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On 5 March 2018 at approximately 1330,
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Benjamin Douglas MORROW was killed by a large explosion in his apartment in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The apartment was extensively damaged by the explosion. Subsequent investigation revealed the presence of large quantities of explosives and a variety of unstable chemicals. Because these could not be safely removed, the entire apartment building was subsequently burned down by local authorities.
   The FBI is requesting assistance from law enforcement agencies and the public in identifying any investigative leads regarding Mr. Morrow and his activities and associations during the past year. Any member of the public with information that may assist in the investigation is requested to call the FBI tip line at:
   1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324)(select option 3)

Hold on, Spring is almost here!

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Our cat, Rufus said, “I saw a robin, I did! I did!”  It’s the first robin of the Spring season.  He’s the vanguard as Spring doesn’t officially start until next Tuesday, March 20th.  Rufus said he doesn’t care, when robins show up, it’s Spring!

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Trees claw at the cold, dark winter sky in a unholy alliance with Father Winter.  He is soon to loose his grip, pushed out by a spring maiden.  The trees will slowly transform their scratchy claws into green studded wands of spring buds.

Be on the lookout for bank robber on the run

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The Ridgeway bank robbery suspect. If you have any information for Law Enforcement please call the Iowa County Sheriff's Office 608-935-3314 or crime stoppers at 608-935-9090.

Update - 9:44 a.m. Saturday, from Iowa Co. EM - Please avoid Cty K and CTY H going to Ridgeway at the bridge for the next several hours due to emergency operations. [Editor - This may have something to do with the figurative].
- 10:50 a.m. - Description Update for Ridgeway Bank Robbery suspect. Male/White, 5'10" to 6' tall, Brown Bomber Jacket w/tan fur, Carhart Pants, Gray Carhart Beanie & black face mask. Call 911 if you see a subject matching this description
   Ridgeway WI - Feburary 27, 2018 = 9:20 a.m. - Reported Armed Robbery at Ridgeway Farmers Savings Bank. Suspect last seen on foot going east on Main St. wearing Kahki Pants, Leather Jacket or Light Color Sweatshirt, Face mask, carrying a Walmart Bag. If seen call 911.

Gun shot draws police to intoxicated man

Prairie du Chien, WI - Feb. 27, 2017 - On February 26, 2018 at approximately 7:50pm the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of a shot that was fired from a firearm in the parking lot of the Microtel Motel located at 1833 South Marquette Road in Prairie du Chien.  Officer responded to the scene and met with several individuals.
   After conducting several field interviews with witnesses, it was determined that a male party identified as, Kevin Winegarden, age 47 of Big Bend, Wisconsin, was showing acquaintances a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun.  While showing the firearm, Winegarden discharged one round into the air. 
   After further investigation it was determined that Winegarden was intoxicated and a preliminary breath test showed a result of .12 He was also found in possession of marijuana and a urinalysis test showed a positive result of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  Officers also recovered a 45 caliber Metro Arms Corp. firearm.
   No injuries were reported as a result of the discharge of the firearm.  Winegarden was arrested and charged with possession of THC (3rd Offense) and Endangering Safety by Use of a Dangerous Weapon.  The case remains under investigation.
   The Prairie du Chien Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and the MarMac Unified Police Department.

MarMac police officer arrested on drug charges

Clayton County, Iowa - February 18, 2018 -
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A MarMac police officer was arrested on drug charges Friday after sheriff's authorities responded to a domestic disturbance call.

39-year-old Rodger Sear III, a MarMac police office, is facing a felony charge of manufacturing marijuana, along with other charges related to drug possession.

   The Clayton County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Kaitlin Sear assaulted Sear III around 9:52 a.m. this morning at a residence in Garber. She is also facing a felony charge of manufacturing marijuana, on top of three other charges.

   Officers say they located marijuana and items used to grow the drug while responding to the call in the 37000 block of Iowa Avenue Saturday morning.

Two vehicle accident - 1 fatality, 3 injured

Update - The parties are identified below:
Clayton Co. Iowa - On February 16, 2018 at 11:16pm, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Littleport Road and East Mission Road.
   Investigator’s determined that a 1992 Chevrolet Lumina operated by 20 year old Kory Doeppke of Elkader was traveling Westbound on 390th Street when he failed to obey a stop sign. His vehicle was struck by a Northbound 2006 Chevrolet 2500 pickup operated by 31 year old Sean Chopard of Edgewood.
   16 year old Brady Edwards of Greeley was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. 15 year old Tori Bolsinger of Edgewood was taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. 16 year old Izaiah Drinkwater of Manchester was also ejected from the vehicle.
   Both Drinkwater and  Doeppke were transported to Regional Medical Center, and then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals where they both remain in critical condition. Chopard was uninjured in the accident.
   The Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol continue to investigate. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Edgewood Fire Department, Edgewood Ambulance, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Strawberry Point Ambulance, Strawberry Point Police Department, the Clayton County Attorney’s Office and the Clayton County Medical Examiner’s Office.



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