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Police still seek van-crash suspect


By Gazette Xtra

Choan A. Lane still has not surrendered to authorities on charges stemming from a multiple-death van crash in March 1999.

Lane, 31, an Iowa resident, was charged last week with two felonies--delivery of marijuana to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a child--for his alleged treatment of juveniles he hired to work for his itinerant magazine-selling company, YES. Lane would face a maximum of 11 years prison if convicted.

YES was charged with 13 felonies, including seven counts of negligent homicide, because of the van crash north of Janesville that killed seven young people and injured six, five seriously.

If found guilty, YES faces a maximum fine of $10,000 for each felony, or a total of $130,000.

The attorney general's office has been in contact with Lane's attorney in New York, but Lane is not expected to turn himself in until he has hired a Wisconsin attorney, said Jim Haney, spokesman for the attorney general's office.

"When he has a Wisconsin lawyer, I'm sure we'll work out the details of his return to Wisconsin to face the charges in Rock County," Haney said. "If that can be worked out, that is obviously much more preferable than going through the extradition process, which ultimately would take a lot more time."

Lane is believed to be in the area of the Quad Cities in Iowa, Haney said.

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