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July Releases



Date:                Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Case:               2015-26855 Drowning Victim

Authority:        Sgt. Michael Hennes

On 7-28-15 at 5:05 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting an unresponsive 6 year old boy on the beach at Yahr County Park located at 7999 Orchard Valley Rd in the Township of Farmington.

While deputies and rescue personnel were enroute dispatchers were told the boy was receiving CPR and several minutes later the boy was reported to be breathing and conscious.

Deputies investigating the incident learned the victim and one of his friends were swimming and playing near the edge of the marked swimming area. The victim went under the water, came back up briefly, waving his arms and hands above his head and then went under the water again. After going under the water for the second time he did not resurface.

The mother of the victim and a friend witnessed the entire incident. They quickly realized “Something was not right,” waded into the water locating the victim, and brought the victim to shore. Once on the beach CPR was started by the mother and a bystander.

The victim was transported by Newburg Fire and Rescue to Children’s Hospital Milwaukee. Other responding agencies were Fillmore Fire Department, West Bend Fire and Rescue, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.



Date:              July 21, 2015

Subject:        Plane Crash 2015-25835

Authority:     Sgt. Scott Hanson

On July 21, 2015 at 8:14am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a plane that had crashed in a corn field behind 4597 Cty Tk D in the Town of Barton. Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the scene and upon arrival the pilot was found to be uninjured.

The investigation determined that the pilot a 58 year old Harvest, AL man with 25 years of flying experience had taken off from EAA Oshkosh, WI traveling to DeKalb, IL at 7:00 am in a home built KR2 experimental aircraft and reached an altitude of approximately 7,500 feet.

Approximately 23 minutes into the flight the engine suffered a mechanical failure which stalled the plane’s engine and rendered it inoperable. The pilot then glided the aircraft for 15 miles attempting to reach a homemade air field in the Town of Barton which no longer exists. The pilot then landed the aircraft in a soy bean field, traveled several hundred feet and came to rest in a bordering corn field. The pilot immediately contacted 911 and notified the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch that he was uninjured.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this incident and is being assisted by the FAA Milwaukee office. At this time it is believed that the engine suffered a mechanical failure while in flight.



Date: July 16, 2015 

Community Notification  

Authority: Lt. Jason Guslick

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to WI Statute 301.46(2m) which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense. Further, his criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.

Alex J. Hoffmann 22, will be released from prison on 7/21/2015. After his release Hoffmann will be residing at 4452 STH 60 in the Township of Polk with a family member. Hoffmann was convicted of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in Washington County on 11/03/2010. While on bail for the previous case Hoffmann had sexual contact with another underage subject and as a result he was convicted on one count of Felony Bail Jumping as well. Hoffman will be on supervision with the Department of Corrections into 2026. He will be closely monitored by WI-DOC Division of Community Corrections agents and will have numerous rules and restrictions to follow including: not having contact with minors, maintaining absolute sobriety and not having unauthorized computer or internet access. For an initial period of time after Hoffmann is released he will be wearing an active tracking GPS unit. One technology available with the active tracking GPS unit Hoffmann will be wearing is “exclusionary zones” can be set up. If Hoffmann enters an exclusionary zone, law enforcement will be immediately notified and will be given his location. Exclusionary zones in the Slinger area will include parks, schools and other locations deemed appropriate by WI-DOC Division of Community Corrections agents.

This sex offender has served the prison sentence imposed on him by the courts. He is NOT wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear, but rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it was not until the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law was enacted that law enforcement was able to share this information with the community. More information can be located at

 Alex Hoffman

 Questions: Probation/Parole Agent Jessica Latzl at 262-335-5671, Probation/Parole Field Supervisor Kendra Heerey 262-335-5668, Sex Offender Registration Specialist Gina Carney at 414-777-0540 or Lt. Jason Guslick at 262-335-4879.



Date: July 8, 2015 

Case: 15-24144 House Fire         

Authority: Sgt Craig Broker 418

On Wednesday July 8, 2015 at 4:00 am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the home owner at 6904 Weatherstone Ct in the Town of Barton stating that there was a fire in the residence. The home owners were awoken by the family dog and smoke in the residence.  

 Upon arrival, Deputies located a fire in the garage near a service door. This fire had spread into the walls of the residence, which caused fire damage to the garage, basement and an office area.

 West Bend Fire and Rescue responded and they were assisted by Jackson, Kewaskum, Kohlsville, Allenton, and Newburg Fire Departments. The fire was quickly contained by the West Bend Fire Department.

 The cause of the fire is believed to be from towels that were used for staining deck boards for the residence and discarded in the garbage. At this time there is no initial estimate on the fire and smoke damage to the residence.

 At this time the fire remains under investigation by Washington County Sheriff’s Office.



Date:                      July 4, 2015
Subject:                 2015-23700 – Building Fire – Town of Wayne     
Authority:              Sgt. Chad Beres

On the above date at 1:08pm the Sheriff’s Office was notified of smoke coming from the building at 7710 Cty Tk W (Cross Roads Tap). A passerby stopped to see if the establishment was open and observed smoke coming from underneath the front door and from a window well. Kohlsville Fire Department was paged and quickly upgraded the fire to a MABAS call. Fire Departments from Allenton, Kewaskum, St. Lawrence and West Bend also responded along with an ambulance from Lifestar Rescue.

Upon the arrival of the first deputy on scene smoke was still coming from the reported areas as well as from an exterior basement entrance on the north side of the building, but there was no flames visible on the exterior of the building. The fire departments began working; concentrating on the basement. Northbound traffic on Cty Tk W was restricted, but traffic on Cty Tk D and Cty Tk WW remained open for the duration of the call.

When the fire was extinguished the Kohlsville Fire Department requested a fire investigator from the Sheriff’s Office to assist in the investigation. Two fire investigators responded to the scene and assisted in the investigation. The fire appears to be electrical in nature and the point of origin was in the basement. The damage was contained to the basement although the other levels suffered smoke damage. The building 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.





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