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Blue River, WI – April 17, 2014 – Late last night a man from Boscobel was driving south on County T just past the Wisconsin River Bridge in his 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck when he swerved to miss two dogs that ran across the roadway.
   His vehicle went over an embankment and into the backwaters of the Wisconsin River.  The river is near flood-stage causing the truck to be completely submerged with only part of its roof top showing .  The driver got out safely, but no details have yet been released on how he escaped.
   The Grant County Sheriff's Department's Search & Rescue Dive Team donned scuba gear and entered the cold water to fasten tow chains on the vehicle. See Video  (HD, watch full screen)

Boscobel woman sentenced
for morphine distribution

MADISON, WIS. -- April 16, 2014 - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Mary Grant, 63, Boscobel, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman to six months of home confinement, two years of probation, and 20 hours of community service for distributing morphine.  Grant pleaded guilty to this charge on January 29, 2014.
   Grant sold nine morphine pills on three occasions in March 2013 to a confidential informant working with the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force.  The purchases from Grant were part of ongoing investigation into morphine distribution in the Boscobel area. 
   Information developed during the investigation demonstrated that Grant distributed additional amounts of morphine between August 2011 and March 2013. The defendant’s recommended sentencing range under the federal sentencing guidelines was for 18 to 24 months in prison. 
   The charge against Grant was the result of an investigation by the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; and Boscobel Police Department.  The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter M. Jarosz.  

Slumberland Furniture destroyed in fire

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Update - 04/16/14 - After two days of investigation with the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Division of Criminal Investigation Office of the Wisconsin State Fire Marshalls Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, there has not been any indication of foul play at this time as to the cause of the fire. 
- On Sunday, April 13, 2014, at approx. 7:10 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Department was notified of a large structure fire at Slumberland Furniture Store.  This is located at 700 East Blackhawk Avenue, Blackhawk Junction, Prairie du Chien.
   Upon arrival Officers observed that the building was fully engulfed and Prairie du Chien Fire Dept. was on scene fighting the fire.
   Slumberland was a total loss and other businesses in the mall also suffered smoke, water damage.  Many businesses in the mall are closed at this time.  The scene of the fire was secured and the State Fire Marshall is assisting in the investigation of the cause of the fire.  See video of interview with Assistant Chief Tim Deluhery, Sr.
Also, Donna Reed sent a video she shot of the building burning  See youtube video.

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Prairie du Chien, WI - April 14, 2014 - at approx. 7 p.m. last night, a fire broke out in Slumberland Furniture store in Blackhawk Junction Shopping Center.  At first heavy smoke was seen before flames spread engulfing the entire building.  Fire Departments from surrounding areas came to aid the Prairie du Chien Fire Department.  The goal was to keep the fire from adjacent stores.  It appears the Slumberland store, one of the largest stores in the mall, was a total loss. (photo courtesy of Aubrey Johnson)

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Man killed playing ‘Russian roulette’
in Gays Mills, WI

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Update - On April 11, 2014 at approximately 3:50 a.m. the Crawford County dispatch center received a 911 call from a residence in the village of Gays Mills.  The caller, 44 year old Branston Haggerty stated he needed medical attention for his friend who had shot himself.
   Ocooch Mountain rescue Squad responded along with Crawford County sheriff deputies.  When deputies arrived they found 29 year old Donald Macleod seated in a chair with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.  Occupants of the residence were applying pressure to the wound and giving first aid.  
   Macleod was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital and later to Gunderson hospital in La Crosse.  On Saturday April 12 Macleod died from his wounds. 
   The investigation revealed that on April 10th and into the early morning hours of the 11th Macleod and Haggerty had been drinking together for several hours.  At some point during the evening they were met by 42 year old Diane Lynch who was a friend of the pair.   
   During the early morning hours of April 11 the trio ended up at Branston Haggertys residence in Gays Mills.  According to Lynch and Haggerty, Macleod picked up a loaded .22 caliber revolver that belonged to Haggerty.  Macleod was talking about being in the military and said that he didn’t fear death.  Lynch and Haggerty said Macleod was talking crazy and told them he wasn’t afraid to play Russian roulette.  According to Lynch and Haggerty Macleod took three bullets out of the gun leaving every other cylinder empty.   Macleod who was sitting in a chair put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, the gun went off causing the fatal injury.  The sound of the gunshot woke up Branston Haggertys father, Jay Haggerty who was asleep in an upstairs bedroom. 
   Branston Haggerty and Diane Lynch were taken to the Sheriff’s Department where they were questioned and later released.  The Wisconsin State Crime Lab was called to assist with the processing of the scene and the Wisconsin State Patrol reconstruction team was called to diagram the scene.  An autopsy will be performed on Monday April 14, 2014.  The case remains under investigation. 

Gays Mills, WI – April 11, 2014 – In the small hours of this morning a shot(s) rang out in the old section of Gays Mills at 411 Orin Street, a house owned by Jay Haggerty.  Emergency responders arrived and rushed one person, who had been shot, to the hospital.  The person is believed to have life threatening injuries.
   Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick said that neither Jay Haggerty nor his adult son were the person shot.  The sheriff emphasized that there was no threat to the community.  Sheriff's personal, along with WI State Patrol, and the WI Div. Of Criminal Investigation (DCI) are on scene collecting evidence. See Video (HD watch full screen)


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