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Beware the telephone ‘YES’ scam

The number one onsumer complaint to DATCP in 2016 was telemarketing. Telemarketing complaints spiked in 2016, up 45% from the previous year – with 3,685 total complaints.

March 08, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


Iowa man charged in fatal crash, bail jumping found

TAMPA, Florida – According to the Lafayette County Sheriff Reg Gill, Chad Ernzen, 38, of Dubuque, Iowa was taken into custody in Tampa, Florida at approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. A Lafayette County Sheriff's Deputy reached out to the Tampa Police Department and was informed that Ernzen was taken into custody as the result of a case that they were handling that occurred at Busch Gardens.

March 02, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


Fields gets 25 years for attempted homicide

Read all about it in the February 23, 2017 issue of The Richland Observer.

February 22, 2017 | Dawn Kiefer | Courts/Crime


Victim no more – saved from death’s door

Read all about it in the February 23, 2017 issue of The Richland Observer.

February 22, 2017 | Dawn Kiefer | Courts/Crime


Law enforcement attend listening session with Attorney General

Several law enforcement agencies from Lafayette County met on Friday, Jan. 27 to have a listening session with Wisconsin's Attorney General, Brad Schimmel. Schimmel, along with Rep. Todd Novak, Sen. Howard Marklein and members of the Division of Criminal Investigation, listened to those law enforcement members, service workers and village and township chairman as they discussed issues from drug abuse and mental illness to low recruitment for law enforcement throughout Lafayette County.

February 02, 2017 | Kayla Barnes | Courts/Crime


Suspect arrested in Bat Cave burglary

According to the Richland County Sheriff's Department, at about 1:05 a.m. on January 23, forced entry was made into The Bat Cave Saloon in Gotham. A male subject entered the building and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the saloon. During investigation of the burglary, security camera photos of the subject in the saloon were placed on the Sheriff's Department social media page. The Sheriff's Department received several tips from the community, resulting in an arrest. On January 25, deputies made contact with Joshua D. Crook, 26, of Gotham and, after speaking with him ...

February 01, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


Retirement reception held for Lieutenant Bob Frank

January 25, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


Pharmacies issue security alert following drug store robbery in Spring Green

Boscobel area pharmacies issued a Code Yellow security alert following an armed drug store robbery in Spring Green Friday.

January 05, 2017 | David Krier | Courts/Crime


Sting results in 16 arrests

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears reports a nearly yearlong drug investigation has resulted in the arrest of 13 people.

December 21, 2016 | | Courts/Crime


Car Wash thefts in the tri-state

DARLINGTON – Two car washes in the city of Darlington were two of many recently burglarized car washes in the tri-state area. According to Darlington Chief of Police, Jason King, both car washes in Darlington, the Wash 'n' Shine and Xtreme Clean, where the perpetrator(s) stole the hopper to the change making machine, which would have contained several quarters and small bills. The Wash 'n' Shine was struck around Thanksgiving, on Nov. 25 and the Xtreme Clean was on Dec. 7

December 15, 2016 | Kayla Barnes | Courts/Crime


Bellis pleads not guilty by reason of mental defect

The 31-year-old Boscobel woman charged with first degree reckless homicide in the July death of her infant daughter plead not guilty by reason of mental defect on Nov. 28 in Grant County Circuit Court.

December 15, 2016 | David Krier | Courts/Crime


Weeden sentenced on murder charge

Read about it in the December 15 issue of The Richland Observer.

December 14, 2016 | | Courts/Crime


Montfort man sentenced to prison

A Montfort has been sentenced to prison for his methamphetamine-related arrest earlier this year.

December 08, 2016 | Robert Callahan | Courts/Crime


Investigation results in methamphetamine arrests

Read about the arrests in the November 24 issue of The Richland Observer.

November 22, 2016 | | Courts/Crime


Lafayette Sheriffs seek $50 scammer

The Lafayette County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance with identifying the suspect involved in the passing of counterfeit $50 bills described below.

November 17, 2016 | | Courts/Crime


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Ban on baked goods heard in court

DARLINGTON – Several bakers were in court on Thursday, April 27 to hear a case between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and three local bakers, asking ...

May 05, 2017 | Kayla Barnes | Courts/Crime


Sauer found Not Guilty by jury

DARLINGTON - Jack Sauer, Lafayette County Board – Chairman, was found Not Guilty of Disorderly Conduct by jury trial at the Lafayette County Courtroom, Monday, April 24 ...

April 27, 2017 | Brian Lund | Courts/Crime


Summer school offers unique choices

In the past the words summer school can feel like a punishment to a kid whose been looking forward to long sunny days all year ...

April 26, 2017 | Emily Schendel | Courts/Crime



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