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).The above restrictions do not apply to Wisconsin accident reports released in compliance with applicable Wisconsin law.
Date: August 29, 2016
Incident: Update to Fatal Crash US 45 @ Chestnut St. (16-5918)
Authority: Lt. Robert Stuesser
On February 15, 2016 at approximately 12:38 p.m. Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Unit responded to and investigated a vehicle verses pedestrian crash that occurred on USH 45 northbound at the Chestnut St. overpass in the City of West Bend. With the recent return of toxicology results from the striking driver, our investigation has been concluded.
The investigation revealed that operator impairment, speed, and cell phone manipulation were not factors in this crash. The operator of the striking vehicle was northbound on USH 45 travelling in the right (slow) lane. As the operator approached the Chestnut St. overpass, he did observe a pedestrian standing next to a vehicle that was parked along the east shoulder of the highway. The operator attempted to move into the left (fast) lane, but was prevented from doing so by another vehicle already occupying this lane. After which and for reasons that remain unknown, the operator briefly crossed over the east fog line, and fatally struck the pedestrian. After the crash, the operator of the striking vehicle remained on scene and cooperated with investigative efforts.
In consultation with the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, no criminal charges will be filed in this matter. However, the operator of the striking vehicle will be issued a Wisconsin Uniform Traffic Citation for Unsafe Lane Deviation.
Operator and sole occupant of striking vehicle:
Jonathan M. Meade - Age 34
Ryan T Yauck - Age 18
West Bend, WI
Date: August 23, 2016
Subject: 16-30787 – Farm Accident
Authority: Sergeant Charles Vanderheiden
On Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 2:36pm, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a farm accident at the Roden Echo Valley Farm, located at 5545 Cty TK Y, in the Township of Trenton. Initial information provided to the Sheriff’s Office was that a male subject had been run over by a skid loader.
Upon the arrival of the first Deputy, he was able to locate the male victim who had no pulse and was not breathing. The Deputy also advised that one of the victim’s legs had been amputated. CPR was started on the victim by the Deputies on scene and turned over to Newburg Fire/Rescue upon their arrival. While Flight for Life was en-route to the scene, the victim passed away.
Initial investigation of accident shows that the victim was riding on a feed spreader which was attached to the front of the skid loader when he lost his balance and fell between the spreader and the wheel of the skid loader. The victim was ran over by the skid steer and in the process his leg was amputated as well.
At this time the identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification to his family. This case remains open to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau.
Date: August 6, 2016
Subject: Injury Accident – Town of Polk – 16-28733
Authority: Sgt. Vanderheiden
On the above date at 4:23pm the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a 2 vehicle head-on crash on Highway 164 south of County Road E, in the Township of Polk. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene along with Lifestar Ambulance and Slinger Fire Department.
The first responding Deputy advised that one operator was pinned in his vehicle and was bleeding from the face. Upon the arrival of EMS and Fire personnel, Flight for Life was summoned to the scene for that operator. Traffic on Highway 164 was shut down completely for an hour and a half while the patient were being treated and the investigation was taking place.
The investigation showed a northbound vehicle operated by a 16-year old Town of West Bend man crossed over the centerline directly into the path of the southbound vehicle which was operated by a 27-year old man from the Village of Mount Calvary (Fond Du Lac County. The 16-year old operator and the 13-year old passenger were transported via ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital and were released with minor injuries. The 27-year old operator was transported via Flight for Life for his injuries.
Alcohol and speed do not appear to have been factors in the accident, but the investigation remains open at this time. There is no further information being 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: August 3, 2016
Subject: Structure Fire, Case # 2016-28297
Authority: Sergeant Scott Hanson
On Wednesday August 3, 2016 at approximately 8:19 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report that two residents of the Cedar Community had been walking, and saw smoke coming from the soffit of the Learning Center, located at 4274 Learning Center Drive on the Cedar Community Campus, in the Town of West Bend.
The West Bend Fire Department was paged and quickly upgraded the structure fire to a working still level. Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded and upon arrival of the first deputy the structure was found to be unoccupied with heavy smoke coming out.
Upon arrival of the West Bend Fire Department the structure fire was quickly upgraded to a Box level. The following fire departments responded to assist in fighting the fire; Newburg, Kewaskum, Boltonville, Allenton, Jackson, Kohlsville, and Slinger. The fire was quickly brought under control and damage was confined to the south half of the structure. There were no reported injuries to fire personnel as a result of the fire.
The fire remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and West Bend Fire Department. Damage to the structure is estimated to be $75,000.
Date: AUGUST 1ST 2016
Subject: INJURY ACCIDENT (2016-27989)
Authority: LIEUTENANT RYAN HERMAN
On Monday, August 1st 2016, at 4:05 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an injury accident on I41 south of Hwy 28 in the Town of Wayne. Motorists advised the accident involved a car and a truck pulling a cattle trailer and reported one operator injured and trapped.
On arrival deputies located the accident on I41 southbound approximately ¾ quarters of a mile south of Hwy 28. A Ford Focus was located in the right/slow lane of traffic with severe damage to the front of the vehicle. That female operator was still trapped and in need of extrication. The second involved vehicle, a Chevrolet truck pulling a 26 foot cattle trailer, was slightly south of the Focus and stopped on the shoulder of the highway. The trailer was damaged in the front near the hitch/king pin and in the rear. The male operator of the truck was not injured. After being removed from her vehicle, the female operator was transported via ambulance to a near-by location where Flight for Life was staged. She was ultimately transported to Froedtert Memorial Hospital in Milwaukee with non-life threatening injuries.
Investigation of the crash revealed southbound I41 traffic to be slowed and stopped in the area of the crash scene as a result of the construction zone on I41 southbound approximately 2 miles south of the crash location. The truck and trailer was stopped in the right/slow lane of traffic when the car failed to stop and rear ended the cattle trailer. Inattentive driving on behalf of the female operator is the contributing factor of the crash.
To assist with safety of all those on scene, both lanes of I41 southbound were closed for approximately 70 minutes. During that time all southbound traffic was diverted onto Hwy 28 with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol. Approximately 35 minutes later both lanes of traffic where opened and the scene was clear. Kewaskum and Kohlsville Fire and Rescue assisted with operator injuries, as well as West Bend Intercept.
Female Operator: Mandy Marie Kreif 31 YOA North Fond du lac, WI
Male Operator: Todd Douglas Stiemke 34 YOA Arlington, WI