Police apprehended man who
allegedly killed a 3 year boy

Update - On July 10 2020 at approx. 2:00 p.m. Chase Harville was located and taken into custody by authorities searching the woods behind the CTH N residence.    Harville will be held in the Crawford County Jail on a Charge of First-Degree Reckless Homicide pending a bond hearing.  
   The Sheriff Department would like to thank the numerous agencies that assisted with the search and the public for all of the information sharing.
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Crawford County, WI - July 10, 2020 - The Crawford County Sheriff Office is investigating the death of a three-year-old boy that occurred during the early morning hours of July 10th in rural Prairie du Chien Township.
   We are seeking assistance from the public with locating Chase M. Harville, age 29 of Prairie du Chien. Harville fled the scene of the death investigation on CTH N on foot.          
   Harville is described as 5’10 inches tall weighing approx. 190 lbs. (see attached photo) Harville was last seen wearing a white tank top shirt and unknown color shorts. It is unknown if Harville is armed at this time and we ask that you do not engage him.                   Anyone with information on the location of Harville is asked to call the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department at 608-326-8414 or the Crawford County Crime Stoppers at 608 326- 8933 or 1-866-779-PAYS.   Anyone calling Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.

 Department of Health Services Urges Residents
to Stay Home Ahead of July 4th Weekend

Nearly 20% of total COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin tested positive in last two weeks

The Department of Health Services urges Wisconsin residents to stay home and follow best public health practices during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. Wisconsin has seen a recent surge in cases with half of all positive cases coming within the past five weeks.
   Nearly 20% of total COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin have tested positive within the past two weeks. This spike in cases is driven in part by an increase in infections among younger people, and contact tracing by some local health departments has revealed that many of these cases can traced back to bars.
   “This message is especially important for younger people to hear,” said Governor Tony Evers. “We know this is a time people like to celebrate with friends, but COVID-19 is still spreading in our state, and we need everyone to take the necessary precautions.”

COVID case traced to local restaurant

Crawford Country, WI - Jule 1, 2020 - If you were in The BlackHawk located at 225 W Blackhawk Ave. in Prairie du Chien on June 25 between the hours of 7 pm and 2 am, you were potentially exposed to a COVID-19 positive case. 
   We are asking you to monitor self for symptoms and contact your healthcare provider to get tested if you develop any symptoms through July 9th.  Symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, chills, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of smell and/or taste.
   We are also asking you to make sure you are following the guidelines of wearing a mask when in public, maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet, avoiding any and all mass gatherings, and performing good handwashing.
   “This notice is not saying that this business did anything wrong, assures Cindy Riniker, Health Officer “but is to inform the public of where and when the public may have had potential contact with a lab confirmed case of COVID-19.”

New swine flu in China could morph to
cause human pandemic, study warns

June 30, 2020 / 1:13 PM / cbs/AFP

Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of  triggering a pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the U.S. scientific journal PNAS. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009.

It possesses "all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to  infect humans," say the authors, scientists at Chinese universities and  China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  CBS News

Warren, Booker Open Investigation into
Meatpackers' Manipulation of COVID-19 Crisis
to Raise Prices and Exploit Workers

Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill, & Smithfield Foods exported massive amounts of pork and other meats to China while threatening the American public with impending shortages

Washington, DC - June 23, 2020 -  United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are opening an investigation of Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill and Smithfield Foods after reports that the meatpacking companies, while threatening the American public with impending meat shortages and jacking up prices, exported a record amount of product to China. The companies used the COVID-19 pandemic -- and warning of shortages -- as cover while they endangered workers, dramatically increased prices for American consumers, and successfully lobbied the President to sign an executive order designating their plants as critical infrastructure and allowing them to continue operating in an unsafe fashion.
   "These actions raise questions about the circumstances of the President's executive order, your honesty with the American public about the reasons for higher food prices, and your commitment to providing a safe, affordable, and abundant food supply for the nation," wrote the senators in their letter.
   In April, while thousands of meatpacking workers were falling ill, these companies warned that America was "perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply" and that "the food supply chain is breaking," while publicly pressing federal, state, and local officials to keep plants open. Their warnings of potential shortages prompted retailers to ration consumers' meat purchases and increase prices. Food inflation, led by high meat prices, rose at its highest level in nearly a decade, with the beef index experiencing its largest-ever monthly increase of 10.8% in May. The Trump Administration responded by issuing an executive order designating meat plants as "critical infrastructure."
   But during this same time period, these companies reportedly were exporting a record amount of pork - 129,000 tons - to consumers in China. In total, these companies exported more than 1.3 billion pounds of beef and pork from March 20 through early June, and the "amount of beef and pork products exported over that time period actually exceeded the amount of lost production" from COVID-19-related problems.
   Since President Trump's executive order, nearly all meatpacking plants have reopened, often leading to resurgence of COVID-19 cases in and around the communities of these facilities - an indication of inadequate protections to keep workers safe. Some reports estimate over 27,000 meatpacking workers have tested positive for COVID-19 and over 90 have died, but because of a lack of accurate and timely reporting the true costs could be significantly higher. 
   Upon reopening, many plants failed to implement worker protections, like testing and social distancing. Instead, these companies manipulated this crisis to achieve substantial deregulatory measures that placed their workers at even greater risk, like increasing line speeds.



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