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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.

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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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Man charged with meth possession and strangulation

A 20-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of strangulation and suffocation, domestic abuse, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of misdemeanor battery.

Myca Reitzloff faces up to 10.5 years in prison and $31,000 in fines if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a residence in Gays Mills for a physical altercation.

The victim stated that her and her ex-boyfriend, Reitzloff, had been getting into physical altercations for the past week or week and a half. She said Reitzloff had choked her, bitten her, hit her, pushed her and other actions which caused pain.

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Gays Mills man charged with 4th OWI

A 52-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense) and operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

Daniel Campbell faces up to $12,500 in fines and seven years of imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a vehicle driving all over the roadway.

Deputies responded to Campbell’s residence shortly after the call. Campbell stepped outside to speak to the deputies and had slurred speech and was swaying drastically, according to the complaint. Campbell allowed the deputies into his home. The deputies performed field sobriety tests and placed Campbell under arrest.

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Man charged with stealing truck, marijuana possession

A 48-year-old Viroqua man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, one count of operating with a restricted controlled substance in the blood (second offense), one count of possession of marijuana (second offense), and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Brent Felde faces up to 10 years and 30 days of imprisonment and $21,600 in fines if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Crawford County man and his father pursued a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado owned by the son.

The vehicle stopped and the son and father made contact with the driver, later identified as Felde, who had stolen the vehicle, the complaint said. 

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Grant County seeks suspect

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Thomas Kussmaul, 29, of rural Platteville, following a series of vehicle thefts and traffic complaints. Officials say he has connections to Crawford County and Prairie du Chien, among other area communities.

On Dec. 14, at about 12:30 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a stolen 2003 Chevy Silverado from Southwest Road, south of Platteville. Approximately a half hour later, the vehicle was called in for a traffic complaint in the city of Platteville by several different individuals. The vehicle was squealing tires, running stop signs, and traveling in excessive speeds. Officers attempted to locate the vehicle but were unable to do so. 

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The Christmas pickle is a peculiar tradition


The Local Oven in Prairie du Chien sells the Christmas pickle in two varieties. The blown-glass emerald ornament is from Old World Glass. Roman company produces a lighter-colored porcelain pickle in a small jar. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Have you ever wondered what that peculiar story is behind the Christmas pickle? Were you aware that there is such a thing as a Christmas pickle?

Well, it’s real, and it’s a version of a small, pickled, garden cucumber, usually made of glass or porcelain, and fashioned as a quite charming ornament, actually.

You can even buy them locally at small businesses like The Local Oven, in Prairie du Chien. The Paper Moon, in McGregor, had them too, but as of Dec. 14, they were sold out. 

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Crawford County Teen Court still going strong

 

Program gives youth a second chance

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Teen Court began in November of 2011 and is still going strong.

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River Ridge students immerse into computer coding


Sue Kuenster, River Ridge’s technology integrator/computer lab assistant, works through one step of the Grinch Hour of Code game with third grader Colton Crubel. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Third grade students Zoey Neeley and Kynzlie Mullins discuss the correct answer in figuring out the coding game they played.

Above is one example of how blocks can be dragged and dropped together to write computer programming commands, or code.

By Correne Martin

Computers run on their own language called code. 

As the world evolves, writing and understanding that code becomes more foundational for the masses of jobs out there—some that may not even exist yet. 

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013), by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. This, as River Ridge Schools’ Technology Integrator Sue Kuenster said, means a majority of employees are coming from other countries to fulfill these needs. 

“We want our youth to show interest in code,” she stated. 

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City tax bills to decrease

By Correne Martin

The overall tax bill for Prairie du Chien taxpayers is projected to decrease, according to the 2019 city budget appropriated at a special common council meeting Tuesday night, Dec. 11. On the customary $100,000 value home, taxes are anticipated to go down by $387.53.

The primary revenue generator for the city is the property tax levy. It, in fact, generates 42 percent of the municipality’s income. The budget documents state that the city’s levy in 2019 represents a $226,243, or 9.32 percent, increase. The levy in 2018 increased 2.95 percent. 

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