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Press Releases April 2013
Date: April 25. 2013
Case: 13-12423 Update
Authority: Captain Steve Gonwa
Larry James Arnold, 38, the suspect that has been at large in the Towns of Kewaskum and Farmington since April 20 has been taken into custody by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
At 8:30 a.m. this morning, the Sheriff’s Office was called regarding a burglary in the 2400 block of E. Moraine Dr. in the Town of Farmington. A caretaker for the homeowner was checking the home when he observed a door had been kicked in. The caretaker did not confront Arnold and waited for the Deputy to arrive. This home was approximately one mile east of the residence that was found burglarized on April 24.
When the Deputy arrived at the residence, Arnold fled on foot and the Deputy engaged in a foot pursuit on E. Moraine Dr. before he lost sight of him. Arnold ran to a nearby residence at E. Moraine Dr. at Wescott Rd. where he engaged the homeowner in the garage and asked for a ride into town. Arnold then ran into a heavily wooded area to the north.
Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies initiated a coordinated foot search of the area while Deputies from Sheboygan and Fond du Lac County Sheriff and State Park Rangers assisted in establishing a perimeter around the area. Larry Arnold was located hiding under an old piece of metal in a heavily wooded area one-half mile northeast of the burglary scene. Deputies took Arnold into custody without any resistance. Arnold was treated at the scene for possible frostbite to his feet and he was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital West Bend.
Pending his release from the hospital, Arnold will be transported to the Washington County Jail where he will be held on charges stemming from the two residential burglaries and the outstanding warrants from Wood County.
Date: April 25, 2013
Case: Community Notification
Authority: Sheriff Dale K. Schmidt
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to WI Statute 301.46(2m) which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense. Further, his criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.
Justin R. Rathke 27, will be released from prison on April 30, 2013. After his release he will reside at the Washington County Jail while he attempts to locate a residence and employment. Rathke was convicted of 1 count of 948.02(2) – 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in Washington County on 1/9/2008 and 1 count of 948.02(2) – 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in Washington County on 2/25/2009. Rathke will be on Extended Supervision (probation) until May 7, 2019 and will be monitored closely by WI-DOC Division of Community Corrections agents. While residing in the Washington County Jail he will be chaperoned at all times when leaving the jail to seek a residence and employment. Rathke will have numerous rules and restrictions to follow including wearing a live tracking GPS unit.
This sex offender has served the prison sentence imposed on him by the courts. He is NOT wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear, but rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.
Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it was not until the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law was enacted that law enforcement was able to share this information with the community. More information can be located at: http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/proginfo/communitynotification.jsp
Probation/Parole Agent Karissa Olaniyan at 262-335-5673,
Sex Offender Registration Specialist Erich Wuerslin at 414-773-4643 or
Sgt. Jason Guslick at 262-335-4879.
Justin R. Rathke
Date: April 24, 2013
Subject: Promotion and Appointment
Authority: Sheriff Dale Schmidt
Washington County Sheriff Dale Schmidt is pleased to announce the promotion of Jacob Simon to the position of Corrections Sergeant.
Simon graduated cum laude from the UW-Oshkosh in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 2004 as a Corrections Officer. Since that time, he has worked in all areas of the jail, and most recently as a Booking Officer. Simon fills a vacancy created by a retirement.
The Corrections Sergeant oversees the operation of the County Jail during his/her shift and answers to the Lieutenant or Administrator. The primary duties include ensuring the safety and security of the facility, supervising the Officers on duty, and making sure policies and procedures are being followed throughout the shift.
Sheriff Schmidt is also pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Sakac to the position of Juvenile Detention Manager.
Sakac earned an Associate Degree in 1994 from Milwaukee Area Technical College in Legal Secretary, and worked in that field for seven years. In 2001, she was hired as a Corrections Officer for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. She has experience working in all areas of the jail, but focused most recently on the Juvenile Detention Facility. Sakac fills a vacancy created by a retirement.
The Juvenile Detention Manager oversees the operation of the Juvenile Detention Facility within the County Jail, and answers to the Jail Administrator. The primary duties include maintaining the proper operation of the facility, supervising the Corrections Officers working in that area, and coordinating with teaching staff, parents and service agencies.
Date: April 23, 2013
Authority: Capt. Steve Gonwa
The Sheriff’s Office is alerting area residents and hikers of a suspicious person last seen in the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The subject is identified as:
Larry James Arnold, 38
M/W HGT 5’10” WGT 160 Hair BLOND Eyes BLUE
On Saturday April 20 at 7:51 p.m., a vehicle was found abandoned on a snowmobile trail in the State Forest located 100 yards south of E. Moraine Dr. in the Town of Kewaskum. The vehicle was discovered by a hiker and reported to the Sheriff’s Office. The last known operator of the vehicle was identified as Larry Arnold. The owner of the vehicle and Larry Arnold have resided together in the Boltonville area for the past year. Arnold had permission to use the vehicle, but the owner had no idea why it was left abandoned on the trail. Arnold was last heard from earlier in the day on April 20.
Because of the suspicious circumstances, the vehicle was removed and the area was searched by Deputies using an ATV and handheld FLIR ( infrared ) devices. A tracking dog from the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in a search of the area, however Arnold was not located. On April 21-22, cadaver sniffing dogs from Great Lakes Search & Rescue were also deployed to the area without success in locating Arnold. The Sheriff’s Office currently has no evidence that Larry Arnold is still in the state forest at this time, however his whereabouts are unknown.
Larry Arnold is currently wanted on outstanding felony warrants issued in 2010 by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. The warrants are for bail jumping and contempt of court after he failed to make court appearances in a disorderly conduct case in Wood County.
Arnold is a known drug user and is currently registered as a sex offender in Wisconsin. He was convicted of Second-Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in 1995. He is not currently on supervision for that offense, but he is not in compliance with meeting registration requirements with the Sex Offender Registry Program. Arnold has a criminal history including charges of disorderly conduct, causing injury by OWI, eluding, resisting and obstructing and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Larry Arnold has not made any recent threats to harm himself or others. He is not known to be armed at this time. The Sheriff’s Office wishes to locate him for questioning and to take him into custody on the outstanding warrants. Due to his criminal history, the public should consider Arnold potentially dangerous.
If you believe you know the whereabouts of Larry Arnold or observe suspicious activity in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, please call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 262-335-4411.
Date: April 23, 2013
Subject: Crime Victim's Rights Week
Authority: Sheriff Dale Schmidt
This week is Crime Victim's Rights Week. April 22-27, 2013
Wisconsin courts are required to order offenders pay restitution to their victims. Many times, victims relocate and can't be found when the money is received from the offender.
Press Release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice gives information on a special ceremony and a link to for victims to search for restitution money they may be owed.
Date: April 18, 2013
Case: #13-11413 Drug Investigation
Authority: Lt. Paul Buth
Charges were filed in Washington County Circuit Court today against Justin G. Straub for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, maintaining a drug trafficking place, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On April 12th, a Sheriff’s Deputy went to Straub’s apartment to hand deliver a citation to him that had been returned as undelivered by the US mail. The Deputy met with the 29 year old suspect at his apartment in the 300 block of Main Street in Allenton (Town of Addison). When Straub answered the door the Deputy Sheriff smelled the odor of raw marijuana emanating from the apartment and noticed that Straub was acting nervous and suspicious. Straub would only speak to the Deputy in the hallway and he closed the apartment door, intentionally locking himself out. When asked about the marijuana smell Straub admitted he had marijuana inside but denied the Deputy consent to enter the apartment to retrieve it.
Members of the Washington County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Group (Drug Unit) obtained and executed a search warrant at the apartment based on the Deputy’s observations and Straub’s statements. The Drug Unit located evidence of marijuana trafficking, approximately one half pound of high grade marijuana, and $36,957 in cash. In addition to the illegal drugs and cash, Straub’s vehicle was also seized as it contained marijuana and items relating to marijuana production.
Straub had previously been arrested in 2010 by the Washington County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Group. In that case he was convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and is still on probation for that offense.
The street value of the half pound of marijuana is approximately $2,000.00.
Date: April 15, 2013
Case: 13-11611 Traffic Accident Update
Authority: Sgt. Tim Kemps
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the names of the individuals involved in the accident on CTH WW at St. Anthony Rd in the Town of Addison on 4/13/13.
The driver of the eastbound pickup truck was Sidney Lehman, 17 year old male from Theresa. He was treated and released from a local hospital. His three passengers were also treated and released and names are being withheld based upon their juvenile status.
The driver of the southbound suv was Donald Weeks, a 35 year old City of West Bend man. He was treated and released from a local hospital as was one of his back seat passengers Kelly Brock, a 32 year old female from the City of West Bend.
The two other passengers were 54 year old Wayne Brock and 51 year old Laurie Brock both from the Town of Wayne. Wayne is being treated for his injuries at Froedtert Hospital and is listed in critical condition. Laurie also remains hospitalized with non life threatening injuries. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office accident reconstruction team continues to investigate the accident.
Date: April 13, 2013
Case: 13-11611 Traffic Accident
Authority: Sgt. Tim Kemps
On 4-13-13 at 4:45pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a 2 car accident with multiple injuries on CTH WW at St. Anthony Road in the Town of Addison. Rescue personnel from the Allenton Fire Department and deputies were subsequently dispatched to the scene. The first responding deputy arrived on scene within two minutes of the 911 call and found that there were 4 occupants in each of the vehicles and that all eight were injured to some extent. The Allenton Fire Department requested additional resources from the Kewaskum, Kohlsville and West Bend Fire Departments as well as Lifestar Ambulance. The Jaws of Life were used to extricate at least one of the subjects. Flight For Life was also requested to the scene, however they were diverted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Town of Polk.
The initial investigation revealed that a pickup truck was travelling eastbound on St Anthony Road when it came over the crest of the hill and failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a SUV that was southbound on CTH WW. The driver of the eastbound pickup truck was driven by a 17 year old male from Mayville. His three passengers were all teenagers from Mayville. They were all transported to local hospitals with non life threatening injuries.
The southbound SUV was driven by a 35 year old City of West Bend man who was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. His three passengers were all transported to Froedtert Hospital. They included a 32 year old West Bend woman who was transported by ambulance to St Joseph’s in the Town of Polk and then was transported by Flight For Life. The two back seat passengers were a 54 year old Town of Wayne man and a 51 year old Town of Wayne female who were transported by ambulance to Froedtert Hospital. The 54 year old man is listed in serious condition and the others are believed to have sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Alcohol does not appear to be factor in the crash. All the people involved were wearing their safety belts. The accident remains under investigation at this time by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. CTH WW was shut down for over an hour and the Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Case: 13-11130 Structure Fire caused by Lightning
Authority: Sgt. Tim Kemps
On 4/9/13 at approximately 2:11 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a structure fire at 7320 CTH O in the Town of Erin. The dispatch center received two 911 calls from separate neighbors who reported hearing thunder and then observed smoke coming from a 2400 square foot garage on the property. The Hartford Fire Department as well as sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene. Upon the first units arrival the structure was already fully engulfed.
The Hartford Fire Department was assisted by the Ashippun, Lebanon, Neosho, Richfield, St. Lawrence, Slinger and Stonebank Fire Departments. The fire was put out however most of the contents inside the garage are being considered a total loss. The garage contained numerous antique cars, along with several other vehicles and other tools. The total loss is estimated at around 125,000 dollars. The fire was investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office along with the Hartford Fire Department and it was determined that the fire was caused by a lighting strike based on witness statements and evidence at the scene. There were no injuries as a result of this blaze and no one was home at the property at the time of the fire. The highway was shut down for approximately 4 hours while firefighters battled the blaze.
Case: 13-10688 Explosive Devices - Drug Investigation
Authority: Lt. Paul Buth
April 5th The Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 22 year old man in the Town of Farmington for manufacturing improvised explosives. The Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Group (Drug Unit) obtained and executed a search warrant at the home in the 1200 block of Lakeview Rd.
Investigation continued over the weekend. In addition to the explosives charge, several other charges were developed as a result of the search warrant. On April 8th the suspect was charged in Washington County Circuit Court with manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug trafficking place, as well as possession of an improvised explosive device.
As a result of the investigation the Drug Unit seized 986 grams (approximately 2 pounds) of high grade marijuana, two firearms, $10,892 in cash, a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup truck, and a 2006 Yamaha ATV. Materials for making pipe bombs including pipes with end caps and powder were seized but no live devices were located at the home.
Value of the 2 pounds of marijuana would be approximately $9,000. Additional charges related to the weapons are likely.
The 22 year old man who was arrested is not the owner of the home. The homeowners are not expected to be charged with any crime in relation to this investigation.
Ethan M. Boettcher
Case: 13-10688 Explosive Devices
Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry
On April 5, 2013 at 9:13 a.m. Washington County Deputies responded to an initial call from an abandoned 9-1-1 call from the 1200 block of Lakeview Road, in the Town of Farmington. Upon investigating Deputies' arrival and in speaking to the occupant of the home, the Deputies learned a 22 year old West Bend man burned his face the previous day while manufacturing pipe bombs. Deputies observed what appeared to be components of explosive devices within the home and evacuated the house and immediate area.
The Milwaukee County Bomb Disposal Unit was requested and did respond to the scene. After Sheriff's Deputies obtained a search warrant, entry was made to the home where the pipe bombs were found to be in the process of construction and located in a bedroom.
Due to the rural nature of where the house is located, there were no nearby homes or area residents that were in danger at the location these devices were found. The devices were collected as evidence once they were determined to be safe.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by member of the Sheriff's Office with assistance from Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.
The 22 year old suspect is in custody and a felony charge of manufacturing of explosive device will be requested by the Sheriff's Office. The case remains ongoing.