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 Home burglarized, gun safe taken

On Sunday, July 26, 2015, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department initially investigated a report of a residential burglary at 106 Railway Ave. in the Village of Soldiers Grove.
   During the night hours of Saturday, July 25th and / or early morning hours of Sunday, July 26th, the residence was entered and a black gun safe was stolen. The 59” x 20” gun safe contained; Browning Rifles, ammunition, cash, and a Michael Jordan rookie card.

Lincoln rarely visited Wisconsin,
but still enjoyed support

By Tom Emery

Abraham Lincoln only visited Wisconsin twice in his life, in 1848 and 1859. But he managed to carry the state in both of his Presidential elections, despite sizable opposition from anti-war Democrats.

October 27, 1854

Lincoln’s first stop in Wisconsin was a brief one, stopping in Milwaukee on Oct. 4, 1848 following his Congressional term and a speaking tour of the East. Accompanied by his wife and two sons, Lincoln embarked at Buffalo and sailed 1,047 miles around the Great Lakes by steamer, pausing for a short time at Milwaukee as he made his way to Chicago.
While on the water, Lincoln concocted an idea to lift watercraft over shoals using a buoy system, which he patented early the next year.  He remains the only President to hold a patent.
In August 1859, Lincoln was invited to deliver an address at the Wisconsin Agricultural Society that fall. Despite a full schedule of legal commitments and speaking appearances, he accepted, and left Chicago for Milwaukee at mid-day on September 29.
A modest crowd of less than 300 attended the speech the next afternoon, and one newspaper described Lincoln as “dignified and impressive.”  However, one onlooker recalled “no noticeable rhetoric in the address and no effort of oratory in its delivery. It was plain speech of a plain man to plain men.”

 That evening at his Milwaukee hotel, Lincoln delivered an impromptu address on the slavery issue. One account reported Lincoln standing on “the top of the radiator,” while another placed the future President on “an empty dry goods box.”  Continue

Car catches fire after hitting tree, woman walks home

On August 17, 2015 at 9:56pm the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a vehicle fully engulfed in flames on Plum Creek Road, two miles east of Mill Road in the Township of Wauzeka.

Peggy R Weirich age 59 of Wauzeka was operating a 2005 Chrysler Sebring westbound on Plum Creek Road when her vehicle left the roadway, striking an embankment and tree. Weirich was able to exit her vehicle and walk to her residence to call for medical attention. Weirich was transported by Tri State Regional EMS to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien and was later transported by Med Link AIR to Gunderson Lutheran in Lacrosse. 

Weirich was cited for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and failure to keep vehicle under control. Weirich’s vehicle was a total loss.

Assisting on scene was the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Eastman Fire Department, Eastman First Responders, Tri State Regional EMS and Bob’s Towing.

Series of burglaries in Clayton Co. Iowa

On August 17th around 1:24 a.m. the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a burglary in progress near St. Olaf.  Upon further investigation several vehicles and out buildings were found to have been burglarized in the northwest corner of Clayton County. 
   The Sheriff’s Office has responded to numerous calls.   The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its’ investigation and has talked to two suspects along with recovering some stolen property.  If you believe you have something missing, please contact the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office at (563)245-2422 Ext 1

Man injured Sunday in Mississippi River tubing accident

CLINTON, IOWA – August 16, 2015 - A Fulton, Ill. man was injured Sunday afternoon in a tubing accident on the Mississippi River near Clinton.
   Kurt Parker, 31, and another passenger were on a tube being pulled by a boat when the rope broke while making a turn causing the tube to crash into the rocky shoreline at approximately 1 p.m. The other passenger fell off in the water before the tube hit the shore and was not injured.
   Parker was thrown on shore and knocked unconscious. He was treated for facial and head injuries at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton and then flown to University Hospitals in Iowa City.
   The incident remains under investigation by the DNR.

Bicycle accident lands Viroqua man in hospital

Vernon County, WI - August 5, 2015 - Sheriff John B. Spears reports a bicycle crash that occurred on State Highway 27 near Erickson Road in the Town of Christiana.
   On August 5, 2015 at approximately 3:44 p.m., Charles L Driscoll age 71 of rural Viroqua was North bound on State Highway 27 when his bicycle left the pavement, Charles attempted to get the bike back on the roadway when the tire caught the edge of the pavement causing Charles to flip over the top of his bicycle. A second bicyclist was unable to stop and hit Charles.
   Charles was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital by ambulance.  Helmets were worn at the time of the incident
   Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Westby Fire Department, Westby First Responders and Tri-State Ambulance.  The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. 


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