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Vernon County Sheriff's Report


February 20, 2019

From the week ending February 11, 2019

2/11 - Alyssa Nachtigal, Soldiers Grove, was traveling westbound on US Highway 14, town of Kickapoo, when several cattle crossed the roadway. Nachtigal was able to avoid striking all, but one. Nachtigal reported no injuries, and her vehicle received minor damage. The cow had a broken leg.

2/11 - Mitchell Becker, Viroqua, was traveling westbound on State Highway 56, town of Jefferson, and lost control. Becker crossed the centerline, and went off of the road. Becker went through a fence, and into a field. Becker attempted to get back onto the road, but could not get out of the ditch. Becker reported no injuries. The vehicle was towed out of the ditch.

2/11 - Mark Kowaliw, Saint Louis Park, MN, was traveling southbound on County Road NN, town of Franklin. While negotiating a curve, Kowaliw lost control of the vehicle, slid off the road, and went down an embankment. The vehicle struck a tree. Due to the weather conditions, the vehicle had to stay at the accident location until the next day. Kowaliw received no injuries. The vehicle had to be towed due to disabling damage.

2/12 - Tyler Lasky, Westby, was traveling westbound on US Highway 14, town of Christiana. A deer ran out in front of the vehicle. Lasky applied the brakes. The vehicle slid off the side of the road, and landed on its roof. Lasky reported no injuries. The vehicle was towed due to disabling damage.

Sheriff Spears would like to make the public aware of a current scam. The Sheriff helped an area resident who had reported receiving a letter in the mail from regarding Department of Transportation (DOT) numbers. The letter informed the resident that their DOT number is past due and they need to complete their “Biennial update” or else have their DOT number deactivated and face a civil penalty of $1,000 per day, up to $10,000. The Sheriff followed up by calling the number attached to the letter and they continued to act like this was a legitimate deal. When Sheriff Spears identified himself and his title, they advised him that the “recipient could disregard and that the request would just fall off” and they hung up. They claimed they are based out of Dallas, Texas. If you receive a questionable letter in the mail, please be sure to do your research. Use the internet to search for the website / phone numbers. If it’s a scam, chances are others have experienced the same, and there will be reviews and red flags.

2/18 - 5 reportable car / deer crashes: Steven Sanwick, Viroqua, on US Highway 14, town of Hamburg; Dennis Larsen, Hillsboro, on State Highway 82, town of Hillsboro; Jeremiah Jothen, Westby, on US Highway 14, town of Coon; Gary Robertson, De Soto, on State Highway 35, town of Genoa; Rachel Clark, Prairie du Chien, on US Highway 61 / 14, town of Kickapoo.


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