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Boscobel’s new bike/walking trail is taking shape

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Boscobel, WI - June 24, 2016 - A bike trail is taking shape (Video) along Hwy 61 between Sander Creek and the Boscobel boat landing.  It is the first phase of an ambitious plan to add a trail from Boscobel to Woodman, and perhaps across the Wisconsin River to Wauzeka someday.
   The project, envisioned by a private group, that provided some funds and also received a grant form the Wisconsin DOT.  The City of Boscobel will provide some labor by city crews as their contribution.
   The current walking path along Sander Creek has proven to be very popular, and with this new trail addition, it should be wonderful for tourists and locals for years to come.       

Fight leads to 120 stolen debit cards

The Westby Police Department reports that on the night of Saturday, June 18th, 2016 Officers from the Westby Police Department and Vernon County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to 419 N. Main Street, Hansen’s IGA, in the City of Westby for the report of three males fighting in the parking lot.
   The suspects were located in a vehicle a couple of blocks away. Through the course of the investigation, consent was given to search the vehicle and a total of 113 prepaid debit cards and gift cards were located in the vehicle. All three parties were arrested and the vehicle was impounded. After obtaining search warrants a total of 120 credit cards were seized. Receipts were located for 23 prepaid vanilla gift cards that had a combined total value of $6000.00. Other cards are believed to be stolen and one card was a cloned prepaid card.
   This is an ongoing investigation with the Westby Police Department. The Westby Police Department sent out messages to all departments in the State of Wisconsin as well as several other states in the area as the receipts showed that this took place in multiple states. The Westby Police Department is working with several other agencies on this investigation and plans on involving the FBI.
   The parties that were arrested and charged in the case are Kenneth D. Homesly 44, Ephraim M. Jasper Jr. 20, and Justyn T. Paige 19, all from the Detroit Michigan area.

Vehicle overturns avoiding deer

CS McKibbin crash

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a single-vehicle crash occurred early Saturday morning, June 18, 2016, in the town of Jefferson. 
   Mark Alan McKibbin, age 29, of rural Westby, WI, said the crash occurred at approximately 12:00 AM while he was driving north on County Road B.  McKibbin said he swerved to avoid striking a deer and lost control, on a curve, near Vikemyr Road. 
   The vehicle crossed the roadway and struck the end of a guardrail.  The vehicle overturned and came to rest, upright, along the west side of the roadway.  McKibbin was wearing a seatbelt and both airbags deployed. 
   McKibbin sustained non-life-threatening injuries, but did not immediately seek medical treatment.  The crash was not discovered and reported until 9:30 AM.  Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was the Viroqua Police Department.  The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.  (Photo courtesy of Vernon Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Health Dept. ask for help with mosquito control

The Crawford County Health Department will be working with LaCrosse County Public Health to perform mosquito surveillance over the upcoming summer months.  With west Nile Virus and Lacrosse Encephalitis in our area and Zika virus migrating closer to our state, we are asking the public to help eliminate mosquito breeding habitat.  These areas include but are not limited to the below areas:     
   * Eliminate standing water
   * Dispose of  used tires
   * Empty and turn over plastic wading pools
   * Use landscaping to eliminate areas that collect stagnant water on your property
   * Change the water in bird baths frequently
   * Keep roof gutters clean and free from debris
   * Dispose of or drill holes in the bottom of containers that collect water
The Crawford County Health Department recommends the following to protect yourself.
Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
Apply insect repellant to clothing as well as exposed skin since mosquitoes may bite through clothing. Use a repellant that will repel both mosquitoes and ticks.
   Make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
   For further information contact the Crawford County Health Department at 608-326-0229       

Give me a home where the buffalo roam.....

The Vernon Co. Sheriff’s Office was notified on 6/17/16 of loose buffalo sightings.  The buffalo herd roamed to Owl Avenue in Monroe County, 4 miles from Willow Lane, where they had been pastured. 
   The herd calmed down and was driven back to their pasture.  It is believed they got loose the prior night.  Crop and fence damage was reported.  Elmer Beecher, the owner of the herd, was issued 19 citations for Live Stock at Large – 3rd Offense.

One pot meth arrest in Montfort

On June 15, 2016 the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 204 E. Main St. in the Village of Montfort.  Located inside the residence were 2 “one pot” methamphetamine labs along with materials used in manufacturing methamphetamine. Kirkpatrick was arrested and taken to the Grant County Jail.
   The task force was assisted at the scene by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Narcotics Division and C.L.E.A.R. Team, and the Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup Team responded to the scene to neutralize the hazardous materials.
   Cade Kirkpatrick will be referred to the Grant County District Attorney for charges relating to the manufacturing of methamphetamine as a repeater.

Damage from recent flooding assessed

The Crawford County Emergency Management reports an initial damage assessment from the flash flood
Flood Courier Martin

 (Photo Courtesy of Correne Martin, Courier Press)

that occurred on 06/14/16.  Initial damage assessment is $36,500 in debris clearance and road system repair. 
   This is assessed for the City of Prairie du Chien, Township of Prairie du Chien, Township of Bridgeport, and Township of Wauzeka.  Crawford County Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett has reports of 2 houses that were affected by flood waters and 1 field that had crop loss. 
   If you experience damage to your residence/property or have crop loss from the flash flood please contact the Emergency Management Office at 608-326-0266. 
   The Crawford County Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett and Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick would like to remind everyone to stay safe in future storms and have an Emergency Supply Kit premade. These kits include supplies that can be used when your family is without electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones. More information about what these kits contain can be found at or by calling Crawford County Emergency Management (608-326-0266). 





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