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Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday night, January 18, 2017, at approximately 6:25 PM, on State Highway 56 at County Road XX in the Town of Jefferson.
   A vehicle driven by Nathan T Turnipseed, age 16 of Richland Center was traveling North on County Road XX and failed to stop at the stop sign.  A vehicle driven by Rhonda L. Welch was traveling west on State Highway 56 and struck the vehicle driven by Nathan Turnipseed. 
   Rhonda L. Welch was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital by private vehicle.  Nathan T. Turnipseed and Samuel P. Berg, age 16, of Westby were transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital by Tri-State Ambulance.  Carter M Bergdahl, age 16, of Westby was also a passenger in the Turnipseed vehicle and was transported by private vehicle to Vernon Memorial Hospital.  Another passenger in the Turnipseed vehicle was Dalton S. Hoffland, age 18 of Cashton, he was not injured in the accident.
   The drivers of both vehicles and occupants were wearing their seatbelts.  The airbags in both vehicles were deployed.
   Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Viroqua Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Viroqua Fire Department and Tri-State Ambulance. 
The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

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.

Iowa DCI Investigating Home Invasion, Death

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).

Bloomington man sentenced in fraud
involving Federal Crop Loan

MADISON, WIS. - January 7, 2016 - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Kelly Wachter, 34, formerly of Bloomington, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to three years of probation and ordered to pay $85,424.51 in restitution for fraudulent conversion and sale of crops owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA). Wachter pleaded guilty to this charge on October 3, 2016.
   During the plea hearing in October, Wachter admitted that in May 2014, he obtained a $210,000 loan from the USDA FSA for the purpose of planting corn and soybean crops on farmland he rented in Bloomington. The crops were considered collateral for the loan, and the proceeds from the sale of the crops were to be used first to pay the FSA loan.
When FSA had not received any proceeds from crops sold by the following year, they began an investigation which revealed that Wachter had used some of the original loan money for personal expenses and belongings.
   The investigation further revealed that the crops had been harvested in late 2014, and that Wachter sold the crops and used the proceeds for his personal benefit without the knowledge or permission of the FSA. Among the personal expenses Wachter paid with the loan and proceeds were $15,000 for a truck; $30,000 for a car; $11,000 for a student loan; $36,000 for a boat; and a vacation to Mexico.
   The charge against Kelly Wachter was the result of an investigation conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.
United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil, Western District of Wisconsin

GPS tracking leads to serial chainsaw robber

Update -  January 5th - The Grant County District Attorney has declined to pursue charges against Nina Patrick in regards to the burglary that occurred in Grant County on the evening of January 2, 2017.  Nina Patrick was released from the Grant County Jail this afternoon.

Lancaster, WI, January 5, 2017- In the late evening
hours of January 2, 2017, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Illinois State Police that a suspect in multiple burglaries involving Stihl chainsaw and cement saw thefts (dating back to September 2016), was currently in Grant County. 

   The Illinois State Police had a GPS tracking device placed on the suspects’ vehicle and were currently tracking the vehicle on Mine Road, near Scott Implement just off Hwy 80 south of Platteville.  A Grant County Deputy was dispatched to the business and when they arrived on scene, the suspect vehicle was gone, but the business had been broken into. 
   The Grant County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Lancaster Police Department, Fennimore Police Department and UW-Platteville Police Department made a traffic stop on a 2003 Buick LeSabre, which had an Illinois registration coming back to James Stroup, age 46 of Peoria, IL.  The traffic stop was made on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 12:23 a.m. on Hwy 61 south of the Village of Potosi. At the time of the stop several Stihl chainsaws were located inside the car that didn’t belong to James Stroup or the passenger, Nina Patrick, age 27 of Rockford, IL. 
   As a result of this investigation, with the cooperation of James Stroup, investigators from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Ogle County IL Sheriff’s Office and the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office were able to identify 41 burglaries that Mr. Stroup was involved in.  These burglaries took place over a period of time and extended into Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin.  In Wisconsin there were four investigations in which Mr. Stroup is a suspect.  Two in Grant County, one in Green County and one in Rock County.
   Both of the Grant County cases involved Scott Implement, including one on the evening of December 24, 2016 and the one on January 2, 2017.  All of the property, totaling $8,028.77, was recovered from the January 2nd burglary.
   Currently Mr. Stroup and Ms. Patrick are confined in the Grant County Jail awaiting charges in regards to these investigations.

Armed robbery at Verizon Store - Platteville

Platteville, WI - On January 4, 2017, at around 7:13 p.m., the Platteville Police Department received a 911 call from an employee at the BeMobile Verizon store located at 1845 Progressive Parkway (near Wal-Mart).
   The employee reported that the store had just been robbed by two men with pistols. The employee described the two males as both being African-American in their mid-twenties wearing ski masks. The employee also said that the men were wearing black jackets with the hoods up and one of them had a red sweater underneath his jacket. There was one customer inside the store with the employee when the robbery occurred.
   Officers immediately responded and arrived within minutes, but were unable to locate any subjects matching the description given.
   According to the employee, the suspects entered the front of the store, immediately brandished handguns, and escorted the employee and customer into the back room. The suspects then stole 23 iPhones and 15 Samsung Galaxy S7 phones and exited out the back door of the store. 
   The Platteville Police Department is actively investigating this incident. If you should have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Platteville Police Department as soon as possible at (608) 348-2313.

New Years Eve home invasion in Boscobel

Boscobel, WI - January 2, 2017 - A residence on W. Green Street in Boscobel was entered by a person dressed in black with his or her face covered, and carrying a long gun, according to the Boscobel Police Department.
   People were in the residence at the time, and claimed the intruder asked for prescription drugs, but nothing was taken, and the person left the scene.
   According to the police, an officer was only two blocks away when the call came in, but did not see anyone fleeing when he arrived at the residence.  An investigation is continuing into unusual aspects of this incidence.

One of the Wasabi Japanese Restaurant
burglars facing aggravated battery charges

Prairie du Chien, WI – December 30, 2016 – In the fall of 2015 three men were charged with robbing and beating the owner of Wasabi Japanese Restaurant in Prairie du Chien.          One man, Jacob Erwin, 24 (at the time) was released apparently because he was not involved in the actual beating.
   He has turned up again in police custody in Salem, IL after allegedly knocking a mug shot camera from a correctional officers hand while being arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.
   Link to WJDB for current story        Link to original story



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