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Man cited in accident

On Friday, Feb. 7, at approximately 12:06 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident on County E near Oak Grove Ridge Road in the township of Seneca.

When deputies arrived on scene, the operator of a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan had already left the scene of the accident. The driver had a third party contact law enforcement about the accident. The driver was found to be Sean P. Boland, 39, Gays Mills. Jennifer A. Boland, 40, Gays Mills, was also a passenger in the vehicle during the accident.

Boland was eastbound on County E when he lost control of the vehicle. After cresting a hill the vehicle began to fishtail, going into both lanes of traffic. The vehicle then left the north side of the roadway and went airborne over a culvert for approximately 15 feet before striking a tree and stopping. The vehicle sustained severe damage and no injuries were claimed in the accident.

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Three vehicles crash

On Feb. 8, at 12:43 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a three-vehicle crash in the village of Wauzeka on E. Main St.

Kevin J. Mullikin of rural Wauzeka was attempting a left turn from a private parking lot onto E. Main St. when he collided with a 1995 Toyota Camry driven by Cody J. Robinson of Boscobel.

After the collision, the Robinson vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with a legally parked 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan owned by Thomas P. Breuer of rural Bloomington, causing minor damage to the van.

The 2001 Pontiac Sunfire operated by Mullikin sustained severe damage from the crash and was towed from the scene by private party. The Robinson vehicle sustained moderate damage and was driven from the scene by the owner.

Robinson claimed possible back injuries as a result of the crash.

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Gays Mills man charged with resisting, obstructing

On Feb. 2, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a woman who was concerned about the wellbeing of her children. Her mother was currently watching the children at her residence in the village of Gays Mills. The woman stated that her ex-husband was at the residence intoxicated.

After speaking with the women, Crawford County deputies made phone contact with the man, who was identified as Ronald E. Sanders, 36, Gays Mills. Deputies attempted to have Sanders voluntarily turn himself in for probation violations. Sanders refused the deputies requests. Deputies were able to locate Sanders several hours later at 16568 Highway 131, Gays Mills. Deputies attempted to take Sanders into custody for the probation violations. At this time Sanders began to resist and fight with the deputies. Deputies were able to secure Sanders and arrested him for the probation violations.

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Feb

Truck hits guard rail in Utica

On Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident in Utica Township.

A 2003 Ford one-ton dually pickup owned and operated by Mitchel Baker, 22, Gays Mills was westbound on Highway 171 approximately six-tenths of a mile east of Old Gays Road. The steering in the pickup failed, the front tires turned abruptly to the right causing the truck to strike the guard rail several times. Because of the loss of steering, the westbound lane of the highway was partially blocked until a wrecker could remove the vehicle.

There were no injuries. The truck received moderate damage.

Assisting at the scene were the Crawford County Highway Department and Digger Don’s Towing.

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Cow causes chain reaction accident

On Monday, Feb. 10, at 5:28 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a three-vehicle accident on Highway 60 approximately three-tenths of a mile east of Brown Hollow Road in Wauzeka Township.

A 2004 Dodge Caravan operated by Cassandra S. Whiteaker, 17, Boscobel, was eastbound on Highway 60 when it struck a cow. Noah J. Nichols, 15, Boscobel, was a passenger in Whiteaker’s vehicle. After the Whiteaker vehicle struck the cow, a 2004 Ford Freestar operated by Kenneth W. Thiede, 55, Muscoda, attempted to stop and was rear-ended by a 1981 Kenworth Semi which was operated by Edward C. Pugh, 67, Reedsburg.     

The Whiteaker vehicle sustained extensive damage. The Thiede vehicle had minor damage and the Pugh vehicle had minor damage. No injuries were claimed in the accident.
Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were the Wauzeka First Responders, Boscobel EMS and Wauzeka Fire Department.

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Feb

Crawford County Sheriff’s Department warns of area scams

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department wishes to inform the public of ongoing scams.

Recently, several area residents have been contacted via phone regarding individuals claiming to be “agents” for Publisher’s Clearing House.

The “agent” informs the potential victim(s) they’ve won a large amount of money and a new car. Then, in order to redeem their prize, the victim is informed to go to a local business and purchase a “Green Dot Money Pack Card” in the amount the “agent” specifies. Once the card is purchased, the victim is asked specific questions pertaining to the card, and by obtaining the information from the card the “agent” (scammer) can collect the money on the card from their unknown location.

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Feb

Some residents asked to run water to avoid frozen pipes

The Prairie du Chien Water Department is requesting that all residents on South Dousman Street from Blackhawk Avenue south to Taylor Street, and residents on Ohio Street from Washington Street south to Crawford Street run their water at a pencil-sized stream to avoid freezing. The water department will inform residents when this order is no longer in effect.
Please contact Prairie du Chien City Hall at 326-6406 with questions.

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Dress to Impress for Less—Prom Dress Shopping held in Prairie du Chien Feb. 16

The 2014 Post Prom Party in Prairie du Chien is struggling to take place due to lack of funds. The Post Prom Party is a safe and alcohol-free event after prom where high school students can enjoy entertainment and games. In hopes to raise funds, a small committee of women have put forth tremendous efforts and are holding a fundraiser, Dress to Impress for Less—Prom Dress Shopping. It’s a four-hour event at NCS Gunsmithing on Sunday, Feb. 16, from noon to 4 p.m.

NCS had donated its facility for this event, which will offer prom dress shoppers and sellers a fun and convenient outlet to find that perfect gown and accessories or sell last year’s dress at a good price. Girls can bring in prom dresses, shoes, jewelry and hair accessories and get cash for it all. No checks, credit cards or money orders are allowed as a form of payment by those seeking the items.

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Bus driver’s quick thinking saves lives

By Correne Martin

Longtime bus driver Bob Welsh’s quick thinking may have saved the lives of seven students and himself last week when the bus he was driving down a steep Wauzeka side road lost its power and brakes. Bob has 46 years of driving experience, a calm demeanor and a special love for the kids he escorts to and from school every day. Certainly, a combination of those characteristics played into the situation too, but it was his heroic skills that came into play as he avoided a possible tragedy.

Bob was making his way along his typical afternoon route in rural Wauzeka, on Mill Road—a narrow, gravel route known in the area for its steep slope and windy path. The bus was carrying seven kids home. Around 3:45 p.m., Thursday, Bob found himself about halfway down Mill Road when the power went out in the bus.

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Feb

Prairie du Chien Memorial Library’s growing needs call for an expansion

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The Board of Trustees for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library commissioned an assessment of the space needs and current building’s condition in the fall of 2013. The analysis has shown that the library is in need of many interior and exterior updates as well as an expansion doubling its size. A capital campaign to raise funds for such a project is getting underway and seems generally supported by the city council. The council has challenged the fundraising committee to raise half the funds of an expansion, though costs have not been determined yet, as design proposals are needed. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien community members may have heard rumblings on the street about the prospect of expanding the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library. Well, the talk is true. In August of last year, the library’s Board of Trustees commissioned an assessment of space needs as well as the existing facility’s condition. The board learned that its current 50-year-old structure is in good overall condition, is much smaller than one for a population of a similar size city, is in need of more dedicated spaces, and should double in size.

“We have about 5,800 square feet right now and the survey indicates we need 12,000,” Board President Linda Munson said. “We have a lot of good reasons to stay on the current site: it’s close to the schools, City Hall and the downtown; the current building is in good enough shape that it can accommodate an addition; and there’s the water fountain and a lot of history in that location too.”

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