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Thu
01
Dec

Man arrested after disturbance

On Monday, Nov. 28, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a disorderly man at 48294 Maple Ridge Road in the township of Marietta. Deputies responded to a call of an aggravated man throwing things inside of the residence.

On scene, deputies took statements from several individuals who were present during the incident. It was found that Korey A. Koppenhaver, 30, Steuben, was causing a disturbance within the residence. Koppenhaver caused damage to the property which included a broken door, a hole in the wall and a ripped out phone line. One witness said to deputies that Koppenhaver had armed himself with a knife at one point during the incident. Koppenhaver was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

Thu
01
Dec

Change of venue motion filed for murder suspect

By Ted Pennekamp

A motion for a change of venue has been filed in Crawford County Circuit Court for a 49-year-old Hampton, Ga., man charged in the death of a 53-year-old Bridgeport Township woman.

The motion was filed Nov. 28, on behalf of Jimmy McDaniel, who has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of his girlfriend Linda Kline.

According to the criminal complaint and testimony at a preliminary hearing, McDaniel is accused of strangling Kline with his hands and causing blunt force trauma to her head and then staging her death as a suicide by hanging on Oct. 5, in the backyard of the home she lived in on Velvet Lane in Bridgeport Township.

A hearing on the change of venue motion is scheduled for Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m. If a change of venue is granted, the case would be tried in another jurisdiction and a jury would be selected from the chosen jurisdiction.

Wed
30
Nov

RRC Wrestling


Ethan Esser of RRC attempts a take down in the 220-pound match. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

James Breuer of RRC (left) engages his opponent.

RRC’s Caleb Lenzendorf gains control.

Jordan Kline (right) of RRC tangles with his Pecatonica-Argyle opponent.

River Ridge-Cassville's Colten Whipkey attempts an escape Tuesday night versus Pecatonica-Argyle.

 

Pec-Argyle 

grapplers top 

River Ridge-Cassville

The River Ridge-Cassville wrestling team hosted the Pecatonica-Argyle Vikings Tuesday night in nonconference action. 

The Vikings defeated the Timberwolves 30-24.

Wed
30
Nov

PdC School Upgrade Plans


This is an architectural rendering of the B.A. Kennedy Elementary School library. (Renderings courtesy of HSR Associates)

The 750-seat auditorium at the high school will have improved acoustics, storage, support space, lighting and sound.

 

School upgrade plans getting closer to being finalized

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The staff, the administration and the school board have been working hard and giving input to HSR Associates regarding the Prairie du Chien School District facilities upgrade project since the $18.9 million referendum passed in April. Members of the public have also been involved in the process.

Wed
30
Nov

Memorials honor joyful spirit of teen


Many of Bridget Achenbach’s Class of 2014 classmates established the Live Like Bridget Memorial Fund in her memory. Several were in attendance for a flag dedication ceremony in Bridget’s honor held in October at Bluff View. From left are Olivia Skemp, Morgan Groom, Kristen Hanson, Vince Weber, Julia Pintz and Carly Mergen.

This is the plaque that will be affixed to the entryway of the new sports complex at Bluff View.

Bridget’s siblings and cousins are pictured leading the Pledge of Allegiance during the flag dedication ceremony in her honor. (Submitted photos)

Kristen Hanson and Vince Weber, two of Bridget’s classmates and active members of the military, appropriately raised the American Flag that now flies in her honor at the new Bluff View sports complex.

By Correne Martin

Just as Bridget Achenbach bestowed her genuine friendship upon nearly every person she met, her classmates in the Prairie du Chien Class of 2014 started the Live Like Bridget Memorial Fund to establish mementos that will forever share the late teenager’s graces with the communities she loved.

At the young age of 19, Bridget died in a May 2015 car accident just a few miles from her rural Eastman home. Through their mourning, Bridget’s friends and family have found comfort in celebrating her spunky nature and diverse purposes in life.

“When you talk to some of her friends, it just blows my mind how she was so many things to so many people,” her mom, Jane, said. “She could spark a conversation with anyone she would meet and make them feel as if they were a great person. She could be a friend to anyone. She always included everyone.”

Mon
28
Nov

Experience the ‘Twinkling Twilight’ during Villa Louis tours this weekend

Experience an evening of music, moonlight and wintertime magic at the Villa Louis mansion during the Twinkling Twilight Tours, Dec. 2-3. For the second of two weekends, tour guides will show guests a new way to experience the mansion.

“As guests enter the mansion they will hear a concert on the fully restored Steinway piano and learn about the music of Victorian America,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, site director of Villa Louis. “We love giving guests new ways to experience the magic of the Villa Louis mansion.”

After listening to a concert played on the Steinway, guests will take a guided tour through the mansion and enjoy refreshments at the end of the tour around the warm stove in the 19th century kitchen.

Tours will begin at 5 p.m. and registration is required. Tickets must be purchased and reservations can be made by contacting the Villa Louis at 326-2721.

Mon
28
Nov

Driver cited for failure to report accident

On Saturday, Nov. 26, at 5:59 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 133 near Holly Road in Bloomington Township. It was reported that no one was around the crash scene.

Deputies arrived to find that a 2014 GMC Sierra appeared to have been northbound on Highway 133 and struck the end of a guardrail on the east side of the highway. It appeared that the truck then crossed the center line, left the road on the west side, struck a barbed wire fence and traveled down an embankment before coming to a stop in a creek bottom. The truck received moderate damage and was towed from the scene.

A registration check on the truck showed the owner to be Beau Ploessl, 26, of Cassville. Deputies were unable to locate anybody at the scene of the crash and efforts to make contact with Ploessl that day were unsuccessful.

Mon
28
Nov

Medical issues lead to crash

An area driver’s health issues affected his abilities behind the wheel Thanksgiving morning, leading to a crash near Lawless Road in rural Prairie du Chien.

On Thursday, Nov. 24, at about 6:30 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received reports of an out-of-control motorist traveling on Highway 18 in the Mount Hope area.

It was later determined that Christopher Foley, 36, of Lancaster, was the motorist driving a 2007 Pontiac G5.

Mon
28
Nov

Pickup truck rolls several times, lands in creek bed

On Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:45 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle rollover crash on County Road E just west of Schmidt Road in the township of Seneca.

Jorden R. Gardner, 19, Gays Mills, was traveling east on County Road E in a 2003 Ford F250 pickup. Gardner lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a curve. Gardner went into the westbound lane, crossed back into the eastbound lane, went into the south side shoulder, and struck the embankment which caused the vehicle to overturn several times and come to rest on the passenger side in a creek bed/drainage ditch.

Mon
28
Nov

Villa Louis opens up Knowlton House for holiday parade

Join the Friends of the Villa Louis and Villa Louis staff as they celebrate the tradition of Prairie du Chien’s holiday parade at the historic Knowlton House at 109 W. Blackhawk Ave., Friday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Stop by the Knowlton House before and after the holiday parade and sip on some delicious cider and hot chocolate. There will also be a selection of gifts on hand from the Villa Louis Museum Gift Shop.

After the parade, be sure to bring your camera and snap a photo of the kiddos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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