A Westby High School student was recently recognized for his Eagle Scout project that involved raising money and installing some solar powered lights along a walking path in the community of Chaseburg. The solar-powered lights were installed by Jacob Berg, a Westby High School senior who raised money and installed the lights. Then the unthinkable happened, on Sunday Sept. 29, an employee with the Village of Chaseburg reported extensive damage was done to several of the lights. The damage appears to have occurred Friday night, September 27, 2013.
On Tuesday the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department announced they made an arrest in connection with the vandalism. Arrested was Lewis W. Gameson, 17, of rural Cashton. The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office said formal charges of Criminal Damage to Property will be sought through the Vernon County District Attorney. Gameson was released from the Vernon County Detention Center on his own recognizance. He is to return to Vernon County Circuit Court on October 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM.
At the time of Gameson’s arrest the Sheriff’s Office said the investigation continued and more arrests may be forthcoming. As of Friday night the Sheriff’s office said more people have now been arrested in connection with this case. According to the Sheriff’s Office arrested were Mackinze A. Lenzer, 17, of Chaseburg and Dalton H. Hammes, 19, of Chaseburg. Both face charges of party to the crime of criminal damage to property. The Sheriff’s Department goes on to say in addition to the above arrests, two male juveniles were taken into custody and will be referred to juvenile authorities for criminal damage to property.
Sheriff Spears would like to remind this age-group to remove yourself from criminal behavior or any inappropriate behavior and tell an adult. Sheriff Spears would also like to thank the Chaseburg community for the outpouring of information that is helping solve this case.
The Sheriff’s Office says the investigation continues.
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