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April Releases


Date:                April 25, 2014
Case :              Fatal Accident 14-14768
Authority:        Captain Steve Gonwa

Washington County suffered its 2nd and 3rd traffic fatalities of 2014 as a result of a one car accident. The accident occurred at 2:34 a.m. on STH 164 1/10 mi. north of CTH Q in the Village of Richfield. 

The two victims, a 37 year old man and 38 year old woman, both from Richfield, were in a vehicle traveling northbound on STH 164. The vehicle crossed left of center for unknown reasons and entered the southbound ditch line where it struck a culvert, went airborne and struck a utility pole before coming to rest upside down in the ditch line. The man was ejected from the vehicle while the woman remained pinned inside. At this time it is unknown which victim was driving at the time of the accident. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Medical Examiner. 

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the accident. Possible factors contributing to the accident remain under investigation. 

Richfield FD responded to the scene to assist with extrication. 

The accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team. 

STH 164 was closed north of CTH Q for the duration of the investigation.


Date:               April 22, 2014
Case :             Armed Robbery 14-14353
Authority:       Lt. Martin Schulteis

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 1:47 a.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an armed robbery that occurred at CC’s Place located at 8892 Cty Tk W in the Town of Wayne. At closing time, an armed subject forced his way into the tavern and knocked the 27 year-old female bartender to the floor. The suspect then pointed a firearm at the employee and demanded money. The suspect was described as male about 5’8” tall, medium build and was wearing a ski mask.

There were no customers in the establishment at the time of the incident and the employee was not seriously hurt. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect vehicle may have been an older tan four-door car. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 262-335-4378.


Date:                  April 18, 2014
Case :                Barn Fire – 14-13888  
Authority:          Sgt. Chad Beres 

On the above date at 5:48 pm the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a barn fire at 7236 Arthur Rd in the Town of Hartford.  The caller was one of the property owners and reported a tractor was on fire in the 200ft X 200ft cow barn and there were cows in the barn.  A second caller at 5:52pm reported the barn was fully engulfed.

Hartford Fire Department was paged and they were assisted by fire departments from Slinger, St. Lawrence, Allenton, Richfield, Woodland, Neosho, Iron Ridge, Ashippun, Stone Bank, Kohlsville and Lifestar Rescue.  Fire personnel were still on scene as of this release working on extinguishing hot spots that were flaring up.

The tractor had been used by the property owner approximately 30-40 minutes prior to the start of the fire and parked it in the barn on the northeast side of the building.  The property owner was advised of the fire by farm employees and the property owner saw flames coming from the engine compartment of the tractor.  The barn is actually 4 structures that are connected.  All of the structures were damaged, but 3 of the 4 structures are a total loss.  At this time there is no damage estimate available.

One fire fighter suffered a minor injury during the operation.  There were cows and calves inside the buildings during the fire.  There were animals that perished in the fire and some that will need to be euthanized, but at this time the amount is unknown.



Date:             April 17, 2014
Case :           Injury Accident  14-13768 Town of Farmington
Authority:     Captain Steve Gonwa

A 26 year old Newburg man is in critical condition following a one car accident on Jay Rd. east of Fillmore Rd. in the Town of Farmington.  The accident scene was located and reported to the Sheriff’s Office by a passerby at 1:36 p.m.

Evidence at the scene indicates that the man was traveling westbound on Jay Rd. when he lost control of his vehicle on the wet roadway. The town road is located in a swampy area and portions of the roadway were covered with water as a result of the recent flooding. The roadway was covered with approximately one inch of water across both lanes in the area where the accident occurred. The roadway had been posted with cautionary signs for high water by the township. 

The vehicle skid out of control and entered the eastbound ditch line where it overturned and came to rest upside down, partially submerged in the North Branch of the Milwaukee River. The man was believed to have been returning home from his place of employment in Random Lake when the accident occurred.

The Fillmore Fire Department responded to the scene assisted by Newburg Rescue and West Bend Intercept. Rescue personnel were able to right the vehicle with a winch and then extricated the man from his vehicle and began resuscitation efforts. Based on the investigation, it is believed that the vehicle may have been submerged in the river for up to five minutes before it was discovered. At this time the extent of his physical injuries from the accident is unknown.

The Washington County Dive Team responded to the scene and conducted a search of the river to confirm other occupants had not been in the vehicle. It was confirmed that the man was alone in the vehicle.

The man was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital by Newburg Rescue where he was subsequently transferred to Froedtert Hospital via Flight for Life. He remains in critical condition at this time.


Date:           April 17, 2014
Case :         Arrest in fatal vehicle crash 14-2916
Authority:   Lt. Martin Schulteis

On Wednesday April 16th the Washington County Sheriff’s Office took a 28 year-old City of West Bend female into custody as a result of a continuing investigation into a fatal vehicle crash which occurred on January 23, 2014. The Sheriff’s Office has now completed our investigation which was confirmed through toxicology testing of the suspect. The crash occurred near the intersection of Cty Tk A and Cty Tk M in the Town of Farmington and resulted in the death of a 70 year-old Cedar Grove man. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene after he became pinned between his truck and trailer which was rear-ended by the 28 year-old woman.

The woman is currently incarcerated at the Washington County Jail and being held without bail on the following charges:


  • Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Homicide While Operating with a Detectable Amount of Restricted Controlled Substance
  • Knowingly Operating While Suspended and Cause Death to Another Person
  • Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia


Date:            April 11, 2014                  
Case :          
Cell Phone Scam Involving the 9-1-1 System  
Captain Steve Gonwa

The Washington County Communication Center is alerting cell phone users to a potential scam involving the use of the numbers 1-1-2.

This scam involves a cell phone user receiving a phone message or text stating that there is a problem with their financial account, such as a credit or debit card. The message tells the user to call back for more information by pressing 1 or dialing 1-1-2. When the user follows those instructions, their cell phone actually dials 9-1-1 and the call is routed to the local 9-1-1 center.

On this date, the Sheriff’s Office has received over 40 of these calls through the 9-1-1 system.

At this point, there has been no impact on 9-1-1 service or responses in the county, but these false 9-1-1 calls could potentially interfere with a caller trying to place a legitimate 9-1-1 call.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting that cell phone users ignore and do not return these fraudulent calls asking them to press 1 or dial 1-1-2.

The perpetrators of this scam and their intent are unknown. Cell phone providers and Federal agencies are actively investigating the scam and working on solutions.


Date:              April 10, 2014                  
Case :           
Vehicle Crash Cth H and Sth 144 (14-12951)    
Sgt. Michael Hennes

On 4-10-14 at 3:59 pm the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two vehicle crash on Cth H west of Sth 144 involving multiple injured persons.

During the initial investigation of the crash it was determined a 32 year old woman from Milwaukee was traveling west on Cth H when she traveled over the center line and struck an east bound car being driven by a 69 year old male from the Town of Farmington.

Also in the car with the Milwaukee woman were her two children, a 6 year old female and a 3 year old male.

The 69 year male, 3 year old male, and the 6 year old female were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital, West Bend.

The 32 year old female was transported by Theda Star Helicopter to Froedtert Hospital.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Kewaskum Fire Dept, West Bend Fire Dept, and Boltonville Fire Dept.

The crash remains under investigation by the Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office, no further information will be released at this time. 

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).


Date:          April 4, 2014
Case:         Update to "Arrest of Driver Fleeing From a Crash Scene”
Authority:  Lt. Martin Schulteis

The driver of the car that failed to stop for deputies is a 26 year-old Town of Jackson man. After the pursuit, he was arrested for operation while intoxicated - second offense and felony eluding. He also received several traffic citations for various violations relating to the accident as well as the pursuit.

The driver of the other vehicle remained at the scene of the accident and was also arrested for operation while under the influence - sixth offense. He is a 57 year-old Village of Germantown man.

Both individuals are still in custody at the Washington County Jail and injuries are all minor.


Date:             April 03, 2014                  
Case:            Arrest of Driver Fleeing From a Crash Scene
Authority:       Sgt. Michael Hennes

On 4-3-14 at about 3:10 PM the Sheriff’s office was notified of a two vehicle crash involving injuries at 3230 Pioneer Rd in the Village of Richfield. While officers were responding to the area, witnesses to the crash phoned the dispatch center indicating one of the cars involved in the crash was fleeing from the scene.

One of the callers continued to follow the car for several miles until officers could catch up and attempt to stop the car.

The driver of the car failed to stop for officers and a short pursuit started, after 6 miles the car came to a stop in the area of County Highway G and Holy Hill Rd. The driver was taken into custody and remains in custody at the Washington Co. Jail.

No further information is being released at this time.


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