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IR woman killed in Wisconsin accident

MANITOWOC, Wis.—A 29-year old Iron River woman was killed in an automobile rollover crash on I-43 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin on Nov. 16.
    Emily LaPointe was pronounced dead at the scene after Manitowoc County Sheriff Deputies discovered the crash at approximately 6:23 a.m. on I-43 within the township of Cooperstown, about 19 miles north of Manitowoc.
    According to a press release from Manitowoc County Sheriff Dan Hartwig, deputies were initially dispatched to the I-43 northbound off ramp at Hwy. K within the township of Kossuth for a report of two men physically fighting outside a parked 2006 Honda Accord. Prior to the deputies’ arrival, the men entered the vehicle and continued northbound on I-43.
    The preliminary investigation indicated that Corey Knepp, 33, of Republic and formerly of Iron River, was operating the vehicle when it abruptly entered the east ditch and overturned and LaPointe was ejected from the vehicle. Manitowoc County Coroner Curtis Green indicated blunt force trauma was a contributing factor in her death.
    Knepp and his twin brother, Tyler, also of Republic, were both transported by ambulance to Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay for non-life-threatening injuries.
    Both Knepps were arrested for possession of drugs as a repeat offenders, possession of drug paraphernalia as repeat offenders and disorderly conduct. After a bail hearing on Nov. 18, both men remained in the Manitowoc County jail, each on a $2,500 cash bail.
    The initial physical altercation and the cause of the crash are still under investigation by the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Manitowoc County Coroner’s Office.
    While living in Iron River, Corey Knepp was arrested for delivery of heroin-less than 50 grams, in an Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team bust in Iron River in December 2014. He later pleaded guilty to one felony count of delivery of heroin-less than 50 grams and one high court misdemeanor count of maintaining a drug house.