Update - The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly after 10:00 pm, on Friday, January 6, 2017, Steven Anthony arrived at 1359 Whitetail Avenue and asked to speak with John Eimers. Immediately following the discussion, Anthony attempted to kill Eimers by shooting him at close range with a handgun. Eimers was able to return fire, ultimately killing Anthony. Eimers was shot multiple times during the encounter and was transported to the University of Iowa Hospital. He has since been released.
SUMNER, Iowa -- On Friday, January 6th, 2017, at about 10:55 pm, the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 1359 Whitetail Avenue in Sumner, Iowa, reporting that someone at the residence had been shot. Deputies responded and located one person who had been injured and another person who is deceased. The deceased subject was identified as Steven Anthony, 46, of Davenport, Iowa. The preliminary indication is that the death appears to be the result of a home invasion. We are withholding the name(s) of the individual(s) that were present during the home invasion, at the address listed above, due to our on-going investigation, it is believed that disclosing this information would plainly and seriously jeopardize the investigation and/or poses a clear and present danger to the safety of the individual(s).
Deranged man attempts store robbery, foiled by truck drivers
Lone Rock, WI - On Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:37am Richland County 911 received a call of a disturbance at D&Z's ONE Stop at 207 S Oak St. in the Village of Lone Rock. When Deputies arrived they discovered a male subject being held on the ground by two males and the clerk had been injured. According to authorities, John P. Overshiner III, age 29 of Fitchburg, entered the store at around 5:37am and was reported as seeming "out of his head". Only the clerk and two delivery drivers were in the store at the time. Overshiner ran behind the counter and physically grabbed the clerk on duty, identified as Melodie Wells of Lone Rock. Overshire wrestled her to the ground, causing minor injuries. The two delivery drivers grabbed Overshiner and removed him from the clerk, holding him on the ground until deputies arrived. Overshiner resisted deputies, breaking a body camera while struggling before he was taken into custody. Melodie Wells was checked at the Richland hospital for minor injuries. Lone Rock EMS assisted at the scene. Overshiner is being charged with Disorderly conduct, battery, criminal damage to property and resisting arrest. At this time the investigation continues.C
Arrest made in burglary of the Bat Cave Saloon
Richland County, WI - On Monday January 23rd 2017 at approximately 1:05am, forced entry was made into the Bat Cave Saloon in Gotham. A male subject entered the building and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the saloon. During the investigation of the burglary, pictures of the subject in the saloon were placed on the Sheriff’s Department Facebook Page. The Sheriff’s Department received several tips from the community resulting in an arrest. On Wednesday January 25th at approximately 9:59pm, deputies made contact with Joshua Crook, 26 of Gotham, WI. After speaking with Crook, he was arrested in connection to the burglary. He is charged with Burglary and Damage to Property.
Suspect allegedly assaulted customer at BP
Dickeyville, WI - On February 25, 2017 at about 8:40 pm an assault and battery took place at the Dickeyville BP/Country Mart. The three persons in the photos arrived in a 2006 white Chrysler minivan. The male wearing the camo coat committed the physical attack on a customer. All three then fled in the white minivan. The male with the camo coat, the female and the minivan license plate were identified through surveillance footage. Dickeyville police are looking for assistance with identifying the male wearing the checkered shirt.
This attack on the customer appears to stem from prior contacts between the victim and the suspects. The victim was treated for minor injuries.
Please contact Dickeyville police with any further information 608-568-7284, Grant County Sheriff's Office 608-723-2157, or Crime Stoppers 800-789-6600.
Wolves/coyotes? Check out runway at PdC Airport
By Dave Collins Update - The above photo has developed so much interest and controversy over whether the animals pictured are wolves or coyotes, that I was preparing to eat humble pie for calling them wolves. I even called a bakery to order one, but they said it's been so long since they baked a humble pie, they forgot the recipe. No matter, the WI-DNR has brought closure, well almost. After having several experts, including large carnivore ecologists and wildlife biologists, view the picture, there collective opinion is that they are as perplex as we are. The animal in the background has long front legs which would not be typical of wolves, but the animal in the foreground did seem wolf-like. They stated that it could very well be a wolf, but there is just not enough detail in the photo to say one way or the other. Update – Midwest News has received several comments regarding whether the animals pictured above are wolves or coyotes Our original decision to call these animals wolves was the unanimous decision of the three men and a woman who were present when the picture was taken. Admittedly, it is difficult to tell the difference sometimes, especially at a distance. Criteria used in reaching the decision were that coyotes are nocturnal, and usually hunt at night. If they have a litter of pups they might hunt at dawn or sunset. The picture was taken at 2:30 p.m. Wolves are a little larger than coyotes, and these seemed taller and bulkier to us. Additionally, coyotes are more skittish when people are present, and tend to run off. The observed animals had no problem watching us, and went about their business with an attitude. It is difficult to tell the two apart though. Midwest News has a call into a wolf expert at the Wisconsin DNR. As soon as we hear his opinion, we will post it here. Stay tuned. Prairie du Chien, WI - February 28, 2017, at approx. 2:30 p.m. - Two wolves were seen near the hangers before casually taking the runway south. They kept looking back at me, I think to gauge whether I’d make a good meal. Thankfully, they decided I wasn't worth the effort.
The Port burglarized by masked man
On Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at approximately
4:33 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a burglary to “The Port” convenience store. The store is located near the intersection of USH 18 and STH 60 in the Township of Bridgeport, Crawford County, Wisconsin. On the aforementioned date, at approximately 1 a.m., an adult white male forcefully gained entry into the convenience store. Upon entry, the suspect attempted to gain entry into a safe, cash register, and ATM Machine. Eventually, the suspect was able to gain entry into the ATM Machine and remove the ATM Cassette from within. The Cassette is essentially the lockbox portion of the ATM Machine that houses the cash.
The suspect got an undisclosed amount of cash from the ATM machine and miscellaneous items from the store. DESCRIPTION OF SUSPECT AT THE TIME OF THE BURGLARY Sex: Male, Race: White, Height: Approx. 6ft. Weight: Medium Build, Facial Feature: Large Nose, Shirt or Jacket: Black, Facemask: Black, Eyewear: Goggles, Gloves: Light Color THE CRAWFORD COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS URGES ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS OR ANY OTHER CRIMES TO CALL 326-8933 OR 1-866-779-PAYS. ANYONE CALLING EITHER OF THESE NUMBERS WITH A CRIME STOPPERS TIP WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND A REWARD OF UP TO $1000.00 WILL BE PAID FOR A TIP WHICH SOLVES A CRIME WITH AN ARREST, CHARGES BEING FILED AND/OR RECOVERY OF STOLEN PROPERTY.
Fast multi-agency police work leads to stolen car arrest within 45 minutes
On March 4, 2017 at approximately 12:49 am a Crawford County Deputy was patrolling the area of State Highway 60 and State Highway 131, when the deputy noticed parts off of a vehicle lying on the double yellow line of State Highway 60. Investigation found that a vehicle was travelling westbound on State Highway 60 crossed the center line and hit the guardrail located on the southwest side of the highway causing severe damage to guardrail. Deputy also found a license plate left at the scene belonging to a 1997 Toyota Rav4 registered to Bradly P. Blaskowski age 51 of Madison, WI. Further investigation found Blaskowski’s vehicle was stolen from Double K’s Bar in the City of Boscobel an estimated 12 minutes before the crash scene was found by the Crawford County Deputy. A Prairie du Chien Officer over herd the radio traffic and remembered seeing the vehicle in question crossing over the State Highway 18 bridge heading into Iowa. The Clayton County Sheriff Department was given the information and at approximately 1:31 am the Clayton County Sheriff Dept. located the vehicle in their county. Lucas D. Hertrampf, age 29 of Madison, WI was found to be the driver of the stolen 1997 Rav4. Hertrampf was arrested and held in the Clayton County Jail on charges through the Clayton County Sheriff Dept. Hertrampf will also be facing charges through the Grant County District Attorney’s Office and the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office in regards to this incident.
Man arrested after gunshots and screams heard
On March 4, 2017 at approximately 10:18pm the Crawford County Communications Center took a report from a concerned citizen who heard three consecutive gunshots and someone screaming at or near the residence of 26436 US Highway 61, in the Township of Marietta. Deputies arrived on scene and made contact with a female subject who initially stated she was in bed sleeping and denied hearing gunshots. The female subject was intoxicated, stated she was home alone and did not know the whereabouts of her husband. After further questioning, an intoxicated male subject, later identified as Lucas JR Frey age 30, emerged from a nearby room. Frey was questioned about the gunshots and screaming coming from the residence. Frey admitted that he was the person who discharged a firearm and was yelling. Frey admitted to being in a heated argument with the female subject and wanted to “let off a little steam.” It was determined that Frey discharged a Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum into the ground on the north side of the residence. Frey was placed under arrest for operating a firearm while intoxicated and was transported to the Crawford County Jail for booking.
Muscoda man eludes police..for awhile
On 3/22/17 at approximately 10am a domestic abuse incident was reported to the Muscoda Police Department that had occurred on North Wisconsin Avenue. 26 year old Bryce Mathews was reported to be the aggressor. At approximately 1130 AM Mathews was located walking on foot. A foot pursuit through a densely wooded area of the village ensued. Mathews was able to elude police. At approximately 230 PM a tip was received that Mathews was spotted in the Pineland area near Otter Trail and Pine Road. Muscoda Police responded and Mathews again fled on foot. Police were able to successfully establish a perimeter and Grant County Sheriff’s Department’s K9 Riko arrived on scene and performed an on-lead area search. During the on-lead area search, K9 Riko located a track of the suspect. K9 Riko then led deputies to a semi-trailer where Mathews was concealed inside. Mathews then surrendered himself to K9 Riko and the Deputies. Mathews was arrested and transported to the Grant County Jail on four outstanding arrest warrants. Charges of Domestic Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass to a Dwelling, Violation of a Restraining Order, Criminal Damage to Property, and Resisting Arrest have all been referred to the Grant County DA’s Office. Muscoda Police were assisted by the Grant, Richland, and Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Boscobel Police Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Sand train derails in Prairie du Chien
Prairie du Chien, WI - March 30, 2017 - Last night five freight cars of the BNSF Railroad derailed in Prairie du Chien. Two of the railroad cars tipped over spilling sand onto the ground. The other three cars while derailed stayed mostly upright. The train is leased to Pattison Sand Company which ships annually, approximately 5000 carloads of regionally mined silica sand in 100 car unit trains to the oil and gas industries. The derailed cars were approximately a half mile north of the water treatment plant next to Burnett Street. See a short video of the derailment site. (The article has been corrected. The original version indicated the train was the WI Southern Railroad.)
Passengers rescued from truck in Turkey River by quick working emergency personnel
Clayton County Sheriff Michael Tschirgi reports on April 5, 2017 at 1:58 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a female subject reporting a truck she was passenger in had driven into the Turkey River near the Clayton County Courthouse in Elkader, IA. Information received through the dispatch center determined the vehicle was nearly fully submerged with the driver, 86 year old George Balekos of Monona, IA, being trapped inside. Sheriff’s Deputies, Elkader Fire Department members, and Elkader EMS responded to the scene with rescue efforts by members of the Elkader Fire Department and other responding agencies allowing the safe extraction of Balekos and 54 year old Valerie Timmerman. Both subjects were transported by Elkader EMS to Central Community Hospital where Balekos was later transported by helicopter to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for life-threatening injuries. Timmerman was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Elkader Police Department, IA DNR, and several local volunteers. Sheriff Tschirgi would like to acknowledge the diligent efforts and joint working relationships of all involved to safely and effectively accomplish the dangerous tasks they faced while providing the best possible outcome.
Fire destroys house, owners safe, but everything lost
Prairie du Chien, WI - On Monday, April 17, 2017 at approx. 9 a.m., a fire started in the Sun room at the back of a house owned by Gerald and Barb Sprosty at 710 N. Wacouta Ave. Two Prairie du Chien street crew members notice the fire and roused Barb Sprosty, who woke her son who was sleeping in the basement bedroom. They were able to get out safely with their dog, but two of four cats died in the fire. The other two cats are at a local vet fighting for their lives. The house is considered a total loss, and the insurance company has been notified. Everything has been lost. A Go Fund Me page has been established at https://www.gofundme.com/gerald-and-barb-sprosty-house-fire. A neighbor, Donna Reed, is helping to coordinate donations, and can be reached at 608-412-2151.
Multiple drug arrest in Gays Mills/Soldiers Grove area
Crawford County, WI - In April, 2017 investigators from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office concluded a lengthy investigation into the illegal sale and possession of methamphetamine, prescription medication, and marijuana in the Soldiers Grove and Gays Mills area. The investigation began in August, 2016 when Investigators were able to gain additional knowledge of the growing narcotics problems in this particular area. As the investigation continued to unfold, Investigators were able to facilitate 23 controlled purchases of narcotics. The major focus of the investigation was the illegal sale of amphetamine and opiate based prescription medication, however the investigation spanned to the sale of methamphetamine and marijuana. As the investigation concluded, the people listed below were either arrested, or are facing charges connection with the investigation and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office is recommending the following charges for each individual: Arrested persons were: Bryant Olson, age 29 of Gay Mills, three counts of Delivery of Prescription Medication Sarah B. Olson, age 29 of Gays Mills, three counts of Delivery of Prescription Medication Eric Wollschlager, age 49 of Soldiers Grove, three counts of Delivery of Prescription Medication Kayla Raymond, age 27 of Soldiers Grove, two counts of Delivery of Prescription Medication Dale Coppernoll, age 43 of Romance, WI, three counts of Delivery of Prescription Medication Samuel Clark, age 33 of Soldiers Grove, Possession of Marijuana and Probation Violation Christopher Grabowski, age 32 of Richland Center, one count of Delivery of Methamphetamine Kayla Kuykendall, age 29 of Soldiers Grove, one count of Delivery of Methamphetamine, one count of Delivery of Prescription Medication, and two counts of Delivery of Marijuana The two individuals listed below are being referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office for the following charges: Johnny Pettit, age 53 of Soldiers Grove, one count of Delivery of Prescription Medication Lucas Kradle, age 30 of Soldiers Grove, three counts of Delivery of Marijuana It should be noted that the District Attorney files formal charges and the charges listed above are those which the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office has recommended for each individual.
Fugitive arrested in Richland County after nationwide man hunt
Map showing the approximate area where Jakubowski was camping off Estes Road, east of County Road U, south of County I.
Update - From Vernon County Sheriff’s Office - The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a credible tip Thursday night at 7:11 PM, indicating Jakubowski was spotted in a remote location, off County Road U, near the Vernon and Richland County line, south of Viola. A perimeter was established and maintained throughout the night by multiple law enforcement agencies. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also responded and Jakubowski was taken into custody, without incident, at approximately 6:00 AM, Friday morning. Firearms were located in the area Jakubowski was apprehended. Jakubowski was transported to the Rock County Jail, in Janesville, WI. Law Enforcement would like to thank all of the agencies who responded quickly and worked tirelessly and efficiently to bring safe closure to this situation. Update - From Rock County Sheriff’s Office - On April 13, 2017 at approximately 9:30 PM, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person on a farmer’s property on Estes Road near Readstown, WI. Investigators assigned to the Jakubowski case were sent to that location along with tactical support to assist local authorities in determining whether the suspicious individual was related to the manhunt. The suspicious person complaint reported that a male matching the description of Jakubowski was camping at that location and refused to leave when he had been asked to do so. Local authorities established a perimeter and tactical support was sent in to investigate. Shortly before 6:00 AM, tactical officers made contact with the suspicious person at the campsite. This subject was taken into custody without incident and positively identified as Joseph A. Jakubowski,our wanted fugitive. Arrangements are being made for Jakubowski to be returned to Rock County for further investigation and charges. Update - Richland County authorities in conjunction with the FBI have confirmed a male subject identified as Joseph Jakubowski is in custody. Law Enforcement Agencies were notified at 8:30 p.m. on 4/13/2017, and a perimeter was established. Other agencies arrived and Jakubowski was taken into custody at 6:04 a.m. today, Friday, April 14th. Joseph Jakubowski was taken into custody without incident. Details to follow.
Editor’s note - While this story is not local, this fugitive might wind up in our area. Update - April 11, 2017 - The FBI has increased its reward up to $20,000 for information leading to the successful location of Joseph A. Jakubowski. Janesville, WI, April 7, 2017 - Investigators continue to follow leads regarding this case. However, the subject remains at large and is not in custody.
Joseph A. Jakubowski
He continues to be considered “armed and dangerous” and citizens should exercise caution if he is observed. If anyone has information regarding his location, please contact law enforcement through “911” or at the new tip line of 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324). On April 4, 2017, the Armageddon Gun Shop, 2144 W. US 14, Janesville, WI, was burglarized at 8:40PM. A large quantity of high-end handguns and rifles were stolen and the suspect fled the scene. At 9:07PM, a vehicle fire was reported on Pennycook Lane, a short distance away. At that scene was evidence of arson and it appears that the burglary and vehicle arson events are connected. The registered owner of the vehicle involved in the fire is Joseph A. Jakubowski (M/W, DOB:07/21/84) who is last listed as residing at 811 Glen Street (upper) in Janesville. He is described as being 5’10” tall with green eyes and brown hair. Mr. Jakubowski is considered a suspect in both incidents and is currently wanted by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. Additionally, information was received in the early morning hours on April 6th that Jakubowski has been highly agitated recently regarding a variety of political issues. It was further reported that he had made threats to steal weapons and to use them against public officials or at an unspecified school. As a result, area schools have been notified of this information and the search efforts for Jakubowski have been supplemented by several additional agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and all local law enforcement agencies.
PdC man nabbed for alleged home robbery
On Friday, April 7th, 2017, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a residential burglary at 6 Swingle Drive in the Prairie du Chien township. Entry into the residence had been forcefully gained and approximately $18,000.00 worth of items were stolen. During the course of the investigation, Ian Thiel (Age 42) of Prairie du Chien became a suspect. On Thursday, April 20th, 2017, Investigators initiated contact with Thiel at his residence. During their contact, several of the reported stolen items were observed in plain-view inside the residence and ultimately Thiel was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Jail Facility and formerly charged with burglary. Shortly thereafter, Investigators obtained a search warrant for Mr. Theil’s residence. During the execution of the search warrant, a large quantity of the stolen items were located, seized, and taken into custody as evidence. Thiel remains in custody on a cash bond. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department is seeking any additional information relating to this investigation. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of additional stolen items not found at Thiel’s residence should call the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
Police arrest armed robbery suspect after 5 hour standoff - no one injured
Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports, the arrest of Alan R. Fry, age 35 of Holmen, following an attempt to locate from Crawford County for a gas drive off, and then an Armed Robbery out of the City of La Crosse. The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was attempting to locate Mr. Fry, when a Deputy Sheriff spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it, at which time, Mr. Fry fled from law enforcement. It was reported that Mr. Fry was armed with a shotgun and a 9 mm handgun. The vehicle chase began in the Coon Valley area and proceeded east on US Highway 14, through the City of Westby. Spike strips were deployed at three different locations during the chase. The chase ended on S. Natwick Road in Vernon County between Westby and Viroqua, when Mr. Fry lost control on a curve and went into the ditch due to flat/no tires. Mr. Fry again displayed the shotgun and a 5 hour standoff ensued. Through negotiations and deployment of non-lethal gas through the night, Mr. Fry gave up to law enforcement at 4:55 a.m. No one was injured during the chase or standoff. The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office and ERT Team assisted at the scene with their Bearcat, along with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and Vernon County CTU Team, The Westby Police Department and Viroqua Police Department also assisted in the chase and standoff. Also assisting was Tri-State Ambulance. Mr. Fry faces charges of Theft, Armed Robbery, Fleeing, Operating After Revocation and numerous traffic violations.
Kickapoo Indian Cave occupied by interlopers
On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on the property of
Elizabeth Perry Rydz
the Kickapoo Indian Caverns located in the rural Township of Wauzeka. The property is currently for sale and is checked on periodically by care takers. Deputies responded to the area and located the vehicle parked in the vicinity of the walkway leading up-to the “Trading Post” building. The building is located at the exit / entrance area of the cave. Deputies approached the building and determined that entry had been forcefully gained by prying open a side door to the building. As deputies prepared to clear the building, an adult female and male exited the building and were identified as; Elizabeth Perry Rydz (Age 36) and Brandon Wantroba (Age 20), both of Milwaukee, WI. After questioning, Perry Rydz and Wantroba were taken into custody for burglary and transported to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Jail to await a bond hearing. The suspects told deputies they had been staying at the property periodically over the past month and planned to claim the property as their own and name the property “Silent Grove”. Once the suspects were removed from the property, deputies and investigators cleared the building and cave and discovered food, beds, clothes, personal hygiene items, digging tools, etc. Both Rydz and Wantroba stated to deputies that they had found the property for sale on-line and decided that they would move into the property and take adverse possession. They stated that they broke the lock off the door and replaced it with their own lock. According to an acquaintance of the pair both Rydz and Wantroba are a member of a religious group named The United Council of Magna Verta. They were looking for places to survive a potential nuclear attack on the United States. The only items missing from the buildings was a necklace made of animal teeth and a sign. Both items were found in the vehicle owned by Rydz. Perry Rydz and Wantroba were both released from jail on a $1000.00 signature bond. This case remains under investigation.
Inside Trading Post where the couple were staying. (all photos courtesy of Crawford Co. Sheriff’s Office.)