Grant Releases

By: News Release
Jul 2nd, 2019

On June 22, 2019 at 1:18 P.M., a Grant County Sheriff's Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 2009 Hyundai Sontana for an equipment violation at New Horizons in the City of Lancaster. Upon making contact with the four occupants, Hunter Theisen, 17 of Cassville (driver), Benjamin Wheeler, 19 of Cassville, Hunter Newberry, 17 of Boscobel, and Michael Anderson, 20 of Prairie Du Chien, the deputy observed signs of drug use. Additional resources responded, including K9 Arrow, with the Lancaster Police Department. As a result of the investigation, methamphetamine and additional contraband was located.
Mr. Newberry was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and a probation hold was placed.
Mr. Theisen was arrested for Operating under the Influence of a Restricted Controlled Substance.
Both Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Anderson were later released to a responsible party and no charges will be filed at this time on both.
2 Vehicle Head on Crash with Minor Injury
On June 23rd at approximately 12:08 a.m., the Sheriff's Office was notified of a two vehicle head-on crash on Townhall Road just west of Highway 61 in the Township of Marion. After investigation, it was found that 15 year old Hannah Kraft, of Boscobel, was operating a 1990 Ford Mustang eastbound on Townhall Road. Bailey Crary, age 20 of Boscobel, was operating a 2001 Ford F150 westbound on Townhall Road. Kraft was crossing a narrow bridge on Townhall Road when Crary's vehicle was approaching the same bridge from the opposite direction. The two vehicles collided head-on just as the Mustang was exiting the bridge on the east side. Both vehicles received severe damage and came to a rest in the roadway. A 16 year old passenger in the Mustang, fled the scene prior to law enforcement arriving. Two passengers in the F150 received minor injuries in the crash and refused medical transport. All occupants in both vehicles were wearing seatbelts.
Hannah Kraft will be cited for Operation by Permitee without a parent, instructor, or person over 21 in the vehicle. The 16 year old passenger who fled will be cited for Underage Drinking under 17 years old. Bailey Crary will be cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle without Insurance and Failure to Yield one-half of single lane road/meet on wrong side of road. Terry's Tire and Towing, Boscobel Fire, and Boscobel EMS assisted at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

One vehicle crashes into two parked vehicles, one residence and one garage.

On 26, June 2019 at approximately 11:40 p.m., the Grant County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 calls of a vehicle crashing into a house. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered James H. Steines (28 of Mt. Hope) had been traveling east on Canal Street in Bloomington in a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander Van (owned by Rachel M. Silvers, 30 of Boscobel). Steines crashed into a legally parked 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, leased by Karen M. Ploessl (47 of Bloomington.) The crash was at such a high rate of speed, it pushed the Malibu approximately 40 feet off Canal Street into a legally parked 2005 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 owned by Robert F. Johnstone (54 of Bloomington). The Silverado received heavy damage and was pushed into a garage. Steines' vehicle crashed into a guardrail that had been installed to protect the residence. The residence, owned by Norbert C. Moore (82 of Bloomington), received heavy damage as a result of the guardrail being pushed through a bedroom wall where the occupants were sleeping. The Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Uplander were totaled. Steines admitted to traveling between 75 and 80 mph in a 25 mph zone. Steines was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a detectable amount of a controlled substance, possession of a prescription medication without a prescription, and cited for 75 mph in a 25 mph zone, failure to have control, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Assisting at the scene was the West Grant Rescue Squad, Bloomington Fire Department and B&M Towing of Bloomington.

Male Falls Off Moving Vehicle
On June 29, 2019, at approximately 3:18 pm, Grant County Sheriff's Office responded to N Grand St near the intersection of W Sampson St., in Livingston for an injured male who had fallen from a moving vehicle.
Isaac X Albaugh, age 17, of Linden, was operating a 1998 Jeep Wrangler northbound on N Grand St near W Sampson St when he lost control of the vehicle in the gravel. There were six total passengers in the vehicle, including Albaugh, a 15 year old female from Montfort, a 17 year old male from Livingston, a 16 year old female from Livingston, a 16 year old female from Platteville, and Dalton O Seyfferth, age 17, of Dodgeville.
Seyfferth was not seated in the vehicle, but standing on the rear bumper of the vehicle and holding onto the roll bars, as the vehicle was in motion. Albaugh lost control of the vehicle and Seyfferth was unable to maintain grip and balance and fell off the rear of the vehicle, landing on the roadway. Seyfferth lost consciousness and suffered major injuries. The victim was transported to Upland Hills Health, Dodgeville, and air lifted to UW-Madison from there.
Assisting Grant County Sheriff's Office on scene was Livingston First Responders and Montfort EMS. This crash remains under investigation.