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Press Releases June 2014
Date: June 30, 2014
Subject: Structure Fire (2014-22900)
Authority: Sgt Nathan Peskie
On Monday, June 30th, 2014, at 12:54AM the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a barn fire at 3745 Beaver Dam Road in the Town of Barton. Deputies and firefighters from the West Bend Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. Upon deputies arrival found the large wood barn to be completely ablaze with the fire rapidly intensifying and spreading to two additional adjacent out buildings.
The West Bend Fire Department requested assistance from the Fillmore, Jackson, Slinger, Kewaskum, Allenton, and Newburg Fire Departments to aid at the scene. The barn contained hay, tools, and several pieces of old farm machinery. The residence at the property was not affected by the fires. Beaver Dam Road between Wildwood Road and Kettle View Drive was closed for approximately 4 hours to facilitate firefighting operations.
The fire is being investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of fire is not known at this time however a neighbor witnessed a lightning strike in the general area. The barn, its contents and the two smaller out buildings are considered a total loss, but no dollar estimates are available at this time. There were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.
West Bend Rescue staged and assisted at the scene WE energies assisted with de-energizing the residence.
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Subject: 9 and 4 year old take car without owner’s consent
Authority: Sgt. Michael Hennes
At about 5:23 pm the Sheriff’s Office received cellular 911 calls reporting two young children had just taken a car from the parking lot of a boat dealership locate on Sth 33 just west of the City of West Bend.
Several of the callers were able to continue to follow the children as the car was driven West on Sth 33 then South on Sth 144. Once in the area of Sth 144 and Cth K witnesses were able to get the car stopped, approach the car, turn the car off and remove the keys from the car.
When officers arrived they found a 9 and 4 year old were the only two persons in the car. The 9 year old had been driving the car and the 4 year old was the passenger.
The two children indicated they wondered away from their home in the City of West Bend and were trying to get to their grandmothers house on Sth 144.
The total distance driven by the 9 year old was about 4 miles.
No injuries were reported, and no damage to property was found. No charges are being filed by the Washington County Sheriff Office. Wisconsin State Patrol assisted in the initial contact with the children.
The West Bend Police Department and Washington County Human Services Department will be doing follow up investigations with the children.
Date: June 12, 2014
Case: Injury Accident #14-20837
Authority: Sgt. Chad Beres
On the above date at approximately 7:26 pm the West Bend Police Department received a report of an erratic motorist on E. Washington Street (Hwy 33) near the intersection with S. River Road. The caller was able to provide the registration displayed on the suspect vehicle. This information was passed along to the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center when the vehicle was not able to be located, since the registered owner’s address was in Allenton (Town of Addison).
A Sheriff’s Deputy who was traveling eastbound on Hwy 33 located the suspect vehicle traveling westbound at a high rate of speed at approximately 7:52 pm. The Deputy proceeded westbound, but lost sight of the suspect vehicle. The Deputy proceeded to Allenton and located the suspect vehicle after it had just been involved in a head-on collision with an eastbound pickup truck near the intersection of Main Street (Hwy 33) and Church Street. The Deputy reported the engine compartment of the suspect vehicle was partially ablaze. The Deputy cut the seatbelts of the driver and passenger of the suspect vehicle and was assisted by some bystanders in removing them from the vehicle.
The driver and passenger of the suspect vehicle were transported via ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital for serious injuries. The driver of the suspect vehicle was then transferred to Froedtert Hospital via Flight for Life. The driver and sole occupant of the eastbound pickup truck was transported via ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in Hartford for minor injuries.
The Washington County Accident Reconstruction Team is currently working at the scene. Alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash, but no other information is being released at this time.
Date: June 5, 2014
Authority: Lt. Paul Buth
Wednesday June 4th two suspects were arrested at a traffic stop on US Hwy 41 returning from Milwaukee with heroin. The traffic stop was made by the Washington County Sheriff’s K-9 unit. The stop was related to an ongoing investigation into heroin distribution by the Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Group (Drug Unit).
The two suspects, one male and one female age 32 and 23 were both from the Town of Addison area, and were believed to be involved in heroin distribution to that area as well as West Bend and other areas in Washington County. Search Warrants were obtained with the assistance of the Washington County District Attorney’s office and signed by the Honorable Judge Muehlbauer. Execution of the search warrants by the Drug Unit ultimately resulted in the seizure of 32.1 grams of uncut heroin with a street value of approximately $6400.
As the typical dose of heroin is normally less than .1gram, this represents a significant amount of heroin for our jurisdiction.
The Drug Unit is primarily staffed by, supervised by, and headquartered at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with officers provided with financial support from all full time police departments in Washington County. The Drug Unit’s current top priority is enforcement related to opiates at the delivery level.
Date: June 1, 2014
Case: 14-17234, 14-17855, 14-18125, 14-18894, 14-19130
Authority: Lt. Paul Buth
On Thursday May 29th three suspects were arrested at a traffic stop on US45 near West Bend by a Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy for their involvement in heroin deliveries. The suspects were a 20 year old male and a 41 year old male from the Kewaskum area and a 24 year old female from the City of West Bend.
They had been the subject of an on-going investigation by the Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Group (Drug Unit). The investigation resulted in sales of heroin to an undercover police officer occurring in the City of West Bend, the Village Jackson, and the Village Kewaskum.