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Man cited after crash involving two vehicles

On Sunday, Jan 29, at 2:11 p.m., the Crawford Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle accident in Bridgeport Township on Highway 18 near Utopia Lane.

A 2008 Nissan pickup owned and operated by Michael Tromp, 51, Muskego, made a lane change and struck a 2014 Ford owned and operated by Paul Valentine, 80, Lancaster.

Valentine and his passenger refused treatment.

The Valentine vehicle was a total loss.

Tromp was cited for unsafe lane change.

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30
Jan

Crash results in OWI arrest

On Saturday, Jan. 28, at 1:37 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash in the village of Mount Sterling. The crash occurred in the front yard of 402 N. Main St.

A 17-year-old boy from Wauzeka was operating a 1999 Ford Ranger northbound on North Main Street when he left the right side of the roadway.  The boy’s vehicle drove over the curb and struck a tree head-on in the front yard of 402 N. Main St. A citizen called the Sheriff’s Department after the crash indicating that the driver was trying to flee from the scene. A Crawford County deputy arrived on scene and made contact with the driver who stated he was heading home and that he was not sure of how he crashed. The driver said he thought he was in the village of Eastman.

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30
Jan

Vehicle hits snowbank

On Sunday, Jan. 29, at 6:22 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 27 approximately one mile north of Limery Road in the township of Prairie du Chien.

It was found that the vehicle crashed into a snow bank. Two other vehicles got stuck while reporting the crash to the Sheriff’s Department. All three vehicles were removed from the scene. The driver of a 2003 Buick Century was located at his residence.

David E. Elvert, 61, Wauzeka, was northbound on Highway 27 when he lost control. Elverts’ vehicle began to slide in the roadway and left the west side of the roadway and struck a snow embankment. Elvert left the scene and went to his residence. Elvert’s speed mixed with road conditions appeared to be a factor in the crash. Elvert was cited for too fast for conditions.    

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30
Jan

Conversion of former Wyalusing Academy starts soon


The remnants of two recently demolished storage sheds and their former contents sit south of the former Wyalusing Academy building, soon to become Lawler School Lofts apartment complex. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Activity at the former Wyalusing Academy property in Prairie du Chien may have caught the attention of anyone taking notice recently. Two storage sheds on the south end of the main structures were disassembled and discarded. Commonwealth Corporation is preparing to start construction inside the historic facility as soon as spring arrives.

The future apartment complex, Lawler School Lofts, is expected to be open within one year of the construction beginning, according to Kevin McDonell, vice president of development, Commonwealth Development Corporation of America.

River to Valley Initiatives, the current owner, removed the old sheds, which will be replaced with a couple new garages for parking, McDonell said.

“Our construction team is doing its preliminary due diligence on the inside of the facility. We’re hoping as soon as things dry up, construction can start,” McDonell stated.

Mon
30
Jan

PdCHS provides variety of courses for college credit


Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram shows his Intro to Criminal Justice students a slideshow, which covered the foundation of criminal justice, politics in policing, the municipal code, enforcement and low-level offenders. The transcripted credit class is one of 25 at Prairie du Chien High School that offers students high school as well as college credit. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Pictured is the group of students who participated in the first semester Intro to Criminal Justice class. These juniors and seniors include (front row, from left) Ethan Swiggum, Cody Cauffman, Annalisa Velasco; (middle row) Kaitlyn Knapp, Katie Zahara, Dayton Fleshner, Eleora Ready, Tajah Eades; (back row) Spencer Pedretti, Spencer Becwar, Katie Licht, Hope Meyer, Kama Tesar, Anna McDuffey, Cassandra Brainard, Chief Chad Abram and Ethan Cummuta. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien High School had 194 students enrolled in transcripted credit courses through Southwest Tech for the first semester of the 2016-2017 academic year. Those students earned 875 college credits, saving themselves a total of $123,882.25 and gaining valuable time spent taking those courses at a two- or four-year post-secondary institution.

Transcripted credit courses are technical college courses taught at the high school, by a high school instructor certified as a technical college instructor, using technical college books and materials. Credits are earned for both high school and technical college simultaneously and earned at no cost to the student, according to Southwest Tech’s credit transfer options report. They are also transferable to all schools within the technical college system and may be transferable to four-year colleges. The grade received in the class is what appears on the student’s college transcript.

Thu
26
Jan

Eugene D. Gillitzer

 

Eugene D. Gillitzer, 91, of Prairie du Chien passed away suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Crossing Rivers Health Care in Prairie du Chien. 

 

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26
Jan

Eye exams with dilation important to prevent glaucoma, potential blindness


Dr. Brad Collins, of Gundersen Eye Clinic-Prairie du Chien, shows what he sees in his patients with glaucoma, when pressure has built up in the eye. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Yet, if the eye disease is caught early, through a dilated eye exam, it is one of the most manageable vision threatening conditions. It is incurable and often unnoticeable by the person suffering from the disease.

“It’s a progressive condition that causes gradual degeneration of the cells that make up the optic nerve,” explained Dr. Brad Collins, of Gundersen Eye Clinic-Prairie du Chien. “The only thing we know about the cause is that fluid buildup in the eye’s anterior chamber creates pressure, which becomes too high for the optic nerve.”

The optic nerve carries visual information from the eye to the brain. As nerve cells die, unless the pressure is controlled, vision is slowly lost.

Thu
26
Jan

Two women taken into custody after meth bust

A traffic stop in Prairie du Chien led to a drug bust on two area residents, Thursday evening, Jan. 19, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 6:30 pm., an officer initiated a traffic stop on a 1999 Ford Taurus for a suspended operator of the vehicle. Upon further investigation, baggies of methamphetamine, numerous controlled substances in pill form, methamphetamine paraphernalia, THC paraphernalia and suspected stolen property were located.

Subsequently, Kimberly Sheehan, 46, of Viroqua, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The passenger, Julie Knoble, 32, of Seneca, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and possession of a schedule II narcotic.

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26
Jan

Local man charged with intent to deliver meth and marijuana

A 52-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged on Jan. 17 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana (less than or equal to 200 grams).

Steven Lee Gauger faces up to 28.5 years in prison and $110,000 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, approximately 28 grams of meth was found in a search of Gauger’s vehicle. Four ounces of marijuana, a digital scale and several unused plastic baggies were also found, along with two ledgers containing the names of different taverns which were coupled with numbers associated with each tavern.

Thu
26
Jan

Powerball ticket for $50,000 sold at Krachey’s BP in Prairie du Chien

One lucky Powerball player is holding a $50,000 winning ticket, purchased in Prairie du Chien, for the Saturday, Jan. 2,1 Powerball drawing. The winner matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball. Saturday’s winning Powerball numbers were 23, 25, 45, 52 and 67 with a Powerball of 2. The Power Play number was 2.

The lucky winner purchased his or her ticket at Krachey’s BP at 1910 South Marquette Rd., Prairie du Chien. This person has 180 days from the drawing to claim the prize in person at the Wisconsin Lottery’s Madison or Milwaukee offices.

Wisconsin retailers who sell winning tickets over $599 receive an incentive of 2 percent of the winning ticket amount (up to $100,000), which, for Krachey’s BP will be $1,000.

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