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Vernon County sheriff’s report

Vernon County Sheriff's Report

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Sheriff John Spears reports the following ongoing activities for the year and narrative excerpts from the week ending Nov. 9.

11/1 Christopher Heidtman, Hillsboro, was traveling westbound on County Road V, town of Greenwood, when Heidtman fell asleep, traveled into the ditch, and hit a barbed wire fence. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed due to disabling damage.

11/3 Leslie Bohland, DeSoto, was traveling northbound on State Highway 35, town of Genoa, and struck a deer with his vehicle. No injuries were reported. The vehicle received functional damage.

11/3 Benjamin Lechnir, Lansing, IA, and Forrest Krause, Stoddard, were both operating vehicles westbound on Proksch Coulee Road, village of Stoddard. Krause was stopped at the stop sign, waiting to make a left-hand turn. Lechnir rear ended the Krause vehicle. Lechnir provided his information to Krause, and stated he was going home to get his insurance information, but never returned to the accident scene. Krause’s passenger, Sue Krause received suspected minor injuries. The vehicle received functional damage. Lechnir was cited with Hit and Run, Failure to Keep Vehicle Under Control, Operating While Suspended, Operate Motor Vehicle Without Insurance, and Non-Registration of Auto.

11/3 Paula Price, La Farge, was traveling northbound on State Highway 35, town of Bergen, and was exiting the construction zone. Price was operating a Lepke Trucking dump truck. Price traveled too far onto the right shoulder of the road in order to turn left into the wayside. Jason Thompson, La Crosse, was traveling northbound as well, and attempted to pass the dump truck, and the dump truck turned into the Thompson vehicle. The Thompson vehicle spun around, and came to a rest facing southbound. Thompson reported a minor injury, and his passenger, Cole Thompson, did not report any injuries. The Thompson vehicle was towed from the scene. Price did not report any injuries. The dump truck received functional damage.

11/3 William Reese, Viroqua, was traveling northbound on County Road J, town of Franklin, and began making a left-hand turn onto Swenson Road. Due to the hillcrest, Reese did not notice the oncoming vehicle, operated by Trevor Salmon, Soldiers Grove, and the vehicles collided. No injuries were sustained. The Reese vehicle received functional damage. The Salmon vehicle was towed due to disabling damage.

11/4 Carol Pedersen, Gays Mills, was traveling northbound on US Highway 61, village of Readstown. Pedersen applied her brakes to suddenly stop for a dog in the roadway, and was unsure if she struck the dog. The vehicle traveling behind the Pedersen vehicle, operated by Richard Brown, Boscobel, stopped suddenly to avoid hitting the dog and the Pedersen vehicle. A third vehicle traveling behind the Brown vehicle, operated by Amanda Thayer, Soldiers Grove, was unable to stop in time, and rear ended the Brown vehicle, which pushed Brown’s vehicle into the Pedersen vehicle. The dog did not appear to be injured. The dog belonged to Trevor Clark, Readstown.

11/6 Drake Peneaux, Stoddard, was traveling southbound on County Road O, town of Bergen. Peneaux crossed the centerline, and went into the ditch. Peneaux struck a mailbox, and fire number sign. The vehicle traveled over a private driveway, and continued back onto the roadway. The accident was reported by the property owner, and Peneaux was later identified. Peneaux was cited for Failure to Notify Police, and Failure to Keep Vehicle Under Control.

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Message from Sheriff John Spears: There have been questions in regards to the new Executive Order #82 issued by Gov. Evers. I hope this clarifies our response here at the Sheriff’s Office.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office supports individual actions that can be taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Those actions include, but are not limited to: social distancing, proper washing of hands, use of hand sanitizers, and the use of proper protective personal equipment (PPE), including masks. Additionally, we appreciate the efforts of business owners who have taken numerous steps to keep people healthy including, but not limited to: the use of safety barriers, social distance arrangements, as well as disinfecting procedures. We understand that some individuals may have medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from utilizing masks.

In order to provide some clarification, please be advised that the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office will not be responding to complaints of individuals violating the Governor’s face covering mandate. Consistent with our understanding of the Executive Order #82, the goal is compliance and education, and is not meant to be punitive. However, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office will continue to respond to reports or complaints from a business owner, manager or other premise owner who has already requested that an individual leave a premise for failing to comply with the face covering mandate as it relates to that specific premise.

We anticipate that these circumstances will be rare, but enforcement is necessary under these circumstances because they are situations where a disturbance may be likely. In those situations, our focus is not on the face covering order itself, but rather the fact that the individual is not wanted in a particular place, that the individual has been asked to leave, and has not complied with the request of the person in control of that premise. This enforcement response is consistent with most, if not all of the other Sheriff’s Offices throughout Western Wisconsin and the state.

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Until further notice, in compliance with CDC limitations, to reduce the spread of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), Sheriff Spears is limiting nonessential/nonemergent services including all meetings scheduled at the sheriff’s office, license plate registrations, jail visitation, etc. In order to report an incident, or questions/inquiries in general, please call the Vernon County Dispatch Center at 608-637-2123 or email: vcso@vernoncounty.org. Civil Process/Record Request inquiries can be forwarded to 608-638-5710 or email: vcsorecords@vernoncounty.org.

As directed by Sheriff Spears, if you are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus or flu-like symptoms, please identify this to the dispatcher before a deputy makes contact at your residence.

Precautions are being taken in this facility to maintain the health and wellness of staff, inmates and visitors. Thank you for your understanding.

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*Sheriff Spears is reminding citizens to practice good health practices and follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control.

To help protect our community, your family and co-workers, please remember to wash your hands frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds, limit the amount of times you touch your face with your hands, cover your mouth when you have a cough, and if you are sick, stay home, or seek medical attention. Clean and sanitize your home, work areas, and frequently contacted areas.

For more information, please contact the Vernon County Health Department or your medical provider, and do your part to keep our community healthy to reduce or limit the impact of COVID-19/coronavirus. Stay safe and healthy!

*Sheriff Spears is reminding citizens to practice good health practices and follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control.

To help protect our community, your family and co-workers, please remember to wash your hands frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds, limit the amount of times you touch your face with your hands, cover your mouth when you have a cough, and if you are sick, stay home, or seek medical attention. Clean and sanitize your home, work areas, and frequently contacted areas.

For more information, please contact the Vernon County Health Department or your medical provider, and do your part to keep our community healthy to reduce or limit the impact of COVID-19/coronavirus. Stay safe and healthy!

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