Grant Releases

By: News Release
Apr 10th, 2018

Log Skidder fire
CFS18-08018 04/06/18 CTY A
On April 6, 2018 at approximately 1:40 p.m., the Grant County Sheriff's Office took a report of a log skidder that caught fire. Brent Clark, 55 of Platteville reported his log skidder caught on fire while he was transporting it from a job on Union Rd. Clark was hauling the skidder on a flatbed trailer behind his pickup truck. Clark was able to transport the skidder to the intersection of Cty A and Union Rd. The Platteville Fire Department and EMS were paged to the scene. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. The fire did not damage the trailer or truck.

Domestic Arrest leads to incident in Barron County
CFS18-08126 04/06/18 Hwy 61 and Cty T, FENNIMORE, WI
On April 6, 2018 at approximately 12:04 p.m., Grant County Deputies responded to a residence near Stitzer for a reported domestic abuse incident. As a result of the investigation, Michael Haile, age 66 of Stitzer, was arrested for 2 counts of Disorderly Conduct domestic abuse related. He was transported to the Grant County Jail where he was able to post a cash bond and was released. Prior to being released, he was advised that a 72 hour no-contact order was in place and that he should not have any contact with the victim. On this same date at approximately 5:01 p.m., the victim from the incident earlier in the day called 911 to report that Mr. Haile was currently following her down the highway. She stated that he had pointed a gun at her and was still following her. Multiple law enforcement agencies attempted to locate Mr. Haile, but were not successful. The investigating deputy then began to do a ping on the phone to try and locate Mr. Haile and they were able to determine that he was traveling north, northwest in Wisconsin. The Grant County dispatch center also put out an attempt to locate on Mr. Haile and his vehicle. He was located later that night just outside Barron County and the following is from the Barron County Sheriff's Offices' Facebook page:
Press Release from Barron County Sheriff's Office
April 7, 2018
On Friday April 6, 2018 the Barron County Sheriff's Department was advised of an attempt to locate on a subject from Grant County that was wanted in connection with a domestic abuse case. The alert stated the subject was possibly traveling to Rusk Co and was possibly armed with a rifle. A vehicle description was also given that the subject was possibly driving. At 12:30 a.m., a Bloomer Officer spotted the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop it. The vehicle failed to stop and a chase ensued on northbound Hwy 53 and the chase came into Barron County. Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff's Department took over the chase and requested that the Barron Police Department set up spike strips on Hwy 53 at Hwy 8. Spikes were deployed and 3 tires on the suspect car were hit, causing the tires to deflate.  As the vehicle came to a stop, just north of the Hwy 53 and Hwy 8 exit, the driver of the vehicle failed to exit or follow the commands of sheriff's deputies. After several minutes of non compliance and due to the fact the subject possibly may have a weapon a tactical approach was made on the vehicle using a flash bang and shields. When deputies got up to the vehicle the driver Michael Haile 66, of Stitzer, WI was deceased from a self inflicted gun shot wound.  The Sheriff Department was assisted by the Bloomer, Barron and Rice Lake Police Department, the Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance, Cameron First Responders and the Barron County Medical Examiner's Office.
Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff

Hit and Run property damage (stage rd)
The Grant County Sheriff's Office is investigating a hit and run property damage crash that occurred sometime early this morning, 04-07-18, approximately 3 a.m. according to a complainant.
According to deputies a Ford Ranger was traveling northbound on Stage Road when it went off the west side of the roadway traveling through one fence before coming to rest entangled in a second fence. The vehicle then drove west through the fence a pasture, then through another section of fence before continuing through an orchard of trees and back out to the driveway. The vehicle is then suspected of heading southbound on Stage Road with no headlights.  The truck should have severe front end damage and scratches on the body of the truck.  If anyone has any information about the hit and run incident or people involved, please contact the Grant County Sheriff's office at 608-723-2157 or Grant County Crimestoppers at 1-800-789-6600.

Attempted Thefts/Theft of ATV/UTV's
During the overnight hours of April 8, 2018 until the early morning hours of April 9th, there were several reports of ATV's, at various locations in Jamestown and Smelser townships, where unknown suspects attempted to steal several ATV's and were successful with one. This release is intended to alert the public that these occurred and to take precautions to secure their ATV's. Some of these did not even have keys in them and the suspects would push or drag the ATV toward a loading location, but were not able to get it loaded.  If anyone has information on these thefts/attempted thefts, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 608-723-2157 or Grant County Crimestoppers at 1-800-789-6600