Grant Releases

By: News Release
Jul 15th, 2017

The Grant County District Attorney's Office on July 7, 2017 has filed a criminal complaint alleging that Jason Donar, age 28 of Oshkosh, WI, possessed child pornography on or about January 25 & 26, 2016 in the Township of Little Grant. On January 25, 2016, the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigative Unit received a complaint from the Department of Correction that they believed they had located what they believe to
child pornography on a phone belonging to Jason Donar. A search warrant was conducted on the residence and several items were seized for analysis by the Wisconsin Crime Laboratory. The items seized were analyzed and child pornographic images were located. This resulted in the Grant County District Attorney filing a 5 count criminal complaint alleging Jason Donar possessed child pornography.
Donar is scheduled for an initial appearance on July 31st.

Deputy observes vehicle run stop sign leading to
On July 13, 2017 at 6:35 A.M., a Grant County Sheriff's Deputy was on a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1200 block of 12th St. in the City of Fennimore. As the deputy was dealing with the driver of this vehicle, the deputy observed a tan colored Honda traveling south on Madison
Street in Fennimore. The driver of the tan Honda, failed to stop at the clearly marked stop sign on Madison St at 12th St. This occurred in front of the deputy. The deputy cleared from the original traffic stop and pursued the tan colored vehicle south on Madison St. As the deputy was catching up to the vehicle, the Honda drove over the curb before coming to a stop. The deputy made contact with the driver, Anthony
Kurihara, 19 of Lancaster. Upon making contact with Anthony, the heavy odor of marijuana was present coming from the passenger compartment of the Honda. Mr. Kurihara was arrested for Operating under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Fail to stop at a stop sign. Fennimore Police assisted at the scene.

Property Damage Crash
On July 13, 2017 at about 2:13 PM a Grant County Sheriff's Deputy was sent to the south end of Hwy 129 in South Lancaster Township for a report of a minor two vehicle crash. The investigating deputy learned that Mark Van Natta, 44, of Platteville, was operating a 2008 GMC pickup owned by Grant County. He was stopped at the stop sign from the driveway to 8820 Hwy 35/61 (Social Services) that enters on to Hwy 129. Ruth Schwantes, 64, of Lancaster, was driving her 2010 Ford Edge coming up behind Van Natta. She said that she thought she
felt something near her left foot. She applied the brakes and looked down. Schwantes told the deputy that she did see Van Natta stopped at the sign. She commented that her vehicle usually "beeps" at her when she gets too close to something. She said it did not beep. She looked up and struck the rear of the pickup. This caused minor but reportable damage to the Ford Edge and no damage to the truck.
Schwantes said that her chest was sore from the seat belt. Van Natta was uninjured. Both were wearing seat belts. Both vehicles weredriven from the scene by the operators.