Man badly injured in motorcycle spill

On Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 3:50 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a motorcycle crash on State Highway 171, 2/10ths mile east of Gays Mills, WI.
   Donald Galle, age 58 of Dubuque Iowa, was driving a 2010 Harley Davidson Motorcycle west on Orchard Hill, negotiating a curve, he lost control of the cycle, slid across the roadway crashing into the guardrail.  Galle was ejected from the cycle.
   He was taken to the Vernon Memorial Hospital and later transfered to Gundersen Health in La Crosse.  He sustained a broken neck bone, a punctured lung, and 5 broken ribs.
   Galle’s motorcycle sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene.

Spraying helicopter crashes near Potosi, WI

On 8-13-14 at approximately 11:26am, the Sheriff’s Office received a call of a helicopter crash in Harrison Township.  
   It was later determined that Dale Eilo 54 of Pleasant Prairie, WI was spraying bean fields.  Eilo was flying a Robinson R44 helicopter and went to turn the helicopter to go along power lines owned by Dairyland Power.  The rotors clipped the power lines and causing the helicopter to descend.  Eilo was able to land on the skids, but the helicopter rolled over. 
   Eilo was properly restrained and was wearing a helmet. He was treated for minor injuries at the scene and the helicopter was totaled.  Assisting at the scene was Potosi Police Department, Potosi Fire and EMS, as well as Dairyland Power.  The crash will be investigated further by the FAA.

Dubuque man drowns off island in Mississippi River

On August 8, 2014 at 4:38 PM the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a possible drowning on the Mississippi River. 
   Jerry S. Thill, 53, of Dubuque, IA had been camping on an island on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River across from Finley’s Landing Park with four other men from Dubuque.  Thill had gone into the river to check why the fishing was so bad.  The other four men all said that Thill was in water up to his chest and appeared to be fine. 
   Thill suddenly appeared distressed, trying to swim, but was not able to.  23 year old Steven C. Kruckenberg, 27 of Dubuque, swam to him to try to help Thill but, was not able to keep a strong hold on him and Thill went under water and did not resurface.  George Jackson, 27, called 9-1-1 immediately after helping the others get out of the water. 
   The Iowa Department of Natural Resources had a boat with two DNR Wardens on the river in the area and they were on scene shortly after the initial 9-1-1 call was received.  Several area fire departments responded to the area to assist with the search and eventual recovery.  The Iowa DNR boat was able use their side scan sonar to locate an object that appeared to be a body.   About an hour later, Thill was recovered from the river.  He was pronounced dead by the Grant County Coroner’s Office once he was brought to shore in Potosi. 
   The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, the Sherrill, IA Fire Department, the Potosi Fire Department, Potosi EMS, and the Cassville Fire Department.

Meth arrest in Montfort, WI

Montfort, WI - At approximately 1:00 PM on Tuesday August 5th the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a suspicious vehicle parked on East Main Street near the Lil Tykes Daycare in the Village of Montfort.
   The occupants were reported as acting strange. A fourth occupant of the vehicle that had left on foot was seen trying to hide an object near a military tank by the Montfort VFW.
   A deputy made contact with the male subject who was identified as Cade Kirkpatrick, 24 of Montfort. The suspicious vehicle in question had also arrived at that location. During the contact items were identified as those used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. K9 A-Rod was deployed on the vehicle and the subsequent search found additional manufacturing products.
   The items in Kirkpatrick’s possession along with those found in the vehicle resulted in the arrest of Kirkpatrick and Danielle Abbott, 30 of Linden, for possession of materials for the manufacture of methamphetamine. The other two occupants were released at the scene. Both Kirkpatrick and Abbot are being held at the Grant County Jail.

Bouzek’s pre-hearing on child abuse charges


Lancaster, WI - August 5, 2014 - Aaron Bouzek appeared in Grant County Court for his preliminary hearing on various charges of alleged child abuse and child pornography.  His case was bound over for trial on December 18, 2014.  See highlights of hearing. (Click on the HD icon in the lower right corner to toggle it to SD for uninterrupted playback if you are having trouble with starting and stopping.  Either way, you may watch in full screen).

Local man charged with alleged assault of children

Update - It’s worse than we thought!
MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Aaron Bouzek has been charged with numerous crimes against children.  An initial appearance is scheduled in Grant County Circuit Court for July 30th at 1:00 p.m.
   According to the Criminal Complaint, Bouzek sexually assaulted a child from the age of two- to eight-years-old.  He is charged with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child, three counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child and three counts of possession of child pornography, all in relation to that victim.  The charges span from the end of 2007 to April of 2014.  Bouzek is additionally charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child and sexual exploitation of a child for conduct with a one-year-old.  Bouzek is also charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child for conduct with an infant and a two-year-old.  Bouzek is charged with another eighteen counts of possession of child pornography.
   Repeated sexual assault of a child under 12 is a class B felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 60 years. First-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 12 is a class B felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 60 years.  Possession of child pornography is a class C felony and punishable by imprisonment for not more than 40 years or fined not more than $100,000 or both. Child exploitation is a C felony and punishable by imprisonment for not more than 40 years or fined not more than $100,000 or both.
   A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of criminal law.  A defendant enjoys a presumption of innocence.  The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.
   Assistant Attorney General Karie D. Cattanach is representing the State.  This investigation was conducted by the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  Victim Services are being provided by the Grant County victim witness unit.

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Aaron L. Bouzek

Prairie du Chien, WI, made an initial appearance in Grant County Courthouse today on a series of sex charges.  He is charged with allegedly having intercourse with a person under 12 (multiple counts), Child sexual exploitation - video, records, etc., Multiple counts of possession of Child Pornography.  A total of 33 felony counts.
   Mr. Bouzek’s Linkedin page states he had been assistant manager at Radio Shack in Prairie du Chien a few years back.  His preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 5, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. at the Grant County Courthouse.
   It should be emphasized that Mr. Bouzek is assumed to be not guilty until proven in a court of law.  More information to follow.


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