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Wed
02
Jan

Non-emergency lockdown happens at PdC High School

There was a non-emergency lockdown at Prairie du Chien High School on Friday, Dec. 21.

It was brought to the attention of the school principal via the Prairie du Chien Police Department that there were some “troubling statements” made on social media that involved a student at the school.

Principal Andy Banasik called for a non-emergency lockdown and the building was searched by administration and the police department. The entire building and interior and exterior were swept and deemed safe by school administrators and the police officers onsite. The lockdown was then lifted and students returned to the regular student schedule (which at this time was lunch).  Students then proceeded to an all school assembly.

Wed
02
Jan

Man arrested for threatening county employees

On Dec. 21, at 12:30 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department spoke with staff members at the Crawford County Administration Building in reference to an agitated man who made threats to staff there. According to staff members at the Administration Building, Brian Pettit, 29, Prairie du Chien, became upset about missing an appointment. When he was told of the issue and told he needed to make another appointment, he became verbally irate and left the building. Staff members of the Administration Building placed a call to Pettit to reschedule his appointment and he continued to be verbally abusive towards staff.

Staff warned Pettit that if his pattern continued, they would call the police. Pettit responded by claiming to have a gun and a hand grenade.

Wed
02
Jan

One airlifted after crash on Christmas

A Christmas morning head-on crash resulted in one young adult being airlifted to a larger hospital for treatment of her injuries, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. 

Just after 9 a.m., a two-vehicle crash was reported on Highway 18 south of County C in Bridgeport. Officers arrived on scene to find that Autumn Starrett, 19, of Prairie du Chien, had been driving east on Highway 18 in her 2000 Ford Taurus. She crossed the center line, striking a westbound 2017 Chevy Volt, driven by Alan Jentz, 55, of Beaver Dam. After colliding head-on, both vehicles came to a rest in the ditches on opposite sides of the highway.

Thu
27
Dec

Inmate commits suicide in Crawford County Jail

 

On Dec. 21, at 1:11 p.m., Jeremy L. Schmitz, 41, Muscoda, was found deceased in his jail cell at the Crawford County Jail. 

Schmitz, who was in jail on a child support commitment, died in his cell by asphyxiating himself with his bed sheet. Schmitz was found by a cellmate who then alerted jail staff. 

Jail staff performed CPR on Schmitz until Tri State Regional EMS arrived and took over.  Schmitz was pronounced dead at the jail by coroner Joe Morovits.  

Thu
27
Dec

Man arrested for threatening county employees

 

He claimed to have a gun and grenade

On Dec. 21, at 12:30 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department spoke with staff members at the Crawford County Administration Building in reference to an agitated man who made threats to staff there. According to staff members at the Administration Building, Brian Pettit, 29, Prairie du Chien, became upset about missing an appointment. When he was told of the issue and told he needed to make another appointment, he became verbally irate and left the building. Staff members of the Administration Building placed a call to Pettit to reschedule his appointment and he continued to be verbally abusive towards staff.

Thu
27
Dec

Non-emergency lockdown at PdC High School

 

There was a non-emergency lockdown at Prairie du Chien High School on Friday, Dec. 21.

It was brought to the attention of the school principal via the Prairie du Chien Police Department that there were some “troubling statements” made on social media that involved a student at the school.

Fri
21
Dec

Principal faces possible teacher’s license revocation

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Bluff View Principal Aaron Amundson was found not guilty of child abuse-recklessly causing harm by a 12-person jury on the morning of Aug. 23 in Crawford County Circuit Court. Now, however, Amundson faces the possibility of losing his teaching license.

Wed
19
Dec

Christmas display lights up local neighborhood


This life-size singing and dancing Santa Claus greets visitors to Joe and Arlene Morovits’ great room. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Joe Morovits puts up so many Christmas lights and decorations at his home on Stuckey Road that he’s lost count. New this year, inside the home he shares with wife Arlene, is this Christmas village display tree he personally handcrafted.

People have enjoyed the Christmas light display so much that it was suggested to Joe and Arlene that they take in donations toward the cost. Instead of personally accepting them, they give all contributions to the local Operation Santa program and Couleecap Food Pantry.

Santa in his sleigh with his reindeer has been a focal point of the family’s outdoor holiday display for several years now.

Life-sized Christmas figures are aplenty inside the Morovits home.

Another new addition at Joe and Arlene Morovits’ home is this scene, featuring the Grinch and two snowmen carolers that have cutout faces. Families are invited to stop, stroll through the scenery and enjoy themselves.

By Correne Martin

“Before we moved here, you couldn’t find a bigger Ebenezer Scrooge than me. We put a 3-foot tree up Christmas Eve, and it was down by noon on Christmas,” admitted Prairie du Chien’s Joe Morovits, chuckling, knowing very well how his house on Stuckey Road is now decorated from every nook to every cranny.

The passion Joe and his wife Arlene have for the season has grown so vast, with numerous new decorations added every year, that their property has become quite the attraction. Even better, it benefits the Crawford County Operation Santa program and Couleecap Food Pantry in Prairie du Chien. Just drop a contribution in the donation box alongside his driveway and share your appreciation while also giving local charity. 

Wed
19
Dec

Former police chief officially accepts administrator role


Chad Abram

By Correne Martin

The interim part of Chad Abram’s title no longer needs to precede the city administrator label. Abram, who’s served in that capacity since Oct. 17, 2017, while also holding his former role as police chief for the city of Prairie du Chien, was officially named administrator after closed session of Tuesday night’s common council meeting. 

Abram and the council agreed to a contract, effective Jan. 1, 2019. According to the city budget for next year, which was presented at a special Dec. 11 budget hearing meeting, the city has allocated wages of $103,768.62 for the position for 2019. The city has also budgeted $2,000 toward 2019 city administrator education.

Wed
19
Dec

Community Fund helps numerous organizations

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Community Fund presented nine awards totaling $7,500 to various organizations during the Crawford County Board meeting Tuesday morning.

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