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Head-on collision on State Hwy. 35

On 11/25/14, at approximately 3:32 PM, a two vehicle crash occurred on State Hwy 35 in the township of Freeman.  This resulted in the shutting down of State Hwy 35 for approximately five hours.  The location of the accident was between cottonwood Pkwy and Old State Hwy 35. 
   Bealis R Giddings, 62 of Gays Mills, was driving southbound on State Hwy 35 and crossed the center line.  Giddings’s car struck an oncoming northbound Smart Bus being driven by Merlyn Leo Osterhaus, 72 of Holy Cross, IA.  Giddings suffered injuries and was taken to Gunderson Lutheran La Crosse by Tri State Ambulance. 
   Wisconsin State Patrol was requested to reconstruct the accident.  Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was Lansing IA Police Department, New Albin IA Police Department Wisconsin State Patrol, Vernon County Sheriff’s Department, Desoto Fire Department, Desoto First Responders, Ferryville First Responders, Ferryville Fire Department, Medlink Air, Tristate Ambulance, Crawford County Highway Department, and Bob’s Towing. 
   The accident remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol.  

Potato chip gang tears-up park

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Property Damage…..during the evening hours of Monday, November 24, 2014 or early morning hours of Tuesday, November 25, 2014, severe damage was done to the grass at Esofea Park, which is on Park Road in the Town of Jefferson.  The intentional damage was done by at least two vehicles by driving and spinning through the fresh snow resulting in the damage to the grass.  An empty red bag of Lays potato chips was left at the scene.
   If you know anything about this please call crime stoppers of the Vernon Co. Sheriff’s Office.  Tipsters may be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.00 and will remain completely anonymous. 608-637-8477 or 800-657-6868

Former BP owner in Gays Mills receives judgment

MADISON, WI - November 24, 2014 — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that his office has obtained a judgment against David D. Mageland of Viroqua requiring Mageland to investigate the nature and extent of petroleum product and diesel range organic contamination found in the soil of the former Gays Mills BP gas station he had operated, and to take any action necessary to restore the environment.  In addition, the judgment requires Mageland to pay $10,885.70 in forfeitures, court costs, surcharges and attorneys’ fees for violating a July 17, 2013, administrative order requiring him to take responsibility for the site.
   According to the Complaint filed by the Department of Justice upon referral by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Mr. Mageland's now-defunct LLC owned the gas station in question from 2001 until April 2011. Mageland operated the station until November 2010, when he emptied the gasoline and diesel tanks. In February 2011, he negotiated the sale of the gas station property to the Village of Gays Mills, which was relocating buildings and businesses out of the Kickapoo River floodplain. The Village paid more than $350,000 for the gas station property. A contingency in its offer required the seller to complete all site remediation, and it provided for the creation of a $14,500 escrow to cover remediation costs.
   The Complaint states that petroleum product contamination was found in October 2011.  DNR directed Mageland to retain a consultant to complete a site investigation and follow the remediation requirements provided by law, but Mageland refused.  He stated that while his insurance company would cover the costs of the release, he was responsible for a $10,000 deductible that he had no intention of paying.  The DNR attempted to work with Mageland, but when he refused to take action, the DNR ordered compliance and Mageland did not appeal DNR's order.
   Wisconsin's hazardous waste substances spills law requires that persons who possess or control hazardous substances discharged to the environment take responsibility for the discharge and take actions necessary to restore the environment to the extent practicable and to minimize the harmful effects from the discharge to the air, lands or waters of the state. The Department of Justice will continue to work with the DNR to ensure that responsible parties fulfill their obligations under the law.
   Assistant Attorney General Diane L. Milligan represented the State.  The Judgment was signed by Crawford County Circuit Court Judge James P. Czajkowski on November 14, 2014.


Trinity Lutheran Church sponsors
Machine Gun Preacher at the Bulldog Cafe’

Sam Childers’ life was the subject to a Hollywood movie, The Machine Gun Preacher.  It illustrates the real life challenges that Sam experienced in Africa, the US and to a certain extent even today.
   It will be held at the Bullldog Cafe’ Boscobel High School on November 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Series of burglaries in PdC

Prairie du Chien, WI - November 16, 2014 - Early this morning officers responded to the area of South 16th Street for a report that a citizen left their home to leave for work and found an unwelcomed guests inside their vehicle attempting to remove property from inside the vehicle.       Officers responded and searched the area. While searching it was found that approximately 20 houses, garages and vehicles were entered or attempted to be entered by the same suspect. No suspect was located during the search but an item of clothing believed to belong to the suspect was recovered.
   We want to remind citizens to lock their vehicles, garages and home doors. Make sure exterior motion lights are working or install some if your property doesn’t currently have them. Most of all, report all suspicious people immediately to the police department. These cases are difficult to solve without the assistance of the public. It may be the difference between allowing your neighbors to become victims and apprehending the thief.

Man drives away after hitting SUV causing injuries

On Friday, November 14, 2013 at approximately 11:50 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of a vehicle crash with possible injuries near the 100 block of North Michigan Street.
   While the officers were driving to the crash they noticed a SUV near the intersection of North Michigan and East Park Street with moderate front end damage driving away from the crash site. 
   An officer then initiated a traffic stop on the SUV on North Wacouta Avenue while the other officer continued to the crash site. 
   During the traffic stop the officer was able to determine that the driver of the SUV, Nicholas A. Pecinovsky, M/W, 22 of Prairie du Chien struck another SUV that was occupied and continued to drive away from the scene. 
   As a result of the investigation Pecinovsky was arrested and placed at the Crawford County Jail for charges for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated casing injury and hit and run causing injury.  Pecinovsky was also cited for not having insurance. 
   Assisting at the scene was the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and Tri-State Ambulance Service. 


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