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Press Releases October 2013
Date: October 28, 2013
Subject: Structure Fire #13-35262
Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry
The Sheriff’s office was notified at 6:06 AM of a chimney fire on Enge Drive in the Village of Newburg. The side by side duplex was occupied at the time the fire was reported with the families able to leave the homes and shelter with neighbors.
One unit was rented by a family of five consisting of two adults and three children. This family is being assisted by the Red Cross on temporary housing and clothing needs.
The second unit was rented by a family of three adults who have not yet requested assistance.
Newburg fire department was assisted by Fillmore, West Bend, Jackson, Cedarburg, Port Washington, Grafton, Fredonia, and Waubeka fire departments.
There were no reports of injuries to the occupants or firefighters.
The entire structure, as well as the contents was heavily damaged. There is no dollar estimate yet available on the loss.
Fire and Sheriff Department investigators remain on scene pending further investigation on the cause of the fire.
Date: October 22. 2013
Case: Traffic Fatality 13-34543
Authority: Captain Gonwa
Washington County suffered its sixth (6th) traffic fatality of 2013 following a two vehicle head on collision on Hwy 33 east of Cty Tk M in the Town of Trenton. The accident occurred at 5:08 a.m.
A vehicle operated by a 41 year old Milwaukee woman was eastbound on Hwy 33 when her vehicle entered a curve and crossed left of center into the westbound lane. The vehicle collided head on with a westbound vehicle being operated by a 42 year old woman from the Village of Newburg. The Newburg woman was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Medical Examiner. The Milwaukee woman was transported to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life with serious injuries.
Newburg FD and Rescue responded to the scene. Hwy 33 was closed to traffic for approximately 4.5 hours as a result of the accident.
The reason for the eastbound vehicle operating left of center is undetermined at this time. The investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team is continuing.
Date: October 21, 2013
Incident: Mass Casualty Training Drill 10-26-2013
Authority: Lt. Bruce Theusch
On October 26th, 2013 from approximately 7:00 am to 12:00 pm there will be a Mass Casualty Training Drill at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 4860 County Trunk NN.
The training drill will include Washington County Law Enforcement Agencies, Fire & Rescue Units from Washington- Ozaukee- Fond du lac- Waukesha- Dodge Counties and Washington County Emergency Management. Area hospitals will also be participating in the exercise.
Due to the magnitude of this drill County Trunk NN from State Hwy 144 to Arthur Road will be closed during this exercise. Residents are being asked to avoid this area. A detour will be posted utilizing Arthur Road, Hillside Road and Cedar Creek Road.
There will be a media staging area near the intersection of County Trunk NN and State Hwy 144. Media personnel wishing to attend are requested to RSVP the Sheriff’s Office at (262)335-4388.
Date: October 20, 2013
Subject: Armed Robbery 13-34327
Authority: Sgt. Beres
On the above date at 5:46pm the Sheriff’s Office received a call from an employee of Romie’s Service located at 523 Main St. in Allenton (Town of Addison) reporting they had been robbed by a masked subject with a gun. The employee reported the suspect left on foot and a vehicle was not observed. Deputies were on scene within a matter of minutes, but were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect was described as a wearing all black clothing which included shoes, pants, a hoodie or jacket with the hood up, gloves, and a mask covering his/her face. The suspect demanded the cash drawer from the register and pulled a black pistol when the employee refused. The employee gave the suspect the cash drawer. The suspect removed most of the cash and left on foot. The entire incident took place in approximately 45 seconds.
There were a couple patrons who witnessed the suspect, but they couldn’t provide any more details about the suspect’s description other than the above information. We are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with information about the incident to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
October 17, 2013
Subject: Review of Officer Involved Shooting
Authority: Captain Steve Gonwa
On October 17, Washington County District Attorney Mark Bensen has determined that the shooting of a 24 year old Waukesha man by law enforcement officers in the Village of Jackson was justified.
At 8:30 a.m. on Sunday October 6, an employee of the Culvers restaurant in Jackson called 911 reporting that the manager had been confronted by an armed man at the back door of the restaurant. The suspect, armed with a shotgun and knife, engaged in a life-threatening struggle with the manager. A Jackson police officer and two Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene and confronted the suspect at gunpoint. The suspect failed to obey the commands of the officers. When the suspect pointed the shotgun at the officers, they fired their weapons striking the suspect. The suspect survived the shooting and was ultimately transported by Flight For Life to Froedtert Hospital where he remains hospitalized. He has provided a statement to investigators.
Upon review of the reports and evidence submitted by the West Bend Police Department, Jackson Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office relating to this incident, the District Attorney has concluded that the actions of the Jackson officer and Sheriff’s deputies were “entirely appropriate and privileged by self-defense and defense of others” under state law.
The officers have been on paid administrative leave since the incident. As a result of this decision, they will be permitted to return to active duty at this time.
Criminal charges against the suspect remain pending.
The names of the officers involved in this incident and their years of law enforcement experience:
Jackson PD Officer Ron Laabs 20 years
Deputy Sheriff Scott Nauman 15 years
Deputy Sheriff Keith Uhan 12 years
Subject: Attempted Armed Robbery
Authority: Sheriff Dale Schmidt, Washington County
Chief Kenneth Meuler, City of West Bend
Chief Jed Dolnick, Village of Jackson
The West Bend Police Department has been investigating the attempted armed robbery of the Culver’s Restaurant at W227 N16880 Tillie Lake Court in Jackson, Wisconsin, and the subsequent shooting of the suspect by a Jackson police officer and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies. The following is what we have been able to determine through our investigation.
On Sunday, October 6, 2013 at approximately 8:20 A.M., the manager and an employee of Culver’s were inside, preparing to open the restaurant, when they heard noise outside the rear door. When the manager opened the door to investigate the source of the noise, he was confronted by a man wearing a mask and armed with a shotgun. The manager grabbed the shotgun and attempted to disarm the suspect. During the subsequent struggle, the suspect momentarily lost control of the shotgun and produced a knife that he had been carrying. The suspect then stabbed the manager in the head. The suspect and the manager continued to fight for control of both the shotgun and the knife until the arrival of a Jackson police officer and deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. At that time, the suspect gained control of the shotgun and pointed it at the officers. The Jackson officer and two deputies fired shots at the suspect.
Emergency medical personnel from the Jackson Fire Department immediately responded to the scene, treated the suspect and the manager, and conveyed both to St. Joseph’s Hospital. The suspect was transferred to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life. He is presently in critical condition. Multiple charges, including Attempted Armed Robbery, Reckless Injury, five counts of Recklessly Endangering Safety, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Violation of Probation, will be sent to the District Attorney for consideration.
The suspect is a 24 year old Waukesha man with previous convictions for Fleeing an Officer, Resisting an Officer, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Disorderly Conduct.
The Culver’s manager was treated and released from St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Investigators from the City of West Bend, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol are continuing the investigation and have been working with the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.
No additional information will be
until the District Attorney has reviewed the police reports.
October 1, 2013
Subject: Location of missing endangered subject 13-31971
Authority: Sgt. Beres
On the above date at 2:32pm the Sheriff’s Office received an APB (all points bulletin) from Carrollton Police Department in Texas in reference to missing endangered persons from their jurisdiction. The information provided was a 57-year old Texas man was traveling with his 8-year old and 7-year old grandchildren. The man had been diagnosed with Hydrocephalus which causes memory loss and he left his residence with his grandchildren at 2:00pm on 9/29/13 to go to a park that was two blocks away from his residence. The man and his grandchildren did not return home and he did not take his cell phone with him. Carrollton Police Department requested agencies check rest stops, motels, and hotels for these missing endangered subjects.
Carrollton Police Department was tracking his whereabouts by monitoring his credit card activity. The bulletin indicated the man had used an ATM in Skokie, Illinois at approximately 1:30pm. At 5:06pm this man approached a deputy from our department on Highway 33 in the Town of Addison asking for directions to Dallas, Texas. The deputy ran the man’s Texas license plate through Communications Officer’s in our Dispatch Center who quickly advised the deputy of the man’s missing endangered status. The grandchildren were still with their grandfather and they were fine.
Our office worked in conjunction with Carrollton Police Department and Washington County Acute Care Services to place the grandchildren and their grandfather in safe locations until their family arrives to bring them back to Texas.