When you’re naked, screaming & planning to
jump off a bridge, it’s bad drugs for sure

(Editor’s note - If this happened in a big city, he would have been shot 5 times.  Our guys are trained a little better).
On September 16th 2016, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call reporting a male who was intoxicated and under the influence of restricted controlled substances, being violent and destroying items in Towerville. It was reported that the male was walking down County B naked, screaming and threatening to jump off a bridge.
   A deputy arrived to find the male, identified as Samuel Clark,age 33, of Towerville,  completely naked destroying items in his residence with a female and two young juveniles present. Clark refused to calm down and speak with the deputy and left out the back of the residence.
   Clark began walking to the river located in the back of the property and told the deputy that he was going to jump into the river to kill himself. After several attempts from the Deputy to verbally stop Clark, the Deputy Tased Clark in an attempt to subdue him and keep him from harming himself or others. After the Taser successfully incapacitated Clark, He was arrested and transported to Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien, WI.
   Clark was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and resisting arrest. 

WIS 35 now open to through traffic
between DeSoto and Genoa

Highway 35 has been opened to through between De Soto and Genoa in Vernon County.  Motorists should slow down and expect traffic barrels and cones along the highway right-of-way where debris has been moved.
   For the latest information on driving conditions, incident alerts and road closures, visit 511 Wisconsin online at www.511wi.gov, or call 511.

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Update - Monday, September 26, 2016 at 12 noon -
The following state highway locations remain closed.
Crawford County
WIS 131 at WIS 60 intersection
WIS 171, Gays Mills
WIS 171, east of Gays Mills
WIS 23 at Neenah Creek just east of Briggsville; detour north on WIS 13, east on WIS 82, south on I-39
Sauk County
WIS 136 between WIS 33 and WIS 154, north of Rock Springs
WIS 136/WIS 154 Intersection, Rock Springs

For the latest information on road closures and detours, visit 511 Wisconsin online at www.511wi.gov, or call 511.

Gays Mills man gets 15 years for
 child pornography

MADISON, WIS., September 21, 2016 - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ricky Olson, 58, Gays Mills, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 15 years in federal prison, to be followed by 20 years of supervised release, for distributing child pornography. Olson pleaded guilty to this charge on April 6, 2016.
   The investigation revealed that Olson used a false persona to create fake email addresses and fake accounts on Snapchat.com, which he used to contact a 12-year-old child. Olson then requested and received sexually explicit images and videos of the child via Snapchat and email, which he distributed to others via the Internet. Olson also sent the child obscene images of himself.
   The conviction of Olson is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; and Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.

Man charged in 3 year old assault case

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation for the past three years has been actively investigating the assault of Joshua Milligan (Age 30) of Dubuque, Iowa. In July of 2013, Joshua Milligan was assaulted while attending the Rock on the River concert event in the Township of Bridgeport. 
   The assault took place in the camp ground area of the event.  Milligan was found alone and unconscious with apparent head injuries.  During the lengthy investigation it was learned that Milligan and an acquaintance Anthony Runde (Age 34) also from Dubuque, Iowa, were both at the Rock on the River concert.  Runde and Milligan apparently had a grudge against each other stemming from an incident that had occurred in Dubuque.  Investigators believe that the two meet in the camp ground area where Runde struck Milligan in the head causing severe brain trauma.
   On Friday, September 9th, 2016, a Grand Jury in Crawford County, Wisconsin issued an indictment for Anthony Runde (Age 34) of Dubuque, Iowa, on charges of Attempted First-Degree Intentional Homicide and Aggravated Battery with Intent to Cause Great Bodily Harm.
   Following the indictment, Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Rider signed a warrant for the arrest of Anthony Runde.
   On Tuesday, September 14th, 2016, the Dubuque Police Department apprehended Anthony Runde on the above charges. Anthony Runde currently remains in custody at the Dubuque County Jail awaiting transportation to the Crawford County Jail.
   The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department would like to public thank the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation and Dubuque Police Department for their assistance in this ongoing investigation.   (Original story)

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”One-pot” meth lab found in residence

Richland County, WI - On September 10, 2016 a search warrant was executed at the residence at 18677 STH 60 in Eagle Township. During the search it was found that a “one-pot” Methamphetamine (meth) lab had been operational.
   The following suspects were taken into custody:
   Robert J.E. Schoener, 26, of Eagle Township was arrested on the tentative charges of Manufacture/Deliver Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place, two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and misdemeanor Bail Jumping.
   Stephen J. Szuflita, 40, of Eagle Township was arrested on the tentative charges of Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and multiple counts of felony Bail Jumping.
   Regina M. Heather, 42, of Richland Center was arrested on the tentative charges of Resisting/Obstructing an Officer and felony Bail Jumping.
   Bruce Travis, 34 of Orion, was arrested on tentative charges of Resisting/Obstructing an Officer and a probation violation.
   Sheriff Jim Bindl stated that this is another example that methamphetamine use continues to be a problem in our community.

Oklahoma earthquake felt in La Crosse

Update - Hi Dave - I live on Kickapoo Valley Road in Steuben WI. I  just read your story about the earthquake being felt in Lacrosse. At  about 7:05 AM on 9-3, I noticed my bed moving a bit. I thought maybe my dog was laying on the floor next to my bed moving it but he was not, so I to feel that this was the effects of the earthquake in Oklahoma.  Trish Bruegmann
La Crosse, WI - September 3, 2016 - The 5.6 magnitude earthquake centered in Pawnee, Okla. that happened at 7:02 a.m. this morning was also felt in La Crosse over 700 miles away.
   The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center reported that they felt a slight shifting.  They also received several calls from residents reporting shaking, including Gundersen Health System and Mayo clinic.  No damage to property has been reported.
   This earthquake will certainty draw more attention to the practice of pumping wastewater from natural gas and oil drilling under high pressure deep underground.



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