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Date:                     July 30, 2014
Case:                     Gas Leak - 14-26834
Authority :              Sgt. Ryan Herman

The Trenton Police Department along with Newburg Fire responded to the area of Hwy 33 in the Town of Trenton for a reported natural gas leak at approximately 10:12 AM on today's date. A contracted business performing work in the south ditch line of Hwy 33 approximately ¼ mile west of Poplar Rd, struck and ruptured a 4 inch gas pipe. Newburg Fire Department personnel requested a 1/2 mile radius of homes and businesses evacuated and places immediately neighboring that circle were simply advised of the leak. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office assisted with evacuation efforts and the closing of a 2 mile stretch on Hwy 33 between Trenton Rd and Hwy M.

WE Energies arrived on scene and repaired the ruptured pipe, stopping the gas leak. The evacuation of residents and businesses lasted 1 ½ hours and Hwy 33 remained fully closed to traffic for 2 hours. There were no injuries.


Date:                 July 25, 2014
Case:                14-25275
Authority:          SHERIFF DALE SCHMIDT

On 7/18/2014, an inmate at the Washington County Jail died of an apparent suicide by hanging. 

The man was housed in a dorm area with other inmates.  At approximately 9:21pm, another inmate observed the victim and notified Corrections Officers.  Officers immediately summoned EMS and began CPR.  The victim was pronounced deceased at Froedtert Hospital-Milwaukee on 7/19/2014.

The victim, a 23 year old City of Milwaukee man, was serving a sentence for Disorderly Conduct after having his Probation status revoked.  He was also on Huber Law status, but was unemployed.  The victim was booked in to the Jail on 7/3/2014.  Standard booking procedures were followed with no indication of risk.

The Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau and Medical Examiner Office are conducting the death investigation, and per protocol, an internal investigation is being conducted by Jail management staff.  The incident will be reviewed by the WI-Department of Corrections Jail Inspector per DOC code.  The Medical Examiner has not yet made a ruling on cause and manner of death.

Although the investigations are not yet complete, there is no indication of foul play or drug use, and no policy violations discovered to date.



Date:                July 23, 2014
Case:                Richfield House Fire #14-25838
Authority:         Lt. Robert Stuesser

On Wednesday July 23, 2014 at approximately 2:41 p.m., a neighbor notified the Washington County Sheriff’s Office of a house fire located at 3307 Moraine Drive in the Village of Richfield.  Deputies and firefighters from the Richfield Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene.  Assistance was also requested from the Germantown, Hartford, Jackson, and Slinger Fire Departments.    Upon their arrival, emergency responders observed flames coming out of a roadside window.   

While the fire was brought under control in a matter of minutes, Mayfield Road between Holy Hill Road and Hubertus Road were closed for approximately 1.5 hours to facilitate overhaul and clean-up operations.  No residents were home at the time of the fire, and no firefighters were injured during the extinguishment.  Unfortunately, a family pet perished as a result of the blaze.  Damage to the home and contents is estimated at approximately $150,000.00.

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


Date:             July 21, 2014              
Subject:        Multi-State Drug Conspiracy 
Authority:      Sheriff Dale K. Schmidt

Washington County Sheriff Dale Schmidt commends the members of the Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Group, the DEA and US Attorney's Office for their work in this important case.

"Although not front and center in the news, these types of synthetic drugs are very dangerous to the user. Multi-State synthetic drug conspiracy cases require a high level of knowledge and skill to investigate. The Washington County MJDG Detectives have these skills, and I am pleased they were able to work with the DEA and US Attorney to end this group's distribution of the drug in the Washington County area."

Link to more information: Drug Conspiracy

Date:               July 14, 2014              
Subject:          Vehicle Accident (2014-24571)  
Authority:       Lt. Martin Schulteis

On Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 9:06 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a cellular 911 call regarding a car traveling east bound in the wrong lane of traffic on neward Drive near indian Lore Road in the Town of Farmington. The caller reported the vehicle appeared to have been occupied by two young children and the youth that was driving the vehicle was not able to keep the vehicle in the correct lane of traffic as the caller continued to follow. A Washington County Sheriff's Deputy was able to intercept the vehicle approximately 3 miles from the initial call location. Before the Deputy was able to make the traffic stop, the operator of the suspect vehicle went into the ditch in the area of Cty Trunk A and Trading Post Trail in the town of Farmington. there were not any injuries to either of the juveniles and the vehicle did not sustain any damage as a result of going off road.

Deputies on scene were able to identify the driver as a 9 year old City of West Bend juvenile, and the passenger was a 4 year old City of West Bend child. These are the same two children that were involved in a similar incident on June 14, 2014 in the Town of Barton. During this investigation it was determined that the vehicle belonged to the step father of the 9 year old and was taken from the City of West Bend.

The vehicle was removed from the scene by a local towing company and the two children were transported by the deputy to the Sheriff’s Office to meet with officers from the West Bend Police Department, members of Washington County Acute Care Services and the children’s parents.  The Sheriff’s Office will not be seeking any traffic related charges on the youth, but the stolen vehicle complaint, and the circumstances regarding the missing vehicle, was turned over to West Bend Police and the Washington County Department of Human Services.







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