Press Releases


September Releases


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).The above restrictions do not apply to Wisconsin accident reports released in compliance with applicable Wisconsin law.



Date:         September 23, 2016
Subject:     Fraudulent Wire Transfer Investigation Update
Authority:  Captain Martin Schulteis

The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the June 16, 2016 fraud investigation which resulted in the transfer of $87,760.00 from a Washington County bank account to other criminal bank accounts. Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigators worked closely with Washington County’s primary commercial banking institution to initiate a fraud recall on a portion of the funds that remained in the illegitimate accounts.  As a result of this effort, $32,163.76 was returned to Washington County on September 15, 2016. The criminal investigation into the matter remains active.


Date: September 20, 2016
Subject: Emergency Plane Landing (16-34324)
Authority: Lt. Robert Stuesser

On Tuesday September 20, 2016 at approximately 10:17 a.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a plane that had landed on CTH H just west of Lover’s Lane in the Town of Farmington. The caller indicated that no crash had occurred and that nobody was injured. Deputies were subsequently dispatched to the scene.

Upon Deputies arrival, the pilot had already positioned the plane off the roadway and onto a farm access drive. He was uninjured. The pilot, a 77 year old Jacksonville Florida man, indicated that he recently purchased the aircraft from a subject in Door County, Wisconsin. He departed Ephraim-Gibralter Airport in Ephraim, Wisconsin this morning at approximately 8:22 a.m., and was en-route to Joliet, Illinois. The pilot was scheduled to stop at the West Bend Airport for re-fueling. The pilot indicated that the plane experienced a mechanical problem that resulted in a loss of power. As a result, the pilot was forced to land the plane on CTH H (westbound).

The plane is described as a Rans S6-ES amphibious/land experimental aircraft. Its wingspan was estimated at approximately 34 feet. The plane received no damage as a result of the landing, and no other vehicles or structures were involved. The FAA was apprised of the situation, and the plane was removed from the scene by a local towing company. The plane will be transported to the West Bend Airport were the pilot can finish any necessary repairs and resume his flight.


Date: September 19, 2016
Subject: Update to Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash (16-33786)
Authority: Lt. Robert Stuesser

On Friday September 16, 2016 at approximately 11:17 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred on I41 southbound .1 mile south of CTH FD/Pioneer Rd. in the Village of Richfield. The deceased operator and sole occupant is identified as:   

Adam C. Long
Age 35
Hartford, WI

The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and no further information will be released at this time.

Date: September 19, 2016
Subject: Village of Richfield House Fire (16-34188)
Authority: Lt. Robert Stuesser

On Monday September 19, 2016 at approximately 8:18 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s was notified of a house on fire located at 3252 Prairie Hollow Drive in the Village of Richfield. Deputies and firefighters from the Richfield Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. Assistance was also requested from the Germantown, Hartford, Jackson, and Slinger Fire Departments, and Lifestar Rescue.    

Upon their arrival, Deputies and Richfield firefighters observed the residential owner attempting to extinguish a large fire that was emitting from the attached garage. Firefighters were quickly able to bring the fire under control, while emergency medical personnel tended to the homeowner who sustained very minor injuries during his efforts to control the fire. The homeowner was not transported to the hospital and no firefighters were injured as a result of the fire. Fire/smoke damage to the home and contents was estimated at approximately $125,000.00.

Prairie Hollow Drive at Mayfield Road was closed for approximately 1 hour to facilitate firefighting operations. A Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper assisted with this closure. The matter remains under investigation by Sheriff’s fire investigators, however the cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious.            

Date: September 16, 2016
Subject: Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash (16-33786)
Authority: Lt. Robert Stuesser

On Friday September 16, 2016 Washington County suffered its tenth traffic fatality of the year. At approximately 11:17 a.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a single vehicle roll-over style accident on I41 southbound approximately .1 miles south of CTH FD/Pioneer Rd. in the Village of Richfield. Deputies and personnel from the Jackson Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, Deputies observed a badly damaged SUV located in the grassy area just west of the CTH FD/Pioneer Rd. on-ramp to southbound I41. The operator and sole occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Washington County Medical Examiner’s Office. The operator was identified as a 35 year old City of Hartford man.      

A preliminary investigation into the cause of the crash indicates that the decedent’s vehicle had been southbound on I41 in the right lane, when it rapidly approached other southbound vehicles which were reducing speed due to a construction related lane closure ahead. In an apparent attempt to avoid striking the vehicle in front of him, the decadent swerved and subsequently lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle entered the grassy area between I41 southbound and the on-ramp causing the vehicle to roll several times, ejecting the operator. It was determined that the decedent was not wearing a safety belt.            

The on-ramp to I41 southbound from CTH FD/Pioneer Rd. was closed for approximately 1.5 hours, and the right lane of I41 in the area of the crash was closed for approximately 1.25 hours, both to facilitate rescue and clean-up efforts. A Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper also assisted as the scene with traffic control.

At this time the accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, and the victim’s name is being temporarily withheld pending notification of family.


Date: September 16, 2016
Subject:: Missing Person Located (16-20454)
Authority: Sheriff Schmidt

On Thursday September 15th, 2016 at approximately 10:30 am, a utility company employee notified the Sheriff’s Office that he had discovered a body in a tree/brush line some distance off of Hwy 83 in the Town of Erin.  The body was tentatively identified as a 49 year old Town of Erin man who was last seen on June 5th, 2016.  He was reported missing to the Sheriff’s Office by a close friend on June 6th, 2016.  An investigation revealed he was possibly despondent to some degree, and no foul play is suspected at this time.


Date:         September 14th, 2016      
Subject:    Injury accident on County Highway D (16-33620)                         
Authority: Sgt. Keith Uhan


On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 6:45PM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a single vehicle accident located on County Highway D at the railroad tracks west of Highway 41. Deputies, and rescue personnel from Allenton and Kohlsville Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene.

Two 17 year old women, one from Juneau, and one from Kewaskum, were the occupants of the vehicle that had gone off road striking a railroad crossing standard. Flight For Life was dispatched to the scene, and transported the driver of the vehicle to Children’s Hospital, with unknown injuries. The driver had been trapped in the vehicle and required extrication. The passenger was transported to Aurora Medical Center in Hartford with minor injuries. 

Due to repair of the railroad crossing standard, County Highway D will remain closed until morning hours of 9-15-16, between Nenno Rd and Nickel Ln. 

A preliminary investigation into the cause of the accident revealed that the vehicle had begun to skid across lanes of travel in a curve just west of the railroad tracks. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor to the cause of the accident.


Date:          September, 7th 2016