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24
Sep

Attempted homicide, robbery, kidnapping, car theft counts pending against Madison man

PLATTEVILLE—The man who led law enforcement officers from four different counties on a high-speed chase and search Sept. 10 is facing 12 felony charges and several other charges.

James M. Kruger, 36, Madison, is facing charges of fleeing or eluding an officer in the city of Platteville. Grant County felony charges include attempted homicide, robbery, felon possession of a firearm, kidnapping and recklessly endangering safety as well as a charge of criminal damage to property—which can be a felony or misdemeanor depending on the amount of damage—are pending.

Also pending are seven Iowa County felony charges: knowingly fleeing an officer, reckless endangerment, operating a motor vehicle without owner consent, felon possession of a firearm, theft, false imprisonment, bomb scare, carrying a concealed weapon and operating while intoxicated (drugs).

Tue
24
Sep

Prairie du Chien seeking ‘Bird City’ designation

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Ruby throated hummingbirds are just one popular species for bird watchers. Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area is a great place for local bird watchers as well as visitors, so Bird City Wisconsin status would be a natural step. (Courier Press file photo)

By Ted Pennekamp

Former Conservation Warden Dennis Kirschbaum, the Prairie du Chien Tourism Council and the Prairie du Chien Rod and Gun Club are involved in gaining a “Bird City” designation for the city of Prairie du Chien.

“We are in the application process,” said Kirschbaum, who noted that the Rod and Gun Club and the Tourism Council will likely both donate towards the $100 application fee.

Modeled on the “Tree City USA” program, Bird City Wisconsin (BCW) has developed 22 conservation criteria across five categories. If a community meets at least seven criteria, it can be recognized as an official Bird City.

“I’ve been looking into it since the beginning,” said Kirschbaum, an avid birder. The BCW program was launched in 2010 with initial funding and support coming from a variety of sources.

Tue
24
Sep

Bridgeport Town Board denies hearing request

By Ted Pennekamp

The Bridgeport Town Board voted 2-1 to deny an administrative hearing request by the Crawford Stewardship Project and four other plaintiffs during a meeting Wednesday night. Board member Rodney Fishler voted in favor of the hearing stating, “The hearing is to answer the people’s questions. They were promised (answers) by the board.” Board members Mike Steiner and John Karnopp voted against a hearing on advice from the Town’s Attorney Todd Infield, who noted that the motion for such a hearing was filed in an untimely manner. The motion needed to be filed within 30 days of the board’s decision in March to grant a permit for the Pattison Sand Company of Clayton, Iowa to open a frac sand mine on property along the Wisconsin River and Highway 60 in the town of Bridgeport. The motion was not filed within 30 days.

Tue
24
Sep

Gays Mills man killed in accident

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, at approximately 8:45 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle crash.

The crash occurred on Highway 61 at the intersection of County X, in the township of Clayton. Ryan T. Watters, 19, from rural Gays Mills, was driving a 1992 Chevy S10 truck westbound on County X. While entering Highway 61, the vehicle was struck by a 2000 Ford F-350 operated by Daniel Sandvick, 49, De Soto. Sandvick’s vehicle had one passenger, Derick Suiter, 32, Viroqua.

The Ford F-350 was towing a 1990 Dodge truck northbound on Highway 61 when it struck the driver’s side of the 1992 Chevy S10.

Both vehicles then became engulfed in flames and entered the southbound lane striking the guardrail for several feet. The vehicles then continued down the roadway and came to a stop in the middle of Highway 61. Highway 61 was closed for approximately 4 1/2 hours to reconstruct the accident.     

Tue
24
Sep

Mistress gets 10 years in Wauzeka shooting

A Milwaukee woman who shot at her lover’s wife on property in the town of Wauzeka, received a 10-year prison sentence Friday in Crawford County Circuit Court.

Mary K. Janka, 36, was convicted on June 4 of two counts of first degree reckless endangering safety. Both counts carried a (use of a dangerous weapon) modifier.

On Oct. 3, 2012, Janka fired nine times at Jane Beutin, the wife of Tad Beutin. Janka met with Tad Beutin and his wife Jane Beutin at the couple’s vacation property in the town of Wauzeka.

Jane Beutin ordered Janka to leave but Janka removed a .22 caliber handgun from her trunk and fired at Jane Beutin. Janka then chased Jane Beutin while continuing to fire. A short time later, Janka fired five rounds through the door to the bathroom in which Jane Beutin was hiding.

Jane Beutin was not injured and Tad Beutin wrestled the gun away from Janka.

Tue
24
Sep

Proposed sales tax would help improve PdC streets, opponents see it as unfair

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Over a lunchtime meeting Thursday, Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer explained and took questions about the proposed Premier Resort Area Sales Tax to a room full of mostly business owners opposed to the tax. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The message became clear at two public meetings Thursday. An added 0.5 percent sales tax in the city of Prairie du Chien may be necessary in order for improvements to be made to the deteriorating streets. However, business owners and concerned citizens expressed their fears and frustrations with “yet another tax” that some feel is unfair.

“Our problems are not going to fix themselves. We need to fix the streets, and to do that, we’re going to have to find other revenue,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “We’re at our limit with property taxes. Other than that, it’s budget cuts or borrowing, or we just let the streets continue to deteriorate.”

“What do you want me to do?” Kramer asked both audiences.

Tue
24
Sep

Studying Chinese in PdC Schools can open many doors for students

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Bing Wang, Adam Stout and Chunling Wang are this year’s Chinese teachers at PdC Schools. They participated in the recent Homecoming parade with a few enthusiastic youngsters: (front row, from left) Kevin, Nathan and Aaron Stout; back row, Jack and Katie Gallagher. Their parade sign said: "Mandarin [Chinese] Teachers: Shao WenYong (Adam Stout); Wang Bing; Wang ChunLing."
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Chunling Wang, Adam Stout and Bing Wang

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Chunling Wang

 By Correne Martin

The quickest growing foreign language in the United States is Mandarin Chinese, yet only a few hundred K-12 schools in the country offer Chinese programming. The Prairie du Chien School District is one of the leaders in the Midwest, now in its third year of giving students the opportunity to learn the language.

“We’ve always wanted a second foreign language (in addition to Spanish),” District Administrator Drew Johnson said. “Chinese was brought to our attention by the UW-Platteville Confucius Institute, and we brought our first guest teacher here three years ago.”

In 2011, two guest teachers came from China to educate students in the Prairie du Chien School District. Last year, three guest teachers spent an academic year here. Now for 2013-14, there are two guest teachers, Chunling Wang and Bing Wang, and one permanent Chinese-speaking American teacher, Adam Stout.

Tue
24
Sep

A delightfully muddy mess

Three youngsters smile as they crawl under wires through a watery and muddy pit near the finish of the children’s race at the third annual Mississippi Mud Run on St. Feriole Island on a cool Saturday morning. More Mud Run photos are in today’s Sports section. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Thu
19
Sep

Teen gets out before train strikes car

 

A Bagley teen safely escaped a vehicle that was stuck on the railroad tracks just before it was hit by a train Sunday, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department

 

On Sept. 15, the sheriff’s department was notified of a train versus car crash located near Highway 35 and Lakeshore Drive in Prairie du Chien Township. Justin J. Mezera, 16, Bagley, was operating a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier and had turned into a private driveway located at 31558 Lakeshore Drive. 

Thu
19
Sep

Gays Mills man cited for marijuana possession

 

On Sept. 14, Crawford County deputies were conducting foot patrol in the village of Gays Mills. While on patrol, deputies made contact with Gary Wickham, 31, Soldiers Grove, in his vehicle. Wickham was observed smoking from a “bubbler” device believed to be used to ingest marijuana. In searching Wickham’s vehicle, deputies found a bag containing marijuana, a glass smoking device with burnt marijuana residue and other paraphernalia, along with an open beer bottle. 

 

Wickham was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and was warned for false display of license plates, no insurance and open intoxicants.

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