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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).

Date:                       2/24/16
Case:                     16-6966
Authority:              Sgt. Beres

On the above date at 11:12am the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a structure fire at 5566 W. Lake Drive in the Town of West Bend. The caller was an area resident who reported flames coming from the residence which was reported to be an unoccupied seasonal home. The Slinger Fire Department was paged and quickly upgraded the fire to a MABAS call. Fire Departments from Allenton, Hartford, St. Lawrence, and an ambulance from Lifestar Rescue responded.

Upon the arrival of the first deputy on scene at 11:17am the flames were coming from the east side of the residence on the first floor near where the gas meter enters the residence. The deputy also observed the flames to be centered near a space heater in the living room. Deputies on scene closed the roadway to traffic.

At this time the fire has been extinguished and the Slinger Fire Department has requested a fire investigator from the Sheriff’s Office to assist in the investigation. Contact has been made with the owners of the residence. The residence was not occupied at the time and there were no reported injuries to anyone on scene. At this time there is no damage estimate available and there is no further information being released.

 


PRESS RELEASE

(update)

Date:                         02-16-16

Subject:                 FATAL CRASH USH 45 & CHESTNUT ST (UPDATE)  

Authority:              CAPT. BRUCE THEUSCH

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the name of the 18 year old West Bend man killed yesterday in the traffic crash on USH 45 at Chestnut St.

RYAN TIMOTHY YAUCK

Age 18

City of West Bend

 The name of the driver that struck Yauck is not being released.

 In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Senne v. Vill of Palatine, 695 F.3d 597 (7th Cir. 2012 en ban, cer. pet. filed 11/5/2012), the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal identifying information under the provisions of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA).  Personal identifying information derived from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, driver’s license number, social security number, home address, home telephone number, photograph, and medical or disability information is prohibited from public disclosure unless one of the exceptions apply.  These exceptions can found at 18 U.S.C. §2721(b).

 


 

Date:                       February 15, 2016       

Subject:                  FATAL CRASH USH 45 at Chestnut St.                            

Authority:               Capt. Bruce Theusch 

On February 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a pedestrian vs vehicle crash on northbound USH 45 at Chestnut St. in the City of West Bend. West Bend Fire/Rescue along with Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, lifesaving efforts were started on the pedestrian, an 18 year old West Bend man, however the man died at the scene. The operator of the northbound vehicle, a 34 year old Palmyra man was uninjured.

The initial investigation revealed that the pedestrian was alongside his vehicle, outside of the lane of traffic, putting gas in his disabled vehicle when he was struck by the northbound vehicle. The northbound vehicle traveled over the fog line prior to striking the pedestrian.

Investigators are trying to determine why the northbound vehicle left the roadway. Alcohol/ drugs do not appear to be a factor. The accident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team.

One lane of USH 45 northbound and several onramps for the highway were closed while the accident scene was investigated. Authorities should have the road open in approximately 15 minutes.

In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Senne v. Vill of Palatine, 695 F.3d 597 (7th Cir. 2012 en ban, cer. pet. filed 11/5/2012), the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal identifying information under the provisions of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA).  Personal identifying information derived from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, driver’s license number, social security number, home address, home telephone number, photograph, and medical or disability information is prohibited from public disclosure unless one of the exceptions apply.  These exceptions can found at 18 U.S.C. §2721(b).

 


      

Date: 02-14-2016  
Subject: Fatal Crash   
Case #
16-5753  
Authority: Sgt. Uhan 416  

 

On 2-14-16, at 1:58 AM, The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a single vehicle car crash, on Donegal Rd west of County Highway K, in the town of Erin. Deputies responded along with the Hartford Fire Department and rescue.

 A 38 year old Town of Erin woman was pronounced dead at the scene, as a result of the crash. A 38 year old town of Erin man was critically injured, and transported by Flight for Life to Summit Hospital in Oconomowoc.

 The crash remains under investigation but evidence indicates the car was being driven west bound on Donegal Rd, completely left the paved roadway to the right, and struck a tree head on. The crash is still under investigation, but alcohol, speed, and lack of seatbelts were believed to be contributing factors. This is the first traffic fatality in the county this year.

 

 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).


 

Date:  February 13, 2016
Case #:  16-5714 House Fire
Authority:  SGT. Robertson 415

 On Saturday February 13, 2016 at approximately 6:19 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a house fire located in the 7600 block of Pond Rd. in the Town of Hartford. The caller reported that everybody was out of the residence and he was attempting to put the fire out. Deputies and firefighters from the Hartford Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. Upon their arrival, emergency responders observed heavy smoke and flames emitting around the chimney and roof of the single family home. Assistance was requested from Slinger, St Lawrence, Allenton, Woodland, Neosho, Ashippun, Germantown, and Richfield fire departments.    

 Firefighters extinguished the fire on main floor kitchen and living room area of the house. Damage from the fire is estimated at approximately $200,000. No residents or firefighters were injured as a result of the fire. 

 Pond Rd between Taylor Rd and just east of the residence was intermittently restricted for approximately 2.5 hours to facilitate extinguishment and clean-up operations. The town of Hartford assisted with a salt truck due to water creating a hazard on the roadway. While the exact cause of the fire is unknown, at this time it does not appear to be suspicious in nature. 

 The matter remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

 

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).


 

Date: February 4, 2015

Subject: IRS frauds and scams                               

Authority: Lt Robert Konstanz

Recently our agency has taken calls from citizens who say they have received suspicious calls from people claiming to be the IRS.  During this call the suspect tells the victim that money is owed to the IRS for back taxes and payment must be made immediately or risk being jailed.  These are false claims made by scammers.  The IRS WILL NOT call citizens informing them that money is owed for back taxes.  If you received a call from such a person, hang up and don’t speak to them.  Remember the IRS WILL NOT call you about a tax issue, do not give out your personal identification to these callers. 

Also, recently we have had a few cases where victims receive a call from persons that claim that their grandchild was involved in an accident and are now in trouble unless money is sent immediately.  DO NOT send anyone money that tells you this on a phone.  The majority of the time, these scammers prey on older residents that believe they are doing the right thing for their loved ones.  We suggest that residents have conversations with any family members that may get calls such as these so they don’t become victimized.

 


 

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