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Wed
09
Mar

Man arrested for fourth OWI

On March 5, at 11:51 p.m., a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy came upon a 2014 Nissan Infiniti LT parked on Main Street at Shortcut Road in the township of Seneca. The parked vehicle was partially in the southbound lane of traffic with its brake lights illuminated.

The deputy made contact with the driver, Jeffrey J. Faulkner, 44, Boscobel. Faulkner displayed signs of impairment and was asked to perform standardized field sobriety tests. Faulkner refused to complete all of the field sobriety tests.

Faulkner was placed under arrest for fourth offense operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and later transported to the Crawford County Jail. Faulkner may also be charged with operating while revoked.

This case is being referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

 

Wed
09
Mar

Hands-Only CPR a quick, lifesaving skill to learn


Crawford County Health Director Gloria Wall demonstrates Hands-Only CPR while a class participant, John Balk, follows along with the AED instructions to “shock the non-responsive person.” (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander. If you take the time to learn and practice Hands-Only CPR, you could be the bystander who provides life-saving care until professional responders arrive.

Hands-Only CPR can be learned in minutes. All it takes is the willingness to act and a few simple skills and you could save someone who is suffering a heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest.

Wed
09
Mar

Veterans services could be reduced across Wisconsin

By Correne Martin

County veterans service office assistance for veterans and their dependents could be cut back if recently introduced Wisconsin legislation (AB 821 and SB 668) passes. The legislation would remove some of the locally-offered benefits, such as driver’s license and park pass eligibility determinations, from the county office and offer them through a consortium office shared with a nearby county or at an office in Madison, thus requiring veterans to travel farther to receive those services or utilize email or fax to send documents to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

“They’re not taking into consideration that our local veterans don’t want to or can’t drive to Madison for these services. They might not know how to use email or send faxes,” Crawford County Veterans Service Officer Laura Moore stated. “If they just come into our office, I can look at their ID and verify their information much quicker and make it easier for them.”

Wed
09
Mar

Kickapoo Watershed Project

 

Money still available for 

landowners interested in 

Kickapoo Watershed Project

Sign-up 

deadline June 10

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
09
Mar

CWD in Allamakee

 

No special hunt this 

year to collect more 

samples for CWD testing

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
08
Mar

St. Patrick’s parade puts a spring in everyone’s step


The St. Patrick’s Day Parade always draws a good crowd along Blackhawk Avenue in downtown Prairie du Chien.

By Ted Pennekamp and Correne Martin

As usual, a large turnout is expected for the annual Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12.

Parade participants are asked to assemble at 9 a.m. on St. Feriole Island and the parade will begin at approximately 10 a.m.

“Just as robins are a welcome harbinger of spring, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a sure indication that the seasons are ready to change and we can start to say farewell to winter,” said City Administrator Aaron Kramer. “It is a real positive for the city and especially the downtown, and the chamber does a real nice job putting it all together and drawing visitors from all around the area.”

The parade will start from St. Feriole Island and proceed east on Blackhawk Avenue, north on Michigan Street, west on Washington Street and then back to St. Feriole Island.

Mon
07
Mar

Opportunity Center services at stake again, citizens asked to voice opinions

By Correne Martin

Services like those offered at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien are again at stake, as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is drafting a new Family Care 2.0 Concept Plan, due to the Joint Finance Committee by April 1. Through a provision in the plan, states could make determinations that may or may not discontinue facility-based prevocational services like the Opportunity Center’s.

If the JFC approves the concept plan, DHS will draft and submit a waiver request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by the end of September. This will likely leave few opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their family members to voice their choice, according to A Team Wisconsin.

“The government is pushing for MCOs (managed care organizations) to kick employees out of the center,” said Kari Kossman, Opportunity Center community services coordinator.

Mon
07
Mar

Repainting Courthouse


Dion Markin, the owner of Elite Painting of Prairie du Chien, strips paint from the ceiling of the main courtroom in the Crawford County Courthouse. Dion’s son, Devin Markin, applies tape to the edge of the main doorway.

 

Courthouse ceiling being repainted

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Elite Painting of Prairie du Chien has been hired by Crawford County to repaint the courthouse ceiling which has been peeling and dropping paint since the $2.081 million courthouse renovation project was completed in November of 2013.

Wed
02
Mar

Area woman charged with marijuana possession

A 28-year-old Soldiers Grove woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Cheyenne A. Raymond faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a sheriff’s department deputy performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle in Soldiers Grove and noticed an odor of burned marijuana.

A search of the vehicle revealed a plastic baggie containing marijuana, a glass smoking device, a digital scale, and a box of 150 sandwich baggies.

Raymond admitted to the deputy that she had travelled to La Crosse and purchased a pound of marijuana from two individuals, the complaint said. Raymond told the deputy that she had used some of the marijuana herself and had also sold some to other individuals, according to the complaint.

Wed
02
Mar

Eastman man removed from residence

On Monday, Feb. 23, at approximately 6:20 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report from a third party of a requested welfare check at 106 N. Main St. in the village of Eastman.

Deputies arrived on scene and made contact with two individuals inside of the residence. It was requested that Pierre D. Gardner, 31, Eastman, be removed from the residence due to safety concerns. Deputies attempted to speak with Gardner about where he could stay for the night or if they could assist him to anywhere.

Gardner became verbally aggressive and started to threaten deputies. Gardner then started to yell at the other individual in the residence and became loud and aggressive. Gardner would not listen to deputies’ commands to calm down. The other individual was advised to go outside of the residence. At this time, Gardner chased the other individual outside of the residence and ignored commands from deputies to stop.

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