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NOTICE:

In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695F3d597 (7th Circuit, 2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. §2721 et.seq., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible use. Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, drivers license number, social security number, home address, telephone number, photograph and medical or disability information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the permissible uses applies. Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C. 2721 (b).


 PRESS RELEASE

Date:                      MARCH 24th 2016
Subject:                 FATAL ACCIDENT (2016-10806) 
Authority:              LIEUTENANT RYAN HERMAN

On Thursday, March 24th 2016 at 1:22 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to CTH K .2 miles south of Hall Road in the Town of Hartford reference a two car vehicular crash with injury. Upon deputies arrival it was determined serious injury was suffered by one the operators. Hartford Fire and Rescue Department responded for medical triage of both vehicle operators. Rescue determined one operator to be deceased and the second sustaining minor injury.

The deceased operator (sole occupant) was southbound on CTH K leaving the City of Hartford. While negotiating a curve in the roadway south of Hall Road, the operator lost control of the vehicle, crossing the center line sliding sideways in to the northbound lane of travel. There it was struck on the passenger side by a northbound vehicle in a ‘T’ bone manner resulting in the southbound operator’s death. The northbound operator (sole occupant) suffered minor injury and was treated and released a short time later from Aurora Medical Center in Hartford.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit is assisting with the investigation. Weather and snowy road conditions appear to be contributing factors in the crash. CTH K was closed to traffic for approximately 2 ½ hours.

The deceased operator (southbound) is a 23 YOA male from Menomonee Falls Wisconsin. The injured operator (northbound) is a 71 YOA female from Hartford Wisconsin.

This is Washington County’s 3rd traffic fatality today and 6th traffic fatality in 2016.

No further information is being released at this time and the crash remains under investigation.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE

Date: 03/24/2016

Subject: I 41 Fatal Crash   #16-10770

Authority: Lt Robert Stuesser

Washington County Sheriff’s Office received calls at 11:12am. of a head on crash involving a South Bound semi-tractor trailer and a North Bound passenger van that had crossed over the median on I 41 just north of CTH K in the Town of Hartford.

Authorities were able to determine that the van was driven by a 24 year old Oshkosh woman whom had her 15 year old sister, also of Oshkosh, as a passenger. Both of these young women were killed as a result of the collision and were pronounced dead at the scene. These were the Counties 4th and 5th traffic fatalities this year.

Investigators believe that the north bound van was traveling too fast for the road conditions which had snow and scattered slippery spots throughout the County. The van crossed over the median being struck by the semi and the vehicles became entangled and entered the west ditch of the highway.

The 61 year old operator of the semi was from Ontario, Canada and was not injured but was transported to an area hospital as a precaution.

Authorities needed to close one of the two southbound lanes for over six hours but were able to allow passage at reduced speed during the extensive cleanup.

No further information is being released at this time and the crash remains under investigation.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE 

DATE:                      March 22, 2016

SUBJECT:               Assist Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office (16-10402)

AUTHORITY:          Captain Martin Schulteis

On Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 9:35 pm the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to request assistance with an officer involved death investigation pursuant to §175.47. That statute requires the primary ensuing investigation of an individual’s death as a result of an action or inaction by law enforcement must be completed by an investigative team from an independent agency.

The preliminary investigation reveals that during the early evening hours on Monday, March 21st 2016, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a report of a suicidal subject.  The subject, an 18-year-old Campbellsport man, had been posting suicidal statements on social media and texting acquaintances several hours prior to the incident.  At approximately 9:11 pm on March 21, 2016, Fond du Lac Deputies located the man driving on Town Hall Rd in the Town of Auburn and attempted to stop him to check his welfare.  The man continued driving at low speeds for about ½ mile with two deputies following in separate squad cars. At the intersection of CTH SSS and N. River Rd. the man turned his vehicle around and drove toward the deputies at a low to moderate speed.  At this point the squads partially blocked the road and the man’s vehicle and one of the squad cars collided.  The man’s vehicle continued off road and struck a tree.  At that point, it appears the man shot himself with a handgun.  Deputies did not fire their weapons.  Deputies extricated the man from the car and provided life-saving measures until relieved by a rescue squad.  The man later died at a regional trauma center.

The Fond du Lac County Deputies involved are ages 50 and 30 and have 27 and 4 years of law enforcement experience respectively.

Washington County detectives and accident reconstruction personnel were on the scene and are investigating the incident.  Squad video has captured some of the incident. The incident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and no further details can be released at this time. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office anticipates forwarding the complete investigation to the Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s Office for review upon completion.


 

PRESS RELEASE

Date:            March 20, 2016

Case:           2016-10260  House Fire

Authority:   Sgt. Scott Hanson

 

On the above date at 9:05 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a structure fire at 577 Paradise Drive in the Town of Trenton. The homeowner advised that there was heavy smoke in the residence and that everyone had been evacuated. Newburg Fire Department was paged and requested that the call be upgraded to a MABAS Box, working still level. Fire Departments from West Bend, Fillmore, Cedarburg, Saukville, Waubeka, Jackson, and Port Washington Ambulance responded to assist in extinguishing the fire.

Upon the arrival of the first deputy at 9:16 pm heavy smoke was seen coming from the residence. The homeowner advised that he had been attempting to repair the fuel oil furnace which was not functioning correctly when it started on fire. The fire was contained to the basement area, however parts of the residence sustained heavy smoke damage.

At this time the fire has been extinguished and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office fire investigator has been requested to assist. Preliminary damage estimates are approximately $50,000. Paradise Road was closed between Cty Tk M and Wausaukee Road for approximately two hours to assist in extinguishing the fire.

 

NOTICE:

In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695F3d597 (7th Circuit, 2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. §2721 et.seq., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible use. Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, drivers license number, social security number, home address, telephone number, photograph and medical or disability information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the permissible uses applies. Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C. 2721 (b).


 

PRESS RELEASE

Date:           03/17/2016
Case:          16-9892 – Barn Fire
Authority:   Sgt. Charles Vanderheiden

 

On the above date at 2:42pm the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a smoke coming from the east side of barn located at 536 Bridge Rd, in the Town of Jackson. The barn was located approximately 100ft north of the residence and there were other outbuildings near the barn. The Jackson Fire Department was paged and quickly upgraded the fire to a MABAS call.  Fire Departments from West Bend, Slinger, Germantown, Newburg, Richfield, Cedarburg, Hartford, Fillmore, Saukville, and Boltonville responded to assist.

The first responding deputy reported smoke and flames coming from a southeast corner of the barn. The barn was a 40ft x 110ft in size, which was detached from the residence.  The fire departments began working on extinguishing the fire and by approximately 4:15pm it was extinguished.  The shed and contents were a total loss.  It is estimated that the barn and contents had a value of $200,000.00

The damage was contained to the barn; there was no damage to the residence or any other outbuildings. The barn was housing for 2 goats and a pig, they all escaped uninjured.  The origin of the fire in unknown at this time and is under investigation of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

 

NOTICE:

In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695F3d597 (7th Circuit, 2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. §2721 et.seq., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible use.  Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, drivers license number, social security number, home address, telephone number, photograph and medical or disability information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the permissible uses applies.  Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C. 2721 (b).

 


 

PRESS RELEASE

 Date:                     March 14, 2016

Subject:                 Town of Erin – St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Authority:              Sgt. Chad Beres

The Town of Erin St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held on Thursday, 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 groups establishing 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, the following 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 constitutes 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: 03-09-2016  

Subject: Vehicle crash / Power Outages 16-8850      

Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry   

On 3-9-2016 a single vehicle, minor injury crash caused power and Cable TV outages near the City of West Bend. The driver was examined by West Bend Rescue and released at the scene. The vehicle sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene.

The crash was reported at 11:39 AM and happened on STH 144 near Lakeridge Ct, in the Town of Barton.

A Southbound vehicle driven by a 73 year old Sheboygan Falls woman went off the road striking a power pole. The pole was snapped off and held wires belonging to WE energies, Charter Communications and AT&T and included fiber optic lines. Multiple repair crews were on scene attempting to restore services. Repair crews remain on scene and traffic flow through the area is being flagged by crews and may be restricted or slowed at times.

STH 144 was initially closed for a short period of time and was reopened after the area was deemed safe.

The crash was caused by the lone occupant or driver’s lapse of attention to her driving. Authorities anticipate the issuance of an inattentive driving citation to the driver.

 


 

Date: 03-07-2016   
Subject: House fire  Case #16-8557    
Authority: Sgt. Uhan

 

On Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 11:50 pm, residents of a house located at 8090 Highland Dr., in the Town of Barton, notified the Washington County Sheriff’s Office of smoke detectors going off. Deputies arrived, noticed smoke coming from the attic and roof area of the house, and evacuated an adult, child, and dog. Firefighters responded from Kohlsville, Kewaskum, Allenton, and West Bend.  

Firefighters were successfully able to extinguish the fire that had started to spread throughout the attic area. The house suffered significant roof, smoke, and water damage.  The intersection of Highland Dr. and Ridge Rd. was closed for approximately one hour. Damage to the residence is estimated to be approximately $100,000. No one was injured as a result of the fire.

Investigation revealed that a lightning strike to the house had caused the fire. There was a tall metal pole, with supports, that had fallen from the roof. A large hole was located in the roof at the base of where the pole had been, and the wood studs knocked out around the hole. There had been storms in the area, and the resident reported a loud bang right before the smoke detectors went off. The fire is not considered suspicious in nature.

NOTICE:

In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695F3d597 (7th Circuit, 2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. §2721 et.seq., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible use.  Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, drivers license number, social security number, home address, telephone number, photograph and medical or disability information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the permissible uses applies.  Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C. 2721 (b).


Date:                      MARCH 6TH 2016   
Subject:                 FATAL ACCIDENT (2016-8531)
Authority:              LIEUTENANT RYAN HERMAN

On Sunday, March 6th 2016 at 3:16 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to Hwy 33 ¼ mile east of Hwy WW in the Town of Addison reference a vehicular crash with injury. Prior to deputy arrival, those on scene provided updated information of one operator possibly being deceased. The Allenton Fire and Rescue Department responded to assist.

When arriving on Hwy 33, one deceased operator was confirmed with a second operator injured. The deceased operator was trapped in the vehicle and needed extrication. The injured operator was not trapped. There was a third involved vehicle, however damage to that vehicle was very minor and the two occupants of the vehicle were not injured. Allenton Rescue assisted with extrication and patient assessments.

Initial investigation shows an eastbound vehicle operated left of the center line resulting in a head-on crash with a westbound vehicle. After striking the first westbound vehicle, the eastbound vehicle continued east and made minor contact with a second westbound vehicle. The eastbound operator suffered non-life threatening injury. The operator of the first struck westbound vehicle was deceased. Alcohol is a contributing factor of the crash.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit is assisting with the investigation. Hwy 33 was closed to traffic for approximately 4 ½ hours.

This is Washington County’s 3rd traffic fatality in 2016.

NOTICE:

In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695F3d597 (7th Circuit, 2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. §2721 et.seq., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible use. Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, drivers license number, social security number, home address, telephone number, photograph and medical or disability information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the permissible uses applies. Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C. 2721 (b).

 

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