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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


Man charged with homicide in death of Bridgeport woman

A 48-year-old Hampton, Georgia man has been arrested and charged with first degree intentional homicide in the death of a Bridgeport woman early in the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 5.

October 12, 2016 | David Krier | Courts/Crime


Arrest made in 2009 sexual assault case

A Minnesota prison inmate has been charged in connection with a September 2009 sexual assault in Platteville.

September 22, 2016 | Steve Prestegard | Courts/Crime


Robbers come calling on US Cellular

DARLINGTON - Officers are investigating an early morning burglary at U.S. Cellular, Saturday, Sept. 17. We are releasing two short videos of the offenders in this matter with hope the public can help us identify them. (RJ note: the videos will be posted on the Republican Journal Facebook page) In the video, you will see, two men (African-Americans) gain entry into the store by throwing rocks through the glass. During the very brief time period they were in the store, they managed to steal $27,711 worth of iPhones. The timing of this incident was seconds after a 911 call ...

September 22, 2016 | | Courts/Crime


Mother ruled incompetent to stand trial in child’s death

A 31-year-old Boscobel woman accused of reckless homicide in the July beating death of her infant daughter was deemed not competent to stand trial following a competency hearing Sept. 7 in Grant County Circuit Court.

September 15, 2016 | David Krier | Courts/Crime


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Lawsuit over baked goods ban beginning

LAFAYETTE COUNTY – Three entrepreneurs are challenging the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, who state it is against the law to sell their baked goods to the ...

April 20, 2017 | Kayla Barnes | Courts/Crime


Four face charges after drug arrests

Four area residents are facing charges following separate interactions with a criminal informant in August of 2016.

April 20, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


Citizen tip leads to capture of fugitive

Area man's cabin used as command post. Read all about it in the April 20, 2017 issue of the Richland Observer.

April 19, 2017 | Dawn Kiefer | Courts/Crime


Manhunt over

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears and Richland County Sheriff James Bindl report the apprehension of Joseph Jakubowski, the wanted fugitive from Rock County, WI. The ...

April 14, 2017 | | Courts/Crime


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 ...

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 ...

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


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