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Vernon County Sheriff's Report

From the week ending October 19, 2020


October 21, 2020

10/13 - Sheep were reported wandering in Esofea Park, town of Jefferson. The responsible party was notified. The next day, around 30 sheep were found entering the park again. The responsible party was notified.

10/15 - 2 goats were reported loose near Champion Lane, town of Union. The deputy sheriff assigned was able to get them back into the pasture.

Sheriff Spears urges driver’s to be cautious on the roadways. Please watch for tractors and farm equipment during their harvest season. As the deer start to run, be on the extra lookout. Don’t forget to prepare your vehicles for the upcoming winter weather. Safe travels!

Message from Sheriff Spears: There have been questions in regard to the new Executive Order #82 issued by Governor Evers. I hope this clarifies our response here at the Sheriff’s Office.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office supports individual actions that can be taken to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Those actions include, but are not limited to: social distancing, proper washing of hands, use of hand sanitizers, and the use of proper protective personal equipment (PPE), including masks. Additionally, we appreciate the efforts of business owners who have taken numerous steps to keep people healthy including, but not limited to: the use of safety barriers, social distance arrangements, as well as disinfecting procedures. We understand that some individuals may have medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from utilizing masks.

In order to provide some clarification, please be advised that the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office will not be responding to complaints of individuals violating the Governor’s face covering mandate. Consistent with our understanding of the Executive Order #82, the goal is compliance and education, and is not meant to be punitive. However, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office will continue to respond to reports or complaints from a business owner, manager or other premise owner who has already requested that an individual leave a premise for failing to comply with the face covering mandate as it relates to that specific premise. We anticipate that these circumstances will be rare, but enforcement is necessary under these circumstances because they are situations where a disturbance may be likely. In those situations, our focus is not on the face covering order itself, but rather the fact that the individual is not wanted in a particular place, that the individual has been asked to leave, and has not complied with the request of the person in control of that premise. This enforcement response is consistent with most, if not all of the other Sheriff’s Offices throughout Western Wisconsin and the state.


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