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April Releases

NOTICE:

In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695F3d597 (7th Circuit, 2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. §2721 et.seq., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible use. Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, drivers license number, social security number, home address, telephone number, photograph and medical or disability information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the permissible uses applies. Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C. 2721 (b).


PRESS RELEASE

 SUBJECT:    DARE Program
 Date:             April 29th, 2016
Authority:      Sheriff Dale Schmidt

Last December the Sheriff made the difficult decision to suspend the Sheriff’s Office DARE instruction program for schools that normally had it scheduled for the spring 2016 semester. The Sheriff recently made contact with the school districts we previously provided DARE instruction for, and advised them the Sheriffs’ Office will once again offer DARE to all the schools we had been instructing for in the past. This would be available at the beginning of the fall 2016 semester.

 The DARE program was suspended last year due to a staffing shortage in the Deputy position and in the number of DARE instructors in the department. The overall staffing situation has improved, and the Sheriff believes he can safely commit the necessary resources to provide a healthy program.  The Sheriff’s Office has now assigned a full-time deputy to the Community Relations/DARE Coordinator position.  Additionally, there has been strong support from the County Board to reinstitute the program.  These are positive signs that the Sheriff’s Office can quickly get back to providing a quality prevention program for our area 5th graders.

 The Sheriffs’ Office has been in contact with each of the principals to confirm whether or not they want to continue with DARE in their schools. The Sheriff is also aware that Elevate has offered and is instructing “Too Good for Drugs” in some schools.  We have no interest in this becoming a contest of programs.  The decision is up to school boards and administrations to decide what the right program is for the students.  The Sheriff’s Office is simply just making the DARE program available, and we would be pleased to provide it if requested.

 


 


Subject:     Armed Robbery 16-15077
Date:          April 25, 2016

Authority:  Captain Martin Schulteis

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 10:34 am, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery that occurred in the parking lot of Ashley Furniture located at 2515 Cabela Way in the Town of Polk. The victim, a 66-year-old Village of Jackson man, made an online agreement to sell a handgun to a perspective buyer through a popular website. The victim subsequently made arrangements to meet the “buyer” in a public access parking lot to complete the transaction. The victim choose the Ashley Furniture parking lot merely out of convenience of location.

The “buyer” approached the seller’s vehicle on foot and entered the passenger side.  The “buyer” then began to inspect the firearm while another male subject approached the vehicle on foot and opened the driver’s side of the vehicle armed with a handgun.  The armed suspect then threatened the seller with another firearm and both suspects then fled the area on foot with the stolen handgun.  The seller, who is a valid CCW permit holder, then exited his car and retrieved another concealed pistol from the car and shot at least one round towards the suspects that were fleeing.  The responding deputies quickly conducted a canvass of the commercial areas adjacent to the parking lot and obtained the suspects’ physical descriptions as well as a detailed vehicle description from several different individuals.  This description was immediately relayed to several other law enforcement agencies including Germantown Police, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Menomonee Falls Police Department.

Officers from these three law enforcement agencies were able to locate a vehicle in the area of 124th St and Old Orchard Rd. in the Village of Menomonee Falls.  The vehicle was stopped and four subjects were taken into custody without incident.  Evidence was located tying the occupants to the robbery.  As of this writing, all subjects are currently in custody at the Sheriff’s Office while the investigation continues. Three of the subjects are males ages 17, 18 and 22.  There was also a 17-year=-old female in the car.  All are residents of the City of Milwaukee and the adults have lengthy violent criminal records including a previous conviction of armed robbery.  No one was injured as a result of this incident and all charges are pending.

 


 

 

Date:  April 21, 2016
Subject:  House Fire  #16-14404
Authority:  Lt. Robert Stuesser

On Thursday April 21, 2016 at approximately 11:31 a.m., a neighbor notified the Washington County Sheriff’s Office of a possible house fire located in the 4000 block of W. Moraine Drive in the Town of Kewaskum. Deputies and firefighters from the Kewaskum Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. Assistance was also requested from the Boltonville, Campbellsport, Kohlsville, Jackson, and West Bend Fire Departments. Upon their arrival, deputies observed light to moderate smoke emitting from the residence.  

After their arrival, firefighters quickly brought the room and contents fire under control. However, W. Moraine Drive between CTH V and Highland Drive was closed to through traffic for approximately 1.5 hours to facilitate overhaul and clean-up operations. No residents were home at the time of the fire, and no firefighters were injured during its extinguishment. Unfortunately, several birds inside perished. Damage to the home and contents was estimated at approximately $75,000.00.

An investigation revealed that the fire likely started in an area were several baby chickens were being warmed via a heat lamp. However, the exact cause of the fire remains undetermined.      

NOTICE:

In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695F3d597 (7th Circuit, 2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. §2721 et.seq., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible use. Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, drivers license number, social security number, home address, telephone number, photograph and medical or disability information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the permissible uses applies. Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C. 2721 (b).

 


 

PRESS RELEASE

 Date:  April 20, 2016
Subject:   Barn Fire Case # 16-14300
Authority:  Sgt. B. Robertson

 On Wednesday April 20, 2016 at approximately 5:08 p.m., a neighbor notified the Washington County Sheriff’s Office of a barn fire located at 6340 Arthur Rd in the Town of Hartford.  Deputies and firefighters from the St. Lawrence and Hartford Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene.  Assistance was also requested from the Allenton, Jackson, Slinger, Richfield, Kohlsville, and West Bend Fire Departments. Upon their arrival, emergency responders observed flames coming out of the top and sides of the barn. The barn was fully engulfed at the time of arrival.   

 While the fire was brought under control, traffic was shut down on Arthur Rd between Hwy 83 and Saint Lawrence Ln for approximately 2 hours. The home owner was present and tried to get as many animals out of the barn as possible. No firefighters were injured during the extinguishment of the fire. Unfortunately, a cat and two rabbits perished as a result of the blaze. Damage to the barn and contents is estimated at approximately $70,000.  

 The exact cause of the fire is currently unknown and the incident remains under investigation by Washington County Sheriff’s Fire Investigators.    

 

NOTICE:

In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695F3d597 (7th Circuit, 2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. §2721 et.seq., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible use.  Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, drivers license number, social security number, home address, telephone number, photograph and medical or disability information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the permissible uses applies.  Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C. 2721 (b).

 


 

PRESS RELEASE

Date:                         April 20, 2016

Subject:                    Gas Line Strike – 16-14267                               

Authority:                Sgt. Chad Beres 

On the above date at 11:54am the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a gas line that was struck in the area of 1907 Hy 175 in the village of Richfield.  The line was reported to be a 4-inch gas line and it was struck by a road construction crew working on the Hy 175 reconstruction project.  Richfield Fire Department was paged and WE Energies was contacted.  Wisconsin Southern Railroad was also contacted to stop all rail traffic coming into this area.  Construction work was also halted.

Richfield Fire Department advised that all structures on both sides of Hy 175 between Elm Street and Pleasant Hill Road along with the structures on the west side of Railroad Street be evacuated.  Richfield Fire Department personnel were re-paged to assist with evacuation efforts along with Sheriff’s Department personnel who were on-scene.  Over 30 structures including residences and businesses were evacuated.

The WE Energies Emergency Gas Service was on-scene at approximately 12:30pm and the gas line was completely shut off by approximately 2:15pm.  The investigation showed that an excavator and bulldozer were working together.  The bulldozer was moving some dirt close to the gas line and struck the line which was actually a 6-inch gas line approximately 4 feet below the surface.

At this time personnel from WE Energies, Richfield Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Office are still on-scene.  Residences and businesses are still evacuated.  Construction work continues to be halted and there is no traffic allowed in the area.  That is all the information we have at this time. 

 


 

 

PRESS RELEASE

Date:                      April 17th 2016
Subject:                 Bon Fire Explosion (2016-13845) 
Authority:              Lt. Tim Kemps 408

 

On 4/16/16 at 8:47 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a person who reported that a house had exploded and was fully engulfed with flames at 2669 Sherman Road in the Town of Jackson. The Jackson Fire Department along with Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched.

While responding to the call the Sheriff’s Office received another 37 calls on 911 from residents as far as the Village of Slinger and the City of West Bend who reported hearing a loud explosion.

Upon arrival at the scene it was discovered that there was not a house on fire. The flames were from a large bon fire in a field behind the residence that had just been started. The man who started the fire indicated that he had started the fire in the same manner that he has in the past and that after the fire was started someone may have thrown some fireworks into the fire. Based on the size of the explosion it is believed that a large amount of an unknown accelerant was used in the starting of the fire which resulted in the loud explosion. 

The 36 year old Town of Jackson man who started the fire will be cited for disorderly conduct. There were no injuries or property damage reported as a result of this incident.    

 


 

PRESS RELEASE

Date:04/08/2016    

Subject: Car Vs Store Crash        

Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry     

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a vehicle versus building crash in the Village of Richfield on 4/8/2016.

The call was received at 9:09 AM and was reported as an unknown injury accident. Upon deputies arrival it was confirmed as a property damage only crash.

The operator of the car that struck the building was an 87 year old Richfield woman that was about to patronize the Hair Formations Salon located at 1245 STH 175 in Richfield. As she drove into the parking lot, it is believed that the operator either failed to apply the brakes, or instead hit the accelerator by mistake.

No customers inside the Salon at the time were injured. The building owner placed an estimate of $15,000 to make repairs to the store front. The business was temporarily repaired and the Salon continued to provide services and remained open to customers.

 


 

 

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