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28
Oct

Globally Important Bird Area

Cerulean warbler
A cerulean warbler perches in an oak tree in the Effigy Mounds-Yellow River Forest Bird Conservation Area. (Photo by Sue Fletcher)

 

Effigy Mounds-Yellow River Forest Bird 

Conservation Area receives ‘globally important’ designation

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.

Mon
16
Sep

Attackers of UWP student still on the loose

PLATTEVILLE—UW-Platteville police are looking for five white men suspected in a student assault that occurred late Saturday, Sept. 7.

A female UWP student was jogging on the walking path north of Bridgeway Commons around 11:15 p.m. when she saw five men wearing dark hoodies standing at the bridge. The five men ran after her, pushed her down to the ground, and began pulling at her clothing, according to UWP officials.

The student’s gray sweatshirt and T-shirt were torn off before one of the men in the group told the others to stop and started pulling the other men off her, UWP officials said. The student was uninjured other than hitting the back of her head.

Mon
16
Sep

Computer scam hits area

The Prairie du Chien Police Department has been notified of new scam in the area. Chief Chad Abram said subjects are calling people at their residence and stating their Microsoft software is out of date and they need to access your computer to fix it.

 
Once the scammer is allowed access to the computer, he/she will gather personal information as well as upload numerous viruses. The scammers will then call back and want the customer to pay for the service.

Abram said if you encounter this type of call, contact the authorities and, as always, do not give any information to the caller.

Mon
16
Sep

Info sought about theft

On Monday, Sept. 9, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of barn boards on Cottontail Lane in the township of Wauzeka. Approximately 50 15-foot boards were stolen from the property. The boards were described as some being painted red and others faded.

This incident occurred sometime between the evening of Saturday, Sept. 7 and the evening of Monday, Sept. 9.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or 1-866-779-PAYS. Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed or recovery of stolen property.

Mon
16
Sep

Woman dies after car drifts, hits embankment

A deadly accident occurred Saturday, Sept. 7, at about 3:30 p.m. in the town of Kickapoo, east of Readstown.

Sharon K. Grim, 70, of rural Viola, was driving a mid-size sport utility vehicle northwest on Highway 14, traveling down the “Sugar Grove Hill,” when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the highway on a curve to the left, just southeast of Moore Road.

The vehicle traveled several hundred feet in the ditch line, parallel to the highway. Upon impact with an embankment, the vehicle became airborne, overturned and Grim was ejected. The vehicle came to rest upright, pinning Grim between the lower portion of the vehicle and the embankment. It did not appear that Grim was wearing a  seat belt.

The Viola and Readstown Fire Department extricated Grim from the wreckage and she was flown by Med Link Air to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, where she later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

Mon
09
Sep

Crash kills Iowa County man

MINERAL POINT­—A 27-year-old Mineral Point man died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred just outside the city Thursday, Aug. 22.

The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office said James C. Richards was driving his 1995 Chevrolet S-10 pickup north on Highway 23, about 10:55 p.m., when the truck left the road and crashed about one-quarter mile south of Highway 39. Richards, who was not believed to be wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck. Richards was transported to Upland Hills Hospital and then transferred to UW Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation.

Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors, authorities said.

Mon
09
Sep

Former slaughterhouse manager pleads guilty in Agriprocessors case

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA—The former manager of an Iowa slaughterhouse has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to harbor undocumented workers for profit.

Former Agriprocessors, Inc., poultry manager Hosam Amara entered the guilty plea Friday at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids. The plea was required under an agreement released Thursday in which prosecutors dropped several other counts.

The 48 year old faces a maximum 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade hasn’t scheduled the sentencing hearing yet.

Mon
09
Sep

Brothers face charges of attempted homicide

ARENA—Two brothers from Spring Green are charged with stabbing and beating several people at a Halloween party near Arena.

Brandon Behrens, 21, and Shane Behrens, 20, have been charged in Iowa County Court after an investigation by the Attorney General’s office. They were scheduled to answer charges Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Charges include attempted homicide with a dangerous weapon, reckless injury with a dangerous weapon, substantial battery and strangulation.

The criminal complaint said the brothers attended a Halloween party hosted by Jodi Schmidt and Terry McKeown. During the party they fought with several people and were asked several times to leave.

The complaint stated that Brandon Behrens tried to choke Terry McKeown and slashed him in the side with a knife. McKeown was later taken to Madison hospital by med-flight for treatment.

Brandon Behrens is also charged with punching Kimberly Marks in the face causing a fractured jaw.

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