On September 6, 2015 at 3:04 AM, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of an ATV accident near 25094 Great River Road about 5 miles north of Guttenberg on private property. Three subjects riding a four wheeler struck a fence, causing all three of the riders to be thrown from the ATV. A passenger, Kurtis Reidy (16) Winthrop was transported to the Guttenberg Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver, Tyler Schladetzky (23) of Cedar Rapids was treated for minor injuries. A juvenile passenger was uninjured. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Guttenberg Ambulance Service, and the Guttenberg Fire Department. The accident remains under investigation by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa DNR.
Shot fired in child custody dispute
Waukon, - On September 7, 2015 at 11:36 pm, the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a child custody dispute involving
Denver Paul Halverson
a firearm and a shot being fired at a farm located on McCabe Drive in rural Allamakee County.
Denver Paul Halverson (age 32) of rural Waukon was taken into custody without incident by Allamakee County Sheriff’s Deputies. A child who was at the residence at the time of the incident and was not harmed. The child was turned over to family members. No injuries occurred as a result of the incident. A search warrant was executed at the residence and numerous firearms were seized. Halverson is being held in the Allamakee County Jail on the following charges;
* Domestic Abuse Assault w/Intent or Displays a Weapon (Aggravated Misdemeanor)
Prairie du Chien, WI – The gardens on St. Feriole Island are breathtaking with a huge collection of plants and flowers. The garden's layout lends itself to quite meditation. The walkways are easy to navigate with benches and tables strategically placed to enrich your view while providing your own individual space. We have a lovely couple to thank for this garden, Tom and Catherine Nelson, who have put in countless hours developing and caring for the garden. Tom tells me there is a larger group involved called the St. Feriole Memorial Gardens organization that helps by raising funds, and providing labor. This years Oktoberfest will be held in the gardens on Saturday, October 17th. Before the season passes, you owe it to yourself to walk through this beautiful site. As a teaser, Midwest News offers this quick video. It's only a minute forty, so try to watch it in High-Def. Your patience will be rewarded. Tip -(Click on the HD icon in the lower right corner to toggle it to SD for uninterrupted playback if you are having trouble with starting and stopping. Either way, you may watch in full screen).
Three vehicle crash results in death of PdC man
September 12, 2015 - At 2:48 p.m. the Trmpealeau County Dispatch Center received a call of a multi vehicle crash. Information at the scene was that a eastbound pick-up truck crossed the centerline and struck a westbound Sport Utility Vehicle. The SUV lost control and rolled over in the westbound ditch. The pick-up truck then struck a westbound passenger car head-on. The driver of the pick-up truck, James P. Harnish, 56 years of age, from Trempealeau, WI, and the passenger car driver, Jonathan L. Helgerson, 36 years of age, from Prairie du Chien, WI, were pronounced dead at the scene (see Helgerson obituary). The driver of the SUV, Allison L. Nolan, 20 years of age, from Hastings, MN, was flown by Medlink Air with unknown injuries.
Armed robbery in Waterloo leads to arrest in Postville
On Tuesday, September 15, 2016 the Waterloo Police Department responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery that just occurred at the I-Wireless cellular store, 1523 San Marnan Dr., Waterloo.
Two male suspects entered the business at gunpoint and ordered the employee to a backroom. The suspects then stole an undisclosed amount of cash and cellular telephones. Witnesses observed the suspects exiting the business with the stolen items and fleeing the area in a silver SUV. The employee was not injured during the robbery.
As a result of the investigation a suspect vehicle was located in the parking lot of the Pines Motel in Postville Iowa. The Waterloo Police Department requested assistance of the Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team to execute a search warrant of the motel room occupied by the armed suspects. The occupants inside the motel room are being detained for questioning at this time.
Update - On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, as a result of the robbery investigation at the I-Wireless cellular store in Waterloo the following six suspects have been charged in Black Hawk County District Court for the following crimes.
- Roosevelt Brown, Age 20 of Harvey, IL, Robbery 1st Degree.
- James Harden, Age 29 of Markham, IL, Robbery 1st Degree.
- Don N. Redmond, Age 29 of Harvey, IL, Robbery 1st Degree.
- Jeffrey A. Kemp, Age 39 of Chicago, IL, Robbery 1st Degree.
- Lawerence D. Adkinson, Age 27 of Hazel Crest, IL, Robbery 1st Degree.
Dominique Walker, Age 22 of Harvey, IL, Accessory After the
Fact-Robbery 1st Degree, and Theft 3rd Degree.
All the suspects are being held at the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department.
The Waterloo Police Department was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team, Iowa State Patrol Negotiators, Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department, Clayton County Sheriff’s Department, Postville Police Department, Postville Fire and EMS, Cresco Police Department, and the Waukon Police Department.
Platteville man dies as result of crash
On September 24, 2015 at approximately 3:05 PM the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call regarding a two vehicle crash on Hwy 80/81 on the Hwy 151 overpass. When emergency personnel arrived, they found a semi-truck on Hwy 80/81with heavy front end damage and a passenger car off the south side of the road with heavy damage to the driver’s side doors.
The initial investigation revealed that Randy J. Voss, 59, of Freeport, IL had been driving a 2009 Freightliner, owned by RE Transit, LLC of Shannon, IL. He was going south on Hwy 80/81 going over the Hwy 151 overpass. Paul D. Reichers, 77, of Platteville, WI, had been driving his 2000 Buick going north on Hwy 151 and had just exited at Hwy 80/81. Reichers had stopped at the stop sign at the top of the ramp. He pulled out from the stop sign as Voss was approaching the off/on ramps for Hwy 151 at Hwy 80/81. Voss’s truck struck both driver’s side doors on Reichers’s vehicle, which came to rest south of the off northbound off ramp. Reichers had to be extricated from his vehicle. He was transported to Southwest Health Center and then flown to UW Hospital in Madison, WI shortly after. Reichers died a few hours later at UW Hospital. Voss was uninjured in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Platteville Fire Department, Platteville EMS, the Wisconsin State Patrol, UW Platteville Police, Guy’s Towing, and the Kieler Service Center.
Folks slipped & slid at the finish of the annual Mud Run
Prairie du Chien, WI – September 20, 2015 – An enthusiastic crowd of athletically oriented people lined up at the starting line for the annual Mud Run on St. Feriole Island yesterday. The weather was a little cooler than last year, but that was not an issue for these brave folks. If you're going to run 4 miles, navigating obstacles designed to challenge you all along the way, and end crawling through a mud pond, weather is the least of your worries. Tip -(Click on the HD icon in the lower right corner to toggle it to SD for uninterrupted playback if you are having trouble with starting and stopping. Either way, you may watch in full screen).
Bar fight - victim hit in head with shovel
Update - The victim has been identified as Joseph Koelker. Beetown, WI - On September 26, 2015 at
Timothy Riley, 38 of rural Lancaster
approximately 10:50 pm the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a fight had taken place at Yesterdaze Tavern in Beetown Township. Witnesses stated there were three individuals involved in the fight. One of the individuals had been, punched, kicked several times, and hit in the head with a shovel; he sustained severe head trauma. The victim (male, 28 years old from Cassville, WI) was transported to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster by Cassville EMS and then taken via Med Flight to UW Hospital in Madison due to the severity of his injuries. The other two individuals/suspects involved had fled the scene in a vehicle. At approximately 12:20 am (9-27-15) Grant County Deputies were able to locate the vehicle involved and then, approximately an hour later, located and arrested Timothy Riley, age 38 from rural Lancaster, for his role in the fight. Deputies continued to look for Jeremy Kastner, as he was the other party involved. Jeremy Kastner, age 39, was
Jeremy Kastner, 39 of Platteville
eventually located and taken into custody at his residence in the City of Platteville on Sunday evening (September 27) at approximately 8:40 pm. Kastner was arrested for his role in the fight in Beetown as well as two Grant County Warrants for Possession of Prescription Medication without a Prescription and Bail Jumping. Both Riley and Kastner were transported to the Grant County Jail and held without bail.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this matter by the Cassville EMS, UW Platteville Campus Police, The Platteville Police Department, and Bennetts Towing of Lancaster.
Man sentenced for Cassville rampage including, robbery, kidnapping, strangulation, and more
MADISON, WIS. -- September 23, 2015 - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that James M. Kruger, 38, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 15 years in federal prison for twice possessing firearms as a felon. Kruger pleaded guilty to these charges on July 2, 2015.
In connection with his guilty plea, Kruger admitted that he possessed a .22 rifle in Madison in August 2013. Kruger also admitted that he possessed three firearms on September 10, 2013 -- a Savage long rifle, a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, and a loaded 12 gauge shotgun.
Judge Conley enhanced Kruger’s sentence because Kruger stole the firearms on September 10, 2013 and then used the weapons to rob a relative, threaten a woman who lived in rural Grant County, kidnap the woman’s husband, and steal a truck. Judge Conley also observed that Kruger stole a second vehicle on September 10 and led police officers on a high speed chase through Grant, Iowa, and Dane Counties. During the chase, Kruger drove in excess of 100 miles per hour and drove against traffic on Wisconsin State Highway 18-151. See background story and video.
United States Attorney Vaudreuil stated, “This sentence protects the public by ensuring that James Kruger, a very dangerous man, will remain behind bars for a long time.”
The charges against Kruger were the result of an investigation conducted by the Grant and Iowa County Sheriffs’ Departments; the Cassville, Mount Horeb, and Madison Police Departments; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy M. O’Shea and Peter M. Jarosz.
ATV accident takes man life
The Vernon County Sheriff reports a ATV fatal accident that occurred on October 3rd, 2015 at 2 p.m. The accident occurred on private property on Moon Ridge Road in the Town of Forest. Kevin A. Kerl, age 54 of Janesville, was pulling a trailer with wood up a steep hill on an ATV. The ATV began to spin and the driver lost control of the ATV. The driver and ATV went over a steep embankment falling approx. 20 feet. Mr. Kerl was pronounced dead at the scene by the Vernon County Coroner's Office.
Suspect arrested for allegedly poisoning victim with antifreeze
The Richland Center Police Department is continuing their investigation into an attempted 1st degree intentional homicide that occurred in the
Nina V. Fields, 25 of Richland Center
city in the days leading up to Sunday, September 20, 2015. The Richland Center police Dept. learned that the Madison Police Dept. had been contacted by staff at Meriter Hospital, who had concerns that one of their patients had possibly been intentionally poisoned. Preliminary investigation showed that the victim was a 68 year old female resident of Richland Center that had been transferred from the Richland Hospital to Meriter Hospital on the afternoon of Friday, September 18th. The victim's condition had gotten considerably worse throughout the morning of Saturday, September 19th at which time she was put on dialysis and had further blood work tested that ultimately showed elevated levels of Ethylene Glycol (antifreeze) in her system.
A safety plan was set up in conjunction with the Madison Police Department and Meriter Hospital Security staff to oversee the victim while the investigation continued.
According to Chief Clements, a suspect has been identified as, Nina V. Fields, 25 of Richland Center. This identification was the result of the amount of work in a short period of time that the detective and officers investigating this case put forth.
Nina Fields was taken into custody by officers of the Richland Center Police Department at 10:00 p.m. On Friday, September 25th without incident and is currently being held in the Richland County Jail pending a bail hearing and initial appearance. Nina V. Fields is tentatively charged with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide.
The victim remains hospitalized in Madison at Meriter Hospital in stable condition and continuing to recover.
Father allegedly barricades himself with baby in domestic violence incident
On October 1, 2015 at approximately 9 am the Platteville Police Department received a complaint of a domestic violence incident in which the reporting victim was kicked and strangled. It was reported that the suspect, Douglas Forbes Jr., had assaulted the victim on two prior occasions as well.
Douglas Forbes, Jr.
The victim reported that Douglas Forbes Jr., had the victim’s 8 month old son with him. The victim was due to pick up the child during a normal child exchange time later in the day. There was no indication at the time that the child was in any immediate danger. Police intended to make contact with Douglas Forbes Jr., when the child was back safely with the victim. Douglas Forbes Jr., in this incident was alerted to Police involvement when the victim called him to try to arrange for an earlier exchange time. Douglas Forbes Jr., then threatened harm to himself and the child if the victim didn’t meet him and or contact him. Platteville Police and Grant County Negotiators made telephone contact with a subject inside the residence. The subject that answered was not cooperative with the officers and lied about who was present inside the residence. The subject then hung up and further attempts to call went unanswered. Officers with the Grant County Crisis Resolution Team (CRT) made entry into the residence and Douglas Forbes Jr., was taken into custody along with another subject who was later determined to be uninvolved. The 8 month old child was found safe and unharmed and returned to the custody of his mother.
Charges against Douglas Forbes Jr. are pending further review. Three area schools were placed on lock down in the initial stages of the barricade incident, until such time that it was contained.
The Platteville Police Department was assisted by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Grant County Crisis Resolution Team, the UW-Platteville Campus Police, Southwest Health EMS, the Platteville Fire Department and Family Advocates of Platteville.
Three vehicle crash - one fatality
On October 11, 2015 at 12:57 p.m. the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a three vehicle crash on State Highway 35 at Meadow Lane in Prairie du Chien Township. A 2008 Honda sport van operated by Jason C. Bland age 36 of Holmen was stopped in the northbound lane waiting for a vehicle to make a left hand turn into Meadow Drive. A 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Daniel J. Koch age 34 of Waterloo Iowa was also stopped behind the Bland vehicle. Larry L. Walters age 69 of Marion Iowa was operating a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle also driving northbound and failed to yield to the stopped vehicles. Walters first collided with the Koch motorcycle causing it to fall then collided into the rear of the Bland vehicle causing Walters to exit the highway and enter the east ditch. Walters was ejected from the motorcycle about 29 feet from the point of impact. There was minor damage to the Walters motorcycle as well as minor damage to both the Bland and the Koch vehicles. No injuries were reported by Bland or his passengers. Koch was transported and released from Crossing Rivers Health with minor injuries. Walters who was wearing a helmet was also transported to Crossing Rivers Health with severe injuries to his chest. Walters later died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash. Both the Koch and Walters motorcycles were towed from the scene. Assisting at the scene were the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Bobs Towing, Bridgeport Fire, Bridgeport First Responders, and Tri-State EMS. The crash remains under investigation.
Crawford Co. man linked to purchase of child sexual videos from Florida woman
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated an Internet Crime against a Child; which, led to the arrest of a piano teacher in Tallahassee, Florida.
Leigh Felten (Age 31) was arrested on October 9th after authorities discovered she was attempting to sell sexual breast-feeding videos. The videos displayed Felten breast feeding an infant and rubbing oil on herself and the child along with other sexually natured acts, etc…
As a result of the conducting the initial investigation, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department contacted an investigator with the Tallahassee Police Department. The information led to investigators searching Felten’s residence on Friday and similar videos were discovered on a laptop. Felten was arrested and placed in the custody of the Leon County Jail and is currently held on a $60,000.00 cash bond. Felten is facing charges of cruelty toward a child, promoting sexual performance by a child, lewd and lascivious behavior and molestation.
At this time, this case still remains under investigation and the name of the suspect will not be released until the investigation is completed. Editor's note - A Crawford County man purchased videos from Felten. While the man’s name is being circulated, Midwest News will wait until the man is officially charged and his name is released by the Sheriff’s Office.
Stoddard man arrested on meth charges
Vernon County, WI - Oct. 14, 2015 - Sheriff John Spears reports the arrest of Stanley J. Holte, age 25, of Stoddard, for numerous Drug charges stemming from an investigation of trafficking Methamphetamines from his residence in Stoddard. Investigators executed a Search Warrant of the residence at 400 Front Street, Lot Number 12. During the search of the residence, Investigators located a vast amount of Methamphetamines and other items indicating the possession and distribution of Methamphetamines, along with over $2,200.00 dollars of US currency. Holte is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail with an upcoming court appearance of November 4th to face numerous Felony Charges. Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation were members of the West Central Drug Task and the Vernon County Combined Tactical Unit
Owner of Wasabi Japanese Restaurant robbed, beaten, left for dead
Several people left touching tributes for Mr. Young Su Kim. Balloons with a puppy tied to the front door of the restaurant, and a beautiful yellow rose. (Correction - we have been informed that the animal is a lion to give Mr. Kim courage.)
Update – According to court records from the bond hearing for the three defendants, the victim, Young Su Kim went out drinking with the men after dining at the restaurant Tuesday evening. The trio gave Kim a ride back to the restaurant early Wednesday. Kim was punched in the face outside the restaurant by Wilkins, knocking him unconscious. The men attempted to use the owners key to gain entrance to the restaurant, before breaking a window. The trio then brought Kim inside where Jeffords kicked him in the head. The three left with the cash register. The men's court appearances is set for Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Crawford County Courthouse in Prairie du Chien, WI.
Bridgeport Township - On October 21, 2015 at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Crawford County dispatch center received a call from a worker at the Wasabi Japanese Restaurant located in Bridgeport Township just outside of Prairie du Chien on US Hwy 18. The worker stated that when he came in to open the restaurant he found the owner of the restaurant Young Su Kim age 42 sitting in a chair unresponsive. The caller also stated that Kim was covered in blood.
Jacob Erwin, 24
Kellen Jeffords, 24
Thomas Wilkins, 22
Officers from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Dept. and the Prairie du Chien Police Dept responded as well as Tri State Ambulance. Soon after officers first arrived it was clear that the Wasabi Restaurant had been burglarized and the owner Kim had been physically beaten. Investigators processed the scene and gathered evidence which lead them to interviewing three persons of interest. All three worked for a company from Illinois called Rail Works. Rail Works is an iron working company which is sub contracted by BNSF railroad. The three were in Prairie du Chien working on the rails. Jacob Erwin age 24 of Salem IL, Kellen Jeffords age 24 of Wamac IL, and Thomas Wilkins age 22 of Salem IL were all arrested and charged with numerous charges in Crawford County Circuit Court, including Battery and Burglary. The three are currently in the Crawford County Jail with bonds ranging from $10,000.00 to $25,000.00. Kim who was initially transported to Crossing Rivers Health was transported to a La Crosse Hospital via med-flight with severe head and brain trauma. The initial appearance of the three suspects will be November 2, 2015 at the Crawford County Circuit Courtroom. The incident is still under investigation and more charges could be filed.
Strange Happenings in the Driftless area
As Halloween approaches the nights seem to get darker, sounds in the forest are strange, shill, and moonlight carries a spooky feeling. Mysteries and stories are often told on lonely October nights while sitting around a campfire. Two such stories are told in this video, which will serve as a warning to the wise to take special care during late October if you venture into the Driftless area.
Pedestrian struck in Hit & Run crash
On October 31, 2015 at approximately 10:40pm the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of East Blackhawk Avenue and Michigan Street. Officers responded to the location and found a male victim on the roadway who was being attended to by a citizen. According to witnesses on scene, a dark colored Ford truck was East bound on East Blackhawk Avenue and failed to yield to the victim in the crosswalk. The suspect vehicle struck the pedestrian and left the scene East bound on East Blackhawk Avenue. The suspect vehicle was last seen by witnesses traveling South bound on Marquette Road. Further witness statements lead officers to request assistance in locating the suspect vehicle in Clayton County Iowa. The Clayton County Sheriff’s Department located the suspect vehicle at an address in Farmersburg, Iowa. Deputies were able to identify the driver of the suspect vehicle as Christopher Gossman, age 33 of Farmersburg, Iowa. Gossman was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Intoxicants by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and further charges will be sought in connection with the hit and run through the State of Wisconsin. The victim, Tracy Hutchins age 63 of Prairie du Chien, was transported by Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance to Crossing Rivers Health and was later transferred to La Crosse via Medlink Air with serious injuries. A Wisconsin State Patrol Crash Reconstructionist was requested and the crash was reconstructed. The investigation is in its infancy and many more interviews will be completed.
Fatal crash near Airport Road - Lancaster
On 11-7-15, at around 12:15 am, the Grant County Sheriff's Office received a call of a one vehicle crash on Hwy 35/61 near Airport Road in South Lancaster Township. It was found that the driver, Kaila M Fouks, age 25 of Lancaster and formally of Hudson, drove off the road after seeing a deer. The vehicle then drove up the embankment, struck a utility pole, and overturned. Fouks was partially ejected and was killed in the crash. The passenger, Jeremy Fishnick, age 29 of Lancaster, was also ejected during the crash. Fishnick received minor injuries, but as a precautionary measure, was airlifted to UW Hospital in Madison. Assisting at the scene was Lancaster Fire, Lancaster EMS, Lancaster Police, Scenic Rivers Energy, Bennett's Towing, Grant County Coroner’s Office, and the Hudson Police Department. The crash remains under investigation.
Another BNSF train derails north of La Crosse, A Canadian Pacific train derails in Watertown Make that 3 trains in 3 days, with Des Moines
Update - Nov. 9th, 2015 - Two dozen RR cars carrying coal derailed in Des Moines County Iowa after hitting a road grader according to KCRG-TV9. Update - Another derailment on Sunday, November 8th - A Canadian Pacific train derails in Watertown, WI. Some of the cars were carrying crude oil, but there were no reports of fire according to WISC-TV.
There has been a multi-car train derailment north of Alma, WI at 8:50 a.m. Saturday, November 7, 2015. Some of the cars were carrying ethanol and there have been reports of leakage into the Mississippi River, Hwy. 35 was closed for part of the day.
Series of hunting accidents leaves two dead
On November 20, 2015 6:13 P.M. The Crawford County Dispatch center was notified of an individual who had fallen out of his tree stand on property located on Sunset Ridge in Eastman Township. Dennis Kiefer age 51 of Oconomowac died from injuries suffered after he had fallen approx. 15 feet out of his tree stand while bow hunting. Eastman Fire and Ems responded with four wheelers and UTV to get to the victim. Tri State Ambulance was also called to assist and transported Kiefer to Crossing Rivers Hospital where he was later pronounced dead by coroner Joe Morovits. On November 21 2015 The Crawford County Dispatch center was notified of an 85 year old man who had suffered an apparent heart attack while hunting. James Evers of Madison died from and apparent heart attack while walking with his son on property on Byers Road in Scott township. Evers 61 year old son from Peoria IL was performing CPR when the Boscobel Fire and EMS responded. Evers was transported to Boscobel Hospital where he was pronounced dead by Coroner Joe Morovits. On November 22 2015 at 7:42 a.m. The Crawford County Dispatch center was notified of a window being shot out of a house on Bluff Wilderness Ln in rural Prairie du Chien Township. Crawford County deputies and Wisconsin DNR investigated the incident. It was learned that Terry L. Tesar age 54 of Prairie du Chien was hunting when he pulled up his gun to shoot a deer. Tesar hit and killed the deer but the bullet traveled through the deer and went approx. 140 yards and struck the window of an occupied residence. No one inside the residence was hurt. Tesar faces possible trespassing tickets and the incident remains under investigation.
Adopted son allegedly breaks into home, assaults Mother - charged with attempted murder
Update - The attacker was the former adopted son of the victim, Theresa L. Thoma, 63. An arrest warrant was secured today in Clayton County District Court for the arrest of 25 year-old Brandon James Thoma on a charge of Attempt to Commit Murder, a Class B felony. The charge stems from an incident that occurred on the morning of November 10th at an Elkader home. Thoma drove a car from Pella, IA to Elkader where he intended to kill another person. He broke into the home after the victim’s husband left for work and assaulted her by striking and kicking her repeatedly. The victim was found by her husband when he returned from work. She was taken to Central Community Hospital by ambulance and later transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. Law enforcement officers were able to determine the identity of the suspect, who was eventually located in Madison, WI. The Clayton County Attorney’s Office is working on securing extradition for Thoma from Wisconsin. Agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, as well as deputies from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Elkader Police Department in their investigation. “The filing of a criminal charge is merely an accusation and the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”
A Driftless Christmas
Midwest News Holiday Special Video!
The holidays in our rural area have a unique texture. Midwest News set out to record a sampling of the sights and sounds of the holidays. Caroling by the North Crawford high school choirs and the Boscobel Madrigal singers is transposed with some beautifully lighted area homes. Jim Washburn of Gays Mills sings, 'I'll be home for Christmas', and a couple of bar buddies commiserate on their never ending holiday 'to-do' list, and how to deal with it. Click on picture to play video.