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Mon
03
Aug

River Ridge School District meeting

 

Another strange twist 

in River Ridge School District saga

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. No, we’re not talking about the 1966 farce starring Zero Mostel, but the meeting held in the River Ridge School District Wednesday night has to be about the most bizarre in the district’s history. 

Wed
29
Jul

Frazier charged with stealing truck

An 18-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Colton A. Frazier faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses stated that Frazier stole a pickup truck from a residence on County Road S in the town of Haney.

Wed
29
Jul

Local man charged with fifth OWI, possession of meth, possession of marijuana

A 31-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of marijuana—second and subsequent offense, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated—fifth or sixth offense, and one count of operating while revoked.

Michael J. Seitz faces up to $32,500 in fines and 14 years of imprisonment of convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped the Seitz vehicle near East Taylor Street on July 6. A search revealed a plastic baggie of marijuana, and several baggies of meth, along with various items of drug paraphernalia.

Seitz also admitted to the police officer that he had smoked marijuana about two hours prior to the traffic stop, the complaint said.

Seitz has previously been convicted of OWI four times and possession of marijuana once, according the complaint.

Wed
29
Jul

Ferryville man charged in marijuana case

A 57-year-old Ferryville man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of marijuana—second and subsequent offense, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Arnold Jay Harris faces up to $35,000 in fines and 13.5 years in prison if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a traffic stop was initiated on the Harris vehicle in the town of Utica in Crawford County when the Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a live, growing marijuana plant in the back seat.

Seized in the subsequent search were three live marijuana plants in planting pots, a bottle of plant starter liquid fertilizer, a .22 caliber pistol and ammunition, a plastic baggie containing marijuana and a glass marijuana pipe, the complaint said.

Wed
29
Jul

Man charged with abusing patient

A 23-year-old La Crosse man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of intentionally abusing patients—bodily harm.

Kenneth R. Mackenzie faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a client of Lori Knapp Companies reported to staff members at Lori Knapp and at the Opportunity Center that he had been hit with a rod by Mackenzie, an employee of Lori Knapp.

Several bruises were observed to the clients’ legs and his eyes were black and blue and swollen. Bruises were also observed on the clients’ back as well as an open wound on his knee, the complaint said.

Wed
29
Jul

Woman charged with delivering drugs to inmate

A 19-year-old West Bend woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of delivering illegal articles to an inmate.

Crystal Ashley Schwartz faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Schwartz admitted to investigators that she delivered a balloon containing drugs on two separate occasions to her father, who is an inmate at Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution. The balloons contained cocaine, according to the complaint.

Wed
29
Jul

Grant applications due Oct. 1 for Crawford County Community Fund

The Crawford County Community Fund is now accepting grant applications for its annual grant cycle. The application deadline is Thursday, Oct. 1. Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than midnight on that day. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and incomplete or late applications will not be accepted or considered.

The grant review committee of the Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board is chaired by Tarasa Lown. In making the grant application announcement, Lown noted, “For the 2015-2016 year there is up to $5,500 available for grants for charitable economic development projects within our Crawford County community. We know that there are many great ideas-in-waiting that can increase economic vitality and improve the quality of life in our region; we are prepared to review those ideas and make awards.”

Wed
29
Jul

New emergency government director

 

New emergency 

government director 

takes to his role by storm

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
27
Jul

Woman pulled over by fake officer, sheriff urges to report any similar incidents

Grant County deputies are looking for a man who impersonated a police officer and pulled over a woman on U.S. 151 Thursday night.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department said the woman drove past a dark-colored SUV on 151 south of Platteville around 11:55 p.m. When the woman passed the SUV, it pulled out behind her and activated a red and blue dash light, the sheriff’s office said.

When the woman pulled over, a man in his 40s wearing a black T-shirt approached her vehicle with a flashlight. The man asked the woman if she knew why she was stopped, then asked her to leave the car to see an equipment violation, the sheriff’s office said.

The woman asked the man for ID, and when he didn’t show any, she said she was going to call 911. The SUV then drove off to the north, the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff Nate Dreckman said several area law enforcement agencies use unmarked vehicles, with “multiple sources of emergency lights and a siren.”

Mon
27
Jul

Knights of Columbus hold summertime contest youth throughout the area asked to participate

Campion Council 1840 of the Knights of Columbus ,who offer charitable services to the community, youth and persons in need, would like area youth to participate in a summer contest for three different age groups with a choice of a $20 Dairy Queen or Culvers’ gift certificate for the selected winners. Each group will be asked what it means to be helping hands in the community or family.

First through fourth grades are asked to submit a picture with  two or three sentences that describe their picture. They will be rated on originality, hand artwork (no stickers or tracing), and how the picture is described.

Fifth through eighth grade are asked to submit a one- to two-page definition of what it means to be helping hands in the family and in our community. Likewise, high school teens are asked to submit a three- to four-page statement on what it takes to become helping hands in the family and the community.

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