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March Releases


Date:                    March 25, 2015       
Case:                    Barn Fire Town of Erin 15-11080  
Authority:            Sgt Craig Broker 418  


On Wednesday March 25, 2015 at 4:29 am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls of a possible fire in the area of State Highway 167 and St Augustine Rd in the Town of Erin.  When Deputies arrived on scene it was determined the fire was located at 5499 State Highway 167.

Upon arrival, Deputies located a barn on the property that was fully engulfed in flames.  The barn was not attached to the residence.  The occupants of the home were not injured; however, there was a loss of three animals that were in the barn during the fire.  There were no injuries to any of the residents of the house

Richfield Fire and Rescue responded and they were assisted by Hartford, Slinger, Lisbon, and Merton Fire Departments. State Highway 167 was closed for a short period of time during initial Fire Department operations. 

The barn was a total loss and the initial estimate of damage was $162,000.00 for the building and contents.

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


Date:              March 24, 2015
Case:             House Fire  (case #15-11030)
Authority:      Lt. Robert Stuesser

On Tuesday March 24, 2015 at approximately 4:22 p.m., the owner of a home located at 8468 Wesley Ct. in the Town of Farmington called Washington County Sheriff’s Dispatch to report a possible chimney fire. The Boltonville Fire Department and Sheriff’s Deputies were subsequently dispatched to the residence. Upon their arrival, emergency responders observed a working chimney fire that appeared to have spread into the home’s attic.

The Boltonville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Fillmore, Kewaskum, Newburg, and West Bend Fire Departments. Firefighters remain on scene conducting overhaul operations and Deputies are restricting traffic on Wesley Ct.  Traffic on CTH H remains open to the motoring public.        

The exact cause of the fire is not known at this time and the matter remains under investigation by Deputies and fire officials.


Date:         March 8, 2015
Subject:    Town of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade
Authority:  Sergeant Ryan Herman

The Town of Erin St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held on Tuesday, March 17th. The parade will begin at 11:00 am. The Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Town of Erin, has taken steps to ensure that the parade route and surrounding highways will be as safe as possible for motorists and pedestrians.

The practice of some groups to establish large party areas along the highway used for the parade route have caused traffic and pedestrian hazards and significant delays in reopening the highway following the parade. The Town of Erin receives a permit from the Washington County Highway Department to hold the parade on a closed portion of CTH K between CTH E (west) and Hwy 167, however that permit does not include closing the highway for unrestricted partying.

The presence of oversize vehicles, recreational vehicles, campers, trailers, and the temporary structures associated with these groups contribute to the hazards along the highway. These hazards significantly delay the clearing of the parade route and encourage excessive drinking both before and after the parade. To address these concerns and to ensure the safety of everyone wishing to attend the parade, steps have been taken to minimize these hazards:

Only passenger vehicles and trucks not exceeding one ton in capacity will be allowed to park along the parade route. Vehicles which are prohibited from parking on the parade route include recreational vehicles, towed or pickup campers, motor homes, buses, oversize vehicles and/or trailers of any kind.

No temporary structures or shelters will be permitted on the parade route. This includes pole tents, frame tents, lean-to’s, awnings, canopies or similar structures regardless of size.

Use of private property along the parade route is at the discretion of the property owners. Vehicles will be permitted to enter the parade route for the purposes of accessing private property or discharging passengers, however they will not be permitted to remain parked along the route. Once the parade route is deemed full all vehicular traffic will be restricted on the parade route. Unauthorized persons, vehicles, and/or structures which are located on private property without the permission of the property owner constitute trespassing. Violators will be cited. All other highways adjacent to the parade route are open highways and all applicable laws will apply.

In addition to the above steps the Sheriff’s Office will be deploying extra Deputies on St. Patrick’s Day dedicated to enforcing traffic laws to ensure vehicular safety, including detecting and arresting drivers for OWI violations.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Erin are taking these steps to ensure that the parade is an enjoyable and safe event for everyone.


Date:                 March 7, 2015
Case:                House Fire   Case # 15-8700          
Authority:          Sgt. Randy Boudry


A Town of Wayne fire caused an estimated $300,000.00 in damages late Saturday morning to a single family ranch style home on Commercial Dr.

 Authorities were called by the homeowner at 11:23 AM when she noticed smoke in the finished basement of the home. She reported that she and her dog were leaving the structure as she observed the fire spreading from the area of the wall near the wood burning stove to the adjoining areas. Authorities believe the wood burner which was in use, to be the possible cause of the fire.

Fire departments that responded to the scene include Kohlsville, Allenton, Kewaskum, St. Lawrence, Campbellsport, Lomira, Theresa and Knowles. There were no reported injuries to the homeowner or any fire personnel. Firefighters were on scene for over 5 hours including a partial tear down of the home to fully extinguish the fire.    


Date:              March 5, 2015
Case:              15-8487
Authority:      Sgt. Tim Kemps 414/1086                 

On 3/5/15 at approximately 10:47 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a barn fire on the Meadow Brook Orchard property located at 2970 Mile View Rd in the Town of West Bend. The property owner was awoken by the 911 caller who was a passerby who saw the smoke and flames coming from the barn.  The property owner went outside and began evacuating his animals however the fire quickly spread out of control.

The West Bend Fire Department was dispatched along with Washington County Sheriff’s deputies.  The first arriving units found the barn to be totally engulfed with flames.

Firefighters battled the blaze in single digit temperatures for several hours before getting it under control.  The West Bend Fire Department was assisted by the Allenton, Boltonville, Fillmore, Jackson, Kewaskum, Kohlsville, Newburg and Slinger Fire Departments.  The Washington County Highway Shop assisted in salting the surrounding roads which quickly became ice covered and slippery from the tankers loading and transporting water to the scene. 

The barn consisted of two separate buildings that had a total square footage of approximately 2300 square feet.  The barn and its contents are being considered a total loss.  A damage estimate is not available at this time.   There were over 90 animals that perished in the fire.  They were mostly rabbits, chickens, ducks, emu, and four bull calves.  A significant amount of the farms Halloween props and decorations were also lost in the blaze. 

The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the West Bend Fire Department.



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