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Monday's storms cause havoc in area

Severe thunderstorms with winds up to 70 mph blew down power lines and trees and damaged buildings in Grant County Monday night.

May 18, 2017 | David Timmerman | Public safety


Sirens are Not Just a Warning for Tornados

During Monday evening's severe storms, sirens were sounded throughout many communities in central and southern Grant County, despite the fact that a Tornado Warning was not issued.

May 18, 2017 | Steve Braun Grant County Emergency Management Director | Public safety


Fire reveals drugs and loaded gun in home

DARLINGTON – Darlington Police, Fire, and EMS were dispatched to a report of a house fire at Minerva Street on Friday, May 5, at 6:22 p.m. Nobody was in the home at the time of the fire. A passerby called 911 to report smoke coming from the home. According to Ted McDermott, Darlington Fire Department Chief, the gas stove burner was on and the kitchen was fully involved when they arrived. The fire had spread to the attic and living room areas. McDermott said, "The kitchen is a full loss with minor fire damage in other areas and moderate ...

May 11, 2017 | | Public safety


Fire claims two lives in Shullsburg

SHULLSBURG – On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at approximately 2:19 a.m. the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office 911 Center received an emergency call for a residential structure fire within the City of Shullsburg. Shullsburg Fire Department, Shullsburg Ambulance and Rural Medical Ambulance Services were alerted to the scene.

May 11, 2017 | | Public safety


Van collides with school bus

According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, there was a collision between a van and a school bus for the Platteville School District that resulted in injuries to those in the van, but not to the driver of the bus.

April 29, 2017 | | Public safety


Platteville house break-in suspects sought

Platteville police are looking for two suspects in connection with a break-in at a house at Camp Street and Kelly Street in Platteville April 18.

April 27, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Public safety


Tractor vs. Car in Lafayette County

An accident that occurred Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 5:45 p.m. happened at the intersection of Hwy. 23N and Short Cut Road. A 2013 Massey-Ferguson tractor driven by Thomas Larson was traveling eastbound on Short Cut and failed to yield at the stop sign on Hwy. 23N. The tractor ran over a 2005 Honda Element driven by Nella Doherty-Bernadoni. The tractor and implement it was pulling then tipped over on it's side. Luckily there were only minor injuries and both drivers were transported to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County.

April 27, 2017 | Brian Lund | Public safety


Two arrested on Platteville drug charges

Two Platteville men were arrested on drug charges after two search warrants were executed in Platteville Monday.

April 25, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Public safety


Shullsburg man first fatality in County

SHULLSBURG – On Sunday, April 9, 2017, at 9:21 a.m., the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a one vehicle Motorcycle Crash in the 28000 Block of CTH W, just to the east of the intersection of Dump Road, in Benton Township, in Lafayette County. It was reported that the motorcycle was down in the ditch and the driver was not breathing. Lafayette County Sheriff's Deputies, Benton First Responders and Hazel Green EMS as well as the Benton Fire Department were immediately dispatched to the scene.

April 13, 2017 | | Public safety


City removes 11 downtown parking spaces

At the request of the Boscobel Police Department, the city removed 11 downtown parking spaces on Wisconsin Avenue Tuesday in order to improve visibility. Thirty-year street department employee Keith Dilley is seen grinding the paint off one of two spaces removed in front of the Boscobel Dial, along with three-month employee Luke Brown. Other affected locations included the Unique Cafe, Hildebrand Memorial Library, Boscobel Pharmacy, Classic Reruns, Genesis Salon and the Vale Inn.

April 03, 2017 | David Krier | Public safety


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 9:16 a.m.

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


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


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Family of seven injured in buggy crash

TOWN OF DARLINGTON – An Amish buggy carrying a family of seven was struck from behind on Sunday, July 16 on State Highway 81, injuring all ...

July 20, 2017 | | Public safety


Computer ‘glitch’ causes problems at Boscobel prison

A computer "glitch" the weekend of June 24-25 has resulted in significant operational problems at the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility, according to affected staff members ...

July 13, 2017 | David Krier | Public safety


Boscobel Fire Department to reform charging system

At its April meeting the board of the Boscobel and Rural Fire District voted to reform and update the fire department's method of billing ...

July 03, 2017 | | Public safety


Richland Center motorcyclist dies after car pulls out in front of him

A 67-year-old Richland Center man died Friday afternoon shortly after crashing his motorcycle into a car that turned into his path without yielding on Highway ...

June 29, 2017 | | Public safety


Wauzeka man killed in crash

A Wauzeka man is dead following a head-on accident with a semi-tractor trailer on Highway 61 just south of Greenwood Road in Fennimore Township early ...

June 29, 2017 | | Public safety


Grant County sees significant damage June 28

Eastern Grant County took the hardest hit from the storms that rolled through the region June 28, according to the initial assessment from the Grant ...

June 28, 2017 | | Public safety


Funnel cloud over Darlington

This funnel cloud was seen over Darlington Saturday night. It never did touch the ground but still caused an uproar within the county. Several people ...

June 21, 2017 | | Public safety


Second OWI causes fatality over weekend

NEW DIGGINGS – One person is dead and two injured, with one arrested on multiple charges in a one vehicle rollover on Saturday, June 17 in ...

June 21, 2017 | | Public safety


Tractor injures three at Canoe Fest parade

DARLINGTON – Three people were injured when an antique tractor on W. Mary Street and Washington Street was accidently in gear when it drove into them ...

June 16, 2017 | | Public safety


Alcohol, speed possible factors in UTV fatality

FAYETTE – A 27-year-old Illinois man was killed and a 25-year-old Darlington man injured when the UTV they were traveling in crashed on Saturday, June 10.

June 16, 2017 | | Public safety


USH 151 jumper rescued by law enforcement

Law enforcement and emergency responders found themselves responding to a two-vehicle accident while on the scene of rescuing a woman who jumped from the USH ...

May 25, 2017 | | Public safety


Tom Reuter, 27 years later

Platteville Journal editor Steve Prestegard spoke at the Grant County Law Enforcement Memorial program in Lancaster May 17.

May 25, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Public safety


School bus collides with dump truck in River Ridge

Numerous emergency response departments rushed to the intersection of CTH P and Morgan Road Tuesday afternoon where a school bus for the River Ridge School ...

May 23, 2017 | | Public safety


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