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Fog & Ice contribute to crashes

On December 13, 2014 at approximately 7:19pm the Crawford County Sheriff`s Department received a report of a one vehicle car crash with possible injuries at the intersection of USH 61 and Marietta Valley Road in the Township of Marietta.
   Anthony M Kurtz, 47 of Prairie du Chien was operating a 2005 Ford Focus westbound on STH 60 approaching the stop sign of the USH 61 intersection. Kurtz was unable to see the stop sign due to the dense fog, crossed both lanes of traffic on USH 61 and went up the embankment along Marietta Valley Road. The Kurtz vehicle came to rest on the steep embankment. Kurtz and his passenger, Kaylin N Kurtz, 17 of Prairie du Chien were transported to Boscobel Area Health Care for precautionary measures and later released.  The Kurtz vehicle sustained moderate damage from the crash.
   Assisting on scene was the Boscobel Police Department, Boscobel Fire Department, Boscobel EMS, Terry’s Tire and Tow and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Saturday, December 13, 2014 at approximately 08:00 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one vehicle traffic crash that occurred on Spring Valley Rd near Marietta Valley Rd, in the Township of Marietta.
   Logan R. Knoble, age 22, of Boscobel was operating a 2003 Chevy Silverado eastbound on Spring Valley Rd. when he hit a patch of ice causing the vehicle to fishtail. Knoble was unable to get the vehicle under control and left the north side of the roadway. After leaving the roadway Knoble struck a guardrail and went off a narrow bridge. The guard rail became entangled under the vehicle and one post went through the cab and the center console. The vehicle then struck multiple fence posts before stopping in a field.  The vehicle had severe damage and Knoble did not have any injuries.
   Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department on scene was Terry’s Tire and Tow. 

Storage units burglarized in Bridgeport

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at approximately 10:37 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report that several storage units had been burglarized at CT Investments. CT Investments storage units are located near Cleary Building in the Township of Bridgeport. The burglaries are suspected to have occurred sometime on Tuesday, December 9 or Wednesday, December 10.

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Many people charged with alleged illegal
hunting activity

FAIRFIELD, Iowa – December 11, 2014 - An extensive investigation centering on a hunting outfitter in Jefferson County has resulted in multiple charges against several individuals.
   Brenton J. Clark and his wife, Rachael, owners of Southeast Iowa Outfitters in Fairfield face several charges related to alleged illegal practices associated with their operation.
   Brenton J. Clark, 34, faces four counts of unlawful commercialization of wildlife (serious misdemeanor), five counts of possessing other peoples’ deer tags, four counts of unlawful possession and transportation of buck deer and unlawfully hunting of a deer with a mobile radio.
   Rachael Clark, 34, has been charged with three counts of possessing the deer tag of another person.
   In addition to the criminal charges the Iowa DNR is seeking liquidated damages in the amount of $120,000 against Brenton J. Clark for deer that were illegally taken at Southeast Iowa Outfitters in 2012 and 2013.
   Also facing charges are James K. Moulierre, 47, of Alexandria, LA who was charged with not having a non-resident any sex deer tag and unlawful transportation of a buck deer and Thomas E. Bromell, 46, of Fairfield who was charged with possession of a deer tag of another person and unlawful possession and transportation of a buck deer.
   Those who have already pled guilty to charges resulting from the investigation include:
   David A. Neff, 67, of Fairfield, pled guilty to providing a deer tag to another person.  Fine and court cost of $195.
   Sheri B. Neff, 69, of Fairfield, pled guilty to providing a deer tag to another person and failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $390.
   James R. Deornellas, 76, of Fairfield, pled guilty to providing a deer tag to another person and failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $390.
   Russell W. Deornellas, 53, of Fairfield, pled guilty to providing a deer tag to another person and failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $390.
   Jerry L. Hemm, 40, of Birmingham, pled guilty to providing a deer tag to another person and failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $390.
   Mark W. Kraft, 53, of Fairfield, pled guilty to providing a deer tag to another per5son and failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $390.
   Dallon E. Buchanan, 41, of Cabot, AR, pled guilty to failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $195.
   George W. Uithoven, 44, of Meridian, MS, pled guilty to unlawful transportation of a buck deer and not having a non-resident any sex deer tag.  Fine and court cost of $849.
   Louie O. Justus, 40, of Candler, NC, pled guilty to unlawful transportation of a buck deer and not having a non-resident any sex deer tag.  Fine and court cost of $849.
   Benjamin M. King, 26, of Rutherfordton, NC, pled guilty to unlawful transportation of a buck deer and not having a non-resident any sex deer tag.  Fine and court cost of $849.
   Jack Conner, 62, of Union Mills, NC, pled guilty to unlawful transportation of a buck deer and failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $390.
   The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Bureau, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.
   In addition, assistance in conducting interviews and seizing illegal deer that were being kept in other states was provided by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
   A total of 11 deer have been seized in the course of the investigation which is still on- going.

Warm-up in forecast could weaken ice conditions

MADISON, WI - December 9, 2014 - With temperatures forecast to reach into the 40-degree range this weekend, state conservation wardens are cautioning people interested in venturing on to our frozen lakes and rivers that due to the early season snowfall many lakes have not had enough time to form thick, safe ice for winter fun.
   "In all likelihood, the ice looks thicker - and safer - than it actually is," said Todd Schaller, chief warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "The best advice to follow is no matter what the month, consider all ice unpredictable. There can be cracks and changes in the thickness that you may not be able to see. This is especially true after we have the first cold nights and the early ice is spotted statewide."
   Schaller says ice thickness may vary or snow cover may hide weak or honeycomb ice and water pockets. "Let's make sure your first outing isn't your last. And take the time to educate your children about the dangers associated with frozen ponds, lakes and rivers."

Here are tips for staying safe this season:

    Always remember that ice is never completely safe under any conditions.
    Fish or walk with a friend. It's safer and more fun.
    Contact local sport shops to ask about ice conditions on the lake or river you want to fish.
    Carry a cell phone, and let people know where you are going and when you'll return home.
    Wear proper clothing and equipment, including a life jacket or a float coat to help you stay afloat and to help slow body heat loss.
    Wear creepers attached to boots to prevent slipping on clear ice.
    Carry a spud bar to check the ice while walking to new areas.
    Carry a couple of spikes and a length of light rope in an easily accessible pocket to help pull yourself - or others - out of the ice.
    Do not travel in unfamiliar areas -- or at night.
    Know if the lake has inlets, outlets or narrows that have currents that can thin the ice.
    Watch out for pressure ridges or ice heaves. These can be dangerous due to thin ice and open water.
    Take extra mittens or gloves so you always have a dry pair.

"At DNR, we want you to be safe enjoying the outdoors. Common sense is the greatest ally in preventing ice related accidents," Schaller said. "That includes checking ice conditions and preparing oneself before venturing out. One rule of thumb remains the same. Treat all ice as unsafe."
For more information search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "ice safety."

Nothing comes easy in the winter

CS Cardinal Sandstrom

With the look on this bird, he seems to be saying; ‘Well, do you know the water's frozen?’  (photo courtesy of Marcia & Mike Sandstrom)

Meth arrests in Prairie du Chien

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at
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approximately 5:15 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department went to a residence at 109 West Wisconsin Street on a warrant arrest.   During the course of the investigation officers observed numerous items of drug paraphernalia associated with the ingestion of methamphetamine. 
   Additional staff was contacted to assist due the discovery of “one pot” methamphetamine labs in the residence.  Approximately 15 “one pots” were removed from the residence as a result of the investigation. 
   As a result of the of the investigation, Luke T. Duda, 24 of Prairie du Chien and Kimberly A. Sepe, 54 of Prairie du Chien were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Tina N. Sepe, 31 of Prairie du Chien was arrested on warrant. 
   Additional charges and arrests are being pursed through the District Attorney’s Office for Manufacturing Methamphetamine and possession of Methamphetamine Waste. 
   The police department was assisted at the scene by the Prairie du Chien Fire Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Crawford County Public Health and Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup. 

Multiple burglaries occur in LaFarge

LaFarge, WI - Between the hours of 11:00PM on November 30, 2014 and 5:00AM on December 1, 2014, multiple thefts and burglaries occurred in the Village of LaFarge. 
   Vehicles were entered and numerous entries were made to a garage complex in the 300-block of W. Highland St.  Vehicles were also entered in the 400-block of N. Bird St. and the 300-block of N. State St. 
   Items taken in the thefts included a Garmin GPS System and an undisclosed amount of money.
   If you have any information on this story, please call the Vernon County Crime Stoppers at 608-637-8477 or 800-657-6868 or the LaFarge Police Department.  (Editor’s note - a similar series of burglaries were conducted in Prairie du Chien a couple of weeks ago.)

 

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