Body found by hikers

New Albin, Iowa - On 12/10/17 at 8:27 a.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a body located in a wooded area in Fish Farm Mounds Wildlife Area south of New Albin, Iowa.
   Two hikers reported that they found a body while hiking the area.  The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office and a physician did respond to the location and did determine that the remains are of a male individual and that the individual had been deceased for some time.
   The body has been transported to the State of Iowa Medical Examiners’ Office in Ankeny, Iowa for an autopsy and identification.  No foul play is suspected.
   The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with the Kewanee Illinois Police Department regarding a missing person case reported October 3, 2017 to the Kewanee Police Dept.   On October 4, 2017 a vehicle believed to be operated by the missing individual was located at the Fish Farm Mounds Wildlife Area.  Multiple searches were conducted of the area at that time and were unsuccessful.

One Vehicle Rollover (Fatality)

On 12-10-2017 at approximately 3:45 am, Justin Brogley, age 18 of Platteville, was southbound on CTH D when his 2005 Dodge Ram Truck went off the right side of the roadway, striking an embankment, going through a fence. The 2005 Dodge Ram truck went airbourne before coming to rest on the passenger side of the truck.
   Justin was thrown from the truck, no seatbelt was worn.  Justin was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Grant County Coroner.
   Assisting at the scene was the UWP Police Dept., Platteville PD, Platteville Fire & SWHC rescue Squad also assisting was the WI State Patrol. Vehicle was towed by Precision Auto. This is the 8th traffic fatality in Grant County in 2017.

Lone woodsman injured cutting down tree

Vernon County, WI - A  person was injured while cutting down a tree Friday, December 8th, 2017 at approximately 11:50am. The incident occurred on private property, in the Town of Harmony, near County Road OK and Wolfe Lane.
   Dennis Urbanek age 49 of Chaseburg, Wisconsin was alone in the woods, while cutting down a tree when he was injured.  Dennis Urbanek was located and rescued by his father, LaVerne Urbanek, at which time Laverne called 911 for help. 
   The Genoa Fire Department and First Responders responded and used their UTV to transport Dennis out of the woods.  Dennis was transported to Gunderson Health Systems in LaCrosse by Tri-State Ambulance Service, as a result of his injury.
   Assisting at the scene was the Genoa Fire Department, Genoa First Responders, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and the Vernon County 911 communications center.

Duck Hunters Flip Boat on Mississippi River

On November 24, 2017 at 2:50 PM the Grant County Sheriff's Office was notified of a boating accident on the Mississippi River somewhere between Glen Haven, WI and Bagley, WI. The information received was that a boat with multiple hunters in it had flipped and that the hunters were on land, but they were not sure where they were at. They could see the railroad tracks.
   Multiple agencies responded to assist in the search. Information was then received that the hunters had made it back to the River of Lakes boat landing and were requesting EMS. A Grant County Sheriff's Deputy responded there and learned that there were three men in the boat: Paul Ketterer, 62, of Fennimore (boat owner), Ryne Jackley, 28, of Bagley, and Blake Evans, 36, of Dodgeville.
   The three men had put in to the Mississippi River at Jay's Landing. They went south from there along the "state line channel" and were about one mile south of the landing when they ran into rougher water. Ketterer said that he had backed off of the throttle due to the south wind and rough water. He said he slowed to maybe five miles per hour. When he backed off the throttle, the bow of the boat dropped and the boat suddenly started to take on a large amount of water. This pushed the bow of the boat further down causing the boat to stop suddenly and flip, end over end as it was described.
   All three men were thrown from the boat. They said that they were about 30 to 40 yards from shore when this happened. They had to swim toward shore as it was too deep to touch bottom. At about 20 yards from shore, the three men said that they could touch bottom and were able to walk to shore.
   Another duck hunter was boating by and saw the men. Blake and Ryne went back out to their capsized boat with that hunter as a dog belonging to Blake was trapped under the boat. The men were able to free the dog and get it in the boat they were in. All three men, and the dog, were then brought back to Jay's Landing by the other hunter. The men all had their own vehicles at Jay's Landing. They could hear sirens and decided, since they did not have cell phone service, to come to River of Lakes boat landing.
   EMS and First Responders went to that location where all three men were treated for body temperature issues (they were approaching hypothermic body temperatures). All three men refused transport by EMS. Two of the three men were transported by private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation.
   The boat, a 14 foot flat bottom boat with a 35 HP Go Devil motor, was recovered by the Bagley Fire Department and Federal Fish and Wildlife
Law Enforcement.
   Agencies that responded to this incident were: Glen Haven Fire Department, Glen Haven First Responders, Bagley Fire Department, Bagley First Responders, West Grant EMS, the Grant County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife (Federal Game Warden), and mutual aid had been requested from the Guttenberg, IA Fire Department for a boat and the Grant County Emergency Management Office for a drone.
   None of the men were wearing personal floatation devices when the incident occurred
although they were in the boat. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is handling the investigation into the incident.

When ghosts are replaced by hunters

Home House Hunt

An old abandon farm house sits waiting for hunting season when its city owners arrive.  Smoke curls from the chimney, hunting stories resound within it walls once again, before it is left bereft of human company for another year.

Dive team examines mystery vehicle in river

Home Clayton Co. Dive

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a report on August 17, 2017 of a vehicle discovered in the Mississippi River near Marquette, IA. 
   The information was reported by a local fisherman who was using new side imaging sonar and discovered what appears to be at least one vehicle on the bottom of the west channel of the river. 
   On November 2, 2017 the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office enlisted the assistance of the La Crosse County Dive Unit and conducted a successful dive, locating the vehicle.  Water clarity, depth, and swift current prohibited a thorough processing of the vehicle.  The vehicle was unable to be recovered and arrangements are being made for a 2018 dive.        Specifics on how, when, or why the vehicle ended up in the river are unknown.  The Sheriff’s Office is releasing this information to enlist the assistance of the public in gathering information to the unanswered questions.  If you have information please contact the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office at 563-245-2422. 



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