a bail/bond hearing with the Vernon County Circuit Court and was released on a $1,000 signature bond.
The Coon Valley Police Department is assisting in this investigation.  This case remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Vernon County Human Services, and the Coon Valley Police Department.

Amish buggy hit by truck

On Friday March 18, 2016 at 9:38 a.m. the Crawford County Sheriff Dept. was notified of a vehicle verses Amish buggy accident on US Hwy 61 in Scott Township.  Deputies arrived and found that a 1998 GMC truck driven by James Gobin age 86 of Fennimore had struck an Amish buggy occupied by six passengers ranging in ages from 6 to 11.
   The Gobin vehicle was North Bound on US HWY 61 going up Mt Zion hill, Gobin was in the slow lane, the horse drawn buggy driven by an 11 year old Mt Zion boy was also North Bound in the slow lane ahead of Gobin. The Gobin vehicle ran into the back of the Horse Drawn buggy.  The buggy sustained heavy damage from the collision and three of the passengers were thrown onto the road way. 
   Med Link was called to the scene and transported one of the children to a La Crosse Hospital. Four of the other children were taken to Gunderson Boscobel Area Hospital.  The injuries range from head injuries to possible broken bones.  The 11 year old driver of the buggy was not injured in the crash.  All of the children in the buggy are from the Mt Zion area and were on their way to school.  Gobin who was not injured stated that he didn’t see the buggy until he hit it.
   The buggy was equipped with a slow moving vehicle sign, hazard, and turn lights.
   The horse pulling the buggy was injured when the buggy struck it in the back legs but was treated by a local veterinarian and is expected to make a full recovery.
   The Wisconsin State Patrol was called in to reconstruct the accident.  Others assisting at the scene were the Boscobel Police Dept., Crawford County Highway Dept., Boscobel EMS, Boscobel Fire Dept., Ocooch Mountain Rescue, North Crawford EMS, Scott Township First Responders, and Fry Towing.  Gobin is expected to be charged with inattentive driving.

Gays Mills man admits taking sexually
explicit photos of 12 year old

By Kevin Murphy For the La Crosse Tribune
MADISON — A Gays Mills man who admitted sending sexually explicit photos of a minor to a Snapchat user he thought was his ex-wife pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to distributing child pornography.
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Ricky Olson, 57 of Gays Mills

   Ricky Olson, 57, also stipulated that he attempted to send an obscene image of himself to a minor he knows, received sexually explicit images of the same minor and possessed child pornography.
   According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger: Snapchat is an Internet site where users can send each other photos which appear on computer or mobile devices for 10 seconds and then vanish. The site is designed not to store photos, but a user can take a “screen shot” of the displayed image, which Olson did.
   Olson created a Snapchat account in February 2015 under a false name and used it to send sexually explicit pictures of a 12-year-old girl he surreptitiously photographed while she was in a bathroom.
   Pfluger would not say how law enforcement learned of the sexually explicit photos. However, within days of Olson sending them, the FBI and Crawford County Sheriffs Department searched his residence and located them on a computer and a cellphone. Olson confessed to law enforcement that he took unlawful photos found on his computer and cellphone.
   In court on Wednesday, Olson reluctantly acknowledged to District Judge Barbara Crabb that the photos involved in the investigation were not just nude photos of a minor but depicted a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
   Olson tried to send the girl he secretly photographed a video of himself performing a sex act, but the file was too large to upload to Snapchat, Pfluger said.
   Neither Olson nor his attorney, Peter Moyers, disputed the evidence Pfluger presented in court. Olson told Crabb, “I thought it was my ex-wife” to whom he sent the photos. Olson agreed not to appeal a sentence of 15 years or less. Olson faces five to 20 years in prison at his June 15 sentencing before Crabb. Crabb continued Olson’s detention until then.
(Article reprinted by the courtesy of Kevin Murphy & the La Crosse Tribune)
   Editor’s note - Olson’s Ex-wife contacted Midwest News to say he was lying, as she does not even have a Snapchat account.

PdC man arrested for having a whole lot of meth

On April 3rd 2016, The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop in Prairie du Chien on a vehicle being operated by Chris Fernette, age 39, of Prairie du Chien for an equipment violation.
   Fernette is also on Felony Bond conditions through Crawford County Circuit Court for narcotic related charges. The Deputy made contact with Fernette and in plain view, observed what appeared to be methamphetamine paraphernalia.
   K-9 Breck was utilized for a sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances he is trained to detect.  Due to the K-9 alert, a search of the vehicle was conducted.  Deputies discovered a fake water bottle with a “False Compartment” which had several individually packaged bags of methamphetamine. Officers also located a black container with another small bag of methamphetamine, and two  needles filled with liquid methamphetamine.  The total amount of methamphetamine was 12 grams along with the needles that had 55 units of liquid methamphetamine.
   Fernette was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail with charges of Possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine, Possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and felony bail jumping. All are felony charges.
   Assisting on scene was the Prairie du Chien Police Department and Bob’s towing and repair. 

PdC man dies in single vehicle crash

On April 1, 2016 at 4:14pm the Crawford County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call reporting a one vehicle roll over on State Highway 27 at Log House Lane in the Township of Bridgeport.
   Merrill G McMillin age 83 of Prairie du Chien was operating a 2006 Jeep Liberty southbound on State Highway 27. The McMillin vehicle went off the roadway, striking the end of a guardrail along the southbound lane and continued traveling along a steep embankment. The vehicle struck the top of a concrete culvert retaining wall then rolled three times end over end, coming to rest on its wheels in the ditch.
   McMillin was injured in the crash and transported by Tri State Regional EMS to Crossing Rivers Health. McMillin was wearing a seat belt.
   The cause of this crash has not been determined at this time and remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff's Department.  Assisting on scene were the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Bridgeport Fire Department, Bridgeport First Responders, Tri State Regional EMS and Bob's Towing.
   On Saturday April 2nd Merrill McMillin, who was transported to a La Crosse Hospital died from the injuries sustained in the crash. 

Hooverson pleads guilty to embezzling funds

Crawford County, WI – April 14, 2016 – Dayna Hooverson, the former Town Clerk of Clayton Township, entered a plea of guilty in Crawford County Circuit Court before Judge James P. Czajkowski on April 8th to embezzling money from the township .
   Five counts of Federal Tax evasion were also read into the record, but were not part of this case.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 3rd, 2106.  The charges are classed as a Class G felony.  The charge includes a fine of up to $25,000 or imprisonment up to 10 years, or both.
   Hooverson wrote and cashed checks to herself totaling $225,000 over six-an-a half years.  Her salary was $8,500 annually.

Arlington, IA woman dies in one vehicle crash

On April 10, 2016 at 3:38 AM, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one vehicle accident on Highway 52 about of a mile North of Estes Point Road near Millville.
   During the investigation, it was determined that a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Seanalee Bailey (21) of Arlington was traveling Northbound on Highway 52 when she lost control. The pickup entered the East ditch and overturned causing Bailey to be ejected from the vehicle.
   Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The accident remains under investigation by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol. Also assisting the accident were the Guttenberg Police & Fire Departments, Guttenberg Ambulance Service, New Vienna Fire Department, and AirCare.

Potosi man killed while cutting trees

On 4/5/16 at approximately 9:27 a.m., Daniel J. Woolfe, 63, of Potosi, was cutting a tree on his property at 218 S. Main St. in Potosi.  While cutting the tree, it split and twisted and fell upon Daniel, coming to rest on his chest.   
   A Sheriff`s Deputy arrived on scene shortly after and cut the tree away utilizing Daniel`s chainsaw and began rendering aid.  Potosi EMS and Fire arrived and AirCare 3, of Dubuque, was called for transport. 
   The AirCare 3 medical team evaluated Daniel on scene and was unable to revive him.  Potosi EMS, Potosi Fire, and AirCare 3 were all on scene in effort to save Daniel.   A special thanks goes out to Bob Haberkorn and Mike Kittoe for their quick reaction on calling 911 and assisting at the scene.

’The Book’ thrown at woman eluding police

On April 24, 2016 at approximately 2:53 AM a Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a traffic stop on a 2015 Dodge Caravan driven by Jennieraven Myers, 22 of Bloomington, WI. Myers was driving 87 MPH in a 65 MPH zone going south on Hwy 151 near Badger Road in Jamestown Township. Myers failed to stop and attempted to elude the deputy.
   The pursuit went south on Hwy 151 into the City of Dubuque. Myers then u-turned and went north on Hwy 151 back into Wisconsin. Myers vehicle was on radar at 108 MPH as she entered Wisconsin. Myers circled over the Badger Road overpass and south again towards Dubuque. Myers then crossed over the grass median, went north back over the Badger Road overpass, and then south back towards Dubuque. Myers eventually stopped along the median of Hwy 151 between exit 1 and the state line.
   During the arrest Myers became combative with deputies and also caused damage to a Grant County squad car. Myers was transported to Southwest Health Center by Dickeyville EMS and was then transported to the Grant County Jail. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Dubuque Police Department, Dickeyville EMS, Jamestown First Responders, and Guys Towing.
Arrest or Charges: 
OWI 2nd offenseMisdemeanor, Resisting/ Obstructing an OfficerMisdemeanor, Disorderly ConductMisdemeanor, Criminal Damage to PropertyMisdemeanor, Fleeing/Eluding OfficerFelony
Battery to OfficerFelony, Discharge Bodily Fluid at OfficerFelony, Speeding 87MPH in 65 ZoneCitation, Speeding 108 MPH in 65 ZoneCitation, Driver Possessing Open IntoxicantsCitation

Man pinned by backing vehicle

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports one vehicle crash that occurred at Driftless Meats in the Town of Viroqua on April 25, 2016.
   Margaret Simmons age 69 of Boscobel was backing her vehicle into the loading dock  and Timothy Rehbein age 57 of Rural Viroqua was assisting Margaret in backing her vehicle into the dock when Margaret hit a concrete lip and accelerated hitting Timothy and pinning him against a steel pen.
   The passenger Charles Simmons age 74 also from Boscobel was seated in the back of the vehicle and sustained minor injuries. Both Charles and Margret went by personal vehicle to Vernon Memorial Hospital.
   Timothy was transported by Tri-State Ambulance and was later flown to Gundersen Health System by Med-Link Air with unknown injuries.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was the Viroqua Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance, Westby First Responders and Med-Link Air.  The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Wasabi Restaurant owner killed in
pedestrian accident

The owner of the Wasabi Restaurant, Young Su Kim, 43 of Prairie du Chien, WI, who was robbed and beaten in October of 2015, was killed in a pedestrian accident in Clarksville, TN on Monday, April 25, 2016. 
   According to the Clarksville Police Department the Accident occurred at 4:49 a.m. when a vehicle struck Mr. Kim.  It is believed that Mr. Kim stepped into traffic and was struck and killed.  (Background on story)

Battle lost - Haydn Street RR crossing CLOSED

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Prairie du Chien, WI – May 3, 2016 – After a long 15 year fight between Frazier's Old Faithful Inn, and the Railroad (RR), the RR has prevailed in closing the Haydn Street crossing.  The business most affected is the the Old Faithful Inn who fought the closing of the intersection because it was the main access to their business.  Few small businesses would have fought the RR as tenaciously as Sharon Frazier and Keith Colburn, co-owners of the Inn.
   In the end, you can't fight city hall as the old saying goes, and today saw the permanent closing of the Haydn Street crossing.  Sharon and Keith are not quitters, and they are looking ahead at ways they can keep their business healthy.  The city could help, as they should, to keep this family business thriving by carefully considering how they handle the flow of traffic on the surrounding streets.  See video.

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