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Principal charged with allegedly causing
bodily harm to a child

School Principal Aaron G. Amundson, at the Bluffview school in Prairie du Chien, WI has been charged with allegedly recklessly causing bodily harm to a child.
  
TEK injury
According to the criminal complaint a student, 14 years old, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, stated that a classmate wrote “FU” on the top of his hand.  He said that Bluffview Principal, Aaron Amundson, wanted him to clean off his hand.
   Mr. Amundson took the student to the janitor's closet and first tried to get the marker off using water from the house.  He tried that for about 30 seconds.  Afterwards, Mr. Amundson grabbed a chemical off the shelf.  He sprayed it on the students hand a couple of times.  The chemical started to bubble on his skin and felt a burning sensation.
   The student was taken to the emergency room by his parents on Saturday morning due to the extent of the injury.  Medical staff diagnosed the injury as a chemical burn.
   Mr. Amundson stated the chemical was marked “gum remover”.  He said he sprayed it once and scrubbed with a pad (a white Scotch Brite pad) and then sprayed it again and scrubbed.  He said that if took the markers off.  Mr. Amundson identified that chemical as Murry Gum and Wax Remover.
   Investigator Erickson spoke to the janitor, Jim Stoehr.  Mr. Stoehr stated that Murry Gum and Wax Remover mostly consists of dry ice.  When it is spayed on gum, if freezes so it is easier to scrape away the gum.
   The back of the can warns not to let it get in contact with skin.  If it does make contact, it should be washed off immediately.
   Mr. Amundson faces a Felony charge of recklessly causing bodily harm to a child.

Rid the world of nuclear weapons in your spare time

by Dave Collins
Recently the UN passed a treaty making nuclear weapons illegal.  The International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their part in making this treaty possible.  120 countries signed the treaty.
   There is just one little, itty bitty problem.  The nine nuclear nations, Russia, UK, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, N. Korea and the United States, won't sign it, not one.  I personally felt that that's a non-starter.  When people at the top are not willing to negotiate the reduction and elimination of nuclear weapons, what can one do?  Also, can we disarm if our enemies won't?
   Robert Samuelson of Steuben, WI, brought to my attention a newer grassroots campaign to have people join at the local and state levels to pass city codes that prohibit all nuclear weapons-related activities.  To see what might be done visit www.NuclearBan.us
   I originally thought this might be a little Pollyanna, but after discussing it further with Mr. Samuelson, I realized several things.  In a bottom up movement when enough people, towns and cities get behind an idea, the people at the top will eventually get in front of the parade.
   Assuming people in Russia and China also don't want a nuclear war or nuclear accident to change their lives, they may copy this bottom up approach thereby pushing their leaders to negotiate.  Will it work?  I don't know but, with the U.S., China, and Russia developing new nuclear weapons, and some smaller 'usable' nuclear bombs (what could possibly go wrong?) it seems prudent to try anything to keep things from escalating further.
   Daniel Ellsberg in his new book, The Doomsday Machine – Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, stated that 'in the 1960s the Joint Chiefs of Staff estimated that a nuclear war would kill 275 million on day one, and that number would rise to 325 million in 6 months.  The author goes on to say that was before they realized in the 80s the 'phenomena of nuclear winter and nuclear famine.'  'It is the smoke, after all (not the fallout, which would remain mostly limited to the northern hemisphere), that would do it [nuclear winter] worldwide: smoke and soot lofted by fierce firestorms in hundreds of burning cities into the stratosphere, where it would not rain out and would remain for a decade or more, enveloping the globe and blocking most sunlight, lowering annual global temperatures to the level of the last Ice Age, and killing all harvests worldwide, causing near-universal starvation within a year or two.'
   As, Mr. Samuelson added, “What is more important than preventing a nuclear disaster?”  I couldn't think of anything.  We have been spared a nuclear catastrophe over the decades by mostly pure dumb luck.  How long can that last?     www.NuclearBan.us.

DUI 3rd, eluding, theft & high speed chase

On April 1, 2018 at 6:17am a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck squeal its tires while entering the parking lot of the BP south gas station in the city of Prairie du Chien. The driver of the vehicle put gas into his pickup truck then entered BP south. The driver asked the clerk for a free pack of cigarettes. When the clerk refused to give him a free pack of cigarettes, the male subject said some profanities to the clerk and exited, failing to pay for his gas. The driver squealed the tires on the pickup truck while exiting the parking lot and drove northbound on Marquette Road.
   A Prairie du Chien police officer and Crawford County deputy began searching for the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle was located driving northbound on S. Dousman Street near E. Webster Street. The suspect vehicle stopped in the middle of the road and backed up while squealing its tires. The suspect vehicle then drove northbound on S. Dousman Street, directly toward a Crawford County squad car, causing the deputy to take evasive action to avoid a collision.
   The deputy activated emergency lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop. However, the suspect vehicle would not stop and drove through the stop signs at E. Iowa Street and E. Blackhawk Avenue then northbound on E. Blackhawk Avenue. The deputy and a Prairie du Chien police officer pursued the suspect vehicle northbound on State Highway 27 at a speed rate of 85mph.
   During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle swerved completely across the centerline multiple times. While on State Highway 27, south of Radio Lane, the suspect vehicle stopped in the middle of the road, put the vehicle in reverse and backed into the guardrail along the southbound lane of traffic. The deputy and officer approached the suspect vehicle, shut the ignition off and took the suspect, Jon J. Rettig, age 61, of McGregor, IA into custody. Rettig made multiple direct threats towards the deputy and officer, including shooting them in the head.
   The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office is charging Rettig with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (3rd offense), eluding an officer, reckless driving-endanger safety, speeding, failure to keep vehicle under control, operating left of center line, disorderly conduct and threats to law enforcement officers.
The Prairie du Chien Police Department is charging Rettig with theft, disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle, display of play power/speed and multiple citations for failing to stop at stop signs. 

Roll-over accident injures two

Sheriff John B. Spears reports a single vehicle rollover on County Road S south of State Highway 56 in the Town of Liberty.
   On April 1, 2018 at approximately 12:35 AM a Charles Towsley age 21 of Gays Mills, WI was negotiating a curve when he lost control, left the roadway, and over turned.  Towsley and the passenger Cheyenne Stevenson age 19 of Gays Mills, WI were transported by ambulance to Vernon Memorial Hospital with severe injuries.
   Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Viroqua Police Department, Viola Fire Department, and Kickapoo Ambulance Service.  The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

Fire at Waste Management - Bridgeport

On March 28, 2018 at 4:48am the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a fire at Waste Management, located at 62949 Vineyard Road, in the township of Bridgeport.
   It was determined that a large pile of garbage was on fire inside a building referred to as the transfer station. The extent of the damage caused to the building has not been determined at this time. However, the Waste Management office building was not damaged. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.
   Assisting on scene was the Bridgeport Fire Department, Prairie du Chien Fire Department, Tri-State Regional EMS and the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

 

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