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Tue
11
Aug

Man faces drug, disorderly conduct charges

A 30-year-old Eastman man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with several counts including the manufacture of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor bail jumping (two counts), disorderly conduct (domestic abuse), and resisting an officer.

Pierre Diante Gardner faces up to six years and three months imprisonment and fines totalling $41,500 if convicted of all counts.

Tue
11
Aug

Man arrested after nearly hitting pole

On Aug. 8, at 2:50 a.m., a deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was patrolling the village of Soldiers Grove when he observed a 2001 Ford Explorer drive off Highway 61, nearly striking a light pole at the intersection of Highway 61 and New Well Road. The vehicle continued driving across New Well Road, went up a steep embankment, through a yard, and then drove back onto Highway 61 traveling southbound.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Anthony E. Visgar, 38, Soldiers Grove. The deputy observed signs of alcohol impairment and asked Visgar to perform standardized field sobriety tests. Based on the results of the standardized field sobriety tests, Visgar was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Mon
10
Aug

Hail damage


Robert Baines of Paintless Dent Repair “massages” a dent out of the roof of a vehicle at Phil’s Auto Body of Prairie du Chien recently. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Area businesses very busy in wake of June hail storms

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Area auto body shops, roofers and insurance companies continue to be very busy in the wake of two hail storms in June in Crawford County. 

Mon
10
Aug

Mississippi swimmer in Prairie du Chien


Chris Ring is swimming the length of the Mississippi River in support of Gold Star Families. (Photo courtesy of legaciesalive.com)

 

Swimmer raising awareness 

for veteran’s families stops in Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Navy veteran Chris Ring was escorted by the Prairie du Chien Fire Department fire and rescue boat from Lock and Dam 9 to the beach on St. Feriole Island on Saturday as part of Ring’s swim down the length of the Mississippi River. 

Fri
07
Aug

Lack of EMTs and first responders in rural areas creates concern in communities


Squads are looking for volunteers every day. Ride-along programs give people the opportunity to see exactly what goes on when an EMT goes out.

By Addison Mumm

When you call 911, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or first responders are one of the first groups to help you in a time of great need. What would happen if these brave souls weren’t available?

 

“If you’re not part of the solution, you might be the problem,” expressed West Grant EMT Denny Cathman. “About six years ago, we started seeing our numbers drop, and it has continued ever since.”

 

Denny has been with the West Grant rescue squad approximately 12 years; he drove for five years first, then became an EMT. He was a firefighter for 35 years prior to dedicating most of his time to the EMS.

 

Wed
05
Aug

Navy veteran to swim Mississippi


Chris Ring takes a break during his swim down the length of the Mississippi River. (Photo courtesy of legaciesalive.com)

Prairie du Chien Fire Department to help Navy veteran swim the length of Mississippi River

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
04
Aug

Local man charged with fifth OWI

A 41-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated - fifth offense.

Robert L. Whetzal faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Whetzal was stopped for speeding in the city of Prairie du Chien and then placed under arrest for OWI.

Whetzal was previously convicted of OWI four times, according to the complaint.

Mon
03
Aug

River Ridge budget

 

River Ridge District 

facing budget deficit, 

enrollment problems

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
03
Aug

River Ridge School District meeting

 

Another strange twist 

in River Ridge School District saga

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. No, we’re not talking about the 1966 farce starring Zero Mostel, but the meeting held in the River Ridge School District Wednesday night has to be about the most bizarre in the district’s history. 

Wed
29
Jul

Frazier charged with stealing truck

An 18-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Colton A. Frazier faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses stated that Frazier stole a pickup truck from a residence on County Road S in the town of Haney.

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