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Man charged with murder in domestic shooting

Waukon, Iowa - April 18, 2018 - Today the Waukon Police Department, in coordination with the Allamakee County Attorney’s Office and Department of Criminal Investigation, filed 2nd Degree Murder charges against John Michael Quanrude, 32, of Waukon, in the District Court for Allamakee County.
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   This charge comes as the result of an initial criminal investigation conducted by the Waukon Police Department, Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, and Allamakee County Attorney’s Office, which involved the execution of at least two search warrants and several interviews.
   According to the initial complaint, on Monday April 16, 2018, at approximately 3:20 p.m., the Allamakee County Dispatch Center received a 911 call from John Quanrude of 49 Jean Road in the Parkview Trailer Court in Waukon, requesting immediate medical assistance due to an accidental shooting.
   The first Waukon Officer on scene was met outside by Quanrude, who directed him into the residence to a male victim lying face down on the floor, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Quanrude reported to this first responding Officer that he had fired a “warning shot” and then fired a second shot which had hit the male victim in the chest.     The male victim, who was initially misidentified by Quanrude, has been identified as 60 year old Dean Elliot Russell of 49 Jean Road (Quanrude’s roommate and step-father).       Medivac air was requested and Russell was transported via ambulance to Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, but Russell was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at the hospital. An autopsy is scheduled to be completed by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office later this week.
   Per an order issued by a First Judicial District Court Judge, the Defendant’s bond was set at $100,000 cash only and remains as set after the Defendant’s initial appearance, which was held this afternoon at the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon. Murder in the Second Degree is classified as a Class B Felony under the Iowa Code, and is punishable by a maximum of 50 years in prison.
   A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Murder in Ridgeway, WI

Update - Austin Valdez, 19 years old, has been charged with reckless homicide by Iowa County prosecutors stemming from this incident.
The Iowa County 911 dispatch received a 911 call regarding a shooting at 112 Keane St. in the village of Ridgeway at 3:25 a.m. on 3-24-18.
   When deputies arrived at the scene they discovered that a domestic abuse related incident had occurred during which a shot was fired killing a subject identified as Robin R. Reeson age 46 of Ridgeway.
   The incident is still under investigation.  There is no known danger to the public.X

Pickup rear-ends semi, fatality

Update - The deceased driver of the pickup truck was 82 year old Francis Forst of McGregor.
On April 12, 2018 at 10:35am, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office
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received a 911 call reporting a two vehicle accident on Highway 52 approximately of a mile south of Highway 18.
   Upon further investigation, it was determined that a 2004 Freightliner operated by Dalibor Kadic of Metairie, LA was traveling southbound when he was rear-ended by a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pickup.
   The driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the driver is not being released at this time pending notification of family members.
   The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the cause of the accident.
   Assisting at the scene was the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Monona Ambulance Service, Monona Fire Department, Central Ambulance Service and Milo’s Towing.
   (Photo courtesy of Clayton Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Multi-county chase ends with suicide

On Friday April 6, 2018 the Barron County Sheriff's Department was advised of an attempt to locate on a subject from Grant County that was wanted in connection with a domestic abuse case.  The alert stated the subject was possibly traveling to Rusk Co. and was possibly armed with a rifle.
   At 12:30 a.m. a Bloomer Officer spotted the suspect vehicle.  The vehicle failed to stop and a chase ensued on northbound Hwy 53 and the chase came into Barron County.
   Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff's Department took over the chase and requested that the Barron Police Dept. set up spike strips on Hwy 53 at Hwy 8.  Spikes were deployed and 3 tires on the suspect car were hit, causing the tires to deflate.
   As the vehicle came to a stop, just north of the Hwy 53 and Hwy 8 exit, the driver of the vehicle failed to exit or follow the commands of sheriff's deputies.  After several minutes of non-compliance, and due to the fact the subject possibly may have a weapon, a tactical approach was made on the vehicle using a flash-bang and shields.  When deputies got up to the vehicle the driver Michael Haile 66 of Stitzer, WI, was deceased from a self inflicted gun shot wound.

Head-on collision - one fatality

On March 31, 2018, at 7:58 a.m. the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a two vehicle head on accident on State Highway 35 near Ghelf Lane north of Desoto in the Town of Wheatland.
   Lukas A. Arenz, age 26, of Guttenberg, IA was traveling south on State Highway 35 and reports a northbound vehicle swerved into his lane.  Arenz was unable to avoid the oncoming vehicle prior to both vehicles colliding head on in Arenz’s lane. 
   Arenz’s vehicle spun out of control leaving the east side of the roadway.  Arenz’s vehicle went down over an embankment striking small trees and became submerged in a pond.  Arnez was able to free himself from the vehicle and swim to shore along with his two dogs. 
   Arnez was transported by Tri-State Ambulance to Gundersen Health Systems in Lacrosse for minor injuries.  Both dogs appeared to be in good condition and were turned over to Arnez’s family.  
   The driver of the other vehicle was identified as Donald A. Freese, age 50, of Bellevue, IA.  After the collision Freese’s vehicle immediately came to rest in the southbound lane.  Both vehicles sustained very heavy frontend damage and had multiple airbags deployments.  Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. 
   Donald Freese was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Vernon County Coroner’s Office. 
   Wheatland Fire Department and First Responders had to use the Jaws of Life to assist at the scene.  The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Suspect crashes into at least 4 civilian vehicles
and 3 squads in Vernon & Richland counties

On 3/26/2018 at approximately 6:10pm, Richland County authorities were notified by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department of a reckless driver eastbound on US Hwy 14 from the Readstown area.  The report was that he was not stopping for Vernon County Deputies and a call for help to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department to deploy “Stop Sticks” (tire deflation devices) was made.
   It was learned the suspect vehicle had been involved in at least three crashes in Vernon County, involving both civilian and law enforcement vehicles.  Authorities attempted several trained maneuvers to stop the suspect as he appeared to intentionally ram into squads and continued east on Hwy 14.  As the suspect entered Richland County he crashed into four additional civilian vehicles traveling on the roadway, drove through ditch lines and continued to flee from deputies.
   A Richland County Deputy arrived and coordinated with Vernon County Deputies to attempt to stop the vehicle. Contact was made with the suspect vehicle by squad cars in a trained manner which temporarily stopped the suspect, however as deputies exited to make contact with the driver, he accelerated and pushed through the squads, and continued eastbound. 
   The suspect was yelling out the window at authorities and throwing items from his vehicle as he drove.  The chase reached a maximum speed of 35 mph according to authorities.  The subject was stopped on Hwy 14 at Wescott Rd. in Richland Counties Sylvan Township after two squads made contact with the suspect vehicle pinning him between them. 
   The subject was taken into custody and transported to the Richland County Jail.  The subject caused four hit and run crashes to occupied civilian vehicles and rammed into three squad cars in Richland County alone.  The arrested subject, identified as Leonard P. Perfetti, 46 of Madison, faces several criminal charges that are being coordinated through Richland County District Attorney Jennifer Harper and Vernon County District Attorney Tim Gaskell.  The WI State Patrol is assisting in the ongoing investigation.
   Assisting in the incident:  Vernon Co Sheriff, WI State Patrol, Richland Center Police, Viola Police, Readstown Fire, Richland Center Fire, La Farge Police Dept., Vernon Co Dist. Attorney, Richland County Dist. Attorney.
   Chief Deputy Chad Kanable & Richland County Sheriff James Bindl highly commended the road deputies from both Vernon and Richland Counties as well as the dispatchers.  “This was a very dangerous incident for everyone on the road.  Because of their actions, no one was injured or killed last night.  All involved did what had to be done and did it well.”



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