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May Releases


Date:                    May 25, 2014
Case :                  #2014-18587 - Structure Fire
Authority:            Sgt Nathan Peskie

On Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 3:37 AM the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1427 Parish Drive in the Village of Richfield for a report of a residence filling with smoke after homeowners were awoken by smoke detectors. Deputies and firefighters from the Richfield Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, a deputy assisted in evacuating the two homeowners and three dogs after observing fire in the attached garage.

The Richfield Fire Department requested assistance from the Germantown, Slinger, Jackson and Lisbon Fire Departments to aid at the scene. Upon arrival fire personnel were able to quickly gain control of the blaze and prevented the fire from spreading throughout the living portion of the residence. The garage which contained three vehicles suffered significant damage. The rest of the house suffered smoke damage as a result.

The fire is being investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. A fourth dog was found deceased in the garage as a result of the fire. The cause of fire is not known at this time however there were rags used for staining stored in the area of the garage where the fire originated. The estimated damage to the garage and residence is over $100,000.


Date:              May 19, 2014                  
Cases:           14-17757  
Authority:      Sgt. Tim Kemps

On Monday 5/19/14 at 12:33am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a house fire at 4757 Jackson Drive in the Town of Jackson. The fire was reported by the homeowners after they were awoken by their dog which alerted them of the fire. The four people inside were able to quickly evacuate the residence. The first arriving deputy arrived on scene and found that the garage portion of the two story single family residence was completely engulfed in flames.

The Jackson Fire Department responded to the scene and were assisted by the Fillmore, Germantown, Newburg, Richfield and Slinger Fire Departments. They were able to quickly gain control of the blaze and prevented the fire from spreading throughout the living portion of the residence. The garage which was attached to the residence is considered a total loss as well as the mud room that was attached. The rest of the house suffered smoke damage as a result.

The fire remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. There were no working smoke detectors inside the residence at that time of the fire. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the family. Jackson Drive was shut down for approximately 3 hours.  There were no major injuries as a result of this incident.


Date:             May 15, 2014                    
Cases:           14-15458, 14-16339, 14-16596, 14-16616   
Authority:      Lt. Paul Buth

On Monday May 12thth City of West Bend resident Kyle Ryan was charged with multiple drug offenses including delivery of heroin. Bail was set by the Honorable Judge Pouros at $10,000. Ryan had been the subject of an investigation by the Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Group (Drug Unit).

Several weeks of investigation culminated in a residential search warrant obtained by the Drug Unit and executed by the West Bend PD SWAT team. Two other arrests were made in conjunction with the search warrant and Ryan’s arrest.  Both were charged with lesser drug offenses including possession of a controlled substance.


Date:                   May 14, 2014
Case:                  Multiple – Shed Burglaries
Authority:           Lt. Martin Schulteis

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of burglaries that have occurred at multiple storage facilities in the Towns of Barton, Jackson, Kewaskum, Polk, and Trenton during the first quarter of 2014. Approximately 100 storage unit burglaries in Washington County are under investigation by our office that occurred between the second week of January and the beginning of April of this year.  Also, there have been individual storage units entered in various incorporated municipalities throughout Washington County during the same time frame. During the course of the investigation, a 54 year old man, and his 29 year old nephew, were developed as prime suspects in the cases. Both individuals reside in the City of Milwaukee. 

On April 22, 2014, four separate search warrants based on a Saukville Police Department case were executed in the City of Milwaukee.   The search warrant execution was a collaborative effort between the Saukville Police Department, Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department, Milwaukee Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  The warrants, obtained by the Saukville Police Department, were for the suspects’ residences and two businesses. Both prime suspects were taken into custody as a result of the warrant. The 29 year old male was taken to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department, and the 54 year old man remains in custody at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on a parole hold pending the request of formal charges from the agencies involved.

During the warrant execution, over 600+ items were recovered at the four different locations.  The items included three trailers, three motorcycles, two all terrain vehicles and eleven guns.  Due to the large amount of other various items recovered, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office rented a 26 foot box truck to transport all of the stolen items back to our office for safekeeping and inventorying.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of identifying the owners of the stolen property by working with various law enforcement agencies throughout the state.  Washington County Investigators believe items were recovered for agencies that include Shawano Police Department, Fox Valley Metro Police Department, Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Caledonia Police Department and Big Bend Police Department.  Some of the items have been identified and remain at the Sheriff’s Office while some of the items have been returned to the lawful owners.  Many of the items remain unaccounted for.  In an effort to locate owners, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has taken over 700 pictures and completed an inventory list of all the property seized.  This information was then distributed regionally to agencies that may have potential victims.  Individual citizens who wish to inquire about specific property should contact the specific law enforcement agency that initially investigated the case rather than directly contacting the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

At the conclusion of the investigation it is anticipated the suspects will face multiple felonies in many different jurisdictions.


Date:          May 11, 2014           
Case :        2014-16896
Authority:   Lieutenant Bruce Theusch


On May 11, 2014 at approximately 9:30 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a motorcycle accident on County Road WW 1/10th of a mile north of Beaver Dam Road in the Town of Wayne.

Prior to the accident the motorcyclist was northbound on County Road WW, when a deer crossed the roadway into the path of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist struck the deer causing the motorcycle to overturned ejecting the operator and his passenger. The driver of the motorcycle, a 42 year old Town of Wayne man, was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for facial injuries. The passenger, a 45 year old Town of Wayne woman, was transport to Froedtert Hospital for head injuries. Flight for Life was requested to transport the female but was unable to fly due to weather.

Kohlsville, Allenton and West Bend Fire/ Rescue responded to the scene to treat the injured.

Neither occupants of the motorcycle were wearing helmets. Alcohol was not a factor. The deer was found at the scene deceased.



Date:              May 5, 2014
Incident:         Home Invasion
Authority:      Captain Steve Gonwa

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is alerting Kewaskum area residents to a home invasion which occurred on May 5th in the 9300 block of Old Fond du Lac Rd in the Town of Kewaskum.

At approximately 12:48 a.m. a resident was awakened by the sound of breaking glass. The resident proceeded to investigate the source of the sound when he confronted a male suspect standing inside the residence by a dining room table located near the front door. The suspect had apparently broken the glass on the locked front door and gained entry to the residence.

The resident yelled at the suspect who then grabbed a purse off of the dining room table and fled on foot from the residence. The purse contained personal effects, credit cards and $40 in cash.

The suspect was described as male/white approximately 6’ tall, medium build, wearing lighter colored pants and a dark sweatshirt or jacket.

There were no weapons displayed by the suspect or homeowner. The suspect remains at large.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to secure their entry doors, windows and garage doors.  Lock any detached garages and storage sheds. Keep your yard and property well lit. If you observe a crime taking place, call 911. Suspicious activity can be reported 24/7 to the Sheriff’s Office by calling 262-335-4411.


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