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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.

Wed
19
Dec

Prairie du Chien High School grads serving in Middle East


Brian McNett, Trestan Richardson, Colton Babb, Wyatt Lawrence and Mike Steiner, all from the Prairie du Chien Class of 2015, are serving in the Middle East. (Photo submitted)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

United States Military personnel around the globe always appreciate cards, letters and care packages from home, especially during the holiday season.

Mon
17
Dec

Marquette man, Bagley woman charged with meth possession

A 39-year-old Marquette man and a 32-year-old Bagley woman have each been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with possession of methamphetamine.

Jeremiah Young faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

Vanessa Young has also been charged with obstructing an officer. She faces up to $20,000 in fines and four years, three months imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped a vehicle driven by Jeremiah Young on the Highway 18 bypass for equipment violations and speeding.

The Crawford County K9 Unit arrived and made a positive alert to the presence of controlled substances within the vehicle.

Mon
17
Dec

Local man accused of physical abuse of child

A 42-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the physical abuse of a child - recklessly causing bodily harm by conduct which creates a high probability of great bodily harm.

Claudiu Burja faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years of imprisonment if convicted. 

According to the criminal complaint, Burja is accused of grabbing an 8-year-old boy around the neck and squeezing for approximately one to one and a half minutes.

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