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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.

Mon
27
Jul

McCluskey charged in Grant County sexual assault case

On May 21, Boscobel Police met with a 15 year-old female who had recently given birth. The female told police that a rural Prairie du Chien man was the father of her child.

After conducting an interview with the female, the case was referred to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department since the alleged sexual assault was said to have occurred in their county. An investigator with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was able to locate Jacob McCluskey, 19, of rural Prairie du Chien, and conduct an interview with him.

McCluskey admitted to having sexual intercourse with the 15-year-old female on two separate occasions in the city of Boscobel. After the investigation was concluded, the case was then referred to the Grant County District Attorney’s office.

McCluskey was charged with second degree sexual assault of a child in Grant County.

Mon
27
Jul

PdC pool to transform into the ‘Big Easy’ July 29

Slide on down to the new “Big Easy” at the Prairie du Chien Aquatic Park on Wednesday, July 29. In conjunction with the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department, the pool will be hosting a Mardi Gras-themed pool party from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy activities like the zombie splash contest, bead toss, diving for doubloons, Big Easy slide races and Mississippi River limbo. Live music will be provided by Twisted Vision and southern dogs, voodoo pizza and rajun Cajun popcorn will be available.

For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich at 326-7207.

Fri
24
Jul

Former hospital to be torn down


The former Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital building will no longer exist by the end of the year.

For more than two years, since planning for the new Medical Center began, the old Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital building has been listed for sale with little interest generated. Hospital leadership also sought input and ideas regarding reuse, and contacted several organizations to promote their consideration of utilizing the building.

Thu
23
Jul

Operation Troop Aid partners with COTR

Operation Troop Aid (OTA), the esteemed national, non-profit military care package charity, has received an invitation from Country on the River (COTR) to participate in its upcoming August events as the official military charity of choice.

For the fourth consecutive year, OTA will partner with COTR. The three-day country music festival will take place Thursday, Aug. 6, through Saturday, Aug. 8.

As part of the mutual endeavor, OTA and COTR will generate care packages to send to troops overseas. Charitable donations will also be encouraged throughout the duration of the festival.

“We are honored to have Operation Troop Aid join us once again at Country on the River,” said festival organizer, Scott Sheckler. “The support that OTA brings to our troops is invaluable; Country on the River is committed to the Operation Troop Aid mission and we support its efforts fully. We look forward to OTA’s awesome display of patriotism at our event.”

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