Date: January 31 2014
Subject: Injury Accident (14-4045)
Authority: Sergeant Ryan Herman
On Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:52 AM the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Kewaskum Fire and Rescue of an injury accident at the intersection of Hwy 45 and Hwy H/Badger Rd. in the Town of Kewaskum. Kewaskum Fire and Rescue advised their ambulance was involved in the accident. Sheriff Deputies responded along with Village of Kewaskum officers and additional personnel from the Kewaskum Fire Department.
On arrival, three vehicles were observed to be involved in the accident and a total of five patients needing transport. Additional rescue equipment and personnel were requested from the West Bend Fire Department to assist with the transport of injured patients. Those patients included the operators of the westbound vehicle and the Kewaskum ambulance, two additional Kewaskum rescue personnel riding in the ambulance and the initial patient being transported to a hospital prior to the accident via the Kewaskum ambulance. Both southbound lanes of Hwy 45 were closed at the intersection for approximately one hour to assist with scene safety and removal of vehicles.
Initial investigation determined the Kewaskum ambulance was south on Hwy 45 approaching the intersection. Upon entering the controlled intersection, the southbound ambulance was struck by a westbound vehicle. The westbound vehicle came to rest in the intersection as the ambulance continued south of the intersection a short distance prior to striking a light standard pole and then crossing over both lanes of southbound traffic and entering the median. After entering the median, the ambulance continued until it came into contact with a Rite Way bus as it was stopped in the Hwy 45 northbound turn lane onto Badger Rd. The bus was loaded with middle school aged children who were en-route to the Sunburst Ski Hill. One child on the bus suffered minor injury as a result of the incident. That injury was reported to the Sheriff’s Office after the children were removed from the scene and transported to the ski hill via a second school bus that was also en-route to the ski hill. The child was not transported by rescue personnel.
The investigation is on-going, as additional subjects need to be interviewed.
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: January 27, 2014
Subject: Armed Robbery (2014-3545)
Authority: Sgt. Nathan Peskie
On Monday January 27, 2013 at 11:43pm the Sheriff’s Office received a call from an employee of Addison Station located at 5022 Addison Road in the Town of Addison reporting they had been robbed by a masked subject with a gun. The employee reported the suspect left on foot and a vehicle was not observed. Deputies were on scene within a matter of minutes, but were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect was described as a white male approximately 5’10”, 130lbs, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, gloves, and a mask covering his face. The suspect demanded the cash from drawer and pulled a silver handgun when the employee hesitated. The employee gave the suspect the cash and the suspect fled on foot.
The suspect was seen by a witness at the gas pumps running from the store towards Highway K. We are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with information about the incident to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Case: 14-2916 Cty Hy A Vehicle Crash
Authority: Sgt. Michael Hennes
On Thursday, January 23, 2014 at approximately 3:44 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two vehicle crash on Cty Hy A east of Cty Hy M in the Town of Farmington. Deputies and personnel from the Newburg, West Bend and Fillmore Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene.
The first arriving Deputy located the vehicles and found one of the drivers pinned between a truck and a trailer attached to the truck. The pinned person was found to be deceased. The driver of a car was also located in their car. The driver of the car was extricated by Fire Department personnel and transported to the hospital via Flight for Life.
Preliminary investigation into the cause of the crash suggests the truck was stopped on Cty Hy A, and the driver was out of the truck when the car crashed into the rear of the trailer.
Cty Hy A was closed between Cty Hy M and River View Rd for approximately 5 ¼ hours.
The deceased person is a 70 year old man from Sheboygan County. The Driver of the car is a 28 year old West Bend woman.
At this time the accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Unit, and Commercial Vehicle Inspectors.
This is Washington County’s first traffic fatality for 2014.
Date: January 23, 2014
Case: Washington County Jail Promotions
Authority: Sheriff Dale Schmidt
Sheriff Dale Schmidt is proud to announce two promotions in the Corrections Division of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
On January 16th, Sergeant Scott Lehman was promoted to Corrections Lieutenant. The vacancy was created by a retirement. Lt. Lehman was hired as a Corrections Officer in 2000 and promoted to Sergeant in 2004. The Corrections Lieutenant is second in command of the County Jail under the direction of the Jail Administrator, Captain Shirley Miller.
Also on January 16th, Corrections Officer Amy Schmit was promoted to Corrections Sergeant. The vacancy was created by a promotion. Sgt. Schmit was hired in 2004 and will be assigned to 2nd Shift managing day to day Jail operations.
“Both of these supervisors were selected from a strong pool of candidates and will serve the Sheriff’s Office and Washington County with professionalism and dignity,” said Sheriff Schmidt.
Date: January 7, 2014
Subject: Fire Investigation - Case #14-00755
Authority: Lt Robert Konstanz
Today at approximately 8:04 am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call from 3115 Maple Road in the Town of Jackson for flames and smoke in a detached garage. Numerous fire departments were paged to the scene and the fire was extinguished. Responding units discovered an 88 year old male deceased inside the garage.
It is believed the victim had been in the garage working to start a car when a fire started inside that detached garage. The structure received smoke damage and one vehicle was destroyed by fire.
An investigation into the fire and the death of the man is continuing. There is no sign of foul play at this time. An autopsy will be completed on the victim.