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One Vehicle Crash with Entrapment results in Fatality

On November 1, 2019 at approximately 7:34 am Grant County Deputies were dispatched to a report of a one vehicle crash on Hwy 81 near Rattlesnake Rd located in the Township of Beetown.
   Julie Kuenster, age 60 from rural Cassville, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 81 near Rattlesnake Rd in her 2009 Chevy Aveo. Kuenster's vehicle left the roadway, onto the gravel shoulder, on the south side of Hwy 81. Kuenster then over corrected the vehicle and slid across Hwy 81 in a counter clockwise manor. Once on the north side of Hwy 81 the rear passenger's side of the vehicle struck a guardrail end and violently spun in a clockwise manor. Kuenster's vehicle then went head first into a rock wall embankment.
   Kuenster was wearing her seatbelt and airbags were deployed. Kuenster was entrapped in the vehicle and was extricated by The Bloomington Fire Department and Bloomington Jaws. Kuenster was transported to Grant Regional Health Center via West Grant EMS for life threatening injuries. T
   he vehicle was removed from the scene by B&M Towing of Bloomington. From Grant Regional Health Center, Kuenster was transported to UW Hospital in Madison via Med Flight.
   On Friday November 8, 2019 The Grant County Sheriff's Office was informed that Kuenster had succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and passed away.
   This is the 10th person killed in a crash in Grant County for 2019 (Nine crashes total, with 10 people killed).

Vehicle spins in snow snow - hits utility pole

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A single-vehicle crash occurred late Wednesday morning, November 6, 2019, at approximately 10:45 AM, in the town of Christiana.  Miranda R. Ingles, age 18, of rural De Soto, WI was operating a full-size pickup truck on Lovaas Ridge Road, near Westby, WI. 
   Ingles lost control on snow/slush.  The vehicle spun around and went off the west side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.  The wood pole was severed just above grade level, but the electrical lines remained intact.
   Miranda Ingles and her passenger, Cheyenne R. La Mere - Volden, age 18, of rural Westby, WI were both wearing seatbelts.  Ingles sustained possible injuries, refused medical treatment, but sought medical treatment, on her own, the following day.  La Mere - Volden did not complain of any injuries.
   Vernon Electric Cooperative was on scene while the vehicle was removed and power outages may have occurred when the pole was replaced.

Drug Force arrest 19 & 22 year olds with gun,
brass knuckles, & drugs

On 10-24-19 Deputies from the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force and Dickeyville Police department, observed two subjects at a motel in the Village of Dickeyville. Deputies were aware that the subjects had extraditable arrest warrants out of the State of Iowa.
   The subjects were in a vehicle in the parking lot.  As the Deputies were making contact the driver attempted to flee, ramming a drug task force vehicle with his vehicle.  Officers subsequently took the driver Tyler K. Asbell 19 of Dubuque, Ia. and Fallon C. Murphy 22 of Dubuque, Ia.into custody.  Asbell was in possession of brass knuckles on his person.
   Deputies searched the vehicle and motel room and located a large amount of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, meth candy, scales, baggies, syringes and other items of drug paraphernalia.  A handgun was located in the motel room.
   Asbell will be referred to the Grant County District Attorney’s office for charges relating to possessing with intent to deliver, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintain drug trafficking place, carrying a concealed weapon, and reckless endangering safety.
   Both subjects were taken to the Grant County Jail and are awaiting extradition to Iowa.

Driver of crashed vehicle hides in basement

On October 6, 2019 at approximately 9:15 p.m. the Crawford County Sheriff's Department received a report of a one vehicle traffic crash. The caller stated the vehicle was driven back home on a flat tire. 
   Deputies responded and spoke with Catherine Stevenson age 58 who stated she was the driver of a 2007 Toyota Camry on STH 131 near CTH X when she was forced off the road by another vehicle causing her to crash, she also stated the other vehicle didn’t stop.  Stevenson also stated her daughter Cheyenne Stevenson age 20 was the passenger.  
   During the accident investigation deputies determined that a Charles Towsley age 22 of Lone Rock was the actual driver of the vehicle at the time of the accident and that both Stevenson’s had lied to officers to help out Towsley.  Towsley was later found at the Stevenson residence hiding in the basement.  Towsley was arrested and charged with OWI 1st, Operating after revocation, Resisting arrest and he was placed on a Felony Probation Hold.    
   Cheyenne Stevenson was placed under arrest for Resisting and Obstructing an Officer for her part in assisting Towsley in avoiding apprehension and issued a citation for falsifying an accident report.
   Catherine Stevenson was issued citations for falsifying an accident report and Resisting and Obstructing an Officer.
   Through continued investigation it was found that on October 5 2019, the 2007 Toyota Camry was operated by Towsley. The vehicle was negotiating a sharp corner and lost control on West Point Rd, in the Utica Township. The vehicle struck some farm equipment and a fence near the road way. This crash occurred between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The farm owner was contacted and informed of the damage. Further citations and charges maybe pending as a result.  

 

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