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Vernon County K9 discovery leads to arrest

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When authorities searched the vehicle, they found methamphetamine, marijuana edibles and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

The La Farge Police Department stopped a suspicious vehicle on State Highway 82 at around 11:17 p.m. on July 30 at the request of the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

The Vernon County K9 Unit arrived on the scene. K9 Myk sniffed the outside of the vehicle and picked up the scent of illegal drugs. When authorities searched the vehicle, they found methamphetamine, marijuana edibles and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

Melissa Daute, 48, of Coon Valley was arrested after drugs were found in a vehicle she was driving.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Melissa Daute, 48, of Coon Valley. The passenger was identified as Kathy Larson, 55. Daute was arrested and charges are being sought through the Vernon County District Attorney’s Office. Larson was released from the scene.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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  1. Kyle Schlafer

    August 28, 2019 at 9:35 am

    I’ve read the news articles on Melissa Daute, who was arrested and charged with a number of drug charges. One of which is an automatic felony.
    These are serious, my observation after reading the news reports raise a critical question, Was there probable cause to search the alleged defendants vehicle and did the defendant give the Sheriff permission to search her vehicle.
    What are the factors that were left out of the criminal report??? The news article does make it seem in my perception that civil rights were violated, along with improper protocol. My opinion from reading the many news articles.

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