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June Releases


Date:                     June 20, 2015
Subject:                Injury Accident – Town of Kewaskum – 15-22032
Authority:             Sgt. Chad Beres

On the above date at 6:50pm the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a car versus motorcycle accident in front of a residence on the roadway on Highway 28 in the Town of Kewaskum just east of the Village of Kewaskum. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene along with Kewaskum Fire & Rescue. The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Kewaskum Police Department.

The Kewaskum Police Officer was the first on scene and advised the motorcycle operator and passenger were on the ground and neither were wearing helmets. Upon the arrival of Kewaskum Fire & Rescue assistance was requested from West Bend Fire Intercept and ultimately Flight for Life. Traffic on Highway 28 was shut down completely for an hour and a half while the patients were being treated and the investigation was taking place.

The investigation showed an eastbound car operated by a 31-year old Town of Kewaskum woman was turning into a driveway and turned directly into the path of the westbound motorcycle which was operated by a 53-year old Town of Farmington man and his 51-year old wife was the passenger. Neither the motorcycle operator or passenger was wearing a helmet and both were ejected from the motorcycle. The motorcycle operator was transported via ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital and was later transferred to Froedtert Hospital. The motorcycle passenger was transported via Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital and is currently in critical condition.

Alcohol and speed do not appear to have been factors in the accident, but the investigation remains open at this time. There is no further information being released at this time.


Date:           June 16, 2015         
Case:           Motor Vehicle Crash (15-21447)  
Authority:    Lt. Robert Stuesser    

On June 16, 2015 at 1:48 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two vehicle crash, with injuries, on STH 83 approximately .2 miles north of County Line Rd. in the Town of Erin. Sheriff’s Deputies and rescue personnel from the Hartford Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene.

An on-scene investigation revealed the following: An antique automobile, operated by a 61 year old Sussex man, was northbound on STH 83 from County Line Rd. A motorcycle, operated by a 75 year old Town of West Bend man, was also northbound travelling behind the automobile. When the operator of the automobile initiated a right hand turn into a private driveway, the motorcycle rear ended the automobile, ejecting the operator. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, and was transported from the scene to Aurora Summit via Flight for Life. His injuries are believed to be life-threatening. The operator of the automobile was not injured.  

STH 83 between County Line Rd and CTH Q was closed for approximately 1.5 hours to facilitate rescue, investigative, and clean-up efforts. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Chenequa Police Department.

At this time, neither alcohol nor speed appear to be contributing factors.  However, the crash remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.


Date:             June 4, 2015
Case:            Farmington Elementary Emails 15-19760 - Follow-up
Authority:     Lt. Martin Schulteis

During the subsequent investigation of the incident, investigators have preliminarily determined that a breach of a parent’s personal email account was the apparent nexus between the extortion-type emails and references to students at Farmington Elementary School.   One parent was communicating with the rest of the classroom families via a Yahoo email account and it is probable that email was compromised. This infringement provided the suspects with greater details to personalize the scam towards the victims. None of the affected families suffered any monetary loss as a result of this scam.

Despite the lack of corroborating evidence to suggest any credible threat towards students or family members, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will continue to have an increased presence at the school.

The incident remains under investigation to determine the exact origin of the emails, but there is no reason to believe that a breach of the school’s network infrastructure was a contributing factor in this incident.



Date:                   June 3, 2015
Case:                  Farmington Elementary Emails 15-19760
Authority:           Lt. Martin Schulteis

On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at approximately 11:39 a.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began investigating several reports of extorting-type emails that were directed towards family members of students who attend Farmington Elementary School in the Town of Farmington.  Farmington Elementary School is one of several elementary schools within the Kewaskum School District.  It appears the intent of the email is to extort money from the family members of children attending that school. The recipients of the email appear to be isolated to families that have children in one specific classroom at Farmington Elementary School.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Kewaskum School District are collaboratively working on the investigation, and have taken several precautionary steps since receiving the communication.  Although the emails seem to be mass sent to the group of families within the specific classroom, no corroborating evidence suggests there is any credible threat.   Despite that, Sheriff’ Deputies have been present on the school grounds since becoming aware of the threatening emails, and will have an increased presence through Friday afternoon which is the end of the school year for the Kewaskum School District.  

The incident remains under investigation and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is actively looking into the origin of the emails. Any additional victims of this type of email should contact their respective law enforcement agency.



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