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Press Releases March 2013
Date: March 23, 2013
Authority: Sgt. Chad Beres
On the above at 3:52pm the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible structure fire at 7405 Midland Drive (Dave’s Repair Service) in the township of Wayne. The caller reported a large amount of smoke coming from the building. Kohlsville Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and they requested assistance from Allenton Fire Department, St. Lawrence Fire Department and Kewaskum Fire Department.
Upon the arrival of the first responding Deputy, smoke was observed coming from the center of the building along the roofline. Fire Department units were able to extinguish the fire and vent the building. In the center of the building (underneath the area where the smoke was first observed) there was an electrical box located mounted to the wall which was sheet metal. The sheet metal had significant heat stains leading away from the electrical box up into the rafters. There were numerous extension cords and partial hard-wired extension leads coming from this electrical box. The fire department determined the cause was electrical in nature. The only heat source for the building was an external wood burning boiler which was not a contributing factor in this fire.
This area inside the building suffered significant damage. There were no injuries and the building was not occupied at the time. A dollar amount for the damage is undetermined at this time.
Date: March 22, 2013
Case: (UPDATE) 2013-8053
Authority: Lt. Bruce Theusch
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has been notified that Dustin Heyn, age 30, died as a result of his injuries that he sustained in a motor vehicle crash which occurred on March 13th, 2013 at the intersection of State Hwy 33 and County Hwy M, in the Town of Trenton. Heyn passed away at Froedtert Hospital on March 22nd at 8:34am
Heyn is Washington County’s 4th Traffic Fatality of 2013. The accident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Date: March 18, 2013
Case: SCHOOL VISITS BY DEPUTIES
Authority: SHERIFF DALE SCHMIDT
On March 1st, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began a program designed to help make the elementary schools in Washington County a little bit safer.
In conjunction with the school districts, Deputies are making personal visits to most of the public and private elementary schools in the Sheriff’s primary service area.
The two main goals are to provide deterrence to anyone who may want to commit a crime by increasing our presence on school grounds, and to develop a closer relationship between the school staff, students and Patrol Deputies.
Deputies will make short visits, one or more times per day, at varying times. The visits include making contact with staff to address any issues, greeting students and checking the facility security. Deputies may also be seen more often in the school parking lots while doing their administrative work.
We would like to remind parents that Deputies have always responded to calls for service at these schools and will continue to do so. The school visits program is meant to be an additional layer of safety for the schools.
It should also be noted that no additional Deputies or funding has been required. The program is accomplished by prioritizing the visits over other normal Patrol Deputy duties.
Included schools are: Addison Elem., Allenton Elem., Amy Belle Elem., David’s Star Luth. School, Erin School, Farmington Elem., Friess Lake School, Living Word Luth. HS., Plat Elem., Richfield Elem., Rockfield Elem., St. Gabriel School, Trinity Luth. School, Wayne Elem.
Date: March 14, 2013
Incident #: 2013-8294
Authority: Lt. Robert Stuesser
On Thursday March 14, 2013 at 6:13 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a barn fire located at 8245 Prospect Dr. in the Town of Kewaskum. Deputies and firefighters from the Kewaskum Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. Upon their arrival, emergency responders found the barn to be partially ablaze with the fire rapidly intensifying.
The Kewaskum Fire Department requested assistance from the Boltonville, Fillmore, Kohlsville, and West Bend Fire Departments to aid in shuttling water to the scene. The Washington County Highway Department also responded and salted the icy driveway to facilitate fire apparatus access. The approximate 60’x30’ wood framed barn only contained a small amount of straw, and no other structures were affected by the fire. Prospect Drive between Badger Road and Ridge Road was closed for approximately 2.75 hours to facilitate firefighting operations.
An investigation into the cause of the blaze revealed that the barn caught fire from a pile of old straw which the property owner was burning a short distance away. The property owner was on-scene and called for the fire departments assistance. The barn is considered a total loss and was valued at approximately $20,000.
Town of Tenton
Date: March 13, 2013
Authority: Lt. John Buck
A 30 year old Town of Trenton man was critically injured in a 2 vehicle crash that occurred at State Highway 33 and County Highway M. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the crash at 9:18 A.M. The initial call indicated that a car and a semi truck had collided and one subject had been ejected from a vehicle. Newburg Rescue and Fire Department were paged to respond. The injured man was transported to St. Joseph Hospital by Newburg Rescue and immediately transferred to Froedtert Hospital. The initial investigation indicates that the Town of Trenton man was travelling southbound on County Highway M and entered the intersection at State Highway 33 without stopping for the stop sign. As the pickup truck travelled through the intersection it was struck by the eastbound semi truck driven by a 55 year old Sheboygan Falls man. The driver of the semi was not injured. The crash is under investigation by the Washington County Crash Reconstruction Unit.
Semi truck driver: Ricky Hesselink
Pickup truck driver: Dustin Heyn
March 8, 2013
Case: Town of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade
Authority: Sgt. Tim Kemps 414
The Town of Erin St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held on Sunday, March 17th. The parade will begin at 9:00am this year. 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 STH 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:
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 solely to detecting and arresting drivers for OWI violations. This saturation patrol will be made possible by a grant the Sheriff’s Office received from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety. The Sheriff’s Office has received $30,000 for OWI enforcement and an additional $30,000 for speed enforcement in 2013. During 2012 Washington County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested 200 people for OWI violations during the course of conducting routine patrol duties. This grant money will be used to conduct additional targeted OWI and speed enforcement above and beyond what Deputies are conducting during their normal shifts. The above grants will fund the deployment on St. Patrick’s Day and several other deployments thoughout the year.
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.
March 3, 2013
Case: House Fire 2013-6939
Authority: Lt. Robert Martin
Early Sunday morning, fire destroyed a two story single family residence in the 7900 block of County Trunk W, in the Township of Wayne.
The fire was noticed and reported at 3:21am by an individual who was grooming snowmobile trails in the area. The Kohlsville Fire Department was assisted by units from Kewaskum, Campbellsport, Allenton, Boltonville, St. Lawrence, Theresa and West Bend Fire Departments.
The fire was extinguished quickly once units were on scene, however the structure appeared to have suffered extensive interior damage that will likely make it an entire loss. A total dollar amount of damage was not available at this time.
No one was injured and the house was not occupied at the time. Efforts to locate the residents/owner of this property are still ongoing.
Traffic along County Trunk W was restricted for approximately 3 ½ hours, while emergency crews were on scene. Crews from WE Energies, The Washington County Hwy Department and The Township of Wayne also assisted.
The cause of the fire is not known and it remains under investigation at this time.