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Bomb threat report triggers extra safety precautions

"Get in line. Have your chromebooks out and open."

February 23, 2018 | Erin Martin | Public safety


Fevers, aches and fatigue

Influenza has been in the headlines, as the numbers of identified cases has continued to rise. That story came close to home with the passing of Fennimore's Damien Lord, the 33-year-old father whose funeral was held Friday. Lord succumbed to a secondary infection – in his case, pneumonia – the most common risk arising from the illness.

February 11, 2018 | Erin Martin | Public safety


Child accidentally shot in Livingston

LIVINGSTON - An 8-year-old boy has been hospitalized after the accidental discharge of a rifle Thursday night.

January 26, 2018 | Erin Martin | Public safety


Police: Suicidal person in custody

Platteville police said the man whose threat to himself prompted the closing of Platteville Public Schools today is now in protective custody.

January 12, 2018 | Steve Prestegard | Public safety


Man who prompted school closing sought by police

Area law enforcement is looking for a man whose threat to harm himself this morning forced the closing of Platteville Public Schools and a soft lockdown for Belmont schools.

January 12, 2018 | Steve Prestegard | Public safety


Platteville police: No active shooter situation in city

Platteville police say there is no active shooter threat in the city after Platteville Public Schools were closed this morning.

January 12, 2018 | Steve Prestegard | Public safety


Platteville schools closed for “situation that endangers student safety”

Platteville Public Schools are closed today due to what PPS officials call "a situation that endangers student safety."

January 12, 2018 | Steve Prestegard | Public safety


Another accident at Hwy's 81 & 23 intersection in Darlington

A vehicle at the stop sign at the intersection of Hwy. 23 & 81, driven by Timothy Durst, age 35, of Platteville, failed to yield the right-of-way to a southbound vehicle, driven by Jacklyn Wood, age 34,of Shullsburg, and the two collided on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Durst was not injured in the crash. Wood sustained minor injuries and was transported to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County by Rural Medical Ambulance Service. Both vehicles sustained severe damage and were towed from the scene by Al's Towing Service. Darlington Fire Dept., Rural Medical, Darlington Police Dept. and Lafayette County Sheriff's ...

December 07, 2017 | | Public safety


The power of a book

DARLINGTON – When children are involved in a traumatic experience, be it a car accident or a fire, it can really effect them mentally, if not physically. REACH-A-Child, an organization from Dane County, is trying to combat some of the mental stress on children by offering First Responders and Fire and Police Departments REACH BAGS.

November 22, 2017 | Kayla Barnes | Public safety


South Wayne man fifth vehicle crash fatality in Laf. Co.

WILLOW SPRINGS – A 69-year-old South Wayne man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 23 and Shortcut Road in the Town of Willow Springs.

November 08, 2017 | | Public safety


Illinois man killed in head-on crash

WILLOW SPRINGS – A 25-year-old Lanark, Ill. man was killed when his truck hit a semi truck and grain trailer head-on Monday, Oct. 31 on Tibbits Road in the Town of Willow Springs.

November 08, 2017 | | Public safety


Southwest Tech campus closes after threat

UPDATE 4:15 p.m.

November 01, 2017 | Erin Martin | Public safety


Platteville bank robbed

Platteville police are looking for a man who robbed American Bank & Trust, 130 McGregor Plaza, today around 12:45 p.m.

October 20, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Public safety


"... we got word that first we’d be getting maybe 10 casualties. And then it was 50 to 100.’

Platteville native Deborah Kuhls, M.D., has spent her entire career in trauma medicine, including disaster training overseas.

October 16, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Public safety


Hwy. 23 & 81 accident

A BUSY AFTERNOON for law enforcement and emergency response personnel as this accident happened Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 2:30 p.m., about two and a half hours after the barn fire (seen above). A white dually pickup (right), with trailer, traveling north on Hwy. 23 turned west onto Hwy. 81. On the turn, the trailer carrying two pickups (left) tipped over and broke away the from the towing vehicle. No one was hurt in the accident.

October 04, 2017 | | Public safety


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Working for a safer, healthier Richland County

Read about it in the April 12, 2018 issue of The Richland Observer.

April 11, 2018 | | Public safety


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