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Police & EM respond quickly to stop flooding

Prairie du Chien, WI - On 01/17/17 at arpox. 8 PM  the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office was informed of a residence that had a basement actively flooding due to rain water.  The Crawford County Emergency Management Office and the Prairie du Chien Police Department were able to obtain, fill, and deploy sandbags.  The Crawford County Emergency Management Office would like to thank the Prairie du Chien Police department for its help filling and deploying sand bags.

Lincoln’s second Inaugural stands test of time

“With Malice Toward None, with Charity For All” is Hallmark of Compact Speech
By Tom Emery
Few Presidents have ever made a shorter inauguration speech. And none have ever said more. The Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln in March 1865 is considered by some his greatest oration – even ahead of the Gettysburg Address.  The normally reticent Lincoln said that his Second Inaugural would “wear as well as – perhaps better than – anything I have produced.”
   “It’s certainly one of his greatest speeches,” said Kathryn Harris, who retired as director of library services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Ill. in 2015.

Car can’t backup or stop for police,
but knows it’s way home

On January 12, 2017 at 6:28pm the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of someone revving the engine of a black Ford Ranger and ramming it into a stop sign at 202 Diagonal Street in the Village of Mt Sterling.
   A deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department responded and found a damaged stop sign but the vehicle had left the scene.
   At approximately 10:39 pm the deputy observed a Ford Ranger, matching the description of the suspect vehicle, traveling northbound on Main Street in the Village of Seneca. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle but it would not pull over and stop.
   The vehicle continued northbound on State Highway 27, traveled into the Village of Mt Sterling and stopped at 202 Diagonal Street. The driver was identified as Shana L Brown age 27 of Mt Sterling. Brown admitted to accidentally hitting the stop sign but struggled with backing up after hitting it due to her vehicle not having reverse.
   Brown stated she did not pull over for the deputy because she knew it was going to be an issue with her driving the vehicle and she wanted to get home.  
   Brown was cited for operating while suspended, operating without insurance, non-registration of automobile and failure to obey traffic officer signal.

Vehicle in water, driver escapes

On Tuesday Jan 10, 2017 at 2:18pm the Crawford Sheriff`s Dept. was notified of a vehicle in the water on Hwy 35 at County D.
   A 1996 Mitsubishi owned and operated by Tyler George, 19 of Lynxville, WI was north bound on Hwy 35. While passing another vehicle the George vehicle left the road, entered the ditch, and came to rest in DuCharme creek in 3 - 4 feet of water. George was able to exit the car on his own power.
   George was taken to Crossing River`s Health Care as a precaution. The vehicle was a total loss.
   Assisting at the scene was Tri State, Eastman First Responders & Fire Dept., Crawford County Hwy Dept. and Bob`s Towing.

PdC man arrested for alleged drug charges

CS Gauger arrest

On January 7th, 2017 The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department conducted a joint narcotics investigation, along with the Prairie du Chien Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
   Investigators located Steven Gauger, age 52, of Prairie du Chien Township, at the Casey’s General Store located on highway 35 in Prairie du Chien Township.  The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit arrived on scene and K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle Gauger was operating.  K-9 Breck alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances he is trained to detect.
   A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and deputies located 1 ounce of methamphetamine, 4 ounces of marijuana and other drug related items within Gauger’s vehicle.
   Marijuana and drug paraphernalia was also located on Gauger’s person. Gauger was arrested for Operating with a restricted controlled substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 
   The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department will be requesting charges on Gauger for Possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia to the Crawford County District Attorney’s office.



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