Man hit by train in Prairie du Chien

Update - The male victim struck by the train was Daniel M. Gillitzer, 22 of Prairie du Chien.  The Prairie du Chien Police Department reports that on April 18, 2015 at approximately 1:19am officers responded to a report of a pedestrian that had been struck by a train. The collision occurred at the East Blackhawk Avenue railroad crossing.

   Initial investigation shows a Burlington Northern train was East/South bound and struck a 22 year old Prairie du Chien man who was East bound... on East Blackhawk Avenue. The pedestrian received injuries and was transported to Crossing Rivers Health by Tri-State Ambulance service. He was then flown to Gundersen Hospital in LaCrosse by Medlink Air.

   The train was traveling at a reduced speed because the train had conducted a crew change about a mile and a half from the collision location.  The incident remains under investigation.

   The police department believes, based on train crew statements, that an adult male was with the victim in this case just prior to the collision. The police department would like to urge anyone who witnessed this to please call the police department at 608-326-2421.

Head-on collision results in fatality

On April 14, 2015 at approximately 2:30 am the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 18 near Fuller Hollow Rd in the Township of Wyalusing.  Due to the crash Hwy 18 was closed for approximately five hours and traffic was rerouted until  the roadway was able to be re-opened.
   Isiaka Barrow, male age 50 from Madison, WI, was traveling westbound on Hwy 18 in his 2014 Toyota Sienna.  Justin Ambrose, age 33 from Deville, LA, was traveling  eastbound on Hwy 18 in his company’s (Railroad Controls, Limited, TX) 2011 Chevy Silverado 3500.  After an initial investigation it was discovered that Barrow’s vehicle drifted across the center line, while negotiating a curve, into the eastbound lane, where a head on collision  occurred with Ambrose’s vehicle.
   Barrow was fatally injured in  the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. Ambrose was transported to Prairie du Chien Hospital by West Grant EMS, and then later taken by Med Flight to La Crosse due to his severe injuries.
   Ambrose’s three passengers, Tyler Waters, age 23 of Saltillo, MS; Jerry Hollingsworth,  age 21 from Pineville, LA; and Kenny Vestal, age 50 from Lake Havasu,  AZ; were also all taken to Prairie du Chien hospital by West Grant EMS where they were treated for minor injuries and later released.

   The exact cause of the crash is unknown at this time and is still under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol Technical  Reconstruction Unit.  Both vehicles involved in the crash sustained extreme front end damages and were removed from the scene by B&M Auto of Bloomington.

    The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this matter by the Mount Hope Fire Department, Patch Grove Fire Department, Bloomington Fire Department,  Bloomington Jaws, West Grant EMS, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Prairie du Chien Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol Technical Reconstruction Unit, and B&M Auto.

Search Continues along WI River for child

Update - April 21, 2015 - The recovery operation will resume today.  River search operations were suspended last week due to high water, but river bank searches have continued and cadaver dog teams from Wisconsin K9SOS Search and Rescue and K9 Emergency Response Team (KERT) aided in the efforts.

Update - April 13, 2015 - Richland Center, WI:  The recovery operation continued this past weekend to locate 5-year-old Angela Girton who fell into the Wisconsin River on April 6, 2015.  Her body has not been found at this time.
   Richland County Emergency Management and Lone Rock Fire were assisted by the following agencies:   Cazenovia Fire Department, Wisconsin DNR, Wisconsin State Patrol, Sauk County Dive team, Blue River Fire Department, Iowa County Emergency Management, local ARES/RACES Amateur Radio Group, Richland County Sherriff’s Department, Lone Rock EMS and many members of the public.

   Saturday’s efforts included 5 boat teams, 2 kayak teams, 2 cadaver dog teams, and a search plane that scanned from Angela’s point of entry to Wauzeka and back.  Bruce’s Legacy and the Sauk County Dive Team worked the area with zero visibility, high water and strong currents.  Sunday’s efforts included 3 boat teams and Bruce’s Legacy collecting and analyzing additional sonar images.
   Today, members of the search team will coordinate morning and evening times to continue the search.   Wisconsin DNR Wardens will also continue to search the river as they are out on normal duty.   The recovery efforts have been scaled back due to zero visibility, high water and strong currents.   Richland County Emergency Management will be working with the National Weather Service and Prairie du Sac dam to monitor the flow and depth of the river.   Once it comes down, we will re-deploy divers and reinstate search efforts; including the assistance of cadaver dog teams.
   The public is welcome to search the area from the Gotham boat landing to Boscobel.   Due to the high water and fast current, we ask that those searching follow all necessary safety precautions.   If anyone discovers her body, please mark the location with a flag or ribbon and call the Richland County Sherriff’s Department at 608-647-2106. Additional information will be released as soon as it is made available. 

Update - April 10th, 5:30 p.m. - Richland Center, WI:  The recovery operation continues to locate 5-year-old Angela Girton who fell into the Wisconsin River Monday night.  Her body has not been found at this time.  The sonar images that were collected and analyzed by Bruce’s Legacy yesterday were unsuccessful in locating her today.  These recovery efforts will continue again tomorrow

Update - April 8th 5:30 p.m. -Richland Center, WI:  The recovery operation continues to locate 5-year-old Angela Girton who fell into the Wisconsin River Monday night.  Her body has not been found at this time.  The Madison Police Department has offered the assistance of a trained cadaver dog to aid the Lone Rock Fire Department and Richland County Emergency Management in their continued search

Update - April 8th -The recovery operation continues to locate 5-year-old Angela Girton, parents Jennifer Christianson and Corey Girton, of Lone Rock. 
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BREAKING! - (See video above) 4/7/15 Richland Center , WI: At approximately 6:15pm last night a four year old  female fell into the north side of the Wisconsin River near the east side of the boat landing in Gotham.  Lone Rock Fire and EMS were dispatched at approximately 6:30pm and were assisted by Spring Green Fire, Blue River Fire, Cazenovia Fire, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Richland County Emergency Management.  The search for the child was discontinued at 9:00pm due to darkness and weather conditions  affecting visibility.
   The search resumed this morning at 6:30am. Lone Rock Fire and EMS is currently being assisted by Spring Green Fire, Blue River Fire, Cazenovia Fire, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Richland County Emergency Management.  DNR Wardens are searching by both boat and plane, and the Baraboo Police Department is searching with a drone.

    4/7/15 11am update: The Sauk County Dive Team and Iowa County Tech Rescue Team are in route to assist in the search.

   Officials understand the emotional impact this has on our community and  appreciates all the help that concerned citizens have offered. However, at this time we are asking for people not to self deploy, as there are  plenty of resources out on the water.  -

Arrests made in Pheasant killing case

April 6, 2015 - The Richland Center Police Department reports the arrest of four  individuals in connection with the August 2014 killing of 39 caged  pheasants belonging to the FFA Chapter at the Richland Center High  School.

   Chief of Police John Annear states that officers from the Richland  Center Police Department and Conservation Wardens from the State of  Wisconsin, Department of Natural Resources, concluded a joint  investigation last week which resulted in the arrests of Drew A. Huth nineteen of Richland Center, Michael J. Sander twenty of Lone Rock, Chase E. Sandmire nineteen of Richland Center, and a seventeen year old male of Hillpoint.

   All four individuals have been booked into the Richland County Jail  and released on $10,000 Signature Bonds with bail conditions that  include no contact with each other or the Richland Center High School.  They face tentative charges of Mistreating Animals Resulting in Death  which is a felony and misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property.

The case will now be forwarded to the Richland County District  Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Formal charges are anticipated next  week at each of their initial court appearances.

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