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Wed
12
Mar

St. Patrick’s Day celebrated in Prairie du Chien

March 15 Prairie du Chien’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. on Blackhawk Avenue. Olympic Bronze Medalist Matt Antoine will serve as Grand Marshall for the 2014 parade.

“It is the Chamber’s privilege to have Matt as this year’s Grand Marshall,” Chamber president/CEO Bob Moses said.

Royalty for this year’s event are Matt’s parents, King Greg de Julio and Queen Mary Antoine.

All parade participants will begin to assemble at 9 a.m. on St. Feriole Island. Following the parade, many area businesses will join the festivities by serving corned beef and cabbage, green beer and other traditional Irish specialties.

Back by popular demand, Jimmy the Piper will return to Prairie du Chien to perform on bagpipes in the parade and at various sponsoring businesses.  

Wed
12
Mar

Officials aware of heightened train disaster concerns

By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten

Crawford County emergency workers have a pretty good track record of responding to major incidents. But, with an increased number of trains carrying petroleum crude oil through local railroad communities, questions have risen about whether the county is prepared to deal with a potential explosion, large-scale spill or other disaster involving the trains that regularly carry hazardous materials through the area.

According to Roger Martin, who has served as the Crawford County Emergency Management director for 14 years, and worked for the village of Eastman for 13 years prior to that, he can’t recall a major train derailment or disaster, other than flooding, that caused widespread evacuation in the county.

“There have been some individual car derailments, but no product loss, Martin said. “As many trains that go through, we’ve been very lucky.”

Wed
12
Mar

Clayton Township couple’s lives end tragically

Murder-suicide
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department learned Monday evening of an apparent murder-suicide involving Robert and Karen Reagan on County Highway X in rural Clayton Township (Wis). Investigators are following a lead that Karen may have received some troubling health news and that was the motive for why the tragedy occurred. (Photo by Rebecca Eby)

On March 11, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department reported a suspected murder-suicide on County Highway X in rural Clayton Township (Wis). An autopsy was completed on both individuals involved. Preliminary autopsy results along with the evidence gathered at the scene confirmed what investigators initially believed happened.  

On March 10, sometime in the mid-afternoon, Robert J. Reagan, 70, entered his wife’s bedroom where she was in bed. He shot and killed his wife, Karen M. Reagan, 68, with a single gunshot wound to the head.

“It appeared that she may have been asleep when she was killed but we will never know for sure if she was sleeping or awake,” Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick said.

At some point after killing his wife, Robert walked out to his driveway and shot and killed himself with a single gunshot to the head with a .357 caliber revolver.

Wed
12
Mar

Antoine coming home

Great Olympics experience
Matt Antoine wears his bronze medal while standing next to Apolo Anton Ohno, an eight-time Olympic medalist in short track speed skating. (Photo by Mary Antoine)

 

Olympics ‘a truly great experience’

Antoine will go for the gold in four more years

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
11
Mar

Jim White

 

 Jimmy “Jim” J. White, 76, of Prairie du Chien passed away at the Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 

Jimmy was born on Jan. 22, 1938, in Boscobel, the son of Virgil and Dorothy (Derby) White. He married JoAnne Cech on June 6, 1959 in Prairie du Chien.

Mon
10
Mar

Stolen chainsaw recovered, man arrested

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a stolen MS290 Stihl chainsaw from the Seneca Township Shop located on Town Hall Road in the township of Seneca.

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received information pertaining to a possible person of interest in the theft of the chainsaw. The information gathered was that Ricky T. Olson, 55, Gays Mills had reportedly been seen using a Stihl chainsaw over the past weekend and it was thought that it was the chainsaw stolen from Seneca Township.

Upon receiving the above information, Crawford County Lieutenant Investigator Ryan Fradette made contact with Olson at his residence located in the township of Seneca. Olson was found to be in possession of the stolen chainsaw and he admitted to stealing the chainsaw from the Seneca Township Shop.

Mon
10
Mar

Television and pistol stolen in burglary

On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated a residential burglary on Hilldale Road in the township of Marietta.
The residence was forcefully entered between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., Feb. 22.

The following items were stolen from the residence; a 52-inch Sony/Bravia LCD digital flat screen TV, a pistol, and some medication.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS. Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed or recovery of stolen property.

Mon
10
Mar

Boscobel man charged with manufacturing, delivery of cocaine

A 56-year-old Boscobel man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, and three counts of the manufacture and delivery of cocaine.

William R. Hackett faces up to 55 years in prison and fines totalling $175,000 if convicted of all four counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Hackett is accused of possessing cocaine with intent to deliver in the town of Marietta on or about Nov. 16, 2013.
He is also accused of delivering cocaine in the town of Marietta on or about Oct. 11, 2013, Oct. 19, 2013, and Nov. 16, 2013.

Mon
10
Mar

Eastman man guilty of fifth OWI

A 59-year-old Eastman man has been found guilty in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth offense) and one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense in five years).

Patrick J. Peloch faces up to a combined $20,000 in fines and 12 years in prison.

According to the two criminal complaints, Peloch was charged with operating while intoxicated on May 7, 2013 and on June 12, 2013.

According to the complaint regarding the May 7 incident, Peloch was pulled over in Ferryville for not wearing his seat belt.

Mon
10
Mar

Photograph taken by PdC native is headed to Smithsonian


Prairie du Chien native Dawn LaPointe’s photographic image, entitled “Sunset Paddle” has been professionally juried into the “Wilderness Forever” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., to open in September. The special exhibit celebrates the golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Dawn LaPointe and her husband, Gary Fiedler, are a husband and wife photography team based in the Duluth, Minn., area. Their artwork reflects their shared love, reverence and appreciation for nature. (Submitted photo)

A wilderness photograph created by Dawn LaPointe, a native of Prairie du Chien, has been professionally juried into the “Wilderness Forever” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., to open in September. The special exhibit celebrates the golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The entries for the Wilderness 50 were reviewed by a panel of experts in photography, science and conservation, and were judged on the basis of technical quality, originality, and artistic merit.

LaPointe’s photograph, titled “Sunset Paddle,” was the winner in its category and division, “People in Wilderness,” amateur. There were more than 5,500 entries in the photo competition. Of 300 semi-finalists, two were LaPointe’s: “Through the Fog” and “Sunset Paddle.” LaPointe’s photograph will be among 50 on exhibit in large format at the Smithsonian this fall.

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