Work on PdC roundabouts moving along,
traffic, not so much

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Prairie du Chien, WI - July 29, 2014 - Concrete is being poured by the truckloads, workmen are scurrying around like worker bees to complete three roundabouts by this fall, a huge task.  The Blackhawk roundabout has yet to be started, however they have blocked of Hwy. 18 north of Radio Shack.  It is now almost impossible to get anywhere in PdC following a straight line.  Road Closed and detour signs are everywhere.  With enough knowledge of the city and a good deal of creativity, you might reach your destination.
   See a short video of the main construction site.  (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) (Rough cut, no narration)

Local man charged with alleged assault of children

Update - January 2015 - Aaron Bouzek was sentenced to 48 years in prison.
Update
- It’s worse than we thought!
MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Aaron Bouzek has been charged with numerous crimes against children.  An initial appearance is scheduled in Grant County Circuit Court for July 30th at 1:00 p.m.
   According to the Criminal Complaint, Bouzek sexually assaulted a child from the age of two- to eight-years-old.  He is charged with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child, three counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child and three counts of possession of child pornography, all in relation to that victim.  The charges span from the end of 2007 to April of 2014.  Bouzek is additionally charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child and sexual exploitation of a child for conduct with a one-year-old.  Bouzek is also charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child for conduct with an infant and a two-year-old.  Bouzek is charged with another eighteen counts of possession of child pornography.
   Repeated sexual assault of a child under 12 is a class B felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 60 years. First-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 12 is a class B felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 60 years.  Possession of child pornography is a class C felony and punishable by imprisonment for not more than 40 years or fined not more than $100,000 or both. Child exploitation is a C felony and punishable by imprisonment for not more than 40 years or fined not more than $100,000 or both.
   A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of criminal law.  A defendant enjoys a presumption of innocence.  The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.
   Assistant Attorney General Karie D. Cattanach is representing the State.  This investigation was conducted by the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  Victim Services are being provided by the Grant County victim witness unit.

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Prairie du Chien, WI, made an initial appearance in Grant County Courthouse today on a series of sex charges.  He is charged with allegedly having intercourse with a person under 12 (multiple counts), Child sexual exploitation - video, records, etc., Multiple counts of possession of Child Pornography.  A total of 33 felony counts.
   Mr. Bouzek’s Linkedin page states he had been assistant manager at Radio Shack in Prairie du Chien a few years back.  His preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 5, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. at the Grant County Courthouse.
   It should be emphasized that Mr. Bouzek is assumed to be not guilty until proven in a court of law.  More information to follow.

Man who allegedly kidnapped & killed cab driver
has Criminal Complaint filed

Lancaster, WI – August 8, 2014 – Timmy Johnson Jr., the man who allegedly kidnapped a cab driver before stabbing him, and placing him in the trunk of the cab in Platteville, WI. had his Criminal Complaint filed this week.  It should be noted that the following narrative are incidences alleged to be the result of Mr. Johnson's actions and must be proven in a court of law.
   Mr. Johnson then, according to the criminal complaint filed at the Grant County Courthouse, proceeded across Grant County, stopping in Boscobel before arriving in La Crosse where he went on a high speed chase pursued by police before crashing the car.  Mr. Johnson is charged with Kidnapping (repeater), Armed robbery with use of force (repeater), and First degree intentional homicide.
   It all started on June 12, 2014 at 6 a.m. when he was released from Grant County Jail, transported by Lancaster Police to Platteville and dropped off at the Walmart.  Johnson went into Walmart but found his welfare card had been cut off, and that he had minimal amounts of money.  Johnson went into a liquor store and stole a bottle of Southern Comfort.  He started drinking the alcohol and ran into a person who gave him some PCP.
   Johnson said he became very paranoid, calling his mother and a girlfriend to stay at their house for a period of time, but was told they did not want him to come to their homes.  Johnson stated he called a cab near the University of Platteville.  Johnson said earlier that morning he stole a small paring knife he was going to use to kill himself.  Johnson told the cab driver, victim 1, to drive him to a remote location where he overpowered the driver, stabbed him multiple times before putting him in the trunk.
   Johnson then drove the cab to Boscobel stopping at a convenience store to get a pizza and water with the money he stole for the driver.  Meanwhile, the son of the cab driver went to the Grant County Sheriff's Office and reported his father missing.
   It was a little after 1 a.m. on 6/13/2014 when a La Crosse police officer noticed the vehicle, ran the plates, then activated his red and blue emergency lights in an attempted to stop the vehicle.  A high speed chase (reaching 115 mph) ended with the vehicle crashing, rolling over several times.  Johnson was injured in the crash.  The cab driver (victim 1) was in the trunk, barely alive. He died within minutes of being found.  This all took place within 19 hours of being let out of jail.

Bouzek’s pre-hearing on child abuse charges

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Lancaster, WI - August 5, 2014 - Aaron Bouzek appeared in Grant County Court for his preliminary hearing on various charges of alleged child abuse and child pornography.  His case was bound over for trial on December 18, 2014.  See highlights of hearing. (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).

Grand Opening of Kwik Trip in Boscobel

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Boscobel, WI - August 26, 2014 - Today was the Grand Opening for Kwik Trip in Boscobel.  Located at the intersection of Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 133 it is a prime spot for a first class store.  The store is huge with the best selection of food items this reporter has ever seen in a Kwik Trip
   The 5 million dollar store gives a shot in the arm to Boscobel’s Development efforts.  Come take a peek inside.
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Kwik Trip’s Grand Opening week, and they sell
a $79,000 Lottery ticket

$ 79,000 Badger 5 Ticket Sold in Grant County
Madison, WI - One ticket sold in Boscobel matched all five winning numbers in the Wisconsin Lottery’s
Monday, September 1, Badger 5 lotto drawing to claim the night’s $79,000 prize.
   The $79,000 winning ticket was sold at Kwik Trip, 305 W. Prairie St. in Boscobel.
The ticket holder has 180 days to claim the prize at the Lottery’s Madison or Milwaukee
offices, or by mail.
   Monday night’s winning Badger 5 numbers were 5, 10, 11, 24 and 25.  Badger 5 is a $1 daily lotto game with jackpots that start at $10,000 and grow a minimum of $1,000 a day until they are won. Players win the rolling jackpot by matching their five numbers to the five winning numbers drawn each night.  The odds of winning the Badger 5 jackpot are approximately 1:170,000.

Two burglaries in Readstown, WICC

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Readstown, WI - At about 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, two businesses in the Village of Readstown were burglarized. 
   One business was Pat’s Corner Bar on N. 4th St. and the other was Harvest Moon Motel on US Highway 61. 
   Forced entry was made through doors of the businesses.  Taken in one of the burglaries was an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect is a male who was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt.
   Vernon County Crime Stoppers, along with the Readstown Police Department, is asking for your help - 608-637-8477 or 800-657-6868. 

There is no telling what people think is fun,
take the Mississippi Mud Run as an example

Mud Run

By Dave Collins -
Prairie du Chien, WI - September 20, 2014 - It may be good and even fun, but it's not good clean fun.  The 4th Annual Mud Run was held today as a fundraiser for the Skate Park.  The Mississippi Mud Run Chairwoman Lorie Floyd yelled "Go" after the starting gun misfired.
   The participants were so wired at that point, that they bolted from the starting line.  The pace was a little different further along the 4 mile grueling obstacle course, but the level of determination, never slackened.  Midwest News announcer Tom Nelson added comic relief and a boost of energy along the grueling course.
   Many of the participants were seasoned runners, but seemed to enjoy the added challenge of deviously placed obstacles in their paths.  If we sometimes think that glossy fashion magazines display women as vain, and aloof, that notion would be dashed by watching these lovely ladies run their hearts out before plunging into a muddy pond, abandoning all notions of glamor.  Mud and all, they still seemed real, genuine, and feminine.
   Youngsters, ran their hearts out, in a classic ageless drive to prove they were up to the same challenge as adults.  Whatever the motive of each runner, they came, ran the course with all it's challenges, and finished with a sense of pride.  Everyone Midwest News talked with said they enjoyed the run, and planned to be part of it next year.
   See video highlights - Tip - (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).

The singing butcher of Gays Mills

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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).

Potosi man killed in truck crash

On November 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a one vehicle crash on Hwy 133 near Stieger Ln in Waterloo Township. 
   The investigating deputy found a 1989 GMC Pickup that had apparently overturned.  The lone male occupant had been ejected from the vehicle.  Ricky Eastlick, 48, of Potosi, had been going north on Hwy 133 when he failed to negotiate the curve in the road near fire number 7336 Hwy 133. 
   The truck left the road to the right and then came back to the left, entering the road surface slightly and just missed a sign post.  The truck then went back to the right, off the road into the ditch.  Eastlick then corrected and turned left again going back towards the road surface.  The truck was back on the road and immediately back to the right, off the road, and into the ditch.  The front tires caught in the ditch causing the truck to roll, end over end.  The truck came to rest facing south along the east side of the road on the tires. 
   Eastlick, who was unrestrained, was ejected from the truck.  He was severely injured from the crash and pronounced dead, at the scene, by the Grant County Coroner’s Office. 
   Eastlick was alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash and there were no other vehicles involved.  The crash is still under investigation however, it is believed that alcohol and speed are factors in the crash.
   The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Potosi Police Department, the Potosi EMS, Potosi Fire Department, and Bennett’s Towing of Lancaster.

The Roundabouts are finally opened!

Ribbon Cut Round

Prairie du Chien, WI – November 17, 2014 - In the life of a small town, the construction of three roundabouts in as many blocks is a big deal.  It comes on the heals of contentious debate, the closing of many main streets for the spring, summer, and fall, along with constant detoured road traffic through residential neighborhoods.  The impact on many businesses has been significant.
   Now, comes the day, unseasonably cold through it may be, when a ribbon is cut, and the roundabouts are finally opened to traffic.  The debate is forgotten, even opponents to the roundabouts, and there are many, are just glad it's over.  Many people are taking pride in the new look of their main drag.
View a short video.  (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). 

Pusher comes to the rescue of ice-bound barges

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Prairie du Chien, WI/Marquette, Iowa - November 21, 2014 - With railroad trains overflowing with oil shipments, river barges are attempting to carry the grain down river.  With the early onset of winter, they are being challenged by ice on the upper Mississippi River.  Two pushers can just be made out in the background of the above picture struggling to maneuver barges through river ice.  The pusher in the foreground is coming to lend a hand.  (Photo, Dave Collins, MWNews)

Meth arrests in Prairie du Chien

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at
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approximately 5:15 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department went to a residence at 109 West Wisconsin Street on a warrant arrest.   During the course of the investigation officers observed numerous items of drug paraphernalia associated with the ingestion of methamphetamine. 
   Additional staff was contacted to assist due the discovery of “one pot” methamphetamine labs in the residence.  Approximately 15 “one pots” were removed from the residence as a result of the investigation. 
   As a result of the of the investigation, Luke T. Duda, 24 of Prairie du Chien and Kimberly A. Sepe, 54 of Prairie du Chien were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Tina N. Sepe, 31 of Prairie du Chien was arrested on warrant. 
   Additional charges and arrests are being pursed through the District Attorney’s Office for Manufacturing Methamphetamine and possession of Methamphetamine Waste. 
   The police department was assisted at the scene by the Prairie du Chien Fire Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Crawford County Public Health and Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup. 

Nice weather for PdC Holiday Parade

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Prairie du Chien, WI held it's annual Holiday Parade December 5, 2014.  It is always a homey, friendly affair which is fun to watch.  See video  (Tip: If you are having trouble with the video starting and stopping, click on the HD icon in the lower right corner to toggle it to SD for uninterrupted playback   Either way, you may watch in full screen). 

Castle Rock Inn destroyed by fire

Castle Rock Fire

Grant County, WI – December 16, 2014 – The Castle Rock Inn on Highway G south of Muscoda was destroyed by fire today.  The fire call went out around noon, and the fire raged for over two hours due to high winds, and the remoteness of the location, which made it challenging, as water had to be hauled long distances.
   According to one fire chief on site, no one was injured.  The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
   Fire departments from the surrounding area all answered the call for mutual assistance. The restaurant and bar were a long standing favorite of area people, and had a reputation for good food.  See video  (Tip: If you are having trouble with the video starting and stopping, click on the HD icon in the lower right corner to toggle it to SD for uninterrupted playback   Either way, you may watch in full screen).

Boscobel Carolers brighten the holidays

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Boscobel, WI – December 22, 2014 – The Boscobel High School Madrigal singers took to the streets, stores, and the nursing home, to enliven the holidays for everyone within ear shot.  Emily Blackbourn has been working with the kids to bring out their best performance.  Give a listen: Video (Tip: If you are having trouble with the video starting and stopping, click on the HD icon in the lower right corner to toggle it to SD for uninterrupted playback   Either way, you may watch in full screen).

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