Suspect allegedly assaulted customer at BP

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Dickeyville, WI - On February 25, 2017 at about 8:40 pm an assault and battery took place at the Dickeyville BP/Country Mart.
   The three persons in the photos arrived in a 2006 white Chrysler minivan. The male wearing the camo coat committed the physical attack on a customer. All three then fled in the white minivan.
   The male with the camo coat, the female and the minivan license plate were identified through surveillance footage. Dickeyville police are looking for assistance with identifying the male wearing the checkered shirt.

   This attack on the costumer appears to stem from prior contacts between the victim and the suspects.  The victim was treated for minor injuries.

   Please contact Dickeyville police with any further information 608-568-7284, Grant County Sheriff's Office 608-723-2157, or Crime Stoppers 800-789-6600.

Icy road leads to head-on collision

Sheriff John B Spears reports a two vehicle injury accident that occurred on February 24th 2017 at approximately 7:45pm. The accident occurred on State Highway 27 just north of County Road X in the Town of Christiana between Westby and Cashton.
   Christian A. Knutson age 24 of Lacrosse, WI was traveling southbound on Highway 27 when he lost control of his vehicle on an ice covered road. Knutson’s vehicle crossed the centerline and struck the northbound vehicle head on which was operated by Ferdinand F. Piepenhagen age 80 of rural Cashton, WI and passenger Margie A. Piepenhagen age 72 also of Cashton.
   Knutson was transported to Gundersen Health System by Tri State Ambulance with injuries. Both occupants of the Piepenhagen vehicle were transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital with injuries and later transported to Gundersen Health System.
   Both drivers had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Westby-Christiana Fire Department. Airbags were deployed in both vehicles and all occupants were wearing their seatbelts.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was the Westby Police Department, Westby-Christiana Fire Department, Westby First Responders, and Tri-State Ambulance.  The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Traffic stop turns up gun, burglary tools & drugs

2/13/17 at 11:17 PM - A traffic stop on highway 11 at Sandy Hook Road in Jamestown Township involved subjects: Jonnie Connolly 23 Dubuque IA;  Tanner Ervolino 22 Waterloo IA; Lee Shaffer 31 Dubuque IA; Jay Mess 26  Dubuque IA; Sabrina Neff 22 Marshaltown IA.
    A Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy made the traffic stop on a  vehicle traveling east on Hwy 11 near Sandy Hook Road in Jamestown  Township for speeding. During the contact a Jo Davies County K9 unit  arrived and deployed its K9. The K9 alerted to the odor of drugs coming  from the vehicle which was then searched.
     During the search methamphetamine, meth paraphernalia, and  marijuana were located. A loaded handgun and silencer along with a large amount of suspected burglary tools were found. The investigation  resulted in arrests and citations.

School bus runs over child, minor injuries

Muscoda, WI - On 2/9/17 at approximately 4 p.m., the Muscoda Police  Department was informed of an incident where a child had been rolled  over by a school bus at a bus stop. The wheels of the bus did not make  contact with the child.
     The child was taken to the hospital by family members with  minor injuries. The driver of the bus was taken for drug and alcohol  testing but neither are believed to be factors in the incident.  The  incident is still under investigation.

Bail jumping man arrested again for alleged drugs

On February 5th, 2017 at 10:30 p.m. - The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 1985 Chevrolet Astro Van being operated by Jon Fanta, age 52, of Viroqua. 
   The traffic stop was on CTH B near Star Valley. During the traffic stop the deputy searched the vehicle and located methamphetamine paraphernalia and marijuana in the vehicle. Crystal methamphetamine was located on Fanta’s person.  
   Fanta was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping as Fanta is on active bond through Vernon County for two counts of delivery of methamphetamine.
   Assisting the Crawford County sheriff’s Department on scene was the Vernon County Sheriff’s department.

Bad year for winter accidents

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Vernon County, WI - January 26, 2017 - Kristine Santi of Ontario was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of County Road F / Hynek Road, Town of Hillsboro.  Santi was attempting to turn left. 
   A second vehicle operated by Roger Sterba, Hillsboro, was traveling eastbound, came over the hill, and noticed the Santi vehicle was stopped at the stop sign.  Sterba began to slow down and attempted to stop, but due to the snow and slush covered roads, struck the Santi vehicle in the rear. 
   The Santi vehicle crossed the westbound lane, struck a tree, and traveled over an embankment.  Sterba refused medical treatment, but was later taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Santi was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital by Hillsboro EMS with non-life threatening injuries.  Both occupants were wearing their seatbelts.  (Photo courtesy of Vernon co. Sheriff’s Office)

Arrest made in burglary of the Bat Cave Saloon

Richland County, WI - On Monday January 23rd 2017 at approximately 1:05am, forced entry was made into the Bat Cave Saloon in Gotham.  A male subject entered the building and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the saloon. 
   During the investigation of the burglary, pictures of the subject in the saloon were placed on the Sheriff’s Department Facebook Page.  The Sheriff’s Department received several tips from the community resulting in an arrest. 
   On Wednesday January 25th at approximately 9:59pm, deputies made contact with Joshua Crook, 26 of Gotham, WI.  After speaking with Crook, he was arrested in connection to the burglary.  He is charged with Burglary and Damage to Property.



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