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Wed
24
Aug

Man charged with meth possession

A Prairie du Chien man was charged Aug. 22 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of marijuana, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Benjamin J. McCarville faces up to a total of $11,500 in fines and four years and 30 days imprisonment if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped a vehicle on Aug. 4 on Marquette Road. When speaking with McCarville, who had been driving the vehicle, the officer noticed the odor of marijuana, the complaint said.

A search revealed a socket from a socket set which McCarville told the officer had burned marijuana in it. Also found in the search were a plastic baggie containing marijuana, and a wallet with a small plastic baggie containing meth, according to the complaint.

Wed
24
Aug

Crawford County judge retires his gavel


Somewhat incognito outside of his judicial robe, Crawford County Circuit Court Judge James Czajkowski retired July 31. He passed his gavel down to longtime friend and colleague Lynn Rider. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

After 45 years in the court of law—the last six on the judicial bench—judge James P. “Jim” Czajkowski has withdrawn any motion to proceed to a second term. He retired from his duties as the Crawford County Circuit Court judge on the evening of July 31.

Attorney Lynn Rider, who practiced law with Czajkowski from the mid-1980s through 2010, was sworn in as the new judge shortly afterward.

“The county will be in good hands,” Czajkowski said in support of his friend.

As Rider becomes acclimated, reserve judges will serve as her mentors, and they will also hear cases while she trains in other counties. After 75 days, Czajkowski can consider becoming a Wisconsin reserve judge himself, likely outside the county.

Wed
24
Aug

Downpours deluge the area once again


Plum Creek, a tributary of the Kickapoo River, in Eastman Township, overflowed its banks early Wednesday morning, Aug. 24. That area of Crawford County received about 4 inches of water overnight, while Steuben reportedly received 5.62 inches, causing significant flash flooding, damage and washed debris, road closings, etc. Flooding and scattered showers were expected to continue throughout the day Wednesday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

County S was among many Crawford County roadways covered with water Wednesday morning, Aug. 24. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

By Correne Martin and Ted Pennekamp

Heavy rainfall over southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa caused significant flash flooding Tuesday evening, Aug. 23, into Wednesday morning, Aug. 24.

The greatest amount of rain fell in the Decorah, Iowa, area, where between 6.71 to 8.46 inches were reported to the National Weather Service at La Crosse. In northeast Iowa, some communities were even evacuated, shelters were set up and the Salvation Army was working to assist those displaced by the flooding.

“Widespread and life-threatening flooding is occurring, and in some places near-historical river and creek flooding, after overnight rains in northeast Iowa,” said the NWS in a statement on its website. “Mudslides and water over roads are also reported in Richland and Crawford Counties in Wisconsin.

“Water rescues have been occurring when people have driven into flooded water.”

Wed
24
Aug

Jack F. Foster

 

 Jack F. Foster, 79, of Bloomington formerly of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster. 

Wed
24
Aug

Farmland Preservation

 

Crawford County updating Farmland Preservation Plan

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County Conservationist Dave Troester said that the county, working in conjunction with the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission, is in the process of updating the county’s Farmland Preservation Plan as are several other area counties.

Wed
24
Aug

County Forester

 

County forester 

helping landowners

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wisconsin DNR Forester for Crawford County Kobby Antwi has been stationed in Prairie du Chien since September of 2015 at 1502 E. Lessard St. Kobby has previously worked as a forester in multiple Wisconsin counties, most recently in Monroe County.

Mon
22
Aug

National Park Service celebrates 100 years, Effigy Mounds to host event

In observance of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, Effigy Mounds Chief Ranger Bob Palmer will explore the curious and circuitous route that led to the establishment of Effigy Mounds National Monument.

Beginning with Iowa Congressman John F. Lacey’s introduction of the Antiquities Act of 1906 to Harry S. Truman’s proclamation establishing Effigy Mounds as a National Monument on Oct. 25, 1949, many twists and turns define the path that helped shape the monument that exists today. The evolution of Effigy Mounds continues with valuable contributions made by many other Iowans such as Lakota American Indian rights activists Maria Pearson.

Mon
22
Aug

Water causes car to hit retaining wall

On Thursday, Aug. 18, at approximately 7:40 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 60 at Pleasant Mound Road in the township of Marietta.  

Dustin A. Faulkner, 24, Boscobel, was operating a 1989 Mercedes Benz westbound on Highway 60 when he lost control. Faulkner’s vehicle began to slide in the roadway and into the ditch on the north side of the road. The vehicle then crashed into the concrete retaining wall, spun 180 degrees and came to a stop. Faulkner was attempting to negotiate a curve when the water on the roadway caused him to lose control.  

Faulkner was uninjured in the crash. The vehicle sustained moderate damage. Assisting on scene was Terry’s Tire and Tow of Boscobel.

Mon
22
Aug

Man charged with stealing gun

A 23-year-old Boscobel man was charged Aug. 12 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of theft of moveable property.

Shane Edward Steines faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Steines admitted to police that he took a handgun from an unlocked truck parked in an alley near 613 S. Michigan St. in Prairie du Chien. Steines said he went through the truck and found the gun, which was loaded, in the center console. Steines told officers that he then went to Dubuque where he sold the gun for $300.

Police determined that the gun was sold to a pawn shop in Dubuque.

Mon
22
Aug

Drowning victim’s body found

The body of Virginia Aberle, who went missing from Wyalusing Beach more than three weeks ago was found downstream Saturday, Aug. 20, by a fisherman, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Since Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 2:48 a.m., the family of Aberle, 29, of Chicago, Ill., and an assembly volunteers have been searching for her body, as she was presumed drowned following an early morning swim near the Wyalusing public boat launch.

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