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With a close look you’ll see the first few leaves turning yellow, and a few leaves scattered on your lawn where they would not normally be at this time, all foretelling what lies ahead.

Teen found at bottom of pool - resuscitated


Boscobel, WI – August 11, 2018 – On Friday, August 10th at approximately 3 p.m. a teenager noticed someone on the bottom of the Boscobel swimming pool.  A non-responsive teenage boy was curled up on the bottom.  He immediately surfaced and called the lifeguard on duty.
   The boy, believed to be about 16 years old, was pulled out of the pool and a Police officer started resuscitation.  Breathing was restored, but he was not talking, before the victim was transferred to an ambulance.  It was determined that the victim was flown to a Madison hospital.  A family member later was reported to have said that the boy was talking, but his full state of recovery has not yet been determined.  The teens name has not been officially released.
   Vanessa Aspenson, counselor for the Boscobel Family Martial Arts summer camp, was an eye witness (see video)

Hillsboro man dies in well drilling accident

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears reports a fatal construction accident that occurred on Spring Coulee Road in the township of Coon.  The accident occurred during a well drilling job by Kouba Well Drilling Inc. out of Hillsboro, WI.
   The accident was reported to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office by a fellow employee on August 7, 2018, at approximately 11:12 a.m.  William Gene Verbsky, age 62, of rural Hillsboro, died at the scene from injuries sustained during the accident.   

Man killed when motorcycle hits truck

On July 28th, 2018 at approximately 1:25 P.M. the Richland Co Comm Center was notified of a motorcycle vs pick up truck crash on St Hwy 56 at Co Hwy A. 
   A motorcycle operated by Kevin Graham age 47 of Mazomanie, WI was traveling Eastbound on State Hwy 56. As Graham approached the intersection with Cty A, a Westbound pick up truck being operated by Karen Langer 77 of Hillsboro, initiated a left hand turn to go South on CTH A. 
   While Langer was negotiating the turn, Graham crested the hill and collided into the front of Langer's truck. Grahams motorcycle continued Eastbound on STH 56 and into the South ditch line just East of the intersection of CTH A where it came to rest. 
   Karen Langer had no reported injuries.  Kevin Graham was pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy Richland Co Coroner.  One lane of traffic on STH 56 was closed for approximately three and a half hours.  The incident remains under investigation.  This is the first traffic crash fatality of the year in Richland County.

Viroqua man killed in motorcycle accident

A fatal motorcycle accident that happened after 9:00 PM on July 25th, 2018, according to Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears. The accident happened on County Road XX just west of Boat Landing Rd in the town of Jefferson.
   Michael R Kyser age 47 of rural Viroqua, WI was traveling east on County Road XX when the motorcycle he was operating went off the roadway striking a tree. Kyser was not wearing a helmet and was ejected from the motorcycle. Kyser was pronounced dead at the scene by the Vernon County Coroner’s Office.
   This marks Vernon County’s fourth (4th) traffic fatality for 2018.  Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was the Viroqua Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Vernon County Coroner’s Office.  The crash remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Attempted child abduction in La Farge

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports the Sheriff’s Office received a call on Friday night, July 20, 2018, at approximately 8:15 PM, reporting an attempted child abduction occurred in the village of La Farge within the past thirty to forty-five minutes. 
   The victim, a 9-year old child was walking from Bean Park near the intersection of Highland and Maple Streets when the victim reported being grabbed from behind.  The child was able to kick the suspect, escape, and run away. 
   The suspect was described as a Caucasian male, possibly in his twenties.  The suspect had a thin build and dark hair.  It was also reported the suspect was wearing a black colored, “half mask” on his face, black Tee shirt, and red colored shoes.  The suspect was last seen walking west on Highland Street.
   Officers arrived in the area within minutes of the telephone call and remained in the area throughout the night looking for the suspect.
   Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 608-637-2123 or by email at  Anonymous tips can also by submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 608-637-8477 or online at
   Assisting was the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Police.  The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and the La Farge Police Department.

Search warrant uncovers large drug operation

On Monday, July 16th, 2018 The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics related search warrant at 49773 Swiggum Road, in the Utica Township, rural Crawford County. The search warrant was obtained following an investigation into the illegal manufacturing of marijuana inside the Swiggum Road residence.
   During the course of the search warrant, investigators located two separate, indoor rooms which were set up to cultivate marijuana. These rooms contained approximately 60 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. As the search of the residence continued, investigators uncovered a location where the occupants were growing Psilocybin Mushrooms. Also located inside the residence was methamphetamine, processed marijuana, processed psilocybin mushrooms, prescription medication, and various items of drug paraphernalia.
   There were two individuals inside the residence at the time of the search warrant. Maren Campton, age 51 of Viroqua, was arrested and charged with Manufacture THC, Manufacture Psilocybin Mushrooms, Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule II Narcotics, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Campton was released from the Crawford County Jail on a signature bond of $1000.00
   The second person located inside the residence was Jolene Hansen, age 36 of Sparta, was arrested and charged with Manufacture THC, Manufacture Psilocybin Mushrooms, Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Hansen is being held in the Crawford County Jail on a cash bond of $1000.00
   The owner of the residence, Peter Zibrowski, age 52 was not home at the time the search warrant was executed. Zibrowski is still at large and is wanted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office on charges of, Manufacture THC, Manufacture Psilocybin Mushrooms, Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule II Narcotics, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
   If you have any information about where Zibrowski may be, please contact the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, or Crawford County Crime Stoppers.

Potosi man dies in swimming accident

On July 15, 2018, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Grant County Sheriff's Office was informed of a male subject that had fell in the pool at Whitetail Bluff Campground. The Sheriff's Office was then informed the subject fell in the pond at the campground and was unresponsive with CPR in progress.
   The subject was identified as Mike Hanfeld, age 47 of Potosi. Witnesses stated Mike had jumped from the trampoline. located in the middle of the pond, to an attached inflatable pad. Mike had fallen backward, between the trampoline and the inflatable pad. Mike became entangled in the tethering straps that keeps the trampoline attached to the inflatable pad.
   Witnesses came to Mike's aid and got him freed, brought him to shore and performed rescue breathing for Mike. Mike was transported to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster by Cassville rescue squad. Mike was then transported to University Hospital in Madison by Med-flight, where he later died.
   Assisting at the scene was Cassville rescue squad, Medflight staff and the staff at Grant regional Health Center. This incident remains under investigation.



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