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Wed
27
Jan

Iowa man gets one year for OWI, hitting pedestrian

A Farmersburg, Iowa, man was sentenced in Crawford County Circuit Court to one year in jail and five years of probation for striking a pedestrian while driving drunk in Prairie du Chien.

Christopher K. Gossman, 33, had pleaded no contest to charges of hit-and-run involving great bodily harm, and causing injury while operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Gossman was granted work and school release while in jail. According to the criminal complaint, Tracy Hutchins, 63, Prairie du Chien,was crossing at the intersection of Blackhawk Avenue and Michigan Street at 10:40 p.m. on Oct. 31, when an eastbound vehicle driven by Gossman struck Hutchins and fled the scene. The vehicle was later located in Clayton County, Iowa.

Wed
27
Jan

Man charged: drug possession, intent to distribute

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, its K-9 Breck and the Prairie du Chien Police Department collaborated on an apprehension involving narcotics in Prairie du Chien Township on Jan. 16.

At about 4:30 a.m., K-9 Breck detected a controlled substance on the exterior of several parked vehicles in the parking lot of Casey’s General Store. He indicated to the presence of one or more controlled substances on a Buick LeSabre. The operator, Christopher Fernette, 38, of Prairie du Chien, was informed and a search of the vehicle based off the indication from the K-9 followed.

Deputies located methamphetamine individually packaged for sale, marijuana, methamphetamine paraphernalia smoking devices, needles used to ingest methamphetamine, a digital scale and a schedule II narcotic on Fernette’s person and vehicle.

Wed
27
Jan

K-9 Breck assists in search, arrest

A Readstown man faces charges of trespassing and resisting/obstructing law enforcement after a disturbance in Soldiers Grove Monday night, Jan. 25, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

At 11:33 p.m., the sheriff’s department was called to 102 Prospect St. for an incident involving suspect Steven Swadley, 40. As law enforcement was responding, Swadley stole a cell phone from someone inside the residence and ran off into the woods. He was wanted by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department for felony bail jumping and a violation of a domestic injunction.

Wed
27
Jan

Two arrested in connection with numerous Crawford, Clayton County burglaries


Crawford County Lt. Investigator Ryan Fradette (left) and Prairie du Chien Police Department Detective Stacy Polodna are pictured with a room full of property apprehended from two Prairie du Chien men who face charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, criminal damage to property and theft in Crawford and Clayton Counties. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Numerous storage units, enclosed trailers and sheds were burglarized and an estimated value of over $10,000 in property was stolen over the past month in Crawford and Clayton Counties. Two Prairie du Chien men were arrested last week in connection with the crimes, according to local law enforcement officials.

Following a collaborative investigation involving the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Prairie du Chien Police Department, Mar-Mac Police Department and Monona Police Department, Roman Hertrampf, 23, and Joshua Schomacker, 33, are accused of the alleged burglaries in Prairie du Chien, Bridgeport, and Gays Mills in Wisconsin and the McGregor/Giard areas as well as Monona in Iowa. Both the men have confessed, Prairie du Chien Detective Stacy Polodna said.

Wed
27
Jan

The story behind a local teen’s suicidal jump off high school roof


Ryan Friedrich, 16, of Mount Hope, jumped from the second floor roof of Prairie du Chien High School on Dec. 2. He broke vertebrae in his middle back and shattered his right arm. He’s been recuperating at home and meeting with physical and mental illness experts ever since. He, and his mom Heather, decided to speak out about his suicide attempt in hopes that his story can save the lives of others. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Ryan Friedrich can’t recall his exact thoughts but he does remember the desolate moments before and after he jumped from the second-floor roof of Prairie du Chien High School, attempting to commit suicide.

“I walked to the edge, sat down and pushed myself off,” he reflected, when asked to describe his actions that morning, Wednesday, Dec. 2. “I was thinking about my life. There was just no point to it.

“Afterward, I laid in pain for awhile. The next thing I remember was waking up at the hospital. I was still depressed, and drugged up.”

Wed
27
Jan

PdC-WS wrestlers do well


Reid Koenig scores near fall points with a tilt over his Whitewater opponent. (Photos by Susan Herreid Curtis)

Stephen Ronnfeldt secures a wing and starts to turn his opponent for near fall points.

Tyler Smock secures a wing and far side wrist and starts to turn his Poynette opponent for near fall points.

 

PdC-WS 

grapplers second 

at Monroe Invite

The PdC-WS grapplers traveled to Monroe on Saturday, Jan. 23 for the Monroe 11-Team Invitational. As a team, the Blackhawks finished second with 183.5 points, just behind the 193 points scored by host Monroe. 

Wed
27
Jan

Villa Louis Pond Restoration


Part of Phase 1 of the Pond Restoration Project can be seen along the shoreline of the Villa Louis Pond. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 

Villa Louis Historic Site will 

continue to make history in 2016

Pond Restoration Project entering Phase 2

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There will be quite a bit happening at the Villa Louis Historic Site in Prairie du Chien in 2016. 

Mon
25
Jan

Donald Frederic Steiner

 

Donald  Frederic Steiner, 87, of Fennimore, formerly of Prairie du Chien, died on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore. 

Donald was born on Jan. 26, 1928 to Lawrence and Leone (Baumer) Steiner. He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1946. Donald honorably served his country in the United States Army from March 1946 to September 1947. Donald was employed by the railroad, National Decorated Metal, Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, Iowa and then AY McDonalds in Dubuque until his retirement.

Mon
25
Jan

Tree of Hope and Technology Moment new this year at the Heart and Cancer Telethon

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon will be held for the 41st year on Saturday, Jan. 30, starting at 5 p.m. and lasting until 1 a.m. on Jan 31. The telethon will be broadcast live from Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien and air on the local cable TV station, channel 6. Once again, the telethon will also be broadcast on the web via UStream. It can be viewed live on Jan. 30 by visiting eaglestelethon.org and clicking on the UStream link.

When anything goes on for 41 years, it’s always a good thing to add new and exciting endeavors. New this year will be a Tree of Hope and a Technology Moment.

Mon
25
Jan

No official cause of fatal fire known, started near staircase

The Wisconsin State Fire Marshal’s office has concluded further details about the house fire that claimed the lives of two young girls in Wauzeka, Tuesday, Jan. 19. Their investigative findings revealed that the fire started in the center of the home near the staircase which prevented escape from the upstairs. They cannot definitively state how or what started the fire but it is ruled as an accidental fire.

Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick released this information Friday afternoon after being contacted by the State Fire Marshal’s office through the Division of Criminal Investigation shortly before.

It was also determined, by the girls’ autopsies, that they both died of smoke inhalation.

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