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Wed
11
Jan

Intent to deliver charges pending, Crawford County K-9 part of investigation


During a search of a vehicle driven by Steven Gauger, 52, Prairie du Chien, local authorities located one ounce of meth, four ounces of marijuana and other drug-related items. They also located marijuana and drug paraphernalia on Gauger himself, who was arrested Saturday, Jan. 7. (Submitted photo)

A local man may be charged with intent to deliver drugs after he was arrested for drug possession and operating with a restricted, controlled substance last week in Prairie du Chien, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. The arrest was a result of an investigation involving Crawford County K-9 Breck.

On Jan. 7, the sheriff’s department conducted a joint narcotics investigation, along with the Prairie du Chien Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol. Investigators located Steven Gauger, 52, of Prairie du Chien Township, at the Casey’s General Store on Highway 35 in Prairie du Chien Township. The county K-9 unit arrived on scene and K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle Gauger was operating. Breck alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances he is trained to detect, authorities said.

Wed
11
Jan

Pickup hits a tree

On Monday, Jan. 9 at 5:58 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident in Bridgeport Township on Velvet Lane.

A 2010 Ford pickup owned and operated by Ken Jahnke, 58, rural Prairie du Chien, was negotiating a sharp corner when the vehicle left the road, entered a ditch and struck a large tree. Jahnke claimed no injuries. The vehicle had heavy damage and was removed by Bob’s Towing.

Wed
11
Jan

Vehicle loses control, damaged in accident

On Monday, Jan. 9, at 9:30 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 131, 100 yards south of County B in the township of Clayton.

Alexus B. Konkol, 20, Gays Mills, was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt northbound on Highway 131 when she lost control due to slippery road conditions. The Konkol vehicle spun 180 degrees and left the east side of the roadway. The Konkol vehicle struck a traffic sign and stopped on the east shoulder of the road.

Konkol claimed no injuries in the crash and the vehicle was towed from the scene due to damage.

Also assisting on scene was Sleepy Hollow Towing.

Wed
11
Jan

Car slides down embankment

On Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 8:25 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle slide off on Highway 131 just north of County S in Haney Township.

Cara M. Dobson, 36, Wauzeka, was traveling northbound on Highway 131 in a 1997 Suzuki sport utility vehicle. The Dobson vehicle was negotiating a curve, started to slide on the ice-covered curve, slid across the southbound lane of traffic, continued off the left side of the roadway, went down an embankment and came to rest against some trees.

Dobson claimed no injuries from the accident.

Wed
11
Jan

Car slides into creek, man uninjured

A 1996 Mitsubishi, driven by Tyler George, 19, of Lynxville, slid off icy roads and into a creek off Highway 35 at County D in Crawford County mid-afternoon Tuesday, Jan. 10. According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, George was passing a car when he lost control and went into the creek, in 3 to 4 feet of water. He was able to exit the car on his own. George was taken to Crossing Rivers Health to warm up and be checked out, but he was uninjured in the accident. The car was a total loss. Tri-State Ambulance, Eastman First Responders and Fire Department, the Crawford Conty Highway Department and Bob’s Towing assisted at the scene. (Photo by Todd Myers)

Wed
11
Jan

Fire department sells nearly 400 Christmas trees

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Fire Department’s Christmas tree sales are one of its biggest fundraisers. This year, nearly 400 fraziers, white pines and balsams made the department about $7,000. Those funds will be used for equipment, training, fire prevention and more.

“We had about 70 trees that were preordered,” Chief Harry Remz said, noting that the Fort Crawford Museum, McGregor Festival of Trees, Crossing Rivers Health and Sawmill Saloon are among the regular customers. “The rest are sold in the lot.”

Nelson True Value in Prairie du Chien has allowed the fire department free use of its garden center grounds for Christmas tree sales since the very beginning of this fire department endeavor. Remz believes the department has been selling trees for around 25 years.

“When it started out, the fire department was actually working for somebody else. Then, they took it over on their own,” he stated.

Wed
11
Jan

MVC raising funds to buy Kickapoo Indian Caverns


The cavern is accessible via existing infrastructure. (Photo by Gary K. Soule)

This is the entrance to Kickapoo Indian Caverns. MVC would make the site free to the public.

Site would be opened up for public tours again while also being preserved

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) is seeking $200,000 to assist with their purchase of Kickapoo Indian Caverns located west of Wauzeka. MVC will buy the  unique 83-acre site as soon as they have all of the funding. MVC Executive Director Carol Abrahamzon said $245,000 has been raised through grants and donations so far, but more is needed.

Mon
09
Jan

Man sentenced for fraud involving federal crop loan

A former Bloomington man was sentenced Thursday, Jan. 5, by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to three years probation and ordered to pay $85,424.51 in restitution for fraudulent conversion and sale of crops owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA).

Kelly Wachter, 34, pleaded guilty to the above charges on Oct. 3, 2016, according to John Vaudreuil, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Wachter admitted, during his plea, that in May 2014, he obtained a $210,000 loan from the USDA FSA for the purpose of planting corn and soybean crops on farmland he rented in Bloomington. The crops were considered collateral for the loan, and the proceeds from the sale of the crops were to be used first to pay the FSA loan.

Mon
09
Jan

Woman charged with possession of meth, resisting an officer

A 30-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of resisting an officer.

If convicted of both counts, Chelsay C. Wille faces up to four years and four months imprisonment and $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, following a traffic stop, a Prairie du Chien police officer noticed the odor of marijuana coming from inside of Wille’s vehicle. The officer conducted a field sobriety test and then arrested Wille, who began to resist and struggle, the complaint said.

A digital scale and meth residue were found in Wille’s jacket pocket. A baggie of meth was later found under the back seat of the squad car where Wille had been sitting while being transported to the jail, the complaint said.

Mon
09
Jan

No accidents result from broken rail on BNSF tracks


Last week, a Prairie du Chien police officer discovered a broken rail on the BNSF tracks running through Prairie du Chien. The section of rail was replaced within seven hours.

By Correne Martin

A broken rail was discovered late Tuesday night, Jan. 3, on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train tracks that run through the heart of Prairie du Chien.

According to the Prairie du Chien Police Department, at about 11:45 p.m., an officer observed a train pass through the city and, after passing, all railroad crossing arms remained down. Based on his previous training and experience, the officer investigated the tracks for broken rails and found a break near the Blackhawk Avenue crossing.

“Because [the officer] has 30 years experience, he recognized that there was a problem, drove down the tracks until he found a break in the rail and called dispatch, who contacted BNSF, which was already aware of [the issue],” Sgt. Kyle Teynor stated.

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