Chief John Annear of the Richland Center Police Department reports that an investigation conducted by the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force has culminated in the arrest of a Richland Center woman for illegal distribution of prescription medication. Marion D. McNamer, 37, was arrested for Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place and three counts of Delivery of Vicodin. All charges have been forwarded to the Richland County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. [Read more…]
City of Richland Center Drug Bust
Chief John Annear of the Richland Center Police Department reports that, on 10-31-14, members of the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 538 S. Sheldon St., in the City of Richland Center. The search warrant was the culmination of a ten month investigation conducted by the Drug Task Force concerning the distribution and sale of marijuana at that address. Items recovered during the execution of the search warrant included numerous items of drug paraphernalia, drug packaging material, scales, over a quarter pound of marijuana, and nearly $2000 in US currency. [Read more…]
Woman Charged with Faking Cancer
As a result of a joint criminal investigation conducted by the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Spring Green Police Department, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation, Theresa S. Strub, age 29, from Spring Green has been charged with nine felonies and one misdemeanor for “faking” cancer.
The investigation alleges that Strub was the beneficiary of thousands of dollars that was raised through fundraisers, charitable organizations, and personal donations to assist her with cancer treatments and personal finances. The investigation alleges Strub “faked” her illness. Strub also used social media websites to raise money for herself, claiming she was diagnosed with stage 2 stomach cancer and kidney cancer.
Strub used the social media to post photos of internal organs infected with cancer, indentifying the pictures as being hers. Strub told investigators the photos were taken on February 18, 2014. The photos included pictures of a kidney, stomach, and liver. The photos were found to be stock photos from Wikipedia.com and ultrasoundimages.com. Some photos being taken as far back as 1999. [Read more…]
Sheriff Berglin’s 40 Year Law Enforcement to End in 2015
Richland County Sheriff Darrell Berglin has announced that he will be retiring at the end of his current term of office in January of 2015. The long time veteran of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department was first appointed sheriff by Wisconsin Governor, Tommy G. Thompson in February of 1996 to complete the term of Sheriff Fred Schram who had died in office on January first of that year. Since his appointment, Darrell Berglin has been elected to three two year terms of office and three four year terms as sheriff. At the end of his current term, Berglin will have served 19 consecutive years, the longest consecutive term as sheriff in Richland County history. [Read more…]
Richland County Sheriff Darrell Berglin said his department is continuing to investigate a series of daytime burglaries which have occurred in Richland County in recent weeks. Berglin said that his deputies are working in cooperation with deputies in Vernon County and Sauk County who are also investigating multiple daytime burglaries occurring in their jurisdictions.
ATV Accident on County Hwy AA
On Saturday, July 26, 2014 at approximately 6:40 pm the operator of a Polaris Ranger was traveling northbound on County Hwy AA when they lost control of the vehicle. The ranger left the roadway hitting the gravel shoulder on the right side, the driver of the ranger then corrected the vehicle back onto the roadway and then again overcorrected causing the vehicle to roll three times in the east ditch and eventually coming to rest on it’s wheels in a driveway facing south. The driver and middle passenger were not wearing their seatbelts and were both ejected from the vehicle. The third occupant was wearing their seatbelt and stayed in the ranger. The driver, age 12 along with the middle passenger, also age 12 were transported by Richland Ambulance to the Richland Hospital with injuries. The third occupant, age 11 was taken to the Richland Hospital with minor injuries and was released.
Ithaca School Construction Site Fatality
Sheriff Darrell Berglin reports at 11:52 am June 20, 2014 Richland County 911 center received an emergency call indicating a man was trapped under a crane.
Sheriff Deputies responded along with Richland County EMS, Ithaca First Responders, and the Richland Center Fire Department.
Sheriff Deputies found a male with head injuries lying on the ground near the bent boom of a crane. Attempts to resuscitate him were not successful. Richland County Coroner was called to the scene and Christopher G Kraemer 30 of Spring Green was pronounced dead at the scene.
The case remains open and is being investigated by OSHA and Kraemer Brothers.
Motorcycle operator injured after striking a deer in Westford Township
5/25/14 2:59AM – Block was operating a 2009 Harley Davidson traveling northbound on CTH II approximately 0.3 mile north of Corwin Ridge Rd. Block’s motorcycle strikes a deer and he is thrown from it. Anthony A. Block, 33, of Cazenovia, was not wearing a helmet and suffers injuries to face, head, and chest. Block was transported by Cazenovia EMS to the Richland Hospital and then by Medflight to UW Hospital in Madison.
Cazenovia Fire and EMS assisted the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at the scene.
One car crash resulting in a fatality
On 05/24/2014, shortly after 8 PM, Richland County 911 received a report of a single vehicle crash on Excelsior Rd west of CTH F. Upon arrival, a 2003 Ford Ranger was seen resting down a steep embankment. First responders did have to use ropes and basket to rescue the driver. The driver was taken to Boscobel Hospital via ambulance but did succumb to injuries. Eyewitness accounts did say Larry D. Holloway, 51, of Blue River, did veer off the road only after avoiding a collision with an oncoming vehicle. The investigation did reveal that Holloway was not wearing a seatbelt and speed and alcohol was a contributing factor.
Blue River Fire / EMS and Boscobel EMS assisted the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at the scene.
Motorcycle northbound on STH 58 lost control and was ejected into ditch. Operator suffered fatal injuries.
On 05/24/2014 at approximately 5:33 PM Angela Novotny, 37 of La Valle, was operating a motorcycle northbound on STH 58 when she lost control of the motorcycle and was ejected from the cycle onto the west side ditch line. Novotny was transported to Reedsburg Memorial by Cazenovia EMS. Novotny was then transported to UW-Madison by Med Flight where she succumbed to her fatal injuries.
Cazenovia EMS and Fire assisted the Richland County Sheriff’s Department on scene.