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Frazier charged with stealing truck

An 18-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Colton A. Frazier faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses stated that Frazier stole a pickup truck from a residence on County Road S in the town of Haney.

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Local man charged with fifth OWI, possession of meth, possession of marijuana

A 31-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of marijuana—second and subsequent offense, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated—fifth or sixth offense, and one count of operating while revoked.

Michael J. Seitz faces up to $32,500 in fines and 14 years of imprisonment of convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped the Seitz vehicle near East Taylor Street on July 6. A search revealed a plastic baggie of marijuana, and several baggies of meth, along with various items of drug paraphernalia.

Seitz also admitted to the police officer that he had smoked marijuana about two hours prior to the traffic stop, the complaint said.

Seitz has previously been convicted of OWI four times and possession of marijuana once, according the complaint.

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Ferryville man charged in marijuana case

A 57-year-old Ferryville man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of marijuana—second and subsequent offense, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Arnold Jay Harris faces up to $35,000 in fines and 13.5 years in prison if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a traffic stop was initiated on the Harris vehicle in the town of Utica in Crawford County when the Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a live, growing marijuana plant in the back seat.

Seized in the subsequent search were three live marijuana plants in planting pots, a bottle of plant starter liquid fertilizer, a .22 caliber pistol and ammunition, a plastic baggie containing marijuana and a glass marijuana pipe, the complaint said.

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Man charged with abusing patient

A 23-year-old La Crosse man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of intentionally abusing patients—bodily harm.

Kenneth R. Mackenzie faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a client of Lori Knapp Companies reported to staff members at Lori Knapp and at the Opportunity Center that he had been hit with a rod by Mackenzie, an employee of Lori Knapp.

Several bruises were observed to the clients’ legs and his eyes were black and blue and swollen. Bruises were also observed on the clients’ back as well as an open wound on his knee, the complaint said.

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Woman charged with delivering drugs to inmate

A 19-year-old West Bend woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of delivering illegal articles to an inmate.

Crystal Ashley Schwartz faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Schwartz admitted to investigators that she delivered a balloon containing drugs on two separate occasions to her father, who is an inmate at Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution. The balloons contained cocaine, according to the complaint.

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Grant applications due Oct. 1 for Crawford County Community Fund

The Crawford County Community Fund is now accepting grant applications for its annual grant cycle. The application deadline is Thursday, Oct. 1. Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than midnight on that day. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and incomplete or late applications will not be accepted or considered.

The grant review committee of the Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board is chaired by Tarasa Lown. In making the grant application announcement, Lown noted, “For the 2015-2016 year there is up to $5,500 available for grants for charitable economic development projects within our Crawford County community. We know that there are many great ideas-in-waiting that can increase economic vitality and improve the quality of life in our region; we are prepared to review those ideas and make awards.”

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Engraving plate found, but mystery remains

Facedown between some bricks, Kathy Hammill, of Prairie du Chien, found this engraving plate. “The plate seems to display members of a group, possibly military,” observed Hammill. She said that she found the plate on her property, which once belonged to William Picha. Hammill commented that this was only one of the many treasures that has been found, yet this piece has captivated her. Hammill explained that she hopes to find out more about the artifact, and maybe even find the other pieces. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

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Second St. Feriole Island beach clean-up to be held Aug. 2

By Caitlin Bittner

The second event to help clean up the St. Feriole Island’s Mississippi River beach will be held on Sunday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. This event was the brainchild of a group led by Desiree Stephenson, of Prairie du Chien.

At their last event, held on Sunday, July 12, the group was able to remove quite a bit of garbage from the beach, but there is still more to go.

Stephenson suggests that people who come should bring a rake, gloves, garbage bags (particularly recyclable ones), water, sunscreen and proper shoes. She added that there will be a first aid kit on-hand in case of injury.

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Relay for Life to be held this weekend


Shelly Rider (left) accepts a proclamation by Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer, declaring Aug. 1, 2015, to be Relay for Life Day in Prairie du Chien. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

Prairie du Chien’s Great River Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 10 p.m.

In the past, the Great River Relay for Life has brought in over a million dollars for cancer research. “We’ve raised $1,036,051.82 to be exact,” said Mary Ann Heisz, former event co-chair. While Heisz is no longer a chair of the event, she remains synonymous with the Relay.

In the Relay’s first year, 2000, Prairie du Chien was ranked as first in the state for funds raised in its class, garnering over $82,000. The following year, Prairie du Chien achieved a national ranking of 10th, raising $115,236.

Looking back, Heisz said that she was proud of the support for the Prairie du Chien Relay. “The community is just so great. It’s such an inspiration. The money we raise is great, the physical support...now that means so much more.”

Heisz noted that the most important thing for the Relay to have is good community involvement.

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Czajkowski Higgins named PdC’s official city attorney


Lara Czajkowski Higgins is ready to take on her new role as Prairie du Chien’s city attorney. Her first official day with the title will be Aug. 1. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

With Tom Peterson’s retirement as the city attorney for Prairie du Chien, Lara Czajkowski Higgins was announced as one of two new city attorneys.

Czajkowski Higgins is a native of rural Wauzeka and attended St. John’s Catholic School, as well as Wauzeka High School, graduating in 1993. Afterward, she attended Grinnell College in Iowa, receiving her bachelors of arts degree in political science in 1997.

Following her undergraduate education, Czajkowski Higgins moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for a year before returning to school, this time at Villanova University School of Law, to receive her juris doctor in 2001.

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