Press Releases


February Releases


Date:            February 15, 2014
Case:           Community Notification
Authority:    Sheriff Dale Schmidt

Community Notification and Community Meeting Notification 

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 adjudicated of a sex offense. Further, his criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.

Name:  Charles E Buckarma   Age: 25       Sex: Male     
Height: 5’11” Weight: 170    Hair: Blonde   Eyes: Blue

On 03/25/04 in Washington County Charles Buckarma was adjudicated of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault.  The victim was a 16 yr old male who was known to him and the assault involved sexual touching and penetration.  He has an offending history that includes similar behaviors.

Charles Buckarma is an individual with an intellectual disability currently being held under a civil mental health commitment.  Community Care, Inc., a state approved managed care organization, reports that he will be residing at and receiving support and supervision from a residential facility which has been certified as an adult family home located at 9448 CTH W, Campbellsport WI (Town of Wayne in Washington County).  Community Care, Inc., has indicated that he will be directly supervised at all times.

This sex offender has served the sentences imposed on him by the courts for past violations.  He is NOT wanted by law enforcement at this time.  He is not under the Department of Corrections Probation or Parole supervision.  This notification is not intended to increase fear, but rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.  The above subject will not show up as a sex offender by conducting a search on the public sex offender registry website due to his only registerable adjudication was committed when he was a juvenile.

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


Community Informational Meeting

Date:               2/20/14
Time:               6:00pm
Location:         Wayne Elementary School
5760 Mohawk Rd
Campbellsport, WI 53010

At the community meeting members of the public will be provided additional information on the placement of the subject and there will be an opportunity for attendees to submit questions to be answered. 

For additional questions after the community meeting please contact: 

Sex Offender Registration Specialist Alex Engelken at 414-777-0541 or
Sgt. Jason Guslick at 262-335-4879.



Date:            February 7, 2014
Cases:         Burglaries to Area Storage Units
Authority:    Sgt. Michael Hennes

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding recent burglaries into local storage unit buildings. Anyone with information on a possible suspect is requested to call the Sheriff’s Office at 262-335-4378 or the Washington County Tip Line at 1-800-232-0594.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating nearly fifty incidents occurring at multiple facilities in the Town of Trenton, Town of Jackson, Town of Polk, and Village of Slinger. Burglaries would have occurred between January 13th 2014 and February 4th 2014. A current estimated value of all items missing is not available.

Renters of storage units are encouraged lock their units, and report any suspicious activity they witness to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

All burglaries are currently under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and no further information will be released at this time.


Date:               February 4, 2014     
Case:              Update to Stabbing Incident 14-4680       
Authority:        Lt. Robert Stuesser   

At approximately 5:00 p.m. investigators from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office learned that the 20 year old Town of Hartford man had expired from his injuries while in surgery at Aurora Medical Center in Summit.  His 17 year old brother, also of the Town of Hartford, is currently being held in the Washington County Jail on a charge of 1st Degree Reckless Homicide While Armed.  The matter remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, and no further information will be released prior to the issuance of a criminal complaint by the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.



Date:           February 4, 2013
Case:          Stabbing 2014-4680     
Authority:    Sgt. Chad Beres

On the above date at 1:55 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a 20-year old male subject at a residence in the Town of Hartford was stabbed in the chest.  The caller reported there was an argument between the male victim and his 17-year old brother before the stabbing occurred.  Sheriff’s Deputies and Hartford Rescue were dispatched to the scene.

The male victim was transported to Aurora Medical Center in Hartford and subsequently transferred to Aurora Medical Center in Summit via Flight for Life.  The latest report was the male victim was in stable condition.  The 17-year old brother was taken into custody and transported back to the Sheriff’s Office for interviewing.  This is the only information being released at this time as the case is still under investigation.



Date:           February 3, 2013
Case:          Allenton Explosion   14-4426       
Authority:   Sgt. Randy Boudry 411

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local manufacturing plant in Allenton of an explosion and subsequent fire of a 300 pound propane tank near the rear of the building. The investigation later revealed that the actual tank did not rupture or explode.

The call was received from Allcast Inc. at 5:31 AM and required fire departments from Allenton, St Lawrence, Kohlsville and Slinger to respond for assistance.

Authorities were able to learn that an employee working outside the building in the area of the tank had knocked over a stack of plastic totes used in the handling of parts with a fork lift. This caused the valve and pipe on the tank to break off, venting the propane from the tank. The employee shortly afterwards, started the fork lift up, exploding the vented propane that had accumulated in the area. The fireball enveloped the fork lift and employee, neither injuring him nor damaging the fork lift. The stack of totes did catch fire and burned. There was no damage to the factory, and estimated damage of less than $5,000.00 was limited to the totes and repairs to the piping of the tank. The fire was quickly extinguished and firefighters remained on scene for about an hour and a half.

Employees in the plant at the time were quickly evacuated from the plant and area and were allowed back when the scene was deemed safe.

There were no injuries to any employees, firefighters or other individuals that responded for this call.



Date:            February 2, 2014
Case:           Apartment Fire
Authority:    Sgt. Michael Hennes

On Sunday, February 02, 2014 at 832 PM the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a fire in an attic area of an apartment building at 4630 Sth 33 in the Town of Barton. Upon the arrival of deputies and first responders smoke could be seen emitting from the roof area of the apartment building. First responders and deputies confirmed all tenants were out of the building and located an active fire within the attic space above the second floor hallway.

Firefighters from Kohlsville Fire Department and Allenton Fire Department were able to extinguish the fire and contain the fire to the area of the attic and second floor hallway ceiling.

Fire departments from Kohlsville, Allenton, St. Lawrence, West Bend, Kewaskum, and Slinger responded to the fire. Lifestar ambulance was also sent to the scene.

Due to smoke damage and the apartment’s electric and heat being disconnected as a result of the fire, the American Red Cross and the Washington County Humane Society assisted dispersed tenants with locating lodging for them and their pets. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff Department.

No tenants or emergency responders were injured in the incident. An estimated amount of damage is not available at this time.


Back to Top