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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: October 14, 2016

Subject: Town of Farmington House Fire (16-37306)

Authority: Sgt. Charles Vanderheiden #417


On Friday October 14, 2016 at approximately 4:43 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s was notified of a house on fire located at 2039 Whitewood Drive in the Township of Farmington. Deputies and firefighters from the Boltonville Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. Assistance was also requested from Fillmore Fire Department.    

Upon their arrival, Deputies and Boltonville firefighters observed smoke coming from the lower level of the residence. Firefighters were quickly able to bring the fire under control, but the home sustained significant smoke damage. The homeowner was able to evacuate herself, her 2 daughters and the 2 family dogs, with no reported injuries. It is estimated that the home sustained $150,000 in damage.

Whitewood Drive at Hy 144 was closed for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to facilitate firefighting operations. The matter remains under investigation by Sheriff’s fire investigators, however the cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious. 


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