Collision on Hwy. 27 results in two fatalities

Update - Names of people involved in fatal accident:
   19 year old Eastman Woman, Bridget A. Achenbach (deceased)
   Driver of Chevy Cruze  85 years old Kenneth H Eppers (deceased)
   Passenger in Cruze 85 year old Genevieve M Eppers (remains in critical condition)
On 05/24/15 at 2:06 p,m, the Crawford County Sheriff Dept. was notified of a two car accident on STH 27 near Messler Lane in Eastman Township. The investigation and eyewitness account revealed the following of how the accident occurred.  
   A 2008 Chevy Impala driven by a 19 year old rural Eastman woman was South Bound on STH 27.  A 2013 Chevy Cruze driven by an 85 year old Tomah man was north bound. The South bound Impala hydroplaned on the wet pavement and spun into the north bound lane.  The 2013 Cruze struck the Impala in the rear. 
   The Eastman woman was pronounced dead at the scene by the Crawford County Coroner.  The Tomah man and his 85 year old wife had to be extricated from their vehicle using the Jaws of Life.  Both were transported to Crossing Rivers Health Care where the driver later died from his injuries. The Tomah Woman was transported to a hospital in La Crosse where she remains in critical condition. 

   The Wisconsin State Patrol was called to reconstruct the accident.  STH 27 was closed for over three hours. 

   Assisting at the scene were the Eastman First responders and Fire Department, Seneca Fire Department, Bridgeport Fire department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Tri State Regional EMS, and Bobs Towing.  The Crawford County Highway Dept. assisted with closing the highway.

High Speed chase through Prairie du Chien

 The Prairie du Chien Police Department reports on May 23, 2015 at approximately 1:43am a Prairie du Chien Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for operating left of center and failing to dim their bright head lamps. The suspect vehicle was first observed West bound on the 100 block of West Blackhawk Avenue. The suspect vehicle initially stopped at the intersection of South Main Street and West Iowa Street. When the officer exited his squad car to approach the suspect vehicle, the suspect vehicle fled from the traffic stop and preceded South bound on the Hwy 18 bypass.

   A vehicle pursuit was initiated and the suspect vehicle reached speeds of approximately 60mph while on the Hwy 18 bypass. The suspect vehicle entered the Tractor Supply parking lot and a second Prairie du Chien Police squad car entered the pursuit. At this time the suspect vehicle made aggressive and dangerous maneuvers causing police to take evasive action to avoid being struck by the suspect vehicle. The pursuit continued East on Hwy 18 and several “rolling roadblocks” were attempted to induce the suspect vehicle to stop. Speeds on Hwy 18 increased to approximately 80mph. Deputies from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit in Bridgeport Township.

   The pursuit continued into Grant County where several more “rolling roadblocks” were attempted by officers and deputies. Each time, the suspect vehicle took aggressive action and forced officers and deputies to take evasive action to avoid being rammed by the suspect vehicle.

   Near the intersection of Hwy 18 and Grant County Highway Road P “Stop Sticks,” a tire deflation device, was deployed by a Grant County Deputy. The suspect vehicle struck the “Stop Sticks” and was disabled approximately 1 mile East of the intersection of Hwy 18 and County Hwy P, in Grant County.

   Officers arrested Donald Hinrichs, age 65 of Waterloo, Iowa. Charges that will be sought through the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office include: Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Intoxicants 4th Offense and Knowingly Fleeing an Officer. Several traffic citations were issued to Mr. Hinrichs, those include: Operating Left of Center, Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Valid Drivers License, and Speeding.

   One squad car received damage to a tire during the pursuit but no injuries were reported. “I want to commend my officers and all assisting agencies for their efforts to bring this dangerous situation to a safe conclusion. These incidents are often glamorized by coverage on television and other media. Pursuits often result in property damage or worse and through the cooperation and planning with multiple agencies, this pursuit ended with minimal property damage and no personal injuries” said Chief Chad Abram.         The Prairie du Chien Police Department was assisted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol and Bob’s Towing.

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Drug arrest at two locations

Harpers Ferry, IA – On May 18, 2015 at approximately 6:15 p.m., a search warrant was executed at a residence located at 301 Olive Street in Harpers Ferry. Methamphetamines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and United States currency was seized during the warrant. Four individuals were arrested on charges as a result of the investigation. Arrested were Joshua Orion Honey Well, Zach Wayne Charles Beinborn, Bobijo Dee Carter and Connie Anne Moore.

Lansing, IA - A second search warrant was executed May 18, 2015 at approximately 7:40 p.m., on an apartment located at 100 Main Street in Lansing, Iowa. Methamphetamines, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized during the warrant. A female, Heidi Lucy Frawley was arrested.

The search warrants were the result of an ongoing narcotics investigation by the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office and Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation remains ongoing.

   Assisting at the scenes were the Waukon Police Department, Lansing Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol.

White-nose syndrome spreading in Wisconsin bats

MADISON - Winter surveillance in 2014-15 for  white-nose syndrome in bats has been completed, with 75 bat hibernacula  visited for disease surveillance throughout Wisconsin.

   In total, 14 sites in eight counties have  been confirmed with either the disease-causing fungus or white-nose  syndrome. Bats at sites in Grant, Crawford, Richland, Door and Dane  county have tested positive for white-nose syndrome, while the fungus  known to cause the disease has been confirmed at sites in Iowa, Dodge  and Lafayette counties.
   The original point of infection in Grant  County has experienced an overall population reduction of 70 percent  from pre-WNS estimates. At this time, this is the only affected location with a noticeable difference in population resulting from white-nose  syndrome.  Although winter hibernation is over, the  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will continue to review public reports and respond to wildlife mortality events in order to monitor  the health of Wisconsin's bat population.

   White-nose syndrome is a deadly bat disease  that, among other things, can cause bats to frequently wake from  hibernation - this can deplete energy reserves and lead to starvation  and dehydration, or death due to exposure before the end of winter. The  syndrome was first detected in Wisconsin in Grant County in March 2014,  and does not affect people or other animal groups.

Postville man arrested on (alleged)
sexual abuse charges

Postville, IA – On May 8, 2015 Kim Neal Flatjord (age 61) of Postville, Iowa was arrested on a arrest warrant on the charges of Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree (class C felony), Solicitation to Commit a Felony (class D felony), Administering Harmful Substances (class D felony), and Invasion of Privacy (serious misdemeanor). The charges stem from an incident that occurred in rural Allamakee County in September of 2013. A search warrant was also served on May 8, 2015 at Flatjord’s residence located at 12396 State Highway 18, Postville, Iowa.

   The incident remains under investigation by the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office.  Assisting in the search warrant was the Postville Police Department.

Monday, May 25, 2015 

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