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“What’s New in County 22?”

This month in “What’s New in County 22” I would like to explain some recent events that have hit close to home and affected all of us as of late.  Some of you may have watched the riots or peaceful marches in the town of Ferguson, MO the last few weeks when a white police officer shot and killed a black unarmed robbery suspect.  The citizens became furious, violence erupted and local peace officers used military equipment to sustain order to the best of their abilities. 
   The equipment was given to the local peace officers from a military surplus program called the 10-33 program. The program allows local police forces to acquire military hardware to use for police purposes and was passed in the context of a perceived drug crisis around 1990.  This was intended to combat illegal drug activities using material not needed by the Department of Defense.  After reports from the media on the military equipment being used, the 10-33 program was put on hold nationwide.
   Most law enforcement agencies do take part in that program at some time including our sheriff’s office.  At the time the Ferguson, MO event was going on, we had contacted the 10-33 program and had a walk through metal detector being held for us to pick up and use free of charge.  This metal detector is valued at $15,000 and our intention was to implement it at our courthouse.  Courthouse security is defined in the Iowa law and described as a duty of the sheriff, and one that I take seriously. 
   Since I’ve taken office I have implemented courthouse and county office security through part-time manpower and cameras.  This leads me to another recent event during that time span.  The Jackson County Courthouse shooting at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting in Maquoketa, Iowa.  I’m sure most of you have based an opinion on what you heard on the situation from the news media on the 10-33 program out of Ferguson, MO but in my opinion it would have been nice to implement a $15,000 dollar piece of equipment, free of charge to tax payers, to improve security at our local courthouse.  Now since that time the program has been put back into effect but we have to start over the application process for the metal detector in hopes of acquiring one. 
   Another reminder for everyone is that it is that time of year again when I would like to encourage people to slow down and watch out for farmers who will be on the roadways harvesting their crops.  They are out working their jobs trying to make a living like all of us.  There will also be slower vehicles for what appears to be a beautiful leaf season on the way.  Please remain calm to slower drivers and use caution when passing farm equipment on roadways.
   If you have any questions, or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me, or stop by to see me.
Thanks and be safe,  Sheriff Mike Tschirgi

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There are places that speak of well managed, wholesome country life, where it is obvious that there is enterprise, and a balanced life to those who dwell there.

Man flees into apple orchard to elude police

On September 28th at 1:07 AM a Crawford County Deputy and The Crawford County K-9 Unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2007 Ford Taurus being operated by Mark Mckibbin, age 28 of Gays Mills, WI on Highway 171 near Sunrise Orchard.
   Mckibbin pulled off to the side of the road and fled on foot into the apple orchard and down into a cornfield.  The K-9 Unit tracked Mckibbin for some time until tracking was canceled for safety reasons. Mckibbin’s vehicle was towed from the scene and charges for obstructing an officer will be referred to the District Attorney along with several traffic citations.
   Deputies attempted to locate Mckibbin at his residence hours later. Mckibbin was not located, however Stacy Connor , age 28 of Gays Mills, WI was arrested on several outstanding warrants from 2 counties.

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Mayo Clinic Health System Welcomes
New Linear Accelerator

La Crosse, Wis. – September 26, 2014 - What does it take to lift twenty thousand pounds of medical equipment into the basement level of a medical facility?  Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare Radiology Oncology department found that out today when its new linear accelerator arrived on the La Crosse campus Friday.
   With help from a crane and trucks delivering the new system from Palo Alto California, the equipment was placed into Mayo Clinic Health System’s Cancer Center in four hours.
   Construction of the vault holding the linear accelerator and installation of the new TrueBeam system should be completed by early January 2015 according to Mayo Clinic Health System physicist Kevin Mcnamara.
   Mcnamara says the new linear accelerator system will bring some of the most innovative thinking in cancer care including offering a range of capabilities that turn leading research into integrated care.
   Some technology differences include: 6 degrees of freedom couch for enhanced precision advanced imaging system for quality images at reduced dose, and high definition 120 Multi leaf collimator.  The system is also able to deliver dose up to 4 times quicker with this new system.

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Meth bust in Prairie du Chien

On Monday, September 22 at approximately
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2:15 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant at 609 E. Broadway in the City of Prairie du Chien.  Investigators located 4 “one pot” methamphetamine labs, numerous items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamines, items associated with the sale and distribution of narcotics, and several items of drug paraphernalia used to ingest narcotics.
   As a result of the search warrant Dustin C. Roh, 23 of Prairie du Chien and Callie D. Kirschbaum, 35 of Prairie du Chien were arrested and placed at the Crawford County Jail.
   Charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth waste, possession of drug paraphernalia and other related crimes will be referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office for a criminal complaint. 
   The police department was assisted at the scene by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Prairie du Chien Fire Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Crawford County Public Health, Tri-State Regional Ambulance, Bob’s Towing and Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup. 
   The incident remains under investigation.

 

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