Suspect arrested after firing shots at motorists
in several locations

Des Moines, IOWA -- Iowa State Patrol Troopers and local law enforcement officers responded to a 911 call of  “shots fired” along Interstate I-80 East of the 265 mile marker at the rest area.
   The suspect then drove west bound and exited at the 265 exit where he fired more rounds at motorists at the BP gas station. Troopers encountered the suspect on County RD X46 where they engaged him and exchanged gunfire. After a brief stand-off Troopers/Officers were able to take the suspect into custody. No injuries were sustained by the suspect or law enforcement.
   The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating as a result of officers involved in shooting. The Officers involved and the suspect's name will not be released at this time.

Woodman home destroyed by fire

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Update – Boscobel Fire Chief Todd Fischer reported that there were several people in the home at the time of the fire.  Earlier in the day, the owner and his brother were using a hand held blowtorch in the basement to unfreeze frozen water pipes.  Apparently, something smoldered all day from that attempt.  At approximate 5 p.m. the owner and his brother were headed to town when they received a call from the house saying there was smoke coming up through the bathroom floor.  They returned to the house, but with the water not working, there was not much they could do, except to call 911.

Woodman, WI - On a bitter cold Saturday night, January 6, 2018, at approx. 5 p.m. a fire broke out at the Koppen residence on the corner of Foster & Wisconsin streets in Woodman.  Details have been hard to obtain, but Midwest News believes that no one was injured.  However, a family pet was destroyed in the fire that spread quickly.  A neighbor said that flames were coming out the second floor windows by the time emergency personnel arrived on scene. It is not known how the fire started.  (photo by Dave Collins, MWNews) The article has been corrected to show only one pet was lost.

Vehicle Vs. Amish buggy accident

On December 31, 2017 at approximately 6:15 PM, Danny Thayer age 70 of Lafarge, Wisconsin was traveling north on County Road V near County Road H when he entered the wrong lane and struck an Amish buggy occupied by Josiah Schrock age 26 and Leah Shrock age 26 as they were traveling south.
   There was no injuries to any of the occupants. The horse is alive with serious injuries. Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Hillsboro Fire Department and the Hillsboro Ambulance Service.
   The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

Vehicle drives through building, driver killed

Update - The deceased is Logan R. (Jacobson) Connelly.
La Farge, WI - On Friday Dec. 22, 2017 at 8:12 p.m., There was a single vehicle accident on State Highway 131, just south of N. Seelyburg Rd. in the Village of La Farge.
   It was reported by the Vernon County sheriff’s Office that the vehicle left the roadway and drove through a building owned by Organic Valley Cooperative.
   The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead on the scene by Vernon County Coroner’s Office.  The name of the deceased is not being released pending the notification of family.

Wauzeka man falls through lake ice, rescued

On Saturday, December 16, 2017 at approximately 10:31 AM the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a male subject that fell through the ice on Gremore Lake.
   Roger D. Swatek age 65 of Wauzeka was ice fishing when the ice gave way and he fell into the water. Other fisherman attempted to help Swatek when they became stranded in their ice fishing sleds in the open water. 
   Another fisherman came and assisted Bridgeport Fire with the rescue utilizing his air boat. Swatek was taken to shore and transported to Crossing Rivers Health for medical evaluation. 
   Agencies assisting with the rescue was Crawford County Sheriff's Department, Prairie Du Chien Police Department, Bridgeport Fire, Bridgeport First Responders, Wauzeka Fire, Tri-State Regional EMS, and local  bystanders.   
   The Crawford County Sheriff's Department wants to remind everyone due to the warmer weather use extra caution while being on the ice. Always be vigilant on changing ice conditions.  

Teens escape before vehicle sinks in river

On December 16, 2017, at approximately 12:40 p.m., a single vehicle accident occurred at Blackhawk Park in the Town of Wheatland.
   The accident happened when an SUV being driven by Evan Thiede-Hundt, 17, of Genoa was traveling south on a public road in Blackhawk Park. Thiede-Hundt was distracted by some items shifting in the back of the vehicle.   Thiede-Hundt turned to look at the items, when he turned to look he also turned the steering wheel to the right, leaving the roadway.  He then went over an embankment, striking several rocks before eventually coming to rest in the Mississippi River.
   Both Thiede-Hundt and a 16 year old passenger were able to exit the vehicle before the vehicle sank in approximately 10 feet of water.  Neither party received injuries in the accident.
   Both the driver and passenger were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. The La Crosse dive team was called to assist with hooking the vehicle to the wrecker. Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was the Wheatland Fire Department. La Crosse Dive Team and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
   The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

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.



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