Grant Releases

By: News Release
May 28th, 2019

3573 Crash Leads to OWI and Battery Arrests

On May 24, 2019 at approximately 2:26 pm the Grant County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a two vehicle crash near the intersection of Blue River Rd and Old Blue River Rd located in the Township of Muscoda. While Deputies were en route to the crash, the Grant County Dispatch Center received a second 911 call from the scene. One of the individuals involved in the crash, later identified as Jacob Kienitz, age 30 from Blue River, WI, was swinging a tire iron at bystanders at the scene. Individuals at the scene were able to defend themselves with a shovel and eventually wrestle Kienitz to the ground where they held him until Law Enforcement arrived and secured Kientz.
While investigating the crash it was discovered Kienitz was traveling eastbound on Blue River Rd in his 2013 Chevy Malibu. At the same time Daisy Hostetler, age 46 from rural Muscoda, was pulling out of a driveway located on Blue River Rd just east of Old Blue River Rd in her 2003 Dodge Durango. Kienitz struck the driver's side front quarter of Hostetler's vehicle, sending Hostetler's vehicle into the ditch on the north side of the roadway. After striking Hostetler's vehicle Kienitz's vehicle traveled approximately 300 feet on Blue River Rd and came to rest in the ditch on the south side of Blue River Rd. Both vehicles sustained heavy front end damages. There were no reported injuries by either driver or Hostetler's passenger. Everyone was wearing seat belts. Just prior to the crash witness estimated Kienitz was traveling eastbound on Blue River Rd at speeds close to 100 mph. Kienitz had passed a tractor traveling eastbound just before the crash occurred. When the driver of the tractor witnessed the crash he tried to render aid, and check Kienitz's welfare. That was when Kienitz attacked him with a tire iron.
Kienitz was transported to Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital via Muscoda EMS where Deputies conducted an OWI investigation. It was discovered Kienitz was under the influence of drugs and arrested for OWI, second offense, Battery, Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal Operating After Revocation due to what occurred at the crash scene. Kienitz fought with Deputies in the ER while they attempted arrest. One Deputy sustained minor injuries during the struggle. Kientiz was eventually overcome and transported to the Grant County Jail where he remains without bond.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office was assisted in this matter by the Muscoda Police Department, the Muscoda Fire Department, Muscoda EMS, and both vehicles were removed by VP Motors of Muscoda.
Kienitz is charged with: 2 Counts Threatening the Life of a Law Enforcement Officer, 2 Counts Disorderly Conduct, 1 Count Resisting Arrest, 1 Count Resisting Arrest Causing Injury to an Officer, 1 Count Battery, OWI second offense, Operating After Revocation (criminal), and Un-reasonable and In-prudent Speed, as well as, 9 counts of Bail Jumping.

Construction Accident

On May 24, 2019 at approximately 4:21 p.m., the Grant County Sheriff's Office was notified of an accident at a construction site located on Old Highway Road near USH 151, in Paris Township, Grant County, Wisconsin.
The investigation showed that several members of a family were disassembling a concrete silo when a large chunk of the silo fell from approximately 50 to 60 feet. The chunk of concrete struck a 15 year old male in the head and caused an injury. The 15 year old male was transported to Mercy Hospital in the city of Dubuque for his injuries sustained in the accident. At 7:11 p.m., the 15 year old was pronounced deceased at Mercy Hospital.
The accident remains under investigation.
Assisting the Grant County Sheriff's Office was the Dickeyville Rescue Squad and Jamestown First Responders, along with the Dubuque Medical Examiner's Office.

Tire Slashing leads to 77 charges

On 5-28-19, at around 12:30 am, the Grant County Sheriff's Office started to receive multiple reports of a subject slashing vehicle tires in the Village of Bagley. Witnesses were able to observe Joseph Neeley, age 29 of Bagley, slashing multiple vehicle's tires. They attempted to stop Neeley, but he was able to run across the railroad tracks and attempted to hide next to the BNSF railroad tracks. Deputies located Neeley and were able to take him into custody and transported him to the Grant County Jail. Upon the initial investigation, it was found that 77 separate tires had been damaged. Neeley was booked into the jail on the 77 counts of Criminal Damage to Property and held on a $200 bond for each count. Neeley will also be cited for Trespass to Railroad Property.