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Changes to your Courier Press

Change often comes with the arrival of a new year. So is the case with your hometown newspaper.

The Courier Press’ printing press and its associated technology have retired, meaning the newspaper is no longer printed on site at the Prairie du Chien office facility. Graphics Inc., of Calmar, Iowa, which has printed The Trader weekly and many special sections for the Courier, has taken on regular publication of the product.

With this transition, newsstand timing will be revised as our staff must allow for travel time to and from Prairie du Chien. Our goal is for each issue—every Monday and Wednesday—to be available for purchase in the Courier Press office by 2 p.m. on those days. Papers will then be delivered to newsstands in Prairie du Chien. Subscribers’ newspapers should still arrive at the same time they did previously.

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Jan

Local driver overcorrects vehicle after losing control on snowy roads in Grant County

Two Bloomington residents were uninjured when a crash occurred on snowy roads in rural Patch Grove Christmas Eve, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

At about 2:30 p.m.,  Danielle Ackerman, 20, was driving a 2001 Buick north on Fairground Road at Humphrey Road when she met a southbound car. With the snow on the road, Ackerman moved to the right in an attempt to avoid hitting the other vehicle. As she did so, the right tires of her car dropped off the paved surface. According to the crash report, she overcorrected, causing the car to cross the west side of the road, leave the roadway and enter a ditch at Humphrey Road. The rear left fender struck a utility pole there and the front of the car struck a stop sign, breaking off the wooden post. The car sustained moderate damage. 

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Vehicle goes airborne in alleged drunken driving crash in town of Wyalusing

A one-vehicle crash in Wyalusing Township Dec. 24 resulted in an OWI arrest, according to Grant County authorities.

At about 8 p.m. Christmas Eve, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a disabled 2010 Dodge Nitro SUV on the Highway 18 bridge between Grant and Crawford Counties. Upon the response of a Crawford County deputy, the vehicle was discovered to have been involved in a crash in which the driver may have been intoxicated. After investigation, authorities learned that Oleg Romanov, 49, of Postville, Iowa, was operating the SUV northeast on County C near Markley Hollow Road when he failed to negotiate a corner and entered the ditch on the right side of the roadway. When the vehicle hit Markley Hollow Road, it became airborne and landed in the ditch on the other side of Markley Hollow before striking a steep hillside and coming to a stop.

Wed
03
Jan

Black ice a factor in crash with Bridgeport light pole

Black ice is reportedly the reason a driver struck a light pole with his vehicle Saturday morning, Dec. 30, according to a news release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

At 11:42 a.m., several reports were made to dispatch that a vehicle had struck a Bridgeport Township light pole on Highway 18 north of Selch Road. The fallen light pole blocked several lanes of traffic for about a half-hour.

Authorities found that a west bound 2007 Dodge Ram pickup, owned and operated by Keith Loney, 66, of rural Prairie du Chien, struck the Wisconsin Department of Transportation pole. Loney claimed he hit black ice before colliding with the pole.

Loney’s vehicle was driven from the scene.

Assisting were several witnesses, the Prairie du Chien Police Department and the Crawford County Highway Department.

Wed
03
Jan

Trial set for resort crash charges

A woman charged in connection with a crash that injured seven people in a tent at River of Lakes Resort in Bagley Aug. 12 will go to trial on 14 charges in late January. 

Stacy Marie Smith, 32, Boscobel, stood mute Nov. 13 to three felony charges of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, three felony charges of causing great bodily harm by use of a motor vehicle with prohibited alcohol consumption, four misdemeanor counts of causing injury by operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, and four misdemeanor counts of causing injury by operating a motor vehicle under prohibited alcohol concentration. 

Not guilty pleas were entered on Smith’s behalf, according to court records.

Smith was bound over for trial Oct. 27.

Wed
03
Jan

Driver falls asleep, crashes on Highway 35

A driver fell asleep on his way to work last week and crashed his vehicle outside of Bloomington, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

At about 5:50 p.m., the department was notified of a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 35 near Bloomington. Gerald Mayne, 39, of Lancaster, was driving north in his 2007 Suzuki XL7 SUV when, he said, he fell asleep and drove off the right side of the road. His SUV went through a fence and into a pasture, where he drove it a short distance before going back through the fence and striking an embankment, which caused the vehicle to go airborne. The Suzuki then impacted and rolled over before coming to a rest on its roof. 

Wed
03
Jan

Two OK after car lands in Kickapoo

Two occupants of a vehicle that crashed into the Kickapoo River during freezing temperatures over the weekend walked away having little medical attention, according to Crawford County Sheriff’s Department reports.

On Dec. 30, at about 12:25 a.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on West River Road, south of Iris Drive, in the village of Bell Center. The reporting party stated the vehicle was in the Kickapoo River and there were two occupants trapped inside. 

Wed
03
Jan

Vehicle found crashed, abandoned in town of Clayton

A one-vehicle accident remains under investigation after a 2009 Ford four-door was located in rural Clayton Township Saturday, Dec. 30, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

At 6:34 a.m., the sheriff’s department received a report of a the accident on Del La Mater Road, about four-tenths of a mile west of Bown Road. The Ford was located over a steep embankment against trees, though no one was found at the scene. Numerous footprints led to and from the car however. Passing motorists advised that the car had been there prior to 7 p.m. the previous evening. The car is registered to Jennifer R. Wojciechowski, age unknown, of Chicago, Ill.

Authorities continue to investigate the incident.

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03
Jan

Plow blade cuts through windshield in crash with SUV

An SUV and plow truck collided in rural Glen Haven Christmas Eve, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department said. 

At about 9 a.m., the two-vehicle crash was reported to have happened at County V on Highway 133, in North Andover.

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03
Jan

Observation of smashed SUV window results in drug-related arrests

A smashed rear vehicle window tipped off passing police officers who observed a parked SUV in the Country Inn and Suites parking lot Dec. 19, according to a report from the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 10 p.m., the officers noticed two occupants sitting inside the vehicle with the smashed window. They made contact with the occupants and observed the driver, Ryan Melvin, 29, of Readstown, exhibiting extreme signs of drug impairment. Melvin is currently on bond through Crawford County for previous methamphetamine charges. The passenger initially provided false identification to the officers but was identified as Kimberly Brown, 37, of Muscoda.

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