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Clayton County, Iowa - February 18, 2018 -
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A MarMac police officer was arrested on drug charges Friday after sheriff's authorities responded to a domestic disturbance call.

39-year-old Rodger Sear III, a MarMac police office, is facing a felony charge of manufacturing marijuana, along with other charges related to drug possession.

   The Clayton County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Kaitlin Sear assaulted Sear III around 9:52 a.m. this morning at a residence in Garber. She is also facing a felony charge of manufacturing marijuana, on top of three other charges.

   Officers say they located marijuana and items used to grow the drug while responding to the call in the 37000 block of Iowa Avenue Saturday morning.

Two vehicle accident - 1 fatality, 3 injured

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Clayton Co. Iowa - On February 16, 2018 at 11:16pm, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Littleport Road and East Mission Road.
   Investigator’s determined that a 1992 Chevrolet Lumina operated by 20 year old Kory Doeppke of Elkader was traveling Westbound on 390th Street when he failed to obey a stop sign. His vehicle was struck by a Northbound 2006 Chevrolet 2500 pickup operated by 31 year old Sean Chopard of Edgewood.
   16 year old Brady Edwards of Greeley was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. 15 year old Tori Bolsinger of Edgewood was taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. 16 year old Izaiah Drinkwater of Manchester was also ejected from the vehicle.
   Both Drinkwater and  Doeppke were transported to Regional Medical Center, and then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals where they both remain in critical condition. Chopard was uninjured in the accident.
   The Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol continue to investigate. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Edgewood Fire Department, Edgewood Ambulance, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Strawberry Point Ambulance, Strawberry Point Police Department, the Clayton County Attorney’s Office and the Clayton County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Man weaves wild gun shot story in a love triangle

On February 15, 2018, at 1:20 P.M., Deputies with the Grant County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence on N. East Street in the Village of Blue River, regarding a report of an individual shooting a handgun at another individual.
   Upon the deputies arrival, contact was made with Michael Spillane, age 57 of Lyndon Station. Mr. Spillane reports he went to the residence in Blue River to collect funds from an outstanding loan. Mr. Spillane states as he was parked outside of the home, Mr. Spillane reports the male tenant at that location, age 45 of Blue River, fired three to four rounds at Mr. Spillane from a .45 caliber pistol, out of an upstairs window.
   Sheriff's deputies interviewed individuals involved and neighbors of the residence. Along with interviews, deputies searched the area where Mr. Spillane reported the incident occurred. Sheriffs Deputies did not locate any evidence of a shooting.  Throughout the investigation, deputies learned that Mr. Spillane was seeking a relationship with the male tenants wife and filed the report in an attempt to get the male subject arrested and removed from the residence.
   As a result of the investigation, Mr. Spillane was charged with Obstructing an Officer by filing a false complaint.

Passenger punches driver, jumps from
moving vehicle - gets another ride and repeats

On February 12, 2018 at 8:51pm the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a male subject who punched a passenger of a vehicle then jumped out of the vehicle while moving on State Highway 131, south of County Rd S, in the township of Haney. The reporting party stated he was unable to locate the male subject.  
   At 8:59pm a motorist, who was unaware of the initial report, called the Crawford County Communications Center and stated he was traveling on State Highway 131 south of County Road S when he came upon a male subject along the road so he stopped to offer him a ride. The motorist stated when he arrived at his residence on Haney Valley Road, the male subject refused to get out of his truck. A deputy responded to the scene and was told by the motorist that the male subject punched him in the face two times, once while driving and again when they reached their destination.
   The deputy made contact with the suspect, Charles A. Slaght, age 38, of Fennimore, WI. Slaght is currently on parole for possession of narcotics and violated the terms of his supervision. Slaght was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and a parole hold then transported to Crossing Rivers Health for medical evaluation. He was later transported to the Crawford County Jail for the booking process.

Two vehicle crash results in two teens killed, four
injured (five in one family)

Decorah, Iowa - February 5, 2018 - A tragic accident at 8:30 a.m. this morning has claimed the lives of two teens, and injured three others, all in the same family.  Another teen was injured in the second vehicle.
   Avery Arneson, 17 of Decorah, IA, was traveling north on County Road W40 in a 1999 Olds Alero when he lost control, crossed the center line and was sliding sideways when a 2008 Ford F150 pickup truck (southboud) driven by Gage Dahlberg, age 15 of Decorah, IA collided with the passenger side of the Arneson vehicle.
   Avery Arneson was killed.  Other family members in his car were, Alexander Arneson, 14 (injured), Aden Arneson, 13 (fatality), James Arneson, 14 (injured), Jack Arneson, 15 (injured).  The driver of the second vehicle, Gage Dahlberg was also injured.
   All injured were transported to the Winneshiek Hospital.  

Head-on collision results in one fatality

Vernon County, WI - February 4, 2018 - The Vernon County Sheeriff’s Office reports a two vehicle accident that resulted in one fatality, on February 3rd 2018 at approximately 5:20pm. The accident occurred on State Highway 27 near Melby Dr. just north of Westby, WI in the Town of Christiana.
   Chase N. Galle age 22 from Brandon, WI was operating a vehicle southbound on State Highway 27 when he lost control on snow covered roads and crossed the centerline. Galle struck a northbound vehicle operated by Duane T. Skarda age 52 of Pleasant Prairie, WI. Both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane.
   Galle was initially unconscious with serious injuries as a result of the accident and passed away during the transport to Gundersen Health System by Tri-State Ambulance. Skarda was stable but complaining of chest pain and was transported to Gundersen Health System as well and later released. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts. Airbags were deployed in the Skarda vehicle.
   State Highway 27 was closed in both directions for approximately two hours. This marks Vernon County’s 2nd fatal motor vehicle accident in 2018.
   Assisting in the accident was the Wisconsin State Patrol, Westby Police Department, Westby Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance, and the Vernon County Coroner’s Office.
The accident remains under investigations.

Pickup truck hits tree - fatality

Sheriff John B. Spears reports a single vehicle accident resulting in a fatality on January 31st 2018. The accident occurred at approximately 11:30pm on County Road K near Hamburg Ridge Road in the Town of Hamburg.
   Bradley L. Sisbach age 40 of rural Viroqua, WI was operating a pickup truck eastbound on County Road K. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle came to rest against the tree and Bradley Sisbach was later pronounced dead by the Vernon County Coroner’s Office.
   Sisbach was not wearing his seatbelt when the crash occurred. This marks Vernon County’s 1st motor vehicle fatality in 2018. Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was the Coon Valley Fire and First Responders, Tri-State Ambulance, and the Vernon County Coroner’s Office.
   The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and the Vernon County Coroner’s Office.

Cooperation between multiple agencies leads
to arrest of burglary suspect

January 29, 2018 - Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports new developments in a burglary investigation
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ongoing since January 4, 2018, in the village of De Soto.  A commercial building, rented by Kirby Excavating & Landscaping, located at 162 North Mill Park Drive in De Soto was forcefully entered in the early hours of January 4th. 
   Power tools, money, and other items were stolen.  Several items of evidentiary value were collected, including surveillance video which was circulated on social media.  Sheriff Spears said several investigative leads were pursued in Northeast Iowa, and Southeast Minnesota. 
   The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office worked closely with several law enforcement agencies and on January 12th Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx reported the arrest of Mark Leonard Schroeder, age 41, stemming from a December 31 burglary at Randy’s Bluffton Store, in rural Winneshiek County.  The Winneshiek case had similarities with the De Soto incident and evidence soon linked Schroeder. 
   Sheriff Spears further reports some of the stolen property has been recovered and identified by the owner on Sunday, January 28th.  Property yet to be recovered are two Jonsered power saws, a DeWalt 18-volt, inch impact tool, and other items.
   Mark Schroeder remains in the Winneshiek County Jail on $20,000.00 cash bond awaiting a trial date.  The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office placed a hold for Schroeder and charges of Burglary and Felony Theft are being sought through Vernon County District Attorney Timothy J. Gaskell.



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