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October Releases


Date:                    October 29, 2014
Case:                   Serious Injury Motor Vehicle Crash  14-39038
Authority:            Lt. Robert Martin

On 10/29/2014 at 8:07 am the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a motor vehicle collision with injuries, at the intersection of STH 83 and CTH K, in the Township of Addison.

Upon arrival Investigators discovered that there were 2 vehicles involved, both had overturned and both operators were injured.

According to witnesses, a westbound SUV travelling along CTH K, being driven by a 60 year old rural Hartford woman, failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with STH 83 and struck a southbound passenger car that was being driven by a 49 year old town of Trenton woman. The operator of the passenger car was trapped inside her vehicle and had to be extricated by rescue personnel.  The trapped car operator appeared to be more seriously injured.  She was treated at the scene by Hartford Fire/Rescue and St. Lawrence First Responders. Flight For Life helicopter landed at the scene and transported her to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.  At this time her condition remains critical. The driver of the SUV was transported to Aurora Hospital in Hartford by Rescue and then via ground ambulance to Aurora Hospital in Summit, Wi. Her condition is serious, but not believed life threatening at this time.

Impairment of driver condition on the part of the westbound SUV operator is being investigated. The names of the drivers involved are not being released at this time. The collision remains under investigation by the sheriff’s Office Reconstruction unit.



Date:            October 28, 2014
Explosive Located
Sgt. Ryan Herman

On Monday, October 27th at 8:24 AM the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a resident from the Town of Kewaskum regarding a World War II grenade that he wanted removed from his property. The home owner advised the grenade was removed from the home and was now outside in his yard. This grenade had continually been passed along to family members through the years, however the resident determined at this time to have it destroyed prior to anything occurring.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s EOD team was requested and responded to render the grenade safe. On arrival at the town of Kewaskum residence, the EOD team safely transported the grenade to a safe location in the town of Wayne. It was at this location the EOD team made the grenade safe by detonating it. There were no injuries as a result of the incident.


Date:           October 28 2014 
Residential Fire 
Sgt. Ryan Herman 

On Monday, October 27th at 8:12 AM the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a passing motorist of smoke coming from a garage on the property of 2225 Wallace Lake Road, Town of Trenton. The caller also advised the residence was currently vacant.

On arrival of deputies, heavy smoke was observed exiting from all rooflines of the attached garage and residence. Flames were observed inside the residence and on the exterior backside of the residence. Attempts were made by deputies to vacate anyone from inside the residence.

Newburg Fire and Rescue responded to extinguish the fire with assistance from West Bend, Fillmore, Kewaskum and Jackson Fire Departments. There were no reported injuries and the residence was verified to be vacant at the time of fire. The home did sustain significant damage as a result of the incident. The immediate area of Wallace Lake Road was closed to traffic for approximately 1 ½ hours to assist with fire operations.

The incident is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.


Date:              October 24, 2014
Case:              Semi Tractor-Trailer Fire
Authority:       Lt. Bruce Theusch

On 10-24-14 at 1:48 am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of Semi Tractor/Trailer that caught fire on USH 41 (northbound) at Cedar View Road in the Town of Addison.

The fire started after a mechanical failure on one of the rear tires of the Semi Tractor.  The fire ultimately spread to an enclosed trailer carrying 45,000 pounds of paper products.  Allenton Fire Responded to the scene, however firefighting efforts were hampered due to the fire in the front portion of the trailer.   St. Lawrence Fire assisted in firefighting efforts.

The Washington County Hwy Department was called to the scene to off load the trailer so that the fire could be extinguished.  Northbound lanes of USH 41 were closed for approximately 6 1/2 hours for firefighting and clean-up efforts.   The tractor sustained extensive damage and the trailer was a total loss.


Date:              October 21, 2014
Case:              Delivery of Narcotics -Charges Filed
Authority:       Lt. Paul Buth

On October 16, 2014 the Washington County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against a 38 year old Village of Kewaskum woman for five counts of Delivery of a Schedule 2 Narcotic and one count of Possession with Intent to Deliver a schedule 2 narcotic.

On August 18, 2014 a traffic stop was made by the Washington County Sheriff’s K-9 unit. The stop was the result of an ongoing investigation by the Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Group (Drug Unit) into the distribution of Oxycodone by the suspect who was believed to be involved in the distribution of Oxycodone in the Village of Kewaskum, as well as West Bend and other areas in Washington County.

On five separate occasions the woman sold a total of 97 Oxycodone pills worth a street value of $1,985.00 to an undercover officer and at the time of her arrest was found to be in possession of an additional 44 Oxycodone pills and $648.00 in various denominations. 

This drug investigation was started when the Village of Kewaskum Police Department provided information and requested an investigation into the woman’s activities. KPD had received anonymous information that she was believed to be distributing illegal drugs from her residence in the Village of Kewaskum. 
The Drug Unit is primarily staffed by, supervised by, and headquartered at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with officers provided or other support from all full time police departments in Washington County. The Drug Unit’s current top priority is enforcement related to opiates at the delivery level. 


Date:              October 21, 2014
Case:              14-37907 Roll Over
Authority:       Sgt. Tim Kemps

On 10/20/14 at approximately 10:16 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a single vehicle rollover accident on CTH K north of E Waterford Road in the Town of Hartford.

Several motorists came upon the car on its roof in the east ditch line of CTH K. They began checking the vehicle and surrounding wooded area locating the unresponsive female operator that had been ejected from her vehicle. The operator was a 25 year old Town of Erin woman.

The Hartford Fire Department and Rescue were dispatched to the scene. Based upon information from arriving deputies as well as the other motorists Flight For Life out of Waukesha was requested to respond as well.   Hartford Rescue transported the female to Aurora Medical Center in Hartford and she was subsequently flown to Aurora Hospital in the Town of Summit by Flight For Life where she is listed in critical but stable condition.

The investigation revealed that the operator was northbound on CTH K at a high rate of speed. The operator drove onto the gravel shoulder and eventually into the ditch where her vehicle struck an embankment, became airborne, and then struck a tree. The vehicle came to rest on its roof. Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors. The operator was not wearing a seatbelt.   The driver was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense.


Date:               October 20, 2014
Case:              Community Notification
Authority:       Sheriff Dale K. Schmidt

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to WI Statute 301.46(2m) which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense. Further, his criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.

David M. Bryan, 41, has been released from prison and is residing at the Washington County Jail while he attempts to locate a residence.  Bryan was convicted of 940.225(3), 3rd Degree Sexual Assault – 2 counts, on 4/16/99 and Child Abuse – Intentionally Cause Harm – 1 count, on 5/25/05.  Bryan is on Extended Supervision (parole) until September 19, 2016 and will be monitored closely by WI-DOC Division of Community Corrections agents. While residing at the Washington County Jail he will be leaving the jail to work at a local employer and to search for a residence.  Bryan will have numerous rules and restrictions to follow, including wearing a live tracking GPS unit.

This sex offender has served the prison sentence imposed on him by the courts. He is NOT wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear, but rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it was not until the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law was enacted that law enforcement was able to share this information with the community.  More information found here:

Probation/Parole Agent Jessica Bruder = 262-335-5671,
Sex Offender Registration Specialist Alex Engelken = 414-777-0541 or
Sgt. Jason Guslick = 262-335-4879


Sex Offender Bryan David M. Bryan



Date:                      October 17, 2014 
Case:                     Highway 45 Crash
Authority:              Sgt. Randy Boudry

A single vehicle roll over crash on 10-17-2014 resulted in the vehicle bursting into flames causing both lanes and directions of US 45 approximately .2 miles north of STH 60 in the Town of Polk to be reduced to one lane, and for short periods of time rerouted shortly after 7:00 a.m. Officers and fire personnel were on scene for approximately two hours.

The original call was taken on the crash by the Sheriff’s Office at 7:07 a.m. with officers arriving shortly after to find the van fully engulfed, on its side, in the median, with the lone occupant out of the vehicle. As Jackson Fire Department fought the fire, several small explosions from what was believed to be aerosol cans of paint, caused debris to be thrown onto the southbound lanes halting all south bound traffic.

Deputies were able to learn from the 25 year old West Bend driver that he lost control of the van while traveling south bound after spilling his cooler that he was trying to reach and retrieve contents from. The driver faces citations for inattentive driving and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.


Date:                      October 2, 2014 
Case:                     #14-34997+14-28595
Authority:              Lt. Paul Buth

William B. Campbell was charged on October 1 in Washington County Circuit Court with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and delivery of marijuana. On September 29th Campbell was stopped in Washington County by the Washington County Drug Task Force and was in possession of 4.9 pounds of high grade marijuana that he had driven cross county from his residence in the State of Oregon. The marijuana is believed to have originated at an outdoor grow site in California where it was purported to be grown legally under California law.

The Drug Task Force had previously conducted a controlled purchase from Campbell of 1.25 pounds of marijuana in August, which is the basis for the related delivery of marijuana charge.

Marijuana grown in a state where production has been legalized becomes illegal when it is produced or sold outside of laws present in that state, or when it is transported to a state where the drug is illegal such as Wisconsin. Marijuana also remains illegal under federal law. In the last several years the drug task force has seen Marijuana produced in states such as California, Washington, and Colorado become more common in significant cases involving the supply to Washington County.

Experience has shown in most cases, someone originally from our area moves to California, Washington, or Colorado. Typically they are already involved in the drug subculture and make new contacts with drug producers in these states. They then become the conduit for mailing, shipping, or driving large quantities back to Wisconsin for profit.

This marijuana was believed to be purchased from the California grower at $2600 per pound to be sold in Wisconsin for $4000 per pound. High quality marijuana is sold for up to $400 per ounce or occasionally more, making the street value of each pound approximately $5600.

If you are aware of someone profiting by importing large quantities of marijuana into Washington County Wisconsin, please report this information to the Washington County Drug Task Force through the Washington County Law Enforcement Tip Line at
The Washington County tip line is administrated by the Washington County Chiefs of Police Association and offers possible cash rewards for callers reporting crime tips if an arrest results.

Marijuana Confiscated


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