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Sometime after 1:00 A.M. on December 23, 2020, someone stole two six foot steel wheels which were decorated with Christmas lights, along a driveway on Dutch Hill Road, Woodman. The steel wheels are old and rusty colored. Anyone with information is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff's Office.


On December 23, 2020, at approximately 11:30 A.M., the Grant County Sheriff's Office was notified of a two vehicle crash, on Hwy 18 at Cth G, in Wingville Township. A milk truck and a passenger car had collided and both had rolled over. Sheriff's deputies, along with Montfort and Livingston Fire, Fennimore, Highland, and Lancaster EMS. As first responders arrived on scene, it was discovered that the Jaws of Life was needed, as well as two Med Flight helicopters.

During the investigation of the crash, it was discovered that Tyler Holthaus, age 30 of Glen Haven, was driving a 2012 Freightliner, south on Cth G. Mr. Holthaus told deputies that he looked down at an electronic device and didn't see the stop sign. Mr. Holthaus drove through the intersection and struck a 2021 Subaru, which was being driven by Michael Devlin, age 66 of Mount Hope, who was driving west bound on Hwy 18. Mr. Devlin's wife, Nancy Devlin, age 59 was a passenger in the vehicle. The milk truck struck the Devlin vehicle in the middle of the west bound lane on Hwy 18. The milk truck rolled over in a field, south of Hwy 18, where Mr. Holthaus was able to climb out of the milk truck. Emergency personal worked on removing the trapped occupants from the passenger vehicle. Once Mr. and Mrs. Devlin were removed, one was transported to Upland Hills Medical Center in Dodgeville, where one of the Med Flight helicopters was diverted to that location. The second Med Flight helicopter landed at the scene and took the second injured party from the vehicle. Mr. Holthaus was transported to the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster by EMS.

All three parties involved were wearing their seat belts. Mr. and Mrs. Devlin remain in critical condition at UW Hospitals in Madison. Mr. Holthaus' injures were minor and both vehicles were a total loss.

This crash remains under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol. Assisting at the scene were, Wisconsin DNR, Montfort and Livingston Fire Departments, Fennimore, Lancaster, and Highland EMS, Haase's Towing, Guy's Towing, and the Grant County Highway Department.

1 Vehicle Crash

On December 24, 2020 at approximately 5:30 AM on West Banfield Road near the intersection of Long Branch Road, in Paris Township, Robert Dalsing age 72 of Potosi, was traveling north in his 2003 Dodge Dakota. Dalsing went off the roadway into a pasture losing control of the Dodge. The Dodge struck a tree causing disabling damage. Dalsing was wearing his safety belt and was not injured in the crash. The Grant County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by Donnie's Tire and Tow of Dickeyville. This incident remains under investigation.


On December 25, 2020 at approximately 2pm, Alex Novinska, age 32 on Fennimore, was driving his 2004 Chevy Silverado north on Hwy 61 in Marion Township, when he began to slow to make a right turn into a private drive located at 16188 Hwy 61. Daryen Heisz, age 18 of Fennimore, was driving a 2005 Chevy Equinox and was following Novinska north on Hwy 61, when he looked to see another vehicle and didn't notice Novinska was slowing down. Heisz ran into the rear of the Novinska truck, causing major damage to the Equinox and minor damage to the K2500. All parties were wearing seat belts and the Equinox was removed from the scene my Terry's Tire. The crash remains under investigation.

2 vehicle crash

On December 27, 2020 at approximately 3:25 pm, Daniel Jenamann, age 57 of Cuba City was crossing HWY 80, in the Smelser Township plow truck, from the stop sign on St. Rose Road to continue westbound on St. Rose Road. Jenamann stated that he had looked both directions and didn't see a vehicle coming southbound on HWY 80. Jenamann stated he pulled out in front of the vehicle, being driven by Larry Johnson, age 51 of Cuba City, and that the plow blade on his Smelser Township truck caught the rear driver's side of Johnson's vehicle. This caused Johnson's vehicle, a 2005 Jeep Cherokee, to exit the the highway and strike a tree on the west side of HWY 80. Upon impact, both the driver's side and passenger's side airbags were deployed. Larry Johnson was the driver of the Jeep, and his wife Tami was in the front passenger seat. Larry reported no injuries and they both declined transport by Cuba City EMS after being checked out.

There was heavy front end damage to the Jeep, as well as damage to the rear driver's side where the plow made contact. There was no damage to the Smelser Township International plow truck. The crash remains under investigation.

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