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Press Releases August 2013
Date: August 28, 2013
Case: Burglary 13-27743
Authority: Sgt. Tim Kemps
On Wednesday, August 28 at 1:20pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible residential burglary on Sandy Ridge Road in the Town of Barton. The Sheriff’s Office was informed that two teenage boys were at home sleeping when one of them was awoken by noises inside the residence. He went to investigate the noises and appeared to have startled the intruder who subsequently attacked him. The teenager and his brother were tied up inside the residence.
The intruder stole a vehicle from the residence and fled the area. The suspect obtained a phone number from the teenagers of someone that he could call for them. He then contacted the relative notifying them that the teenagers were tied up at the residence and that they were unharmed. The teenagers did not receive any significant injuries during this incident. They were not able to provide a detailed suspect description because he was wearing a mask.
This case remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. No additional information will be released at this time.
Date: August 28, 2013
Subject: Award Recipient – Communications Supervisor
Authority: Sheriff Dale Schmidt
On August 20th, 2013, Sergeant Jill Raffay received the NICE Systems “Line Supervisor of the Year” award at the National APCO Conference in Anaheim, California.
Sgt. Raffay is the Sheriff’s Office Communications Supervisor. She was nominated for the award by her supervisor, Captain Steve Gonwa and selected for the award by a panel of judges from the 9-1-1 industry.
More information can be found at: http://www.nice.com/2013-psaps-finest-winners-recognized-nice-ceremony-national-apco-conference
Linda Haelsen-NICE Systems - 203-481-4168 ~ email@example.com
Capt. Gonwa-Nominator - 262-335-4388
Sgt. Raffay - 262-335-4398
Sergeant Jill Raffay - 2013 NICE Systems Line Supervisor of the Year
August 25, 2013
Subject: Structure Fire (2013-27371)
Authority: Sgt Ryan Herman
On Sunday, August 25th, 2013, at 1:58 AM the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to 527 Franklin St. in the Village of Newburg for a report of heavy smoke in the upper apartment. While the Newburg Fire Department and sheriff’s office responded, the upper tenants at the address vacated the building. On arrival, it was confirmed that all tenants from the only occupied unit were evacuated. The unoccupied lower unit of the building was full of heavy smoke and some visible flames. The Newburg Fire Department quickly extinguished the flames on arrival. There were no injuries as a result of the incident.
The fire was first detected by the upper unit tenants when awoken by the family dog. They noticed heavy smoke in the apartment and evacuated, only to find the lower unit on fire. The tenants notified the sheriff’s office via ‘911’. There were working smoke detectors in the building. There was no need for Red Cross assistance, as the tenants had other living arrangements made.
The fire is being investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations. The cause of fire is not known at this time. There is moderate damage to the property as a result of heavy smoke and fire, but no dollar estimates are available.
Assisting fire departments were Cedarburg, Fillmore, Jackson, Saukville and West Bend. WE energies assisted with de-energizing the residence.
August 22, 2013
Case: String of Residential Burglaries
Authority: Captain Steve Gonwa
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a recent string of residential burglaries occurring in the county. The daytime burglaries occurred between the end of July and through August:
600 block of Colgate Rd. Village of Richfield.
Forced entry. Cash, change and jewelry taken.
2800 block of Mayfield Rd. Town of Polk
Entry through unlocked door. Change taken.
3400 block of South Shore Dr. Village of Richfield
Entry through unlocked door. Medication, laptop and television taken.
These burglaries are believed to be related to several suspicious person calls received in the same time period.
6200 block of Cty Tk M Town of Trenton
A female suspect with blond hair and large frame glasses approached a residence asking if a certain person lived there. The person did not live there. One week later, at the same residence,a male suspect knocked on the door and asked if it would be okay if he used their back field to do some driving with his golf clubs. He was told no. The suspect left with a companion in a smaller black or dark colored pickup truck.
4600 block of Maple Rd Town of Jackson
A smaller black pickup truck pulled into a driveway. A blond female suspect knocked on the door and asked where the nearest gas station was.
4300 block of Pleasant Hill Rd. Village of Richfield
A male suspect with blond hair came to the residence in an older black pickup truck. The suspect walked to a garage door, then rang the front doorbell. When the homeowner answered the door, the suspect seemed surprised to find someone home. The suspect asked the homeowner if he owned the wheat field behind the residence.
These suspects appear to be casing residences looking for unoccupied homes to burglarize. If a homeowner is there, they ask questions that should raise suspicion. The suspects being sought are described as:
White male, 20s, longer, dirty blond hair. Has worn a black t-shirt
or a light colored shirt and jeans.
White female. 20s, blond hair, possibly large frame glasses, seen wearing a flannel shirt.
The vehicle is described as:
Black pickup truck, similar to a Chevy S-10 or Ford Ranger, older in condition
Do not try to detain these suspects or confront them. Residents are asked to report any suspicious circumstances involving these suspects or the suspect vehicle to the Sheriff’s Office. These suspects may be implicated in burglaries outside of Washington County and the Sheriff’s Office is coordinating investigations and following up on leads with those authorities.
August 22, 2013
Case: 13-26976, 26983, 26984
Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry
On 8-22-2013, Washington County authorities were alerted to a possible lightning strike to the southbound lanes of US 41 north of Sherman Rd in the Town of Polk. The call was taken by Sheriff’s dispatchers at 11:18 AM. When deputies arrived to the area, they found an approximately 18 inch deep, 3 feet long hole blasted from the asphalt road.
Deputies also handled a total of three vehicles that were damaged as a result of this incident. One dump truck that was hauling granite appears to have suffered a lightning strike causing some of the load to be propelled from the truck. The strike caused the truck to lose power but the driver was able to steer to the shoulder area and off of the road. The driver was uninjured and the truck was later able to be restarted and removed from the highway.
Two other passing cars suffered wheel and tire damage by striking either the hole or up to 18 inch pieces of asphalt that were lying on the highway. They were assisted by local wrecker services and later left under their own power.
The highway department was requested and responded to the scene making temporary repairs to the roadway. This resulted in the short term closure of one of the two lanes of US 41. All lanes were repaired and reopened after approximately 45 minutes.
August 16, 2013
Subject: 13-26222 Gas Leak
Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a natural gas leak in the Town of West Bend at 10:16 am near the intersection of STH 33 and STH 144.
The gas line was ruptured on the south side of STH 33 by a bulldozer that was working in conjunction with the STH 33 road reconstruction project.
There were no injuries, fires or explosions as a result of the gas leak. There were also no evacuations as a result.
Due to the changing wind directions and the volume of leaking gas, STH 33 was closed between STH 144 and CTH Z as a safety precaution. The road was closed from the time of the call until the gas line was made safe at 1:30 PM by WE Energies.
Responded to the scene were Allenton and St. Lawrence Fire Departments. They stood by until the situation was resolved and the road reopened.
Subject: Drug Apprehension (13-26104)
Authority: Lt. Paul Buth
The Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Group (Drug Unit) executed a search warrant at 5855 STH 144 in the Town of West Bend on August 15. The search warrant was the result of an ongoing drug investigation.
The Drug Unit seized 49 marijuana plants that were being grown in an out building on the property. Also seized was 7.62 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and various sophisticated growing equipment.
The 54 year old suspect was arrested and charges were requested for Manufacture/Delivery of Marijuana, Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place, Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The suspect is expected to make his initial court appearance later today.
Street value of these plants if raised to maturity and harvested for sale could be estimated at $1000 per plant.
Subject: Motorcycle Accident(13-25427)
Authority: Lt. Robert Stuesser
On Thursday August 8, 3103 at approximately 3:22 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a motorcycle accident with injuries in the area of northbound USH 45 and Park Ave. in the city of West Bend. Sheriff’s Deputies, West Bend PD Officers, and members of the West Bend Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. Upon their arrival, rescue personnel located the motorcyclist, a 29 year old West Bend man, lying in the grassy median. He had been ejected from his motorcycle and was wearing a helmet. The motorcyclist was transported via West Bend Rescue to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa with non-life threatening injuries.
The motorcyclist indicated that he had been northbound on USH 45, in the left lane, when a mid-sized blue car transitioned into his lane of travel from the right. To avoid striking the car, the motorcyclist took evasive action and subsequently crashed. The accident remains under investigation, and the Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the operator of the blue car. Any witnesses to the crash are requested to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 262-335-4420.