Grant County Traffic Incidents

On Saturday a traffic stop was conducted on Hwy 11, in Hazel Green Township. 21 year old Colton R. Coonts, of Lena IL was identified as a passenger in the vehicle. Grant County K9 Vezer alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. After a search Coonts was placed under arrest for Possession of Methamphetamine and MDMA. Coonts was transported and is being held in the Grant County Jail awaiting his court appearance. K9 Vezer has been deployed 50 times for various roles and has assisted with 19 arrests since he joined the Grant County Sheriff’s Office in
August 2022.

On Tuesday, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a sign that appeared to have been struck during the early morning hours on East Street in the Village of Potosi. The Deputy responded and took photos of the vehicle parts that were left on scene. Later that day the Deputy observed a vehicle with comparable damage to what car hit the sign. 21 year old Will Bierman of Potosi, the owner of the car, told the deputy  that he had struck a deer weeks prior and that was what had caused the damage to his car. Bierman continued to deny that he had struck the sign even after the deputy explained that the damage to his vehicle and parts left on scene were identical. Bierman eventually told the Deputy that he was northbound on Slazing Road when he reported to have fallen asleep and struck the sign between 2 and 3 a.m. Bierman was cited for failing to maintain control, failure to notify police of an accident, and obstruction.

A Cassville Man got stuck on a bridge, which led to his 8th OWI.  On Tuesday just after 8:00 pm an off-duty Police Chief came upon a truck that was hung up on a bridge abutment on Irish
Hollow Roa. in Waterloo Township. The driver was spinning his tires trying to free the truck. The off duty chief called the incident in and an on duty officer came to the scene. 66 year old Richard Roethler of rural Cassville, was attempting to make the turn onto Irish Ridge Rd from County N.  Roethler struck the bridge abutment and got hung up on the bridge. Roethler was arrested for OWI 8th offense and was transported to the Grant County Jail.