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Viral video puts road in spotlight

A rural Fennimore woman's Facebook video went viral late last week, prompting a Friday-morning, Jan. 6 meeting on a local rural roadway.

January 19, 2017 | Robert Callahan | Public safety


Slowing down to save lives

After a serious accident involving a tractor vs. a semi, caused the fatality of a community member in January 2016, Brad Willborn knew something needed to change. Willborn, a Belmont resident, thought there had to be a way to do a better job with warning people about slow moving vehicles. He sat on the idea for a few months and mentioned it to his wife who agreed it was a good idea. Willborn called up Ole Olson, an engineer from Oregon, Wis., originally from Belmont, to help him create something.

January 12, 2017 | Kayla Barnes | Public safety


House fire fatally injures rural Boscobel man

An 85-year-old rural Boscobel man has died from injuries sustained in a fire at his Homer Road home Sunday night.

December 14, 2016 | | Public safety


Fire destroys First Capital Salvage

BELMONT - A fire at First Capitol Salvage Thursday morning required seven fire departments to put out the fire.

December 08, 2016 | Kayla Barnes | Public safety


Fire at First Capitol Salvage in Belmont

BELMONT - Area firefighters have been fighting a fire at First Capitol Salvage since mid-morning.

December 01, 2016 | Steve Prestegard | Public safety


Lafayette County Sheriff on State Drug Task Force Team

MADISON – Lafayette County Sheriff Reg Gill was recently appointed to Governor Scott Walker's Task Force on Opioid Abuse. Gill is the only sheriff on the task force. His role is to represent law enforcement's perspective as to what they are seeing and dealing with across Wisconsin in regard to the growing opioid problem.

November 25, 2016 | Kayla Barnes | Public safety


Fire damages house in city

Get the details in the October 20 issue of the Richland Observer.

October 19, 2016 | | Public safety


Law Enforcement deal with mental health issues

Earlier this month, the University of Wisconsin at Platteville held a conference on policing in the 21st Century, covering many current law enforcement and public topics.

September 29, 2016 | David Timmerman | Public safety


Early morning fatality in Gratiot

GRATIOT - On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at 1:59 a.m., the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a two vehicle crash with serious injuries that occurred in the 14,000 block of STH 11 in Gratiot Township. Lafayette County Sheriff's Deputies were immediately dispatched along with the Gratiot Fire Department, Gratiot First Responders and Rural Medical Ambulance Service. Upon arriving at the scene, Gratiot Fire personnel requested additional ambulances from Rural Medical and Warren, Ill. Ambulance Service. Emergency flight services were also requested, but were not available due to upper atmosphere weather ...

September 29, 2016 | | Public safety


Deadly flooding hits area

Torrential rains followed by flash flooding last week resulted in closed roads and schools, a train derailment near Ferryville, and at least two deaths as some areas received nearly a foot of rain over a 24-hour period beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22.

September 28, 2016 | David Krier Erin Martin | Public safety


Man injured by trailer

A man was injured when he became trapped under a trailer Tuesday morning.

September 07, 2016 | | Public safety


Account set up for Platteville native after Louisiana flooding

A Platteville woman is raising funds on behalf of her sister, whose house suffered major damage during recent Louisiana flooding.

September 02, 2016 | Steve Prestegard | Public safety


Man drowns when sandbar breaks way

UPDATED 1 p.m. Aug. 15 - Authorities have released the name of the man who drowned when the sandbar gave way while fishing on the Wisconsin River Saturday.

August 15, 2016 | | Public safety


Woman believed drowned off Wyalusing Beach

A 29-year-old woman from the Chicago area is believed to have drowned off Wyalusing Beach.

August 03, 2016 | | Public safety


Grant County announces cooling centers

With the afternoon heat index expected to reach close to 110 degrees on Thursday and Friday, Grant County Emergency Management, Health Department and Aging and Disability Resource Center are all urging residents to take steps to protect themselves and to help others who may be at increased risk from the heat. Some tips are:

July 19, 2016 | | Public safety


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Sisters escape injury in rollover crash

Two sisters on their way to Boscobel High School were shaken and sore but otherwise uninjured following a rollover crash on County S Monday at ...

March 16, 2017 | David Krier | Public safety


Boscobel woman dies after exiting moving pickup truck

A 26-year-old Boscobel woman was killed last Friday afternoon after jumping out of a moving pickup truck on County Highway N south of Avoca.

February 01, 2017 | David Krier | Public safety


Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County Affiliates with UnityPoint Health – Meriter

MADISON – Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County (MHLC) has affiliated with Madison-based UnityPoint Health – Meriter to improve care for patients in southwest Wisconsin.

January 26, 2017 | | Public safety


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