Press Releases

 

January Releases

 

Date: 1-31-16 
Subject: Accidental weapon discharge with injury 16-3835
Authority: Sgt. Uhan 416    

 

On January 31, 2016, at approximately 1:09 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified and dispatched to a call of a subject who was shot in the Village of Newburg at 451 Main St. Upon arrival of deputies, it was found that a 36 year old Village of Newburg man, had accidentally shot a 35 year old Town of Farmington man, while showing him a handgun that he was trying to sell. Deputies and a detective investigated the scene. The investigation revealed that the handgun had not been completely cleared of ammunition, and it had discharged a bullet into the arm of the victim. The round had not penetrated into any other apartments. The discharge appears to be accidental in nature, however the Village of Newburg man was believed to be intoxicated at the time, and was taken into custody for intoxicated use of a firearm. The victim was transported to Froedtert Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, and was treated and released.  

 

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: 1-29-16        
Subject:
Accidental weapon discharge with injury 16-3669                                            
Authority: Sgt. Robertson 415      

 

On Friday January 29, 2016, at approximately 5:45 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Menomonee Falls Police Department that they were out with a 22 year old male at Community Memorial Hospital who had a gunshot wound to his hand. It was believed to be an accidental discharge by the 22 year old victim. Deputies and detectives were sent to the Community Memorial Hospital and the victim’s apartment located in the town of Germantown to investigate. The investigation revealed the victim was home alone in an apartment above a business in the Town of Germantown. The victim was cleaning his handgun, and while putting the weapon back together, the weapon discharged one round striking the victim in the left hand. The round did not penetrate the apartment, and did not cause a danger to the business below. The discharge appears to be accidental in nature. The victim will not be facing any criminal charges.          

 

 

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:            January 29, 2016    
Subject:       Motor Vehicle Crash (16-3615)         
Authority:    Lt. Robert Stuesser    

On Friday January 29, 2016 at approximately 4:02 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 3100 block of Kettle Moraine Parkway in the Village of Richfield for a suspicious male subject yelling for help and trying to gain access to an unoccupied neighboring residence. Shortly after their arrival, Deputies located a 24 year old Richfield man in the area. The man claimed that he was trying to access a residence recently purchased by his father, causing minor damage in the process. The man had a minor injury to his head, which he alleged came from an earlier fight. However, he refused to identify an assailant. The man was subsequently evaluated by Richfield Rescue and later refused medical transport to the hospital.

At approximately 6:36 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle that had driven through the front of the Aurora Pharmacy located at 1303 STH 175 in the Village of Richfield. At the time of the call it was unknown if this was an active burglary attempt and/or if anybody was still in the store. Deputies and officers from the Germantown Police Department were dispatched to the scene.

Upon officer’s arrival, a pickup truck was found to have crashed through the front of the store and was completely inside. No suspects remained on scene. A records check of the crashed pickup identified the owner as the same male subject previously located by Deputies in the 3100 block of Kettle Moraine Parkway. The store and Kettle Moraine Parkway are separated by approximately ½ mile.

A preliminary investigation revealed the following: At approximately 2:45 a.m. the man inadvertently turned west onto the pharmacy’s access driveway (likely believing it was an arterial road), and drove straight into the building. After the crash, the man fled the scene on foot and was later encountered by deputies in the 3100 block of Kettle Moraine Dr. The man had no affiliation with the house he was trying to gain access too.

Aurora Pharmacy sustained moderate structural damage and was not occupied at the time of the crash. The man was subsequently arrested and brought to the Washington County Jail for Criminal Damage to Property, Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing an Officer, and Possession of Cocaine.         

Driver impairment appears to be the contributing factor, and the incident remains under investigation by the Washington County 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:  January 21, 2016
Case #:  16-2670        
Authority:  Sgt. B. Robertson

On Thursday January 21, 2016 at approximately 4:19 p.m., a neighbor notified the Washington County Sheriff’s Office of a house fire located at 3023 El Camino Drive in the Town of Jackson.  Deputies and firefighters from the Jackson Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene.  Assistance was also requested from the Germantown, Jackson, Slinger, Richfield, West Bend, and Newburg Fire Departments. Life Star Ambulance service was also requested. Upon their arrival, emergency responders observed flames coming out of the rear of the house.   

While the fire was brought under control, traffic was limited on El Camino Drive. No residents were home at the time of the fire, and no firefighters were injured during the extinguishment. A dog was found in the residence and taken to a 24 hour emergency veterinary clinic for smoke inhalation. Unfortunately, a second family pet perished as a result of the blaze. Damage to the home and contents is estimated at approximately $232,000.   

 The exact cause of the fire is currently unknown and the incident remains under investigation by Washington County Sheriff’s Fire Investigators.    

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).

 


 

PRESS RELEASE

Date: January 20, 2016    

Subject: Residential burglaries/suspicion complaint- cases # 16-2379, 16-2383, and 16-2400

Authority: Lt Robert Konstanz

The Washington County Sheriff Office continues to investigate 2 residential burglaries that occurred on January 19, 2016. The burglaries occurred in the 900 block of Western Ave, (Town of Jackson) & 3000 block of Jackson Dr, (Town of Jackson).

Our department also received a report of a suspicious vehicle occupied by 2 black males that went to a residence in the 2000 block of Scenic Rd, (Village of Richfield), asking for directions to Hwy 41. We are investigating whether these incidents are related.

The vehicle involved in the suspicion complaint was described as: an older gray Toyota Avalon, with a spare tire (black rim) on the passenger rear. The vehicle was driven by a black male driver. The person that went to the door was described as a black male, about 20-30 years of age, dressed for the weather, and “frantically” ringing the doorbell.

 

If anyone has information on this vehicle or these cases, please contact the Detective Bureau at 262-335-4406 or 262-335-4407.

 

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).


 

PRESS RELEASE

Date: 01-13-2016   

Subject: SHERIFF’S OFFICE PROMOTIONS                             

Authority: SHERIFF SCHMIDT

Sheriff Schmidt is proud to announce the following promotions effective January 1st.

Lieutenant Martin Schulteis was promoted to Captain and will manage the Administration, Communications Center Radio System and Information Technology areas. He will also serve as the Undersheriff.

Lieutenant Bruce Theusch was promoted to Captain and will manage the Patrol, Detective, Drug Unit, Specialty Teams and Vehicle Maintenance areas. 

Sergeant Tim Kemps was promoted to Lieutenant and will serve as Shift Commander on Third Shift Patrol.

Sergeant Ryan Herman was promoted to Lieutenant and will serve as Shift Commander on Second Shift Patrol.

Deputy Buck Robertson was promoted to Sergeant and will serve as Second Shift Patrol Sergeant.

Deputy Keith Uhan was promoted to Sergeant and will serve as Third Shift Patrol Sergeant.

Deputy Charles Vanderheiden was promoted to Sergeant and will serve as Second Shift Patrol Sergeant.

On December 30th 2015, Captain Steve Gonwa retired from the Sheriff’s Office.  During his 34 years with the department he served as a Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant and the last nine years as Captain of Operations.  We wish him well in his retirement.

Also, during the 2016 budget process, a third Captain’s position was approved for the department. This position allows the Sheriff’s Office management workload to be divided between three Captains.  Captain Scott Lehman remains in charge of Corrections Division with Captains Schulteis and Theusch as stated above.

Promotional processes require some time and work to complete properly. I would like to thank Washington County Human Resources and the Civil Service Commissions members for their work and expertise.

 

Promoted Employees

 

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: 1-12-2016   
Subject: Rescue Call/ Flight for Life (2016-1505)  
Authority: SGT Buck Robertson 415/1129     

On January 12, 2016, at approximately 6:21 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a skiing accident with injury at Sunburst Ski Area. Life Star ambulance was on scene rendering medical attention to the patient and requested assistance in setting up a landing zone for Flight for Life. Kewaskum Fire department and the Washington County Sheriff’s office assisted in setting up the landing zone in the north parking lot of the ski area. The patient was a 13 year old female from a local middle school ski club. She was transported via Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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).

 

 

 

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