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Driver makes a run-for-it after drug stop

On December 9th, 2017, The Crawford County Sheriff Department’s K-9 Unit conducted at traffic stop on a 2007 Dodge Caravan on Highway 35 in the Township of Freeman. The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Curt Tollefson, age 39, of Lynxville, WI.   
   The deputy observed Tollefson to display signs of impairment. A search of his person yielded several grams of marijuana, schedule 4 controlled substances and two different schedule II narcotics, for which Tollefson did not have a prescription for.
   While speaking with Tollefson about the pills on the side of the roadway, Tollefson grabbed the bag of narcotics out of the deputy’s hands and fled down an embankment into a field. A short foot pursuit ensued until Tollefson lost his balance. Tollefson continued to resist and attempted to destroy the evidence. Tollefson was eventually detained and secured in the patrol car.
   Tollefson was subsequently charged for operating with a restricted controlled substance 1st offense, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule 4 controlled substance and possession of a schedule II narcotic-felony.  

Viroqua man ejected from rollover crash
flown to Gundersen Hospital

Viroqua, WI - December 6, 2017 - A single vehicle rollover accident occurred on County Road B, 100 yards south of Park Road in the Town of Jefferson.  At approximately 10:38 a.m., John E. Jones of rural Viroqua was traveling southbound on County Road B when an unknown animal ran into the road.
   In an attempt to avoid hitting the animal, Jones swerved and lost control of his vehicle causing the vehicle to go over an embankment and roll on its side.  Jones was ejected through the passenger side window.
   Jones was transported to Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse via MedLink Air.

Shooting toward homes leads to
hunter cited for illegal deer

On November 26, 2017 at about 4:18 PM the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident on Ridge View Ln. Platteville, WI after a hunter, who was shooting at a deer, shot in the direction of the house there.
   A deputy responded to the house and, after the resident had shown the deputy where the hunter was at, the deputy could see a hunter in that same field, field dressing a deer. This field was to the west of the residence.
   A second Grant County Deputy went to the area the hunter was and found Kelly Schuler, age 34, at 1342 Lime Kiln Ln. Platteville, WI. When the investigating deputy arrived he asked Schuler if he someone had just been in the field with an ATV after shooting a deer. Schuler said that was him. Schuler admitted that he had been shooting in the general direction of the homes but said that he was shooting in a downward direction and felt that his backdrop was safe.
   As the deputies continued to talk to Schuler about the deer, his license, and available tags, it
was determined that Schuler did not have a valid buck tag as he had filled his the first weekend of the gun/deer season.
   The investigating deputies eventually talked to a Wisconsin DNR Game Warden about the situation. The deputies confiscated the deer and the rifle that Schuler used to kill the animal. The deer and the rifle were handed over to the DNR Game Warden. Schuler was told that he will be cited for the illegal deer and that the DNR will be handling the investigation from here forward.
   Schuler was warned for his actions as well as for two other Grant County Ordinance violations.  The Grant County Sheriff’s Office handled the initial investigation into this matter however, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will complete the investigation and take the appropriate enforcement action.

Man Injured in Crash with House

On November 26, 2017 at about 11:06 AM the Grant County Sheriff's Office received a call of a one vehicle roll over crash on Cty Z somewhere with a man lying in the road. It was unclear where on Cty Z the crash was; originally believed to have been on Cty Z on the west end. The first responders located the crash on Cty Z north of Hyview Rd at 1532 Cty Z, Hazel Green, WI.
   The investigating deputy learned that La Vern Kuhle, 86, of Dickeyville, was driving his 2014 Dodge Caravan going north on Cty Z. Kuhle had just left St. Joseph's School on Cty Z from a breakfast. He told the deputy that he thought he may have fallen asleep. The road curved left and he failed to negotiate this curve.
   He traveled across a farm field about 435 feet to where he hit the southeast corner of the house at 1532 Cty Z, owned by Paul and Carol Hendricks. The van rolled over and came to rest on the driver's side. Kuhle was eventually able to get out the rear door of the van and made his way (either crawling or walking) to the front of the house and eventually on to Cty Z where he was found by a passerby.
   Kuhle was transported by EMS to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries sustained in the crash. The van sustained very severe damage and was removed by tow truck. The addition to the back side of the house also sustained very severe damage to the house and foundation.
   The Grant County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Jamestown Fire Department and First Responders, Dickeyville EMS, the East Dubuque Police Department, and Guy's Truck and Tractor of Kieler. The crash remains under investigation.

Lincoln’s proclamation made Thanksgiving official

By Tom Emery -
The first Thanksgiving is often associated with the Pilgrims. Over two centuries later, President
Lincoln was the first to make it official. The official designation of 1863 is the most lasting of the nine proclamations for a day of thanks issued by Lincoln during his presidency.  Continue

Lonely road, middle of night, drug dealing
with hazard lights on - go figure

On Tuesday, November 8, 2017 at approximately 2:45 A.M., a Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the roadway with its hazard lights on, parked on CTH N and Plumb Creek Rd in the Village of Wauzeka. The Deputy pulled in behind the vehicle and activated his lights. 
   The rear passenger immediately exited the vehicle and approached the squad car. He was identified as George E. Vallem, age 36, of Boscobel WI. While speaking with the Deputy a meth pipe was located on the ground near Vallem’s feet. Vallem attempted to discard the pipe without the deputy’s knowledge. Vallem was arrested for possession of meth paraphernalia.
   Contact was made with another passenger in the vehicle who was identified as Lori L. Oman, age 47, of Lone Rock. Oman was found to be in possession of a meth pipe. An electronic scale was also found in the vehicle where she was sitting. Oman was arrested for possession of meth paraphernalia.
   Another passenger in the vehicle gave false information as to his name and date of birth. He was later identified as Steve J. Christiansen, age 22, of LaCrosse. Christiansen was found to be in possession of a meth pipe, several small baggies, an electronic scale and a replica 40 Cal. BB gun. Christiansen was arrested for Possession of meth paraphernalia, resisting and obstructing an officer and a probation warrant.
   Also located in the vehicle was a loaded Glock 40 Cal. handgun. All three passengers were transported to the Crawford County Jail. The driver of the vehicle was released.  
   Vallem and Oman were later released on a $500 signature bond. Christiansen was given a $500 cash bond and remains in jail on his out of county warrant.



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