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Attempted sexual assault results in
assault with a knife

On August 5, 2017 at 9:23 A.M., the Grant County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting an assault with a knife, which was actively occurring on 2nd Street in Preston (Fennimore Township).
   The reporting party informed dispatch that ANDREW SHERMAN (26 of MELROSE WI.), was stabbing Jeremy Koppen (38 of Fennimore) in the residence. Sheriff's Deputies, along with the Fennimore Police Department were dispatched to the scene. As a sheriff deputy arrived in Preston, the deputy observed Mr. Sherman walking in front of Cheers II. Mr. Sherman was no longer armed and he was taken into custody without incident.
   Interviews were conducted with parties involved at the scene. Mr. Koppen informed law enforcement he and his girlfriend, were sleeping in his (Mr. Koppen) bed in the basement of the residence. Mr. Koppen states he woke up to discover Mr. Sherman was attempted an sexual act on the female as she slept. Mr. Koppen became upset and removed Mr. Sherman from the bed.
   Mr. Sherman armed himself with a large knife and attempted to stab Mr. Koppen. Mr. Sherman and Mr. Koppen wrestled over the knife and as a result, Mr. Koppen had several lacerations to both hands. Mr. Sherman dropped the knife during the altercation, which Mr. Koppen was able to direct Mr. Sherman out of the residence. Mr. Sherman fled the residence on foot and as stated above, he was located and was taken custody.
   Mr. Koppen received minor injures to both hands, which he refused medical treatment.  Mr. Sherman was transported to the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster for evaluation. Mr. Sherman remains in custody in the Grant County Jail on the following charges:
   First Degree Reckless Endangering Safety
   Battery
   Disorderly Conduct
   Fourth Degree Sexual Assault
   Felony Warrant out of Monroe County
   Felony Bail Jumping
   Parole Violation
Assisting the Grant County Sheriff's Office was the Fennimore Police and EMS.  Mr. Sherman remains in custody, without bond.

Motorcycle rolls into field, driver injured

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at approximately 12:15 PM the Crawford County Sheriff's Department was notified of single motorcycle crash on County Road N east of Slaght Lane in the Township of Eastman.
   Christopher L. Marshall age 38 of Prairie du Chien was operating a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle. Marshall came up over a hill attempted to slow down for a curve in the roadway, lost control of the motorcycle, crossed the center line, rolled several times, striking a traffic sign and post, and came to rest in the north side of County Road N in a hay field.
   Marshall suffered injuries from the crash and was transported to Crossing Rivers Health for treatment and later taking to a La Crosse hospital for further medical evaluation. Marshall's motorcycle sustained severe damage and had to be towed from the scene. 
   Speed was a factor in the crash. Marshall was cited for unreasonable and imprudent speed, operating without a drivers license 2nd offense, no insurance, and non-registration.
   Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff's Department was: Eastman Fire and First Responders, Tri State EMS, and Bob's Towing and Repair.  

Missing woman found safe

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears reports in the morning hours of August 4, 2017, a 77 year old woman was reported missing by her husband, Thomas R. Bible. 
   Thomas Bible, age 79, of Black River Falls, said they were camping at the Coulee Region Antique Engine Club, Town of Christiana, and when he woke up, his wife, Jessie R. Bible, was not in the camper. 
   Area campers and the sheriff’s office conducted a search of the grounds.  At approximately 6:00 AM, Jessie Bible was located inside a semi-tractor.  Bible was safe and un-injured.  Assisting on the scene was the Westby Police Department.

Motorcycle driver arrested for
knowingly fleeing an officer

On 7/29/17 at 6:07 p.m.  Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. received several calls reporting 3 motorcycles traveling northbound on STH 80 coming towards Richland Center at high speeds.
   A Sheriff Deputy located the 3 motorcycles that were now eastbound on USH 14.  The Deputy observed the lead motorcycle perform a ‘wheelie’ near Starlight Drive.  A traffic stop was attempted on the Suzuki motorcycle.
   The operator started to pull over for the marked squad car which had emergency lights activated.  The operator then rapidly accelerated away from the squad at very high speeds.  The motorcycle drove through a red light on USH 14 and CTH O at speeds estimated near 100 mph.
   The operator continued to accelerate as he went eastbound.  The motorcycle was estimated to have been traveling at speeds in excess of 130 mph on USH 14.  The pursuit was called off.  The operator turned onto CTH B and eventually traveled to a residence near Spring Green where the motorcycle was hidden in a garage.
   On 7/30/17 a Richland County Deputy and Sauk Prairie Police Dept. arrested Nachreiner.  The charges includes: Knowingly Flee and Officer.

After over 20 years of operation,
MWT Bulletin Board closes

Editor's note - Midwest News is not associated with MWT Bulletin Board, although many people get confused between us.  Midwest News is not closing.
After over twenty years of maintaining a community forum, known by many names such as ‘The Bulletin Board’, ‘MWT Board’, ‘MWT Bulletin Board’ and others the time has finally arrived where its continuation is no longer possible.
   For the last several years the volunteer efforts to maintain, upgrade, write custom coding for it, have been dwindling.  This has been due in large part to the changing nature of the internet with the need for more and more security, privacy protection and scam detection and the skills to perform this work are simply harder to find on a volunteer basis. 
   Over the last 20 plus years a variety of people made financial contributions to hire professionals to make upgrades, pay for software and more.  Nobody ever financially benefited except for the users that found a deal or made a sale.
   Turning down the site is a very difficult decision, but now that we’ve suffered a major hardware failure it does seem to be the appropriate time. 
   Many thanks go out to Midwest Tel Net for hosting the site for all of these years, Hillsboro Telephone Company and Don Hammer for providing colocation space, Richland Electric Cooperative for giving me the time to fix it when needed, Richland Grant Telephone Cooperative, LaValle Telephone Cooperative and Vernon Telephone Cooperative for providing users with help when they needed it.
   Personally, I want to thank the many people that visited the site for all those years and to my family for their understanding during the many nights and hours that I was distracted keeping this effort going.

Facebook post leads to citation

On 07/17/17, a third-party harassment complaint was made by Nathanial E. Parker, 35, of Potosi. Parker's complaint stated that Scott Bartels, 46, of Potosi, and Jacob Bartels, 23, of Potosi, were harassing his step-father, Paul Roesch, 63, of Potosi.
   Prior to a Grant County deputy responding and interviewing the involved parties, a
Facebook post was made by Nathanial Parker. During the interviews, a complaint was made regarding the Facebook post, by Nathanial, stating that it was publicly shaming Scott Bartels, Jacob Bartels and Andrew Shaben.
   The Facebook post stated that the three men were physically and verbally abusing an elderly man. After interviews were conducted of the involved parties, it was determined that the disorderly conduct was mutual, with both sides yelling, swearing, and using obscene gestures towards each other. Paul Roesch also stated he was never physically assaulted.
   It was determined the Facebook post's one-sided claim that the three men were 'physically and verbally abusing an elderly man' was false and caused a great deal of harassment towards the Bartels family. Statements from the Bartels family claimed death threats, as well as numerous threats of bodily harm, were received. One member of the family had to leave work due to the impact of the Facebook post.
   Paul Roesch, Scott Bartels, and Jacob Bartels were warned for disorderly conduct. Nathanial Parker was issued a village ordinance citation for Unlawful Use of a Computer. The post was deleted.

 

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