Grant Releases

By: News Release
Nov 22nd, 2017

One Vehicle Hit and Run
On November 13, 2017, Grant County Sheriff's Office was notified of a one vehicle crash located on Hwy 35 south of Cemetery Rd, Township of Bloomington. A 1998 Jeep Cherokee, registered to Michael Harvey, age 48, of Mount Hope, was found overturned on the driver side in the east ditch of the road, with no driver or passengers present. This crash remains under investigation. B & M Towing assisted at the scene.

One vehicle rollover
On November 15, 2017 at approximately 2:12 AM Anthony Kurihara, age 20 of Lancaster, was driving his 2004 Honda Accord north on highway 61, 1 mile south of Stage Road in South Lancaster Township. Kurihara lost control of his vehicle while adjusting the radio volume. The vehicle left the roadway and became airborne while crossing a driveway. The vehicle overturned and rolled. Kurihara was transported to Grant Regional Hospital with suspected minor injuries. The vehicle received heavy damage and was removed from the scene by Bennett's
Towing of Lancaster. The Lancaster Fire Department and Lancaster Rescue Squad assisted at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

Hit / Run to sign
On November 16, 2017 at about 8:35 AM the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a truck pulling a wide load that struck a traffic sign on Hwy 35/61 near Hwy 81, Lancaster, WI. The investigating deputy learned that Sanford Kauffman, 31, of Richland Center, WI was driving a 2017 Dodge Ram 3500 fifth wheel truck pulling a trailer with an oversized load (wide). He said that he dropped his coffee cup under his feet and needed to grab it. Kauffman said that he reached down for it and his truck veered left, into a median that was just starting there. He noticed this and swerved back right, on to the road however, the wide load on the trailer struck a lane merge sign. This caused the sign post to break and the sign to be damaged. Kauffman was stopped by another deputy in Potosi; approximately 10.5 miles from the crash. He told that deputy that he was aware he hit the sign but did not feel he had a safe place to stop. Kauffman did not make any attempts to call and report the crash despite having a cell phone with hands free capabilities in the truck.
Kauffman was cited for Inattentive Driving and warned for Hit and Run - Property Adjacent to Highway.

On November 16, 2017 at 10:28 am, Joel Salazar, (21) of Baraboo, went to his ex-girlfriends, residence in the Village of Blue River. Salazar showed up unannounced and entered the residence without permission. Salazar shoved her to the floor twice before leaving the residence with their one year old baby. Salazar fled the residence with his son before law enforcement could respond. No injures were reported and a copy of this case file will be forwarded to the Grant County District Attorney's Office for Disorderly Conduct (domestic related) and Felony bail jumping. The child was safe during this entire incident.

Two vehicle crash
On 11/17/2017 at approximately 7:15 p.m., Lavern Ehrler, age 63 of East Dubuque, was traveling northbound on Badger Rd in the Township of Jamestown. While traveling northbound he was struck by Christopher Schneider, age 17 of Hazel Green, who failed to yield from a stop sign at Sandy Hook Rd//Badger Rd. Ehrler's 2009 Chevy Trailblazer sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene. Schneider's 2009 Ford F150 sustained minor damage and was towed from the scene by Liebold's, of East Duquque. There were no injuries as a result of the crash. Schneider was cited for failure to yield from a stop sign.

Equipment Violation leads to OWI 2nd
On 11-18-17, at around 1:29 am, a Grant County Deputy observed a silver Volkswagen with an equipment violation. A traffic stop was made where the driver, Abram Dresen, age 40 of Fennimore, exhibited signs of intoxication. Field sobriety tests were requested and she ultimately refused. Dresen was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense. Assisting at the scene was Fennimore Police.

Two vehicle crash with air bag deployment
On Sunday, 19 November 2017 Britan J Waterman (19 of Woodman) was traveling south in his 2015 Chevy Equinox when the vehicle in front of him slowed to make a left turn into a driveway. Waterman was unable to stop in time and crashed into the back of a 2000 Chevy Cavalier being driven by Kathryn M Griswold (27 of Boscobel). Waterman was not injured in the crash. Griswold was transported by private vehicle to Boscobel Area Health care because of neck pain. The sheriff’s office was assisted by Terry’s Tire and Tow of Boscobel.

Car fire - USH 151
On Monday, 20 November 2017, Ashley E. Price (18) of Dodgeville was driving north on USH 151 near exit one when her 1997 Toyota Camry caught on fire. Price and her 4 passengers were able to exit the fire unharmed. The Camry was a total loss. Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the Dickeyville EMS, Jamestown First Responders, Jamestown Fire Department and Donnie’s Tire and Tow of Dickeyville.