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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.

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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.

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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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28
Aug

Aggressive Japanese hop plant invading Southwestern Wisconsin

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Japanese hop can completely take over an area.

 

Aggressive Japanese hop plant invading Southwestern Wisconsin

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
09
Jul

Emma Big Bear 144th birthday celebration

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Judith Engle showed off her art pieces and told stories featuring the Winnebago and Emma Big Bear. (Photos by Dan Howard)
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At Emma Big Bear’s 144th birthday celebration on July 5, Spencer Lonetree presented history of the Winnebago Nation, as well as family stories about Emma.
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Re-enactor Chloe Lorenz portrays Emma Big Bear as she used to sit on her porch at her Marquette home.
Tue
09
Jul

Fake bar codes result in discounted hardware for man

LANCASTER—An area man has pleaded guilty to creating fake bar codes to dupe retail stores in southwest Wisconsin and eastern Iowa into charging him discount prices for hardware equipment.
Jeremy Fishnick of Lancaster, pleaded guilty July 1 to wire fraud in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He admitted that he used a computer and printer to create Universal Product Codes that corresponded with less expensive models of products such as welders and generators.

He entered stores, put the phony codes on top of real codes for more expensive models, and purchased them for the lower price. He paid $149.99 for one welder that had a retail price of $889.99.

The scheme caused losses of $30,000 to retailers in Prairie du Chien as well as Dubuque, Maquoketa, Anamosa, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, and Monticello in Iowa.

Tue
09
Jul

Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair runs July 18-21

The 146th annual Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair will kick off on Thursday, July 18 with the Texaco Country Music Showdown. The fair will provide a stage for some fine local vocalists to show off their singing talents and compete for a spot in the Showdown finals later this summer. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the Texaco Showdown is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. There is no admission for Thursday’s show. This event is being sponsored by Peoples State Bank.

Earlier on Friday evening, the sheep and swine exhibitors will kick off the livestock judging at 6 p.m. at the sheep barn. The Hard Hits Promotions Demolition Derby is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in front of the grandstand area. Friday closes with wrist wrestling immediately after the car demolition derby. Weigh-ins will be held just prior to the competition.

Tue
09
Jul

Having a ball in Eastman for the Fourth

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From the ring toss, dunk tank and bounce house to the ball games, bean bag tournament and beer tent, the Eastman Fourth of July Celebration had plenty of activities to draw a huge crowd of all ages, despite the last-minute cancelation of the parade. As always, generations of families enjoyed the beautiful day, thanks to the early morning pancake breakfast, the fireworks at dusk and everything else in between. (Photos by Correne Martin)

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