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Wed
28
Aug

Vehicle strikes highway sign and leaves the scene

On Monday, Aug. 19, at 5:30 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a hit and run traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 60 in the township of Bridgeport. The suspect vehicle struck a median and divided highway sign.

The vehicle was described as a silver colored Trailblazer (SUV) and was last seen turning westbound onto County C in Grant County. As a result of the crash, the vehicle would have sustained front-end damage.  

Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS. 

Wed
28
Aug

Several from PdC charged with assault causing injury

On Aug. 7, Clayton County investigators filed charges on three adults and one juvenile for an assault that took place in early July at Bloody Run Campground near McGregor, Iowa. 

During the investigation, it was determined that the victim was lured to Bloody Run Campground, where he was assaulted. Investigators charged Blake Bunts, 19, Dustin McCartney, 45, and Reanna Reames, 18, all of Prairie du Chien, with assault causing bodily injury. McCartney was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A 15-year-old juvenile from Prairie du Chien was charged in juvenile court with assault causing bodily injury.

Wed
28
Aug

Car collides with camper, man arrested

On Aug. 23, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a vehicle versus camper traffic collision near the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 60 in the town of Bridgeport. 

Deputies arrived and observed a white 2004 Buick Lesabre with heavy front and rear end damage parked in the grass near a camper on the north side of the road. 

Wed
28
Aug

Celebrate Labor Day in area communities

Parades Saturday and Monday

Spend your Labor Day weekend at one of several area communities celebrating: Wauzeka as well as Marquette and McGregor.

Wauzeka

Start the day off with the 10th annual 5K walk/run, beginning at the football field and winding throughout the village. All ages are welcome to participate. Registration forms can be picked up at L&M’s BP and area Peoples State Banks. With questions, contact Kathy Degnan at (608) 875-6902. To receive an entry form via email, contact Lisa Krachey at girlstuffplus3@gmail.com

Wed
28
Aug

Reporting on contamination of well water substantially incorrect

By Charley Preusser

Widespread reporting on the extent of well water contamination in southwestern Wisconsin that appeared recently appears to be substantially incorrect.

The initial source of that reporting seems to be a story by reporter Lee Bergquist that was published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s JS Online, midday on Thursday, Aug. 1 and updated later the same afternoon. (An abbreviated version of this article appeared in the Aug. 21 issue of the Courier Press.)

Wed
28
Aug

The finest horses and carriages coming to PdC for Villa Louis ‘classic’


One of last year’s Carriage Classic competitors sits ready to enter a timed obstacle course with her elegant horse and carriage. (Courier Press file photo)

The 39th annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic is happening Sept. 6-8, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, at the historic site in Prairie du Chien.

“Each year, we welcome competitors from all across the United States to participate in our Carriage Classic,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, southwest sites regional director for the Wisconsin Historical Society. “This annual event provides a glimpse into what it was like at Villa Louis during the pinnacle of the Dousman era stock farm.”

The event will host the finest horses and over 100 new and restored carriages will compete in a variety of arena and cross-country events. Competitors are as young as 6 or 7, while others are in their 80s, and everyone else falls in between. 

Wed
28
Aug

Street party to benefit second K-9 coming to Prairie police in 2020


K-9 Rico was sworn into office with the Prairie du Chien Police Department in 2017. He and his partner, Lt. Casey Cox, will both be at the street party benefit Sept. 5 at Jim’s Bar, promoting the need for the department’s next K-9 unit. (Photo by Lindsey Ludvik Photography)

By Correne Martin

A street party benefit to start raising funds for a second K-9 to join the Prairie du Chien police force in 2021 is happening at Jim’s Bar on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 11 p.m. The Prairie du Chien area community is urged to come out in support.

By 2021, K-9 Rico will be approaching age 6, and it will be time to bring a new dog on board who can be trained to fill Rico’s shoes upon retirement, according to Rico’s partner, Lt. Casey Cox.

Tue
27
Aug

Betty L. Crusan

Betty L. Crusan, 95, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Aug. 19, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. She was born Aug. 22, 1923 in Seneca, the daughter of Charles and Sadie (Comstock) McCullick. She married Walter Crusan on June 20, 1942 in Crawford County. He preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 1981. 

Betty worked for Efco Plastics in DeForest, Wis., all the way into her 80s. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and crocheting. She is survived by her children, Marcia (Sam) Baker and David Crusan, her sister Mavis Jeidy, eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Jerry Crusan, her sisters, Naomi and Delores, and her brothers, Fay, Max, Ivan, Arnold and Junior, along with one grandchild.  

Tue
27
Aug

Mary Ann (McNamara) Mellem

Mary Ann (McNamara) Mellem, 62, passed away peacefully on Aug. 12, 2019.  

Mary Ann married Roger Mellem on Nov. 12, 1974, and they later divorced after 37 years. She very much enjoyed her cross-stitch projects, cooking amazing food for her family and friends and catching every game to root on her beloved Green Bay Packers.  

Mary Ann is survived by her five children, Lucas (Shanon), Jamie (Natalie), Mollie (Jon), Maggie (Jon) Payne, and Cassandra; nine grandchildren; sisters, Joan Kohlhaas, Patsy McGuire and Rita Crowley.  

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Ellen McNamara, of Ferryville; also Robert Anderson, Laurie Anderson, Charles Kohlhaas and John Crowley.  

Tue
27
Aug

Roger B. Thomas

Roger B. Thomas, 45, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, August 16, at Crossing Rivers Health Care following an extended illness.

He was born Dec. 8, 1973 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Peter and Marijane (Spiker) Thomas.

Roger graduated from Waukesha South High school in 1992 and later from the Writer’s Digest School in 2004. He became a published author in 2016 after writing “Fear of the Dark.” Roger was very loving, caring, helpful and intellectual. He enjoyed filmology, writing, reading, gaming, learning and passing on his knowledge to younger generations.

He is survived by his mother Marijane Thomas; his brothers, Peter Thomas Jr., Dale Thomas and Michael (Heather) Thomas; nieces and nephews, William, Christian, Cassondra, Dakota and Damien. 

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