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November Releases


Date:                Thursday, November 27, 2014

Case:                14-42908 House Fire in the Town of Wayne

Authority:        Sgt. Michael Hennes

 At 426 PM on 11-27-14 the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible house fire in the Town of Wayne. The home owner returned to the house, after being gone for several hours, to find smoke and flames emitting from the rear of the house.

 Kohlsville Fire Department and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the home. Upon the arrival of deputies the rear of the home was fully engulfed and the fire was spreading to the rest of the home.

 The Kohlsville Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire with the assistance of Kewaskum Fire Department, Campbellsport Fire Department, St. Lawrence Fire Department, Allenton Fire Department, Theresa Fire Department, Lomira Fire Department, and Lifestar Ambulance. The Town of Wayne Highway Department also assisted at the scene.

None of the home owners suffered injuries from the fire. The family did lose their family cat in the fire.

No injuries were sustained by fire fighters during the incident.

The entire home suffered severe damage and is believed to be a complete loss. Damage estimates to the home are $180,000.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Kohlsville Fire Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office; no further information will be released at this time.


Date:               November 11, 2014
Case #:           14-40865
Authority:       Lt. Robert Stuesser

On Tuesday November 11, 2014 at approximately 7:01 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 7702 Town Hall Rd. in the Town of Barton for a report of a missing 88 year old man. The first arriving deputy received information from the family that subject likely left the residence on foot.

Given the rural terrain surrounding the subject’s residence, additional resources were requested at the scene. Personnel from the Kewaskum and West Bend Fire Departments, as well as West Bend Police Department responded. Rescuers were assisted in their search efforts by numerous family, friends, and neighbors. At approximately 9:02 p.m., rescue personnel located the missing subject deceased in a nearby semi-wooded area.

A Silver Alert was also initiated by the Sheriff’s Office, but was cancelled prior to full implementation due to the subject being located.       

The matter remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Date:              November 11, 2014
Case:              14-40849  2-Vehicle Crash
Authority:       Lt. Robert Stuesser

On Tuesday November 11, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two vehicle accident located near the intersection of CTH Z and Paradise Drive in the Town of West Bend. It was reported that one subject was trapped. Deputies and personnel from the West Bend Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene.  

A preliminary investigation into the cause of the crash revealed that a 20 year old West Bend woman had been southbound on CTH Z, turned eastbound onto Paradise Drive, and immediately conducted a “U” turn. The West Bend woman entered the northbound lane of CTH Z directly in front of a Washington County Taxi minibus. The West Bend woman was extricated from her vehicle by firefighters and transported via ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Town of Polk. From there, she was flown to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa by Flight for Life. Her injuries are believed to be serious.

The Washington County Taxi minibus was being operated by a 52 year old West Bend woman and was occupied by three passengers. All of whom were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital for minor injuries and/or precautionary purposes.   

CTH Z between Dunst Drive and Heritage Drive and Paradise Drive between CTH Z and Scenic Drive was closed to thru traffic for approximately 5.5 hours to facilitate rescue and investigative efforts.

The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Unit.

Date:           November 10, 2014 
    2014-40639 Grain Bin Dryer Fire
Authority:   Sergeant Ryan Herman

On Monday, November 10, 2014 at 5:44 am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a fire in a grain bin dryer at 5545 Hwy Y, Town of Trenton. The property owner notified us of the fire after he responded outside to begin his daily chores. He observed flames near the heater fan of the grain bin dryer and quickly turned the fan off to try and slow the flames from spreading.

Personnel from Newburg Fire and Rescue Department responded, as well as deputies from the Sheriff’s office. On arrival the flames were extinguished as well as the electric and propane sources turned off. A lengthy process of removing the grain from the bin was then started. Assistance with that came from another local farmer who had an industrial vacuum to aid in removing the grain. During this process, reigniting flames needed to be extinguished near the bottom of the grain bin.

The property owner estimated about 8,000 bushels of field corn were lost, at an approximate cost of $30,000 dollars. The grain bin and dryer were also a total loss, valued at approximately $35,000 dollars. There were no reported injuries. A small section of Hwy Y was closed for a short period of time until deputies were able to move traffic through the scene in one lane of travel. After four hours, Hwy Y was completely opened to through traffic.

Fire departments from Jackson, Saukville, Grafton, Cedarburg, West Bend, and Fillmore assisted at the scene.

Date:           November 10th 2014
Case:           2014-40686 Truck/Car Accident
Authority:    Sergeant Ryan Herman

On Monday, November 10, 2014 at 11:44 am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a crash with serious injury at the intersection of Hwy 175 and Hwy S, in the Town of Addison. The crash involved a semi tractor trailer and a small passenger car. On first arrival from responding deputies, it was observed that the operator of the passenger car would need extrication and a diesel fuel leak from the semi tractor would need clean up. Deputies were assisted by the St Lawrence, Allenton and Hartford Fire and Rescue Departments.

Preliminary investigation of the crash determined both the semi tractor trailer and the passenger car were headed north on Hwy 175 from St. Lawrence. The car was traveling in front of the semi tractor and appeared to be lost, according to the semi tractor operator. As the two motor vehicles approached the intersection at Hwy S, the passenger car began to turn East onto Hwy S and then without warning performed a ‘U’ turn back onto Hwy 175. When turning back onto Hwy 175 it was struck by the northbound semi tractor trailer. The uninjured operator of the semi tractor attempted to avoid the crash but could not. The semi tractor was hauling a full load of sand from a local gravel pit. The passenger car operator was seriously injured and transported to Aurora Medical Center in Summit via Flight for Life.

The investigation is ongoing with assistance from the Sheriff’s Office crash reconstruction unit.

Date:              November 2, 2014
Case:             2014-39620 Shed Fire
Authority:      Sgt. Chad Beres

On the above date at 4:20pm the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a 30X30 shed on fire at a residence on Spring Valley Road in the Town of Jackson. The caller was the homeowner who advised the fire started from leaves that started on fire. The Jackson Fire Department was paged.

Upon arrival of the first deputy the structure was fully engulfed in flames. The structure was located in a wooded area directly north of the residence. The flames were also spreading to the north in the wooded area. The homeowner advised he was blowing leaves with his riding lawn mower and he noticed smoke coming from underneath the machine. Leaves that were underneath the machine started on fire which quickly spread to the southeast corner of the shed.

The Jackson Fire Department was assisted by Fire Departments from Germantown, Richfield, Slinger, West Bend, Newburg and Lifestar Ambulance. The fire was extinguished and the structure along with the contents was a total loss. A damage estimate is unavailable at this time. There were no injuries to anyone associated with incident.

Date:                       November 1, 2014 
Case:                      2014-39491   Missing Person  
Authority:               Sgt. Chad Beres

On today's date at 5:25pm the Sheriff's Office received a call from a Town of Addison woman who reported that she couldn't find her husband who left their residence around 1:30pm. She also reported his tractor and trailer were next to a pond on the property and she feared he had fallen in.

A deputy arrived at 5:41pm. He was quickly able to see something protruding from the water near the middle of the pond and located what appeared to be marks in the mud on the side of the pond consistent with someone slipping. The deputy radioed for the assistance of the Washington County Dive Team because the water was reported to be approximately 14 feet deep.

Fire departments from Slinger, St. Lawrence and Allenton responded for fire/rescue. Slinger and West Bend also responded for the dive operation along with members of the Washington County Dive Team. The first divers were in the water at 6:20pm and by 6:23pm had recovered the body of the callers 87 year-old husband.        

The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time.

Date:               November 1, 2014
Case #:           14-39503 Car Doctors Fire
Authority:        Lt. Robert Stuesser

On Saturday November 1, 2014 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a passerby notified the Washington County Sheriff’s Office of a possible fire inside Car Doctors located at 3069 STH 83 in the Town of Hartford. Deputies and firefighters from the Hartford Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. The first arriving deputy found the business to be closed and observed a moderate amount of smoke emitting from numerous portions of the building.

Upon entering the business, Hartford Firefighters quickly located the source of the smoke and extinguished a developing fire. However, the building’s configuration and past re-modeling made overhaul efforts extremely difficult. Assisting the Hartford Fire Department at the scene were the following departments: Jackson, Neosho, Richfield, Slinger, St. Lawrence, and Lifestar Ambulance. The Hartford Police Department also assisted with traffic control.

STH 83 between Monroe Ave. and Lee Rd. was closed for approximately 3 hours to facilitate firefighting operations. Preliminary damage estimates to the business are in excess of $50,000. There were no incidents of civilian or firefighter injuries as a result of the fire.         

While the cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious, the matter remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.



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