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Wed
10
Jun

Vehicle overturns, man escapes injury

An Iowa man avoided injury in a one-vehicle rollover just north of Prairie du Chien Monday morning, June 8, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Monday, at 8:30 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of the rollover crash on State Highway 35 at Frederich Street in Prairie du Chien Township.

Benjamin McCready, 29, Clermont, Iowa, was driving a 1994 Dodge Shadow north on Highway 35 when he went onto the right shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle then crashed into a sign post causing the vehicle to overturn in the ditch.

McCready was wearing his seat belt and escaped injury. His vehicle sustained heavy damage a was towed from the scene.

Assisting at the scene were the Bridgeport/Prairie du Chien Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance, the Prairie du Chien Police Department, the Crawford County Highway Department and Bob’s Towing.

Wed
10
Jun

Prairie du Chien man faces several drug-related charges

A 32-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with operating a motor vehicle while revoked, operating with a restricted controlled substance in his blood (third offense), felony bail jumping, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nathan Steven Hubanks faces up to 8 years and 7 months imprisonment and $16,000 in fines if convicted of all charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Hubanks was pulled over by police because it was known that his driving license had been revoked. During the traffic stop, Hubanks admitted to the officer that he had recently smoked marijuana. Also, two plastic baggies containing suspected marijuana and two smoking devices were found in Hubanks’ vehicle, the complaint said.

Wed
10
Jun

Kozelka dies after being struck while working on disabled car

A Peterson, Iowa, man, formerly of Prairie du Chien, died Saturday, June 6, after he was struck while working on a disabled vehicle along a Clay County, Iowa, road.

The Iowa State Patrol reported that Steven Kozelka, 37, was working on a car Saturday evening that was disabled on the edge of County Road M27 near 490th Street, between Peterson and Everly. Another vehicle faced that car, as Kozelka was working to jump-start the battery.

The report said the teenage driver of a southbound car on County Road M27 struck one of the cars, which bounced to hit the third vehicle.

Kozelka died from injuries associated with the collision of the vehicles. Authorities have made no charges and are investigating to determine which vehicle struck Kozelka.

The teen driver was taken to Spencer Hospital in Spencer with undisclosed injuries.

Wed
10
Jun

Man charged with fourth OWI, fleeing an officer

A 65-year-old Waterloo, Iowa, man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense), operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration (fourth offense) and attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer.  

Donald Dean Hinrichs faces up to 4.5 years in prison and $12,000 in fines if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Hinrichs’ vehicle at 1:45 a.m. on May 23 because the vehicle was operating with its headlights on high and over the centerline.

Hinrichs then led officers on a high speed chase and was eventually caught in Grant County, according to the complaint.

Hinrichs was taken to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien and had such extreme difficulty walking that a wheelchair was necessary to transport him into the hospital, the complaint said.

Wed
10
Jun

Dozens of elder abuse cases occur in Crawford County each year

By Correne Martin

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Monday, June 15, a day to recognize that neglect, self neglect, emotional and physical abuse and financial exploitation of those 60 and older does happen—even in the rural communities of Crawford County.

“I think the general public feels that if they don’t see it, it must not be happening,” said Bob Rowe, a social worker, since 1995, with Crawford County Human Services’ adult protective services. “I think, in a rural environment, people tend to think their neighbors are doing well and that people are too kind to mistreat others. I would generally agree with that. But there is a segment of our population that’s not doing well.”

Wed
10
Jun

Free weekly concert series starting


A variety of musical entertainment is showcased each year at the family-friendly, free Concerts on the River series at Lawler Park in Prairie du Chien. (Courier Press file photo)

A free music series, “Concerts on the River,” will be held at Lawler Park, along the riverfront on St. Feriole Island, in Prairie du Chien, beginning June 18 and each Thursday night thereafter through July. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., a free concert will be offered each week for a total of seven concerts showcasing a variety of the area’s top musical talents. The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department and Jaycees are sponsoring the concert series. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. For more information, call the parks and rec department at (608) 326-7207.

The concerts will take place as follows:

June 18—River City Connections. The area’s top Dixieland jazz band is back to give you a chance to get that “Big Easy” feel with lots of good time music.

June 25—16 Strings and a Stick. This local trio, which includes a fiddle, will get your toes tapping and hands clapping as they play a mix of country, Celtic, bluegrass and Cajun.

Wed
10
Jun

New communications equipment

 

Crawford County continues to 

enhance communication towers

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Dispatch Center has increased its communication capabilities for the benefit of all yet again. 

Mon
08
Jun

Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center open house


The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Crossing Rivers Health medical center took place in Prairie du Chien Saturday. Thousands toured the state-of-the-art, two-story facility. Planning for the 137,000-square-foot hospital began in 2011 when the board of directors announced their bold and visionary decision to build a new medical center. In April of 2012, the land was purchased, and the groundbreaking was held on June 10, 2013. Over 375,000 man hours were logged in building the facility and over 500 donors have contributed $1.2 million to the project. The move to the new hospital will officially occur on Thursday, June 11. Until then, all medical care will continue at the Taylor Street location. Pictured, during a tour Saturday, is a group of community members in the CT scan room, where the ceiling features a calming picture of the sky. (Photo by Correne Martin)

One of many components in the new medical center that Crossing Rivers staff is truly proud of includes this pull-out supply center, accessible from inside the room as well as outside the room, which allows nurses to not disturb their patients who might be sleeping. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

Community members touring Crossing Rivers Health on Saturday got a real behind-the-scenes look at many of the rooms they may never experience again. This room is for special care/intensive care and features a lift that can help caregivers move bariatric patients weighing between 300 and 550 pounds. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

Visitors line up for tours in the front corridor of the new medical center. (Photo by Correne Martin)
Mon
08
Jun

Relay for Life raises over $2,500 at concert hopes to raise more at Dancing with the Stars


Recently, the Back Home Boys played at the Kickin’ Cancer concert event hosted by Huckleberry’s Restaurant. The event was put on the Class of 1986 and the Great River Relay for Life. The next Kickin’ Cancer with Hope, Dancing with the Stars, event will be held on Thursday, June 18. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

On Thursday, June 18, the Relay for Life will be hosting its first Dancing with the Stars event. For the event, a Hawkette from the Prairie du Chien High School dance team and a member of the community will be partnering up to bring the community a night that it won’t be able to forget. Ticket prices are $15 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 4 to 12 and children 3 and under are free.

Mon
08
Jun

Fuel being stolen from large machinery across area

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is making residents aware of an issue of diesel fuel being stolen from large machinery throughout the area.

On May 26, the latest incident occurred in Wyalusing township, where approximately 50 gallons of diesel were taken from a bulldozer. The deputy investigating the incident was told that there were similar incidents in the area.

Residents should keep an eye out for suspicious activity around large equipment, especially anything taking place after dark.

Those who may see something suspicious are asked to call he Sheriff’s Office at (608) 723-2157.

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