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Date: January 30, 2013
Case: UPDATED Car Accident 13-3050
Authority: Sgt. Tim Kemps
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the name of the deceased driver from yesterday’s fatal car accident on Lake Bernice Drive south of STH 28 in the Town of Wayne.
The deceased operator is a 37 year old Town of Wayne resident Diane J Polsin.
January 30, 2013
Case: Calls for Service 1/30/13
Authority: Lt. Martin Schulteis
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has responded to numerous vehicles in the ditch and minor accidents since the inclement weather started on Wednesday January 30, 2013. Since approximately 6 a.m. Deputies have responded to 7 vehicles in the ditch, 3 property damage accidents and two minor injury accidents.
At 6:57 a.m. Sheriff Deputies responded to the area of STH 33 and STH 144 South (Glacier Dr) for a two car head on accident. The driver of a westbound vehicle was in the process of passing a Washington County snowplow when he lost control and crossed the centerline. His vehicle then struck an east bound vehicle. The driver of the eastbound vehicle suffered facial lacerations from broken glass. That accident remains under investigation.
At 10:40 a.m. Sheriff Deputies responded to the 300 block of Main Street in Allenton for a report of a vehicle striking a light pole. The driver of the vehicle was the lone occupant and will be cited for driving too fast for conditions on the snow covered roadway. He sustained minor injuries and declined medical attention.
January 29, 2013
Case: 2013-3150 Lake Bernice Drive Accident
Authority: Lt. Robert Stuesser
On Tuesday January 29, 2013 Washington County suffered its third fatality of 2013. At approximately 4:29 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a single vehicle accident on Lake Bernice Drive approximately .2 miles north of Western Lane in the Town of Wayne. Deputies and personnel from the Kewaskum and Kohlsville Fire Departments were subsequently dispatched to the scene.
The first arriving Deputy located the vehicle overturned in the east shoulder. The vehicle had struck a nearby electrical pole and was severely damaged. There was no verbal or physical response from within the vehicle. Several downed power lines were observed lying on the vehicle, and We Energies was immediately summoned to the scene to ensure the wires were de-energized. After contact could be safely made by rescue personnel, the sole occupant and operator of the vehicle, a 37 year old Town of Wayne Woman, was found to be deceased.
A preliminary investigation into the cause of the accident suggests that the vehicle had been northbound on Lake Bernice Drive, when for an unknown reason it left the road (right), collided with an electric pole, and subsequently overturned.
Lake Bernice Drive between Western Lane and STH 28 was closed for approximately 5.75 hours to facilitate rescue and clean-up efforts. An officer from the Kewaskum Police Department also assisted at the scene with traffic control.
At this time the accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Unit, and the victim’s name is being temporarily withheld pending notification of family.
January 19, 2013
Authority: Sgt. Chad Beres
On the above date at 1:13pm the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a loose buffalo running south onto USH 41 from STH 28 in the town of Wayne.
When the first Sheriff’s Deputy arrived in the area he located the buffalo running south in the west road right-of-way along a fence line near Mohawk Rd. The buffalo changed directions and began running north along the fence line. It changed directions a couple more times and ultimately continued running south along the fence line.
Another Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and working with the first Sheriff’s Deputy they were able to keep the buffalo along the west road right-of-way by driving along the shoulder so the animal didn’t run into traffic. The buffalo continued south to CTH D where it ran up the west right-of-way alongside the exit ramp. It ran across both lanes of CTH D onto the west road right-of-way alongside the entrance ramp for USH 41 southbound. The animal’s owner authorized the Sheriff’s Office to shoot the animal to stop it from running into traffic.
The first Sheriff’s Deputy was able to drive past the running buffalo and position his squad alongside a guardrail approximately one-half mile south of CTH D. He exited his squad with the squad’s shotgun and shot the running buffalo 3 times, putting it down.
The buffalo had escaped from a farm on CTH W in Fond du Lac County at approximately 11:00am. It ran west into a wooded area near St. Kilian and couldn’t be located until the Sheriff’s Office received the initial report of the animal running loose. In total the buffalo ran approximately 7.5 miles before it was put down. There were no injuries or property damage associated with this incident.
Case: 13-1144 Garage Explosion
Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 9:05 AM on 01-11-2013 reporting an explosion at a Town of Hartford residence. The homeowner called stating her 79 year old husband was possibly inside the detached 30 X 40 foot workshop at the time.
Hartford fire and rescue units were dispatched to 5860 Eagle Point Rd and were later assisted by Slinger, St. Lawrence, Allenton, Richfield, Neosho and Woodland fire departments as well as Lifestar ambulance.
Upon deputies’ arrival, they found the man had been evacuated from the destroyed structure by his wife and removed to their home. He sustained burns to his face, arms and hands and was transported to Aurora Medical Center in Hartford with non-life threatening injuries.
Sheriff’s investigators and fire officials continue to investigate the cause of the explosion and fire. The structure was heated by a natural gas heater and did have electrical service to the building.
A residence across the street was also reported to have sustained interior damage from the blast resulting in cracked drywall to several walls and ceiling areas.
Gerald and Jacquelyn Weimer
January 2, 2013
Authority: Lt Robert Konstanz
Anthony J Langlois age 45 of Hartford was charged In Washington County Circuit Court today with 2 Felony Counts of Identity Theft and 4 misdemeanor counts of theft. This was based an investigation conducted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
It is believed that Langlois had obtained $12,949 worth of donations to the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter (ALZ) and Briggs & AL’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital (AL’s Run). Anthony Langlois collected a total of 476 ALZ and 161 AL's Run donations by intentionally deceiving individual and business donors purporting himself to be representing and acting with the authorization of the those organizations.
Additionally, it is alledged that Langlois altered donation forms used by these organizations without their consent. Neither of these organizations have a record of Langlois turning in donated funds.
Anthony Langlois has pending Felony drug charges from July 2012.
January 2, 2013
Case: 2013-74 & 2013-75 Update – Release of Names
Authority: Sgt. Chad Beres
The names from yesterday’s fatal accidents are as follows:
2013-74 – STH 164 south of Pioneer Rd
Southbound operator – Tyler J. Hust (21) – Sussex
Northbound operator – Jeffery J. Hasby (28 – deceased) – Richfield
Northbound passenger – Katey K. Hasby (29) – Richfield
2013-75 – CTH C at Hillside Rd
Operator – Billy R. Cleveland (60 – deceased) – Town of Farmington
Both accidents remain under investigation and there is no further information being released at this time.
January 1, 2013
Case: 2013-74 & 2013-75 Vehicle Accidents
Authority: Sgt. Chad Beres
On Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 7:45pm the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two-vehicle accident with injuries on STH 164 south of Pioneer Road in the village of Richfield (2013-74). Slinger Fire Department, Lifestar Rescue, and Richfield Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene along with deputies from the Sheriff’s Office.
When the first Sheriff’s Deputy arrived he quickly learned there were 3 injured subjects involved in the accident; one of them possibly fatally. When rescue units arrived they began treating the injured and they requested Flight For Life for a passenger in one of the vehicles. The Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team was summoned to the scene along with the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Preliminary information received indicates a vehicle operated by a 21-year old Sussex man was southbound on STH 164. This vehicle passed another southbound vehicle and collided head-on with a northbound vehicle operated by a 28-year old village of Richfield man with his 29-year old wife as a passenger.
The operator of the southbound vehicle indicated he was wearing a seatbelt and he was transported via ambulance to Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls. It appears neither of the subjects in the northbound vehicle was wearing a seatbelt. The female passenger was transported via Flight For Life to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. The male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Medical Examiner’s Office and had to be extricated from the vehicle by Richfield Fire Department personnel.
The accident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and their Accident Reconstruction Team. It is unknown at this time if alcohol and/or drugs were a contributing factor.
At 8:09pm the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a one-vehicle roll-over accident on CTH C at Hillside Road in the Town of Polk (2013-75). The car accident was called in by two individuals who came upon the scene. They checked on the lone occupant and found him to be unresponsive in the vehicle. The Slinger Police and Fire Departments were dispatched as well as Lifestar and Jackson Rescue. Upon arrival it was learned that the accident occurred in the Town of Polk and the Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the scene.
The 60 year old Town of Farmington man was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
The accident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and their Accident Reconstruction Team. The preliminary investigation shows that the SUV was traveling northbound on CTH C at a speed that did not allow him to safely negotiate a curve at the intersection. The vehicle rolled on its roof partially ejecting the driver who was not wearing his seatbelt. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor.
The names of the subjects involved are being withheld at this time pending notification of the families. We expect to release the names by the afternoon on Wednesday, January 02, 2013. These are Washington County’s 1st and 2nd traffic fatalities of 2013.