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One arrested in theft cases, investigation continues

A local man was taken into custody in connection with multiple thefts from vehicles around the city of Prairie du Chien since the week of July 25, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

Investigations into the thefts were ongoing for weeks and, as a result of interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects, officers arrested Brandon Konicheck, 22, of Prairie du Chien, on Friday, Aug. 12. Police Chief Chad Abram said Konichek was taken to the Crawford County Jail, where he will face theft charges.

These cases remain open and under investigation. It is believed that further suspects may be involved. If the public has nay information regarding the thefts, contact the Prairie du Chien Police Department at 326-2421.

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Two Soldiers Grove women jailed following drug busts

On Aug. 11, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department applied for and was granted two separate narcotic related search warrants in the county.

At 12:40 a.m., members of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department along with members of the Prairie du Chien Police Department executed a search warrant at Debra Wetzel’s residence at the Golden Acres Apartment Complex in Soldiers Grove. Wetzel, 59, has been a person of interest in several narcotic related investigations for many months.  

Items found during the search of her residence were numerous items of drug paraphernalia including syringes, smoking devices and straws. A digital scale, liquid methamphetamine, powdered heroine and opiates and marijuana were also found and seized.

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Man dies in Mt. Zion accident

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 12:58 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 61 at Wheatville Road in Scott Township, Mount Zion.

Carl Maly, 86, Muscoda, died on Aug. 11 from injuries sustained in the accident.

According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Maly was driving a 2006 Ford Freestar van south on Highway 61. He attempted to turn left into a driveway. When doing so, he turned into the path of a northbound 2002 Jeep Wrangler driven by Wendy Burkholder, 46, rural Gays Mills.

Burkholder and Maly both sustained injuries and were taken by ambulance to a Boscobel hospital.

Burkholder was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Maly was flown by Med-Link Air to a Madison hospital for a possible head injury.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene.

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Aug

Sheriff’s department warns about online scam

Over the past couple of months, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has investigated an online scam. As a result of this investigation, thousands of dollars worth of merchandise has been recovered and seized. Seized items included tablets, smart phones, jewelry, watches, MP3 players, shoes, clothes, etc.

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Grant County has second drowning in two weeks

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Woodman Boat Landing Saturday afternoon, Aug. 13, just before 4 p.m., for a report of a possible drowning. Witnesses stated a man identified as Sherik Shah, 28, of Saginaw, Mich., originally from India, was on a sandbar kneeling in the water when the sandbar gave way. The male did not know how to swim and was calling out for help. His friend heard the yell for help and entered the water in an attempt to save him.

A female kayaker saw the friend struggling in the water and was able to get the friend aboard her kayak, according to witness statements. She saw the Shah go under water and be swept away by the current.

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City to consider Country on the River relocation

Festival could move back to St. Feriole Island

Townsquare Live Events Wisconsin has made a request to the city of Prairie du Chien to relocate the Country on the River music festival to St. Feriole Island for 2017. The common council will consider the request at its regular meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m., at city hall.

Country on the River, currently held in the town of Bridgeport, was first held on St. Feriole Island in 2010 and 2011 before moving to Bridgeport.

According to a letter from Townsquare, the organizers are requesting the relocation due to an easement on the Bridgeport property that will not allow the festival to utilize the entire property in the future, making that location insufficient for space. Townsquare said it was unaware of this issue until recently and was able to obtain a variance to allow the 2016 festival to occur there; however, they have been informed no further variances will be permitted.

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Aug

New school year, new gymnasium


The process of transitioning from the old 1940s gym to the new one was called “bittersweet” by both Rev. James Weighner and Principal Wade Marlow. (Photo courtesy of the Prairie du Chien Catholic School & Holy Family Parish Facebook page)

While the old gym was infamous to visiting basketball teams for its small size, the new gym is much bigger and more accommodating. “We have a new drop-down screen that we can even use to section off part of the gym,” said Principal Wade Marlow. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

This is a first look at the giant, new 3K and day care space. “The 3K and day care are going to be very fluid spaces that teachers can use for the children,” noted Principal Wade Marlow. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

An exterior view of the gym

Holy Family Parish looks ahead to future

By Caitlin Bittner

As a seven-year project comes to a close, there are a few bittersweet emotions circling Holy Family Parish. Principal Wade Marlow said that the project will “bring the building and school into the 21st century.”

In July, the old gymnasium and day care at St. Gabriel’s school was torn down to make way for the completion of the new school facilities. Once finished, St. Gabriel’s will have a new gym, a new year-round day care, new administrative offices, a new cement pavilion and new landscaping. The Austin and Justin Nolan Memorial Playground will also find itself a new home in the space once occupied by the old gym.

“The building is a gift from the community. The town and parish really stepped up to invest in the school and we, as the administration and faculty, are not going to take it for granted,” said Marlow.

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Land and Water Resources

 

Crawford County’s Land and Water Resource 

Plan approved by state, to go before County Board

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The state of Wisconsin has recently approved Crawford County’s 10-year Land and Water Resource Management (LWRM) Plan which will go before the County Board for final approval on Aug. 16. 

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Friends remember missing woman


Virginia Aberle, 29, of Chicago, Ill., went missing Aug. 3 during an early morning swim at the Wyalusing Beach. (Submitted photo)

By Kate Bowen

Early Wednesday morning, Aug. 3, our beloved friend Virginia Aberle went missing on the Mississippi River. She was an experienced camper on a canoe and camping trip with friends from Chicago. She was last seen on a dock at Wyalusing Beach around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Her fellow campers immediately notified authorities, who were on the scene by 3 a.m. A massive search and rescue effort was coordinated by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, which entailed hundreds of volunteers from over 30 local emergency organizations and fire departments searching both water and land.

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Aug

Music Fights Back, one punch at a time


Did you know... The Music Fights Back Foundation logo, designed by Kaci George was inspired by the movie “Fight Club?”

Jeremy Cuff (right) and Julie Simon (left) help Shaun Mohs fight back with a new iPod. Shaun, 9, is currently working through his second battle with a brain tumor, but with the support of the MFL MarMac community. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

On Aug. 27, a gauntlet will be thrown and a battle will begin. From noon to midnight, music will throw a few punches in cancer’s direction thanks to Jeremy Cuff and the Music Fights Back Foundation.
“It started because I had cancer in 2014. I was kind of down in the dumps, and one of the things I would do on the way to treatment was listen to music,” said Cuff. “During that time, I had a lot of people who supported me. This is my way of giving back. And, me being a  musician, I wanted to take music and use it to help people.”

Last year, during the first Music Fights Back event, the group was hoping to raise enough money to donate 10 to 12 iPods to people with cancer. But, due to overwhelming support, the organization was able to raise enough money to purchase and give away 20 iPods.

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