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July Releases


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: 07/21/2016    

Subject: Explosive Device Recovery Case # 16-26372                          

Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry   

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received and responded to a report of a suspicious and possibly explosive device found on a rural Town of Addison Road on Thursday morning.

Upon deputies’ arrival, they found that an Addison resident had found a home- made explosive on a nearby road and retrieved the object and drove it to his work place where authorities responded and examined the device.

As is standard in discovered explosives and suspicious devices, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and members of their bomb disposal unit responded to the call.

After Milwaukee County Deputies examined the object, they made the object safe, moving and dismantling it in a safe area. The make-up and content of approximately one quarter pound of explosive material was deemed to be extremely dangerous too not only the builder(s) of the device, but anyone within proximity of the device upon detonation, with the potential of death or substantial injury to anyone in the area.  

Washington County authorities ask and encourage its citizens to stay away from, avoid any handling of or the transportation of any type of suspicious package or potential explosive material they may encounter or observe and immediately call 911.

Sheriff’s officials are seeking any information on those that may be involved in this case or anyone involved in manufacturing home-made explosives.

This case remains under investigation by Sheriff’s officials.  



DATE:                       July 21, 2016

SUBJECT:                16-26156 FATAL ACCIDENT ADDENDUM

AUTHORITY:          Captain Martin Schulteis

The names of primary individuals involved in the fatal accident which occurred on July 19, 2016 on STH 60 east of CTH M in the Town of Jackson are being released:

Westbound Operator (deceased)

Cynthia Patrick, 60

Town of Hartford

Eastbound Operator (severe injuries) 

Dylan Hodgson, 21

Village of Jackson

The Sheriff Office continues to investigate.  The initial press release indicated the accident involved four cars.  Secondary collisions involved another eastbound vehicle that sustained minor damage after avoiding the initial collision, as well as a legally unattended parked vehicle on private property that was struck by the westbound vehicle. 

No charges have been issued at this time pending completion of the investigation.



Date:                      JULY 19th 2016                

Subject:                 FATAL ACCIDENT (2016-26156)                            

Authority:              LIEUTENANT RYAN HERMAN

On Tuesday, July 19th 2016 at 2:33 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to STH 60 1/10 of a mile east of CTH M in the Town of Jackson reference a four car, head-on, vehicular crash. Passing motorists that stopped to assist advised one operator was trapped in a vehicle and another operator was ejected from a vehicle. Upon deputies and assisting Jackson Police Officers arrival, serious injury was observed to two operators. Jackson Fire and Rescue Department responded as well as West Bend Rescue.

The trapped operator was extricated from the vehicle allowing medical personnel to begin life-saving efforts. Jackson Fire and Rescue determined Flight for Life was needed to transport this operator. Life-saving efforts continued as Flight for Life transported her to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Sometime after departure, life-saving efforts were discontinued as she was now deceased. The ejected operator was transported to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee via ambulance with significant injury.

Initial investigation of the crash shows a male operator was operating his vehicle eastbound on STH 60 just east of CTH M when he entered the southern gravel shoulder of STH 60 to perform a passing maneuver of two eastbound vehicles in front of him. When attempting this he lost control in the gravel resulting in the vehicle sliding back into the roadway, crossing the center line into the westbound lane of travel. Here it struck a westbound vehicle driven by the trapped/deceased operator. As the westbound vehicle spun off STH 60 after initial impact, it made contact with a parked motor vehicle in a residential yard adjacent to the highway prior to coming to rest directly next to the residence itself. A fourth vehicle (eastbound) occupied by two female subjects swerved to avoid the crash and entered the south ditch of STH 60. This vehicle sustained minor damage from entering the ditch and the occupants suffered minor injury.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction team is assisting with the investigation. Contributing factors of the crash are being investigated. STH 60 was closed to all traffic in the immediate area of the crash for approximately seven hours to assist with investigative and clean up measures.

The deceased operator is a 60 YOA female from the Town of Hartford. The injured (significant injury) operator is a 21 YOA male from the Village of Jackson. The injured (minor injury) operator is a 16 YOA female from the Town of Jackson and the injured (minor injury) passenger is a 17 YOA female from the Village of Jackson.

This is Washington County’s 8th traffic fatality in 2016.

No further information is being released at this time.




Date:              July 13, 2016       

Subject:        Eluding / Stolen Vehicle / Crash (16-25344)                                

Authority:     Lt. Robert Stuesser     

On Wednesday July 13, 2016 at approximately 11:29 a.m. the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office provided Washington County Sheriff’s Dispatch with information of a vehicle driving recklessly southbound on I41 from their county.  At approximately 11:38 a.m. a Washington County Sheriff’s Detective observed the suspect vehicle southbound on I41 just south of CTH K in the town of Polk, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.  The vehicle was only occupied by a female driver.  The suspect vehicle failed to yield and exited at STH 144 at a high rate of speed.  The vehicle travelled southbound on STH 144 into the Village of Slinger, where a Slinger Police Officer assisted in the pursuit.  The suspect vehicle was being operated in a reckless manner while in the Village of Slinger, resulting in the pursuit being terminated at approximately 11:40 a.m. After terminating the pursuit, Deputies learned that the suspect vehicle had been reported stolen from a City of Appleton fitness center earlier in the day by an unknown female subject.

Deputies remained in the area and observed the suspect vehicle at several other locations south of STH 60 in the Town of Polk.  Deputies observed the vehicle being operated in a reckless manner and did not re-initiate the pursuit.  At approximately 11:58 a.m. a Deputy came upon a single vehicle accident located at STH 60 and Slinger Rd. in the Village of Slinger.  The Deputy observed that the suspect vehicle had crashed into a We Energies utility pole on the southeast corner of the intersection, with the female driver attempting to flee the scene on foot.  The driver was immediately taken into custody by the Deputy without incident.

The driver refused to identify herself to Deputies.  She was arrested for Eluding an Officer and transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Town of Polk for an impairment assessment and treatment for minor injuries.  The Wisconsin State Patrol was requested to conduct the crash investigation.           

As of this writing, Slinger Rd. south of STH 60 remains closed to facilitate utility pole repair.  Deputies, with the assistance of the Appleton Police Department, believe they have identified the driver; however, this information is still not verified.  Criminal charges of OWI, operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent and eluding an officer will be forwarded to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.  The incident remains under investigation and no further information will be released at this time.    





Date: July 5, 2016    

Subject:   Motor Vehicle Accident # 16-24338      

Authority: Sgt. Vanderheiden 417 

On July 5, 2016 at 6:55 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson Rescue were notified of a multi-vehicle crash, with injuries, on Interstate 41 near County Trunk Highway FD, in the township of Polk. Deputies responded and determine that there were a total of 3 vehicles involved and multiple persons injured.  Responding rescue personnel from the Jackson Fire Department subsequently requested mutual aid for additional ambulances.  Rescue Squads from Lifestar, Richfield and Germantown responded to assist.   

The investigation revealed that traffic was stopped on I41 due to the construction in the area, the lead minivan was able to stop in traffic, a SUV was able to stop behind the minivan, and the passenger car, operated by a 28 year old Washington County woman, was unable stop for the vehicles stopped in traffic. The passenger car rear-ended the SUV and pushed it into the minivan in front of it.  The operator of the SUV a 44 year old woman from Milwaukee who sustained minor injuries.  There were a total of 7 additional passengers in the SUV, ranging from ages 2 years old to 76 years old, taken to various hospital throughout the area to be evaluated for their injuries, none appear to be life threatening.  The occupants and operator of the Minivan were uninjured

The southbound lanes of Interstate 41 were closed in the area of the crash for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to facilitate rescue, investigative, and clean-up efforts.

Speed and impairment appear to be factors for the crash, and the accident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.




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