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Technical college closed in response to threat to student

FENNIMORE - The Southwest Technical College Campus in Fennimore was closed this morning (Nov. 1) in response to threats toward a student.

November 01, 2017 | Erin Martin | Courts/Crime


Marijuana growing/distributing operation busted in Fayette

FAYETTE – An ongoing investigation involving Stateline Area Narcotics Task Force (SLANT), the Belmont Police Department and the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office resulted in the findings of more than seventy-five marijuana plants and approximately twenty pounds of marijuana leaf "clippings" in the town of Fayette.

October 25, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


Heisz found not guilty of attempted first-degree homicide

DARLINGTON -It took two hours and 20 minutes of deliberation for a jury to find David Heisz not guilty of attempted first-degree homicide and kidnapping. The jury did find Heisz guilty of false imprisonment, misdemeanor battery and first degree recklessly endangering safety. Those convictions carry a maximum of up to 19 years in prison and $45,000 in fines.

October 18, 2017 | Brian Lund | Courts/Crime


Area residents defeat Wisconsin baking ban

DARLINGTON -- Wisconsin is no longer one of only two states banning the sale of home-baked goods, thanks to a ruling by Lafayette Circuit Court Judge Duane Jorgenson.

October 13, 2017 | Bridget Cooke | Courts/Crime


Former area resident slain

Read about it in the September 21, 2017 issue of The Richland Observer.

September 20, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


Platteville man gets nine months jail on conduct charge

A Platteville man arrested or cited in Platteville eight times in the past 17 months was sentenced to nine months in jail on a lewd conduct charge.

September 06, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Courts/Crime


Armed confrontation with police ends with fatality

UPDATED Oct. 24 7:50 a.m. - Grant County District Attorney Lisa Riniker has determined the use of force by Grant County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Smith that resulted in the death of Roger B. Helgerson Jr. , which took place on September 1, 2017 in the town of Millville, Wisconsin, was justified.

September 02, 2017 | Erin Martin | Courts/Crime


Alcohol involved crash on Hwy. 78 ends in fatality

ARGYLE – One person is dead from a two vehicle head-on crash on Wisconsin 78 south near Hillcrest Road outside of Argyle on Saturday, Aug. 26.

August 30, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


Lafayette County Law Enforcement approves updated ATV/UTV Ordinance

DARLINGTON - At the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Committee meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 Gerald Heimann called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

August 30, 2017 | Brian Lund | Courts/Crime


Charges pending after Fennimore woman runs over campers

Seven people were injured after a alleged drunk driver crashed ran over a tent at the River Of Lakes campground in the village of Bagley late Saturday night.

August 17, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


Iowa man gets 10 years in prison for fatal car crash

DARLINGTON - An Iowa man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday after he killed a Mineral Point woman in a car crash in the Town of Seymour in 2015.

August 16, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


Wisconsin man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

DARLINGTON - A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide after he killed an Iowa man while driving drunk in 2016.

August 07, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


Fisher gets 5 years in prison for rape

DARLINGTON - An Argyle teenager was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for breaking into a residence and raping an underage girl in the Town of Fayette in 2016.

August 07, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


‘Gerrymandered’ maps discussed at public meeting

Read all about it in the August 3, 2017 issue of The Richland Observer.

August 02, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


Cash, drugs confiscated following vehicle crash

Read all about it in the June 29, 2017 issue of The Richland Observer.

June 28, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


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Illinois woman sentenced for Darlington phone store burglary

DARLINGTON - An Aurora, Ill., woman was sentenced Tuesday in Lafayette County Circuit Court to 14 days in jail and 18 months on probation in connection ...

January 19, 2018 | Kayla Barnes | Courts/Crime


Fuentes-Flores sentenced to 185 days

MADISON – A man from Darlington, accused of driving while intoxicated in a fatal Lafayette County crash, has been sentenced to 185 days in federal prison ...

January 19, 2018 | | Courts/Crime


K9 Rambo assists in meth arrest of two

Read about it in the December 28, 2018 issue of The Richland Observer.

December 27, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


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