Two arrested for alleged Harpers Ferry burglaries

Harpers Ferry, Iowa – On 7/25/2015 at 2:22 a.m.,
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the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in progess at a residence located on Park Drive in Harpers Ferry. A description of the vehicle was given by a witness. The vehicle was later stopped on State Highway 18 in Clayton County by Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputies. Allamakee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two individuals in connection with multiple burglaries in Harpers Ferry.
   Shane Arnold Christopher (age 29) of Jesup, Iowa has been charged with; 2 counts of Burglary 3rd degree, 1 count of Burglary in the 3rd degree (unoccupied motor vehicle), 1 count of Theft 2nd degree, 1 count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 1 count of Possession of Burglar’s Tools.
   Taylor Anne Frickson (age 20) of Jesup, Iowa has been charged with; 2 counts of Burglary 3rd degree, 1 count of Burglary in the 3rd degree (unoccupied motor vehicle), 1 count of Theft 2nd degree, 1 count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 1 count of Possession of Burglar’s Tools.  Christopher and Frickson are being held in the Allamakee County Jail.

Former Hospital building to be razed

Prairie du Chien, WI- July 24, 2015- For more than two years, since planning for the new Medical Center began, the old 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.
   At their regularly scheduled July 20th meeting, the Crossing Rivers Health Board of Directors voted unanimously to raze the vacant 58-year-old former Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital building, before year-end 2015. With a new Medical Center now in full operation on the city’s south side, Crossing Rivers Health has its sights set on a new era in healthcare, while remaining dedicated to the organization’s long-standing history and legacy.
   Sexton shared that as part of the efforts to find a sustainable and appropriate use for the building, the Prairie du Chien and Crawford County Economic Development Corporations drafted a unique proposal for consideration by Crossing Rivers Health’s Board of Directors. “We appreciate the work done by the Economic Development Corporations to develop a proposal. Ultimately, the board of directors was concerned about the long-term viability of the proposed use.”
   Charlie Connell, Crossing Rivers Health Board President said, “We really got to know this building when we were considering whether to renovate or build new. We understand the challenges with the building structure and know fully the costs involved in operating the building.” In addition, Connell shared that there would be high cost and potentially a high level of risk in the renovation of the current structure. “The costs and risks are not something we’re willing to simply transfer over to the city, and thus the taxpayers,” Connell stated.
   Connell explained that the entire board of directors believes any reuse requiring renovation or restructuring would be extremely expensive. “From an outside perspective, the building may not look as complex as it actually is. It has undergone 11 additions in five decades, resulting in a very complex layout for a very specialized use. Therefore, the board has determined the most prudent course of action is to raze the building, creating a clean slate for future development opportunities.”

Fire at the River's Edge Motel in Ferryville, WI

On Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at approximately 5:35pm the Crawford County Sheriff's Department was notified of a structure fire at the River's Edge Motel in the Village of Ferryville, WI.

   Several  agencies assisted at the scene, which included Ferryville, Desoto, Seneca, Wheatland, Gays Mills, and  Bridgeport Fire Departments. Ferryville 1st Responders and Ocooch Mountain Rescue were also on standby.

   The River's Edge Motel was not occupied, however the one  apartment above the motel was being rented out. There was severe damage to the upper apartment and to the detached storage shed  behind the  motel.  No one was injured in the fire. The River's Edge Motel is owned by Barbara Dunkelberger.

   The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  The State Fire Marshall was called to assist the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Cassville teen killed in apparent shooting accident

On July 20, 2015 at approximately 9:07 p.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an individual who had been shot at a residence located in the Township of Cassville. 
   Upon arrival it was discovered that Jared Winkers, age 17 from rural Cassville, was deceased.  Jared and several of his friends were shooting targets at his residence with various types of weapons including long guns and pistols. 
   It was reported that there was an accidental discharge from a weapon that Dillon Vogt, age 19 from Cassville, was holding.  Jared was fatally wounded as a result of this accidental discharge.

   At present the incident all indications are pointing towards a tragic accident, but as with any investigation, this case remains open and under investigation pending autopsy results and further analysis of evidence gathered from the scene.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Cassville EMS.

Boy almost drowns in river before beach parties
pull him from underwater

Update - The boy has died.
Sheriff John Spears reports the search and rescue of a 9 year old male from the Mississippi River just south of the beach in Blackhawk Park in the Township of Wheatland.

   On July 19, 2015 at approximately 12:19 P.M. the Sheriff’s Office was called about a 9 year old boy who was missing from the Beach at Blackhawk Park.  Upon the arrival of the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office the boy had been located by private parties who were searching the water.  It is believed the boy was under water for 30-45 minutes.

   The Desoto, Wheatland and Genoa fire and first responders also arrived on scene.  CPR was performed and Tri State ambulance arrived at the scene.  Tri State ambulance transported the boy to Gunderson Health System in La Crosse.  The boy is currently listed in critical care.  

   Assisting at the scene were the Wheatland, Desoto, and Genoa Fire Department and First Responders, Tri-State Ambulance and Med-Link Air.

When it’s hot, make lemonade

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These rural Crawford County youngsters know when Dads making hay, and it’s hot and humid, it’s time to set-up a lemonade stand.  Left to right - Macy, Hayley & Clint.

Man impersonating an officer stops car
with female driver

Grant County, WI - July 18, 2015 - On Friday July 17, 2015, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received notification of a Facebook post circulating around about a female that was stopped on Hwy 151 by an unmarked car near Platteville. 

   Upon further investigation, it is alleged that on Thursday July 16, 2015, at around 11:55pm, a dark colored SUV was parked on the northbound shoulder of Hwy 151 south of Platteville.  As the victim vehicle passed, the SUV pulled out behind her and activated a red/blue dash light.  The victim pulled to the shoulder where a male subject believed to be in his 40’s wearing only a black t-shirt approached her vehicle with a flashlight.  The male asked if she knew why she was stopped.  When she didn’t, he asked her to exit to show her an equipment violation.  The victim asked the male for identification.  When he failed to produce an ID, she said she would be calling 911.  The victim advised the male then went back to his car and drove off to the north. 

   The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that several law enforcement agencies in our area do utilize unmarked patrol vehicles for several different reasons.  All these vehicles are equipped with multiple sources of emergency lights and a siren. 

   If a law enforcement officer attempts to stop you, the first step is to acknowledge the officer’s presence by significantly reducing your speed.  If you feel that the situation is not safe to stop, or question the validity of the law enforcement officer, you may continue a short distance to a safer location to stop as long as you maintain your significantly reduced speed.  If you still question the validity of the officer, you may always call 911 to verify it is an actual law enforcement officer.  

   This appears to be an isolated incident at this time, but if a similar situation would occur, please call 911 immediately to notify the correct authorities to investigate such an incident. 

   If anyone has further information that would assist in investigating this current incident, please notify Sergeant Miller at the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at email: tmiller@co.grant.wi.gov or 608-723-2157 ext 174.

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