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Tue
04
Aug

Explosive material at Cabela’s disposed of

On Aug. 1, at approximately 3:24 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified by Cabela’s retail staff of several suspected explosives located at their store. Officers responded and met with Cabela’s staff. It was determined that a customer had purchased Tannerite with intentions of using it for recreational purposes. The customer returned the Tannerite because it failed to operate properly. Cabela’s staff determined that the returned item was potentially an explosive hazard and removed it from the store.

The Prairie du Chien Police Department requested mutual aid from the Dane County Bomb Squad, which provided essential information on Tannerite, its explosive nature and the precautions that needed to be taken. A perimeter was established and access was restricted at the front of the Cabela’s store.

Tue
04
Aug

PdC man drowns at Campion Boat Landing

On Aug. 2, at approximately 7:43 a.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of a possible drowning at the Campion Boat Landing in Prairie du Chien at the Mississippi River.

Officers and Tri-State EMS were dispatched and found Donald R. Cavender, 54, of Prairie du Chien, under a fishing pier located at the landing. Tri-State staff and a police officer were able to free the man from the water with assistance by a citizen, who was fishing nearby with a boat, in efforts to bring the man to shore.

Life saving measures were initiated on scene and the man was transported to Crossing Rivers Health where he was pronounced dead.

Tue
04
Aug

Charles Frederick Davies

 

Charles Frederick Davies, 84, of McGregor, Iowa died Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

He was born on Aug. 26, 1930 to William W. and Elsie (McMillin) Davies in McGregor, Iowa. He attended country school near Marquette and Monona High School. Charles enlisted in the United States Army on April 10, 1951, he was stationed in Japan as a Messenger Carrier during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on March 6, 1953. 

Tue
04
Aug

Donald Ray Cavender

 

Donald Ray Cavender, Prairie Du Chien, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 2.

Homegoing services are pending. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Foster Funeral & Cremation Service of Beloit.

Mon
03
Aug

River Ridge budget

 

River Ridge District 

facing budget deficit, 

enrollment problems

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
03
Aug

River Ridge School District meeting

 

Another strange twist 

in River Ridge School District saga

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. No, we’re not talking about the 1966 farce starring Zero Mostel, but the meeting held in the River Ridge School District Wednesday night has to be about the most bizarre in the district’s history. 

Mon
03
Aug

Donna Walters

 

Donna Walters, 70, of McGregor, Iowa died Saturday, Aug. 1, at Crossing Rivers Health Center in Prairie du Chien. 

MaDonna Mae, the daughter of Clarence and Lucille (Laufer) Davis, was born Nov. 23, 1944 in McGregor, Iowa. She attended grade school in a country school house outside of McGregor and graduated from Mar Mac High School in 1962. 

Wed
29
Jul

Frazier charged with stealing truck

An 18-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Colton A. Frazier faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses stated that Frazier stole a pickup truck from a residence on County Road S in the town of Haney.

Wed
29
Jul

Local man charged with fifth OWI, possession of meth, possession of marijuana

A 31-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of marijuana—second and subsequent offense, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated—fifth or sixth offense, and one count of operating while revoked.

Michael J. Seitz faces up to $32,500 in fines and 14 years of imprisonment of convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped the Seitz vehicle near East Taylor Street on July 6. A search revealed a plastic baggie of marijuana, and several baggies of meth, along with various items of drug paraphernalia.

Seitz also admitted to the police officer that he had smoked marijuana about two hours prior to the traffic stop, the complaint said.

Seitz has previously been convicted of OWI four times and possession of marijuana once, according the complaint.

Wed
29
Jul

Ferryville man charged in marijuana case

A 57-year-old Ferryville man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of marijuana—second and subsequent offense, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Arnold Jay Harris faces up to $35,000 in fines and 13.5 years in prison if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a traffic stop was initiated on the Harris vehicle in the town of Utica in Crawford County when the Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a live, growing marijuana plant in the back seat.

Seized in the subsequent search were three live marijuana plants in planting pots, a bottle of plant starter liquid fertilizer, a .22 caliber pistol and ammunition, a plastic baggie containing marijuana and a glass marijuana pipe, the complaint said.

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