The singing butcher of Gays Mills

Singing Bucther

Jim Washburn lives in Soldiers Grove, and works at the Kickapoo Locker in Gays Mills.  While he works, he'll break into song at the drop of a hat.  There is no telling where talent is in our area.  Give a quick listen (Click on the HD icon in the lower right corner to toggle it to SD for uninterrupted playback if you are having trouble with starting and stopping.  Either way, you may watch in full screen).

Body recovered from Mississippi River

On Saturday afternoon October 25, 2014,  at approximately 4:30 pm, two boaters notified the Crawford County Sheriff`s Dept that they had spotted what may be a body in the Mississippi river south of Lock and Dam 9.  (Original story below)
   The Sheriff`s Dept responded and recovered the body of 64 year old Roger Goodell who had fallen out of the boat he was fishing in two weeks earlier.  Members of the Sheriff’s Dept., Wisconsin Department of Natural resources, volunteer Fire Dept. members from Wisconsin and Iowa, and family and friends had been searching for Goodell daily since he had fallen in and was presumed drowned on October 11, 2014. Goodell’s body was found approximately 3/4 of a mile downstream from the dam.
   “We had over 200 volunteers in boats searching, we had underwater sonar camera’s, we searched some of the wing dams with a diver and found nothing”, said Sheriff Dale McCullick. I think we all feared his body was probably somewhere under the roller gate of the lock and dam and we may never recover him”, added McCullick.  On Wednesday October 22, 2014 the Sheriff’s Department utilized two cadaver dogs from a company called k-9 search solutions out of Madison which are trained to detect human remains.  They we taken out by boat to the roller gate were Goodell had fallen in.  Both dogs indicated, meaning that there was an odor of human remains.
   On Friday October 24, 2014 the employees of the US Army Corps of Engineers bulk headed the portion of the dam where Goodell had fallen in.  The roller gate was then lifted up so the bottom of the roller gate could be inspected.  Nothing was found but it is apparent that Goodell’s body was trapped under the gate and released as the gate was being lifted.  “I want to extend my gratitude to the Corps of engineers and their employees, bulk heading a gate is time and labor intensive and not something they do regularly.  I don’t think we would have found him for a long time if ever had they not done this procedure,” Said McCullick.  I also want to thank all the other volunteers that assisted with the search.  I am glad the family can finally have closure.  

Fisherman presumed drowned

Update - On October 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a boater who had fallen over board at the Lock and Dam # 9.  It was determined that Roger S. Goodell age 64 of rural Ferryville and a friend were fishing in the Mississippi River near Lock and Dam 9 (near Lynxville).
   The boat they were in floated into a restricted area near the dam and the boat hit the wall of the dam.  Goodell attempted to push the boat away from the wall while the friend he was with started the boat motor.  Goodell fell overboard into the water and never resurfaced. Goodell is presumed drowned. 
   Workers from Lock and Dam 9, members from several volunteer Fire Departments, Officers from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Med Link Air all searched for Goodell during the afternoon. 
   The search resumed on Sunday morning October 12, 2014.  Army Corps of Engineers dive team was called in to search the area near the dam where Goodell had fallen in.  The Wisconsin DNR also brought in two underwater cameras called Rovers.  Volunteer Fire Department members and Sheriff Department Personnel were are also assisting with the search.  As of the time of this news release Goodell’s body has not been located, the search continues. 
   “We need to keep looking and hope that we can find him for closure for family and friends”, stated Sheriff Dale McCullick.  With all the boats out fishing and hunting season ongoing on the river if he surfaces he will be found, added McCullick.
   Anyone finding something on the water is urged to call the Crawford County Sheriff Office at 608-326-8414 and report it. 
   “I want to thank the U S Army Corps of Engineers for all their assistance they were a great resource throughout this process”, said Sheriff McCullick.  I also want to thank all who assisted the Sheriff’s Department, Seneca Fire Dept and First Responders,  Tri State EMS, Med Link Air, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Grant County Sheriff Dept. Lansing Iowa Fire Dept., Harpers Ferry Iowa Fire Dept., and Roger Martin Crawford County Emergency Management Director.

Decorah woman assaulted in her home by intruder

Decorah, Iowa - On October 6, 2014 at 7:54 p.m. the Decorah Police Department received a call regarding an assault at a residence in the 300 block of East Main Street.

Indecent Exposure

On 10/2/14 between 9 & 10 p.m. an unknown male subject approached a woman getting out of her car and he appeared to be exposing himself or engaged in lewd behavior.
   This occurred in the area of Riverside and Main St.  The Police Dept. received another similar call during this time period in the area of Day St. and Lloyd, where an unknown male was seen outside the window of a residence exposing himself and engaged in lewd behavior.
   Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the subject.  The subject was described as a white male, 20-30 yrs., wearing a white/heather gray sweatshirt with a hood and possibly blue jeans.


   The suspect entered the residence through an unlocked back screen door and assaulted the female victim in the kitchen.  The female victim sustained minor injuries and the male subject fled.
   The suspect was described as a white male 5’8 to 5’9, wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, a stocking hat, blue jeans and had some facial stubble.  The suspect was unknown to the victim.
   Based on the description of the suspect and the general location it appears this case may be related to the previous reported indecent exposure cases on October 2nd.
   Anyone with information related to these cases, please call the Decorah Police Dept.  A general reminder to keep your doors locked at all times, turn exterior lights on and report anything that you feel may be out of the ordinary immediately.

Mt. Sterling man killed in car crash

Update - The deceased has been identified as Ben Quamme.
On October 6, 2014 at 11:39 pm the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one vehicle roll over crash located at the intersection of Highway 27 and Bob White Glen Road in the Township of Utica.  The reporting party informed dispatch that the driver was non-responsive.
   Crawford County deputies arrived on scene and found a 33 year old Mt Sterling man pinned in the vehicle and non-responsive. Deputies removed the driver from the vehicle as Ocooch Mountain Rescue arrived on scene. Deputies and EMS performed CPR for over an hour while Tri-State Ambulance and Med Link Air arrived. The 33year old succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene.
   Deputies conducted an investigation and determined that the Mt Sterling man was alone and operating a 2003 Chevy Tahoe north on Highway 27 when he went off into the east shoulder for approximately 100 feet before veering back across both lanes of travel into the south bound lane and flipped over on its top coming to rest in the roadway. The driver was not wearing his seatbelt.  
   Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was Ocooch Mountain Rescue, Seneca Fire Department, Seneca First Responders, Med Link Air, Gunderson Lutheran Hospital, Tri State Ambulance and the Crawford County Coroner’s Office and Bob’s Towing.  Name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family. 

 

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