Viola man dies in motorcycle accident

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a fatal motorcycle accident on October 20, 2017. The accident occurred at approximately 9:10 p.m. on County Road T near Glass Road in the Town of Kickapoo.
   Kyle J. Turner age 24 of Viola was traveling south on County Road T when he left the roadway striking a tree.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was the Readstown Fire Department and Readstown Ambulance Service.  The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.  (Obituary notice)

Bank robbed in Platteville

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Platteville, WI - At approximately 12:45 PM, on Friday, October 20, 2017, Platteville Police officers responded to a hold up alarm from American Bank & Trust. It was determined a bank robbery had occurred.
   The suspect is described as a white male, in his 40’s, about 5’7” – 5’8” tall with a clean shaven face and head. Suspect was wearing a black baseball hat, sunglasses, a tightly fitted black t-shirt, and blue jeans.
   No weapon was displayed and no one was injured during the incident. Suspect was last seen on foot, leaving the area with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Platteville Police Department, (608)348-2313.

Ill driver crashes truck

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Oct. 19, 2017 - Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a one-vehicle crash that occurred on October 19, 2017 at approximately 4:10 pm in the Town of Coon.
   Daniel O Ellefson, age 58, of Westby, WI was traveling Eastbound on County Road P. Ellefson began feeling ill and the vehicle crossed the centerline, and came to rest in a soybean field.  Ellefson was transported by Tri-State Ambulance to Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse for precautionary measures. 
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene was Tri-State Ambulance, Coon Valley EMS, and Coon Valley Police Department.  The crash remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Common Council of the City of Prairie du Chien
Appoints Chad Abram Interim City Administrator

At its October 17, 2017 meeting, the Common Council unanimously appointed Police Chief Chad Abram as Interim City Administrator.  The appointment followed the Council’s vote to accept City Administrator Art Osten, Jr.’s separation from the City.
   “Chief Abram brings the energy, organizational and management skills, and vision that Prairie du Chien needs during this transition period,” said Mayor Dave Hemmer.  In the past ten months, the City has lost many excellent staff to retirement or career advancement.  “We lost well over 100 years of combined experience and knowledge, and the transition has been very challenging at a time when the City has been busier than ever,” explained Mayor Hemmer.
   Chief Abram will lead Prairie du Chien while the Council undertakes the process to find and hire a permanent City Administrator.  “I am excited about this opportunity and to be able to learn and to grow as a leader,” said Abram.   “Two things convinced me to accept this challenge,” Abram added.  “I deeply care about the community I have called home for the past 19 years, and I have the utmost respect for the City staff and the work they do.  The transition will be a success if we work as a team and keep our focus on providing quality service for the public.”
   “Chad’s leadership will guide us through this transition while continuing to meet our mission of making Prairie du Chien a great place to live, work, and visit,” said Mayor Hemmer.  Chad Abram is a native of Anoka, MN, is married to Lisa, and has 2 children, Lydia and Emma.  He has served on the Prairie du Chien Police Department for over 17 years rising from Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Detective, Sergeant to become Chief of Police in 2010.  Chad will continue to serve as Chief of Police during the Interim process. 

PdC man arrested after drug sting

Crawford County, WI - October 17, 2017 - Over the past month, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has been actively investigating Bradley McNett (Age 23) of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, for the illegal sales and distribution of narcotics. 
   During the investigation, members of the Sheriff’s department set up and recorded three separate controlled buys from McNett to a confidential informant.  As the investigation progressed, sheriff’s department members applied for and received a search warrant for McNett’s residence located at 61582 Old Highway 18 in the Township of Bridgeport, County of Crawford, Wisconsin.
   On Monday, October 16, 2017, at approximately 8 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department executed the search warrant at McNett’s residence. As a result of the search warrant, several items were located and seized; including, a large quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and money. 
   During the execution of the search warrant, McNett was arrested. McNett has been formally charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
   Assisting at the search warrant were the Prairie du Chien Police Dept. Grant County Drug Task Force and the Wisconsin State patrol.  This narcotics investigation currently remains under investigation.

Diesel-Tainted Gasoline Distributed in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI – Oct. 16 - A Minnesota distributor is alerting consumers that some gasoline sold over the past weekend in the La Crosse, Chippewa Falls and Alma areas of Wisconsin, and in Rochester, Minn., was contaminated with diesel fuel.
   Magellan Midstream Partners, a petroleum products distribution company, reported that a malfunction at its Rochester, Minn., terminal resulted in diesel fuel being added to gasoline. Gasoline loaded into trucks at the Rochester terminal on Friday and Saturday and delivered to area gas stations may have contained diesel. Magellan has since taken steps to correct the problem at the terminal and remove the tainted gasoline from commerce.
   Inspectors from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) are investigating to ensure that any bad fuel has been removed from tanks and the tanks have been cleaned before retailers in the state resume sales.
   Wisconsin stations that either received or may have received the bad fuel on Friday and Saturday were:

Kwik Trips in La Crosse at:
4828 Mormon Coulee Road
500 Cass St.
3130 State Road
4605 Mormon Coulee Road
1333 Rose St.
921 Losey Blvd. S.

Kwik Trips in Onalaska at:
9421 Hwy. 16
1802 County Rd. S
408 Sand Lake Rd.
W6782 Abbey Rd.
229 Oak Forest Drive
1276 Crossing Meadows Drive

Kwik Trips in Sparta (1751 W. Wisconsin St.); West Salem (985 Hwy. 16); and Alma (603 N. Main)
Dodge Oil Co., Dodge, Wis.
Severson Oil Co., La Crosse
Express Mart, Chippewa Falls

   "Most of the affected stations are near Interstate 90, so travelers passing through from other areas may also have purchased the tainted gasoline," cautioned Judy Cardin, director of DATCP's Bureau of Weights and Measures.
   Magellan officials do not believe enough diesel was added to the gasoline to cause vehicle engine damage. However, diesel-contaminated gasoline can have effects ranging from engines running poorly until the gas is replaced to damage in the hundreds of dollars.
   Consumers who bought gasoline at these outlets and have a problem with their vehicle can contact the gas station where they purchased the fuel directly or call DATCP's Weights and Measures Complaint line, (800) 224-4942.



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