Reports from the Decorah PD and Winneshiek Co. Sheriff

By Samantha Ludeking, Driftless Journal Production Manager

Decorah Police

Decorah Police Officers observed a vehicle driving erratically April 21 at approximately 2:18 a.m. in the area of Short Street. After observing traffic violations and erratic driving, officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. After further investigation, officers determined the driver, Trevor Wangen, age 29, of Harmony, Minn., was impaired, and he was placed under arrest for operating while under the influence. Wangen was transported to the Winneshiek County Jail without incident.

Winneshiek Sheriff

Andre Richards, 33, of Calmar, was arrested and booked into the Winneshiek County Jail April 9 at 10:15 p.m. for domestic abuse assault.

Kristen Fravel, 24, of Waukon, was charged with serious misdemeanor trespass and serious misdemeanor criminal mischief 4th degree April 7 at 1:15 p.m. in Decorah, and was given a summons to appear.

Lynn Streif,  67, of West Union, turned herself in April 7 at 6:34 p.m. and was booked into the Winneshiek County Jail on an arrest warrant for failure to report to jail.

Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a single-vehicle rollover April 1 on River Road. Upon arrival at the scene, investigating officers found a vehicle in the southwest ditch with all tires in the air. James Homstad, age 74, of Decorah, was helped out of the vehicle by First Responders, and was transported by ambulance to Winneshiek Medical Center. He did not complain of specific injuries. From the scene, it appeared the driver lost control and ran off the road where the vehicle flipped. The vehicle was totaled.

Abigail Konkel, 16, of Ridgeway, was cited for failure to stop in assured clear distance following an accident April 11 on Highway 9. A vehicle driven by 60-year-old David Vander Meulen of Trempealeau, Wis., had slowed down to turn right onto 245th Avenue, when it was struck by Konkel’s vehicle. She was reportedly distracted by an animal inside her vehicle. Damages totaled $4,000 to Konkel’s vehicle and $400 to Vander Meulen’s vehicle. 

Bryss Ehrie, 17, of Decorah, was cited for failure to maintain control following an accident April 15 at 3:56 a.m. on Canoe Ridge Road. The Sheriff’s Office received a call from Don’s Towing of a vehicle which had rolled on Canoe Ridge Road. The tow truck driver informed dispatch there were five occupants at the scene, and all were denying an ambulance. The investigating officer was told by those in the vehicle that there was a dark color truck with an LED light bar in their lane and the driver had attempted to pull into the field drive to avoid it, causing the vehicle to roll over. None of the occupants of the vehicle contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Passengers in the vehicle were juveniles from New Hampton, Lime Springs and Cresco. An estimated $10,000 in damages were reported to the vehicle driven by Ehrie. 

Winter-weather conditions on April 17 at 7:35 a.m. attributed to an accident on Highway 24 in Winneshiek County. A semi traveling west on Highway 24 in windy, icy conditions, jack-knifed on the roadway, causing the trailer to strike the right rear of the cab. The cab sustained substantial damages estimated at approximately $15,000. The semi came to rest blocking the entire roadway, causing an oncoming 2017 Nissan to enter the ditch. No contact was made between the two vehicles. No injuries were reported and no charges were made.

Edgar Chavez, 29, of Calmar, was arrested April 19 at 3:58 a.m. on Highway 52 in Decorah, and booked into the Winneshiek County Jail for D felony operating while under the influence 3rd offense, driving while revoked and open container – driver.

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