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Semi crash blocks Hwy 82

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On Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7:18am, Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a semi that had slide out of control crossing State Highway 82, just west of Lafarge. 
   Thomas J. Andrew, 65 from rural Lafarge was traveling north on Slayback Rd. when he lost control on the ice-covered road.  The 1996 Freightliner, owned by Gordon Nemec, slid through the intersection at State Highway 82.  The semi traveled across both lanes and went into the ditch on the north side. 
   The fully loaded trailer was blocking both lanes of travel.  Andrew, the only occupant denied any injuries.  The highway was reduced to one lane for about 45 minutes.  The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office. (Photo courtesy Vernon Co. Sheriff)

An uncommon northern visitor

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Michael Sandstrom’s patience, skill and powers of observation have produced another great photo of a female Common Redpoll.  This bird is sub-Arctic visiting the U.S. irregularly in winter.

Boscobel man charged with possession
of child pornography

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BOSCOBEL, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and Grant County Sheriff’s Office today announced that Zachary B. Dresen was charged on December 6 2019 for five counts of possession of child pornography.

Slippery roads lead to crash

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A single-vehicle crash occurred Wednesday afternoon, November 27, 2019, at approximately 1:45 PM, in the town of Harmony, rural Viroqua, WI.  Lora J. Le May, age 54, was operating a passenger vehicle northbound on County Road N, south of State Highway 56 and lost control on a patch of snow. 
   The vehicle went off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.  LeMay sustained potentially serious injuries and was extricated from the vehicle by the Genoa Fire Department.  LeMay was transported to Gundersen Health System, in La Crosse, WI, by Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance.
   Assisting the Sheriff's Office were the Genoa Fire Department, Genoa First Responders, and Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance.

Five injured in two vehicle crash

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports:  On Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at 12:29pm, Vernon County Highway Department called in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of US Highway 14 and State Highway 27, in the town of Franklin, south of the Viroqua. 
   57-year-old Darlene T. Goodpasture from rural Necedah, was driving south on US Highway 14.  79-year old Joyce Hunter from rural Ferryville, who was driving north on US Highway 14.  Hunter was making a left turn onto State Highway 27 south, when she turned into the path of Goodpasture. 
   Goodpasture was unable to avoid collision with the Hunter vehicle.  The Goodpasture vehicle left the roadway and ended up on its wheels in the ditch.  Goodpasture had two passengers in her vehicle, 40-year-old Christina M. Short and a 3-yr old toddler.  Hunter also had two passengers in her vehicle.  75-year-old Gloria M. Warmuth and 83-year-old Arlene M. Hanson, both from rural Desoto.  
   Warmuth, Goodpasture, and the toddler were all transported by ambulance to Vernon Memorial Healthcare with non-life-threatening injuries.  US Highway 14 was reduced to 1 lane for approximately an hour.  Assisting on the scene was: Viroqua Fire Department, Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, Kickapoo Valley Rescue Squad, and the Vernon County Highway Department.
   The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.



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