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Man rolls ATV-not found until next day

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports an ATV crash in the town of Clinton.  On May 28th, 2017, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a male subject with a hip injury from an ATV accident on private property on Bloomingdale Rd, west of County Road S.          49 year old Jason T Granger was returning from his neighbor’s residence around midnight, when he swerved to avoid striking his dog, causing his 1994 Polaris ATV to roll over.  He was not able to get up or call for help until he was found around 7:57am, Sunday morning. 
   Granger was transported to Vernon Memorial Healthcare, and later to Gundersen Health Systems of Lacrosse with non-life threatening injuries. 
   Assisting at the scene were the Westby First Responders, Lafarge Ambulance Service, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  The crash remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Crawford County to conduct an emergency exercise

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Prairie du Chien Police Department, Tri-State EMS, Crossing Rivers Health, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Prairie du Chien Fire Department will be participating in a full scale exercise on 06/01/017. 
   This will be a joint effort exercise that will test law enforcement, fire, and ems capabilities.  This will be happening at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office/Court House from 10:00 PM until 12:00 PM.  The building will be closed down during this time.
   The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Milo’s Towing for the donation of a vehicle to use in the exercise.  We would also like to thank 3M for your kind donation of safety glasses.  Both companies are supporters of our local law enforcement and first responders. 

Long term water Dept. employee arrested
for alleged meter tampering

Cassville, WI - May 23, 2017 - After an extensive investigation, on May 5, 2017, the Cassville Police Department along with members of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at the Steven G. Kirschbaum residence, 109 West Dewey Street in the Village.
   The nature of the warrant was to determine long term water meter tampering and theft from the Village of Cassville Water and sewer Department.  Steven G. Kirschbaum was arrested for theft and water meter tampering.  He was transported to the Grant County Jail in Lancaster.         Steve Kirschbaum was a 38 year employee of the Village of Cassville Water and Sewer Department until his retirement in 2015.

Vehicle Pursuit from Dubuque Hit & Run

On May 23, 2017 at approximately 1:17 a.m.,the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center advised of an ongoing vehicle pursuit going north from Dubuque on Hwy 151 into Grant County. It was reported that the vehicle was involved in a hit and run.
   A Grant County deputy entered Hwy 151 just north of CTH H in Jamestown Township positioning himself in front of the pursuit. As the suspect vehicle approached it narrowly missed striking the Grant County squad car and continued north. The Grant County deputies pursued the vehicle for just over 9 miles when it abruptly turned onto Hummingbird Lane in Platteville Township and then into a private driveway.
   Deputies had to break out a window and remove the driver who was identified as Jacob Gerlach, age 24 of East Dubuque. Gerlach resisted arrest but was ultimately tken into custody. The vehicle had heavy damage as a result of the hit and run in Dubuque and was removed from the scene by Wenzel Towing.
   Gerlach was arrested for felony eluding, operating while under the influence 1st offense, obstructing an officer, resisting an officer, and possession of marijuana. Gerlach was also cited for failure to yield for an emergency vehicle and following too closely.
   A passenger in the vehicle, Sean Stevens, age 22 of Dubuque, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Assisting at the scene was the University of Wisconsin Platteville Police Department, The City of Platteville Police Department, The Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, and the Belmont Police Department.
   Persons arrested by the Grant County Sheriff's Office are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Driver fall asleep asleep - rolls car

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Sheriff John B. Spears reports a single vehicle rollover accident on May 21st 2017 at approximately 1:05 pm.  The accident occurred on County Road B just west of Park Road in the Town of Jefferson.
   The operator of the vehicle, Jessica Cook, 36 of La Crosse, WI, was traveling eastbound on County Road B and fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle entered the ditch on the west side of the road, and continued across the road into the westbound lane.  The vehicle hit the ditch, overturned, and traveled several feet on its top before coming to rest in the roadway. Cook was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by the Viroqua Fire Department.
   The two passengers’ ages 7 & 8 were able to get out of the vehicle unassisted.  Jessica Cook was wearing her seatbelt and the airbags did not deploy.
   The two children were secured in booster seats. The 8 year old received minor injuries from the seatbelt and was released to a parent at the scene. Cook was transported to Gunderson Health System in LaCrosse by Tri-State Ambulance with minor injuries.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was the Viroqua Area Fire Department and Tri-State Ambulance. 
The crash remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office. (Photo courtesy of Vernon County Sheriff’s Office)

Suicide Memorial of Shoes set for May 28th

Mineral Point, WI - Sunday, May 28 from 10:00 am-4:00pm UCC Church will be sponsoring a Suicide Memorial of Shoes.  
   Everyone is asked to get a pair of shoes that represent the loved one you loss to suicide and paint or write your loved ones name on the shoes and then bring them to Soldiers Memorial Park in Mineral Point at 10:00am near the creek that runs along Shake Rag Street and Copper street (near the ball diamond and basketball courts.)  
   You will be able to pick up your shoes at 4:00pm.  If you are unable to pick up or drop off the shoes on that day please e-mail or 608-279-0131. You can also drop them off in Mineral Point at Kueler Insurance on main street .



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Gays Mills woman graduates
from Monmouth College

Rowan Williamson of Gays Mills, Wis., graduated with a degree in sociology and anthropology from Monmouth College.
   She is the daughter of Bryan Williamson of Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Rita Berkley of Gays Mills.


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