Wisconsin DNR urges leaf composting, mulching

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources is urging homeowners to compost or mulch fallen leaves to keep them out of landfills and reduce burning piles. DNR officials say composting means more room and landfill and less chance of errant sparks from burning piles starting wildfires. Fewer burning piles also helps maintain air More >

Halloween safety tips including safe costumes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s consumer protection agency is offering a variety of safety tips for trick-or-treaters heading out on Halloween. To prevent fires in homemade costumers, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says to pick flame-resistant materials and avoid costumes that are billowy and baggy to minimize the risk of the fabric More >

Authorities Release Name of Farm Accident Victim

Authorities have released the name of the farm accident victim in Monroe County. Sheriff Pete Quirin said that 66-year-old Gale Burkhalter of Kendall was compacting silage when the tractor rolled over, killing him. The incident, which occurred on Sunday, remains under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

No charges against Superior officer in arrest

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin special prosecutor has decided against charging a Superior police officer after an investigation into whether the officer used excessive force in arresting a woman. Bayfield County District Attorney Frederick Bourg found that Officer George Gothner’s actions “fell far short of what the public expects” of police. However, Bourg wrote that “not More >

Milwaukee County to release Doe emails

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Milwaukee County officials are planning to release thousands of emails prosecutors collected during the first secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s former aides and associates when he was county executive. A spokesman for Chris Abele, the county’s current executive, says Abele’s office will make nearly 16,000 emails and attachments that prosecutors seized More >

Mauston Man Tentatively Charged with Disorderly Conduct

A Mauston man was arrested and tentatively charged with disorderly conduct. On Wednesday, October 15th, Mauston Police and Juneau County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 300 block of Maine Street, and then to the 100 block of Arlington Avenue for a disturbance. Law enforcement said 27-year old Jacob J. Dekeyser attempted to run through yards in More >

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears Reports

SHERIFF JOHN SPEARS REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ONGOING ACTIVITIES FOR THE YEAR AND NARRATIVE EXCERPTS FROM THE WEEK ENDING October 20, 2014. 10/20  The Sheriff’s office responded to several reports and complaints of trespassers on private property. 10/20                12 reportable car/deer (other animal) crashes: Michael Haase, Milwaukee, on US Highway 14, Town of Viroqua; Cody Mullikin, More >

Wisconsin DOJ settles sand mine case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A sand mining company has agreed to pay the state and Trempealeau County $80,000 to settle allegations of storm water permit violations. Wisconsin Department of Justice officials said Monday that the storm water permit for Alpine Sand LLC’s Town of Arcadia operation was based on the representation that runoff would be More >

Mauston Man Cited for Resisting/Obstructing

A 27-year old Mauston man was issued a citation in connection with a burglary complaint made on October 4th. Mauston Police said the original burglary complaint was in regard to a residence being entered in the 100 block of LaCrosse Street. The complainant, William E. Parrish had stated that his medications were stolen in the More >

Search Still Ongoing for Missing Man Out of La Crosse

The search is still on for a missing man out of La Crosse. Vernon County Sheriff John Spears reports an extensive search was conducted on Sunday October 19th for missing person Goudensio Gayton. The Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with La Crosse Police Department, and the LaCrosse County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating tips and calls from More >