Woman jumps off bridge - rescued by police

On May 25, 2017 at approximately 9:10 am the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a female subject that had jumped off of the Hwy 151 Iowa / Wisconsin Bridge, on the Wisconsin side in the Township of Jamestown. 
   Several witnesses stated the female parked her vehicle on the bridge, took her jacket off, and then jumped over the concrete railing into the water below.  Emergency personnel responded from land and water.  A Grant County Deputy and a City of Dubuque Police Officer were able to descend a steep cliff and locate the female. 
   She was approximately 20 feet from shore clinging onto a tree.  Both officers removed their gear and were able to get halfway out to the female.  They had a long branch and were able to get her to hold on as they pulled her to shore.  Moments later East Dubuque and Dubuque Fire Departments arrived in their rescue boats. 
   The female subject was transported, by boat to a nearby boat landing and then transported via East Dubuque EMS to a hospital in Dubuque for evaluation.  There were no apparent injuries reported. 
   The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Dubuque Police Department, Dubuque Fire Department, East Dubuque Police Department, East Dubuque Fire Department, and East Dubuque EMS.  BNSF suspended rail traffic during the incident.
   While emergency personnel were resolving the above incident a two vehicle crash occurred on the bridge in front of officers.  Scott Wiest, age 46 from Lancaster, was traveling southbound on Hwy 151 in his 2002 Silver Buick Lasabre.  Jessica Welch, age 24 from Platteville, was traveling southbound in her 2008 GMC Acadia when she was rear ended by Wiest.  There were no injuries and everyone was wearing their seatbelts.  Wiest vehicle sustained front end damage and the Welch vehicle sustained rear end damage.  Wiest will be cited for inattentive driving. 
   The Grant County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all motorists to move over and slow down when approaching emergency vehicles.

Dump Truck Vs. School Bus Crash - Injuries

School bus crash

Update - On May 23, 20017 at about 4 p.m. Jon C. Cooley m/w age 75 of Bagley, was operating a Warco School Bus with 8 River Ridge students on board as passengers; a five-year-old male, two five-year-old females, a six-year-old female, an 8-year-old female, two 8-year-old males and a fifteen-year-old male.  Cooley was traveling north across the CTH P from Morgan Rd to Borah Ridge Road in the Patch Grove Township.
   Randy Pugh age 59 of Viola, was traveling westbound in a 2002 Peterbuilt dump truck, owned by Lepke Trucking of Lacrosse, WI, on CTH P. As the school bus crossed the intersection with CTH P the dump truck came up over the hills from the east and was unable to stop.
   The right front door area of the school bus collided with the left cab area of the dump truck. The dump truck went into the north ditch area and came to a stop. The school bus spun around, traveled into the south ditch area, through a fence line, and came to rest in the pasture south of CTH P.
   One child was ejected from the school bus. Six children and the bus driver were transported to area hospitals, Crossing Rivers in Prairie Du Chien and Grant Regional Health Care in Lancaster. Injuries range from minor to severe and some involved parties are still in the hospital today. Mr. Pugh was treated and released at the scene of the crash.
   The following agencies assisted at the scene of the crash; Fennimore PD, Crawford Co SO, Bloomington Fire, Bagley First Responders, Cassville EMS, Fennimore EMS, Gunderson EMS, Lancaster EMS, Lancaster Fire, Patch Grove Fire, West Grant EMS, Grant County Emergency Government, River Ridge Schools, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
This crash remains under investigation.   Watch video

Fatal hunting accident

Sheriff John B. Spears reports a fatal hunting accident that occurred on Pisgah Road East of State Highway 131 in the Town of Whitestown. 
   At approximately 7:30 A.M. two males age 17 and 15 were going hunting on private land off Pisgah Rd.  While exiting their vehicle and preparing for the hunt there was an accidental discharge of a 22 caliber pistol.  The 17 year old male was struck in the side/chest area.  The 17 year old male was pronounced deceased by Vernon County Coroner Janet Reed on the scene.
   Assisting at the scene was the Ontario Fire Department, Ontario Ambulance Service, Tri State Med Link, Vernon County Coroner, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
   The accident remains under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Kickapoo Indian Cave occupied by interlopers

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On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on the property of

Home Perry Rydz, Elizabeth Ann

Elizabeth Perry Rydz

Home Wantroba, Brandon Lee

Brandon Wantroba

the Kickapoo Indian Caverns located in the rural Township of Wauzeka.  The property is currently for sale and is checked on periodically by care takers.
   Deputies responded to the area and located the vehicle parked in the vicinity of the walkway leading up-to the “Trading Post” building. The building is located at the exit / entrance area of the cave. Deputies approached the building and determined that entry had been forcefully gained by prying open a side door to the building. As deputies prepared to clear the building, an adult female and male exited the building and were identified as; Elizabeth Perry Rydz (Age 36) and Brandon Wantroba (Age 20), both of Milwaukee, WI.
   After questioning, Perry Rydz and Wantroba were taken into custody for burglary and transported to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Jail to await a bond hearing. The suspects told deputies they had been staying at the property periodically over the past month and planned to claim the property as their own and name the property “Silent Grove”. 
   Once the suspects were removed from the property, deputies and investigators cleared the building and cave and discovered food, beds, clothes, personal hygiene items, digging tools, etc.  Both Rydz and Wantroba stated to deputies that they had found the property for sale on-line and decided that they would move into the property and take adverse possession. 
   They stated that they broke the lock off the door and replaced it with their own lock.  According to an acquaintance of the pair both Rydz and Wantroba are a member of a religious group named The United Council of Magna Verta.  They were looking for places to survive a potential nuclear attack on the United States. 
   The only items missing from the buildings was a necklace made of animal teeth and a sign.  Both items were found in the vehicle owned by Rydz.    
   Perry Rydz and Wantroba were both released from jail on a $1000.00 signature bond. 
This case remains under investigation.
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Inside Trading  Post where the couple were staying.  (all photos courtesy of Crawford Co. Sheriff’s Office.)


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