The following accidents were reported by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department for the week ending June 10.

6/6 Lucas Gravatt, Viroqua, was operating a motorcycle northbound on County Road J, in the town of Franklin. Gravatt rounded a corner in the roadway, hit gravel, and overcorrected. Gravatt crossed the other lane. The motorcycle fell on its side, and slid into the grass. Gravatt reported no apparent injuries. He was wearing a full face helmet. The motorcycle was towed due to disabling damage.

6/6 Jeremy Simonson, Viroqua, was operating a Peterbilt eastbound on Old Line Road, town of Coon. Simonson was stopped at the intersection of Old Town Road / Volden Road. Benjamin Schmidt, Chaseburg, was operating a motorcycle westbound on Old Line Road. As Simonson began to turn left onto Volden Road, Schmidt struck the front corner of the Peterbilt. Schmidt was cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle without Insurance. Schmidt was wearing a full face helmet. No injuries were reported by either party. The motorcycle received minor damage, and was towed from the scene.

6/10 There were seven reportable car/deer crashes: Rodney Larson, Westby, on County Road Y, town of Viroqua; George Pursley, Lancaster, OH, on US Highway 14, town of Christiana; Kristopher Ness, Viola, on State Highway 56, village of Viola; Pamela Hermanson, Onalaska, on State Highway 35, town of Genoa; Julie Jozefowicz, De Soto, on State Highway 35, town of Genoa; James Boyke, Jamestown, ND, on US Highway 14, town of Viroqua; Keely Strand, Viroqua, on State Highway 27, town of Franklin.

Sheriff John Spears warns residents to be mindful of the Publishers Clearing House scam, and many more. The Publishers Clearing House scam starts with a call or letter saying you’ve won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. But, to collect your prize, you need to send money to pay for fees and taxes by Western Union, a MoneyGram, or gift cards. The scammers recommend payment in this form because it’s nearly impossible to trace the money, which you will never get back. Typically, if you’ve won a legitimate sweepstakes, Publishers Clearing House will come to your home. If anyone calls asking you to pay for a prize, hang up, and report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Sheriff Spears reminds you to not give personal information or send money to anyone you do not know. The Federal Trade Commission website includes good information about scams and tips on how to avoid being a victim of a scam.

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