Police ask for help in identifying burglary suspects

On November 15, 2018 at approximately 1:00 pm the Grant County Sheriff's Office received a report of an unknown intruder in a resident's garage located on Bluff Rd in the Township of Jamestown.  The home owners confronted the intruder and they left.
   A vehicle description was given.  The Sheriff's Officer requested assistance from the Dickeyville Police Department to locate the suspicious vehicle.  Dickeyville PD located the vehicle a short time later and a high speed pursuit ensued southbound on Hwy 151 from the Kieler area.  The pursuit was later terminated due to safety reasons.  During the pursuit items were tossed from the suspect vehicle and later recovered by officers.
   The Dubuque Police Department was made aware of the incident, located the suspect vehicle as it crossed into Iowa, and initiated a pursuit which eventually crossed the Julian Dubuque Bridge into Illinois where several other agencies got involved.  The suspect vehicle was pursued eastbound on Hwy 20 through Galena all the way to Elizabeth IL where it was eventually lost.
   After the pursuit in Grant County, Deputies patrolled the area where the suspect was first confronted and discovered a neighboring residence in the area had been broken into and burglarized.  Forced entry was used to get into the residence and some of the items officers recovered on Hwy 151 tossed from the suspect vehicle were discovered to be stolen from the burglarized residence.
   This case is still under investigation and The Grant County Sheriff's Office is requesting any help in locating the suspects in this case.  The vehicle in question is described as a grey Chevy Equinox with no front plates and the rear plate was intentionally concealed.  There were at least two individuals in the vehicle and at least one of them was Hispanic.  Please contact Grant County Crime Stoppers or the Grant County Sheriff's Officer if you have any information pertaining to this incident.
   The Grant County Sheriff's Office was assisted in this matter by The Dickeyville Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Two Hillsboro men injured in Amish buggy accident

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports that on November 14, 2018 at approximately 5:22 PM, Edward J. Chalupecky, age 49, of rural Hillsboro was traveling eastbound on State Highway 82 near Maple Lane in the Town of Union when he struck an Amish horse and buggy that was also traveling eastbound.
   The occupants of the buggy, Levi R. Yoder (age 28) and Mark R. Yoder (age 20) of rural Hillsboro were both injured in the crash. They were transported by La Farge Ambulance and Hillsboro Ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro.
   Chalupecky was wearing his seatbelt and reported no injuries. The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by La Farge Ambulance, Hillsboro Ambulance, and the Hillsboro Fire Department.
   The crash remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Man shot in thumb during struggle for gun

On November 4, 2018 at 1:15am the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a male subject with a gunshot wound at 306 S Rebecca Street in the village of Gays Mills.
   Deputies responded to the residence and identified the victim as Thomas A. Pettit Jr., 37, of Gays Mills. It was determined that Pettit sustained a gunshot wound to the thumb of his left hand. A second individual involved was Jody E. Pitz, 42, of Gays Mills.
   Deputies conducted interviews with both parties and determined Pitz recently moved out of Pettit’s residence and into 306 S Rebecca Street. After consuming alcoholic beverages throughout the day, Pettit entered the residence with a Warthog .45 caliber pistol in a holster attached to his right side and awakened Pitz. Pettit and Pitz began talking in the kitchen of the residence.
   While in the kitchen, the pistol was removed from Pettit’s holster and a struggle ensued between Pettit and Pitz over the pistol. During the struggle, the pistol discharged one round through the thumb of Pettit’s left hand and continued through the north wall of the kitchen. The bullet penetrated the north wall of the kitchen and came to rest inside the cavity of the wall. Due to receiving conflicting statements, Pettit’s motive for removing the pistol from the holster has not been determined.
   Pettit was transported by Ocooch Mountain Rescue to Vernon Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. 
   On November 11, 2018 at 7:51pm Pettit was placed under arrest for operating/going armed with a firearm while under the influence of an intoxicant and transported to the Crawford County Jail.   

Minnesota man killed in farm accident

Update - The deceased had been identified as Gerald Oren Myhre, 64 of Caledonia, MN.
On October 30, 2018 p.m., the Allamakee Co. Sheriff’s Office received a report of a farm accident that had occurred in a farm field in northern Allamakee County near the town of Bee, Minnesota, located northwest of Dorchester, Iowa.  Houston County Minnesota Sheriff’s Dispatch reported that they had received a 911 call reporting that an individual had been run over by a combine.
   A Minnesota man was run over when a combine backed up to unload corn into a wagon.  The individual was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.  The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Man fires shotgun near brother for waking him

Bloomington, WI - On October 26, 2018 at 8:10 a.m. the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to 11134 Hickory Road in Bloomington Township.  The investigation shows that Robert J. Steiger, Jr., 26 of this address, was awoke by a family member who was operating a piece of machinery near the residence.
   Steiger exited his residence armed with a shotgun and confronted his brother, a juvenile male aged 15.
   Steiger was upset that his brother had woke him, so he approached the juvenile male and discharged a 12 gauge shotgun near him while he was on the machinery.
   Steiger than went back into the residence and retrieved more ammunition before exiting the property with the shotgun and ammunition.
   Steiger was located a short time later in the City of Prairie du Chien where he was taken into custody.  Steiger is being held at the Grant County Jail on the tentative charge of 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.

Teen suffers apparent alcohol poisoning from Vape

On October 23, 2018, at 8:46 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s office and the West Grant EMS responded to the River Ridge High School for a 14 year old male subject with an unknown medical problem.
   The initial investigation indicates that the juvenile male subject possibly inhaled alcohol through the means of a Vape (electronic cigarette) smoking device.  This caused the subject to suffer symptoms associated with alcohol poisoning.
   The subject was transported to Crossing Rivers Medical Center and then air lifted to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in serious condition.  The matter remain under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Wife stabs Westby man

On Friday October 19th, 2018 at approximately 03:12AM the Westby Police Department was dispatched to the Vernon Memorial Hospital for a stabbing that occurred at 25 Spruce Street in the City of Westby.
   The victim was stabbed in the chest and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The victim was identified as 72 year old Dennis Govier. The suspect was identified as 69 year old Melody Govier, his wife.
   She was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Substantial Battery with Intent to Cause Great Bodily Harm, both as Domestic related charges. The Westby Police Department was assisted by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department and the Viroqua Police Department. The incident is still under investigation.

Hillsboro woman arrested for alleged Child Abuse

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports the arrest of
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Karla M. Griffin, 60 years old, of Hillsboro, on October 15th, 2018. 
   Karla M. Griffin was arrested on multiple counts of Physical Abuse of a Child, stemming from an investigation conducted by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.
   On October 16th, 2018, Karla M. Griffin had a bail/bond hearing with the Vernon County Circuit Court and was released on a $20,000 signature bond.
   The Vernon County Department of Human Services is assisting in this investigation.  This case remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.



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