Chippewa County (News Release) - On Friday, August 8th 2014, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office received several calls of stop signs damaged and stolen throughout the Town of Lafayette. The investigation identified eleven (11) stop signs being either damaged and or stolen.
On Tuesday, August 12th 2014, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office followed up on an on-line tip from http://co.chippewa.wi.us/government/sheriff/online-tipster regarding the stop signs. Investigators were able to identify two (2) adults responsible for damaging and taking the stop signs without the permission of the Town of Lafayette. Several of the stop signs have been recovered and the case remains under investigation.
Further details are still being investigated, and on completion, the case will be forwarded to the Chippewa County District Attorney’s Office in a request for criminal charges with restitution.
Names, photos, and further suspect information will be released at a later date.
Please contact Chief Deputy Chad Holum of the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office at (715) 726-7713 for media inquiries.****************************************
The signs were broken off and taken from a number of intersections in the town of Lafayette early this morning.
Crews from the town replaced them today. Since that wasn't in the town's budget $1,500 price tag will fall on taxpayers.
"Somebody could blow through that stop sign because it wasn't there and get killed,” said the Town’s Road Supervisor, Ray Zank. “Whoever's doing this is putting people lives in danger.”
The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office says it's fortunate that didn't happen. They believe it was a dual wheeled pickup truck or a small dump truck used in the vandalism.
If you have any information you are asked to call the Chippewa County Sheriff's department at 715-726-7825
Chippewa Co. (News Release) - During the early morning hours of Friday, August 8, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department investigated the reports of several stop signs in the Town of Lafayette that had been removed from intersections. When officers responded to the area they discovered that stop signs at numerous intersections had been removed and taken. After the Town of Lafayette and Chippewa County Highway personnel began replacing signs, they found that as many as 12 stop signs had been taken from intersections.
It does appear that a truck with duel tires may have been involved in the incident and that the signs were pushed over then taken. The southwest section of the township is where the majority of the criminal activity had occurred. It is believed that the time period would have been as early as 1 a.m. We are urging the public to contact our agency with any information that would lead to apprehending those involved. The cost of time labor and replacement of the signs is significant, but is minimal compared to the safety aspect. There have been numerous incidents in the past of vandalism of street signs that have lead to severe injury and traffic fatalities. We do feel fortunate that did not occur today and want to prevent any chances of this in the future.
If any person has any information about this incident they are urged to contact the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office Online Tipster site at: