Grocery store robbed twice,
teens caught on second try

On or about June 6th, 2017, The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a burglary that occurred at the Xtra Discount Grocery store located on County X, Township of Clayton. Entry was made and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.  In the early morning hours of June 15th, 2017, the owners and neighbor awoke to a suspicious vehicle parked outside of the store. The Sheriff’s Department was notified as the owners observed two males exiting the store.
   The owners were able to detain one of the two males.  That male was identified as Johnathan O’Dell, age 17, of Soldiers Grove, WI. O’Dell dropped several stolen items as the other male fled to a vehicle parked on County Road X. The Crawford County K-9 unit arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.
   The deputy determined that the second subject was Wyatt Myers, age 17, of rural Gays Mills. It was discovered in the course of the investigation that both O’Dell and Myers were involved in the burglary that occurred on June 6th as well.  The deputy located another vehicle with two 17-year-old occupants in the immediate area. The two were identified and questions and both remain under investigation.  
   The vehicle Myers fled in was located the following day with items used to gain access into buildings, damaged property taken from the store and marijuana. Myers was arrested several days later and charged with 2 counts of burglary, 2 counts of theft, criminal damage to property, possession of marijuana and is also being referred to the district attorney’s office for possible charge of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent. O’Dell was charged with 2 counts of burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. 

WI birds test positive for West Nile Virus

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports that 12 birds found in eight counties in the state have tested positive for West Nile virus since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.
   “The positive birds mean that Wisconsin residents need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Karen McKeown, Wisconsin State Health Officer of the DHS Division of Public Health, said.
   West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Orion, WI – A small village with interesting history

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By Dave Collins -
Highway 60 along the Wisconsin River is a beautiful drive.  In many places the road is only two lanes, so admiring the stunning river views, while keeping one's eyes on the winding road, takes some attention.  One could be forgiven for not noticing small villages, such as Orion.
   These small villages have their history, and Orion punches above it's weight.  It has a number of 'firsts' under its belt.  It was the first village in Richland County to be platted (1846).  Orion was the location of the first Richland County Court House (1850-1852).  The Cedar Mound Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Richland County, and the site of the first non-native American burial in Richland County.
   Bob Hirschy, Prof. of Biology, Emeritus, UW-Richland, lives in Orion and has become the local historian.  Mr. Hirschy said that the village was established because it was a favorable site for a ferry over to what was to become Muscoda.  The ferry operated from 1843 to 1868.
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Teen driver's vehicle rolls, bursts into flames

Update - Based on sources, it seems two of the girls were out of the car when emergency responders arrived on site.
Clayton County, Iowa - On June 12, 2017 at 4 p.m. a 1999 Chev. Lumina driven by Amber C. Garlow, age 16 of Holy Cross, IA, was traveling west on Garber Road when she lost control, entered the south ditch, rolled, and the vehicle came to rest on its top in a field to the south.
   The car became engulfed in flames after the final rest.  The driver and passengers; Emma D. Hefel, age 16; and Lilian M. Horstman, 15; both of Guttenberg, were transported to the Guttenberg Hospital.
   Two of the girl were wearing their seatbelts, Emma Hefel was not.  Assisting at the scene: Clayton Co. Sheriff, Guttenberg EMS, Fire, and Ambulance.  No other details are known at this time.

Local felon arrested at McDonald's with
sawed off shotgun in car

Prairie du Chien, WI - On June 9, 2017 at approximately 11:30pm a deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office located Todd F. Groom Jr., age 28, of Steuben, at the McDonald’s Restaurant in the City of Prairie du Chien. Groom was placed under arrest for active felony warrants through Grant and La Crosse counties.
   During a search of Groom’s pockets, ammunition was located. During a search of the vehicle Groom had been operating, a Mossberg .410 shotgun with a sawed off barrel and defaced serial number was located in the backseat.
   Groom is a convicted felon and therefore, is not to possess firearms. Groom is also on bond through La Crosse County for a prior firearm possession charge. Groom’s bond conditions through La Crosse County prohibit him from possessing firearms and ammunition.  
   Groom is being referred to the District Attorney’s Office for operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, operating after revocation, felon in possession of a firearm and felony bail jumping. This case remains under investigation, additional charges are pending. 
   Assisting on scene was the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

Monona bank robbery suspect apprehended

Monona, IA - On June 9, 2017 at 2:07 p.m. the
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Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and Monona Police Department responded to a robbery complaint at Freedom Bank located at 106 Main Street Monona, IA.
   Information collected by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office communications center advised one male subject had passed notes to a Freedom Bank employee demanding money and threatening to “blow up” the building should they not comply.
   The first responding officer, Sheriff Michael J. Tschirgi, located a subject outside Freedom Bank and took him into custody without incident.
   Twenty (20) year old Tyler Michael Koehler of Monona, IA was placed under arrest and transported to the Clayton County Jail.
   Koehler is being charged with Robbery 2nd Degree a Class C Felony.  The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Monona Police Dept. and several area law enforcement agencies.

Burglary at the Iron Horse Saloon in Viola

On 06/02/2017 at approximately 11:57 AM the Richland County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a burglary at the Iron Horse Saloon in Viola. Upon arrival, the deputy discovered that the suspect(s) forced entry in to the establishment through the back door. Once inside suspect parties used a plasma cutter to gain entry in to the ATM machine where almost $5,000 in twenty dollar bills was removed. No other items are reported missing. The investigation is ongoing.

Crawford County Emergency Management
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Crawford County, WI - June 1, 2017 - Emergency Management Director James Hackett organized a full scale exercise to test law enforcement, fire, and EMS capabilities.  The test included a mock shooting scene at the courthouse.  See Video
   The second phase included bringing the victim and attacker to Crossing Rivers Hospital for triage training dealing with multiple wounded arriving at the same time.



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