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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:               APRIL 26th 2017
INCIDENT:       2017-15346 (Missing Elderly)

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has located missing subject Richard E. Schilter, whom was reported missing on April 25th by concerned family members. Schilter was located this afternoon (26th) by a Washington County Sheriff’s Sergeant while operating his truck and camper in the City of West Bend. Schilter was lost while traveling back home from Florida.

Family members arrived, took placement of Schilter and are tending to his current needs. There is no further Sheriff’s Office investigation at this time.

DATE:                        April 26, 2017
INCIDENT:                2017-15346 (MISSING ELDERLY)

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate Richard E. Schilter, age 88, from the Town of Polk. Schilter was reported missing by family members on April 25th.   Schilter reportedly left Florida on Wednesday April 19th and was due back in Washington County on Saturday, April 22nd.  Schilter was traveling alone and operating a 2000 dark blue Chevrolet 2- door pick-up truck Wisconsin Plate 202366F pulling a 24 foot Jay Feather Camper.

The family last had contact with Schilter on Friday, April 21st by cellphone. At that time it was believed that Schilter he was near Jackson, Tennessee.  Family members have been unsuccessful in contacting him since that time.

The Sheriff’s Office has issued a nationwide request for law enforcement agency to be on the lookout for Schilter. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will continue to attempt to locate Schilter, but is requesting anyone with information to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (262) 335-4378.



Date: April 19, 2017
Subject: Village of Richfield House Fire (17-14494)
Authority: Sgt. Charles Vanderheiden

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at approximately 1:37 p.m., a concerned citizen notified the Washington County Sheriff’s Office of smoke coming from the roof vents of a home located at 4050 Woodview Drive in the Village of Richfield. Sheriff’s Office Deputies and firefighters from the Richfield Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. Assistance was also requested from Lisbon, Jackson, Slinger and Hartford Fire Departments.    

Upon their arrival, Deputies and Richfield firefighters observed smoke coming from attic area of the residence. Firefighters were quickly able to bring the fire under control, but the home sustained a minor amount smoke and water damage. No one was home at the time of the incident. It is estimated that the home sustained $30,000 in damage.

The matter remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, however the cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious. 

DATE:             Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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.

Jerome Harris 37, will be released from prison on Tuesday April 18th, 2017.  After his release he will reside at 1725 Cth NN in the Township of Jackson. Jerome Harris was convicted of 1 count of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in Washington County in 2012 and 1 count of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Same Child in Waukesha County in 2011. The offender was known to the victim. Jerome Harris will be on probation until April 27th 2024 and will be monitored closely by WI Department of Corrections; Division of Community Corrections agents.  Jerome Harris will have numerous rules and restrictions to follow; including wearing a live tracking GPS unit. Jerome Harris will be monitored by GPS at all times when leaving the Cth NN address.

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 can be located at

Questions: Probation/Parole Agent Jessica Latzl 262-388-8359, Sex Offender Registration Specialist Gina Carney at (414) 491-4335 or Sgt. Michael Hennes 262-335-4378.

Jerome Harris 

Date:              04-10-2017
Case:             17-13067 Jail Inmate Death
Authority:       Sheriff Dale K. Schmidt

On Sunday, April 9, 2017, at approximately 12:52 pm, the Washington County Jail experienced an in-custody death of an inmate. The inmate, a 19-year-old Village of Richfield man, was arrested on April 7 by a Washington County Deputy on one criminal charge.

The death investigation is being conducted by the West Bend Police Department. The Sheriff’s Office is also conducting an internal investigation in regards to policy and procedures.  The incident has also been reported to the WI Department of Corrections-Office of Detention Facilities as required by state code.  The initial investigation indicates no sign of foul play.  Further information may be available after the investigations are complete.


Date:         April 3, 2017
Case:        Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin (17-12295)
Authority:  Sheriff Dale K. Schmidt

On April 3, 2017, the Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Group (MJDEG) and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DOJ-DCI) served a search warrant at a Campbellsport, WI residence in support of a joint Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin investigation.

During the execution of the search warrant, three people were taken into custody on felony arrest warrants issued Friday, March 31. Two others initially taken into custody were released as they were not suspects in the investigation.

Additional suspects arrested on felony warrants were: one suspect in Campbellsport in a vehicle, and two more at an Eden area residence.

The search warrant and arrests are a culmination of a year-long investigation into the group distributing Heroin and Schedule II Narcotics, primarily to the greater West Bend and Kewaskum areas, along with limited distribution in Fond du Lac and Dodge Counties.

It is expected that the defendants will make their initial appearances in Washington County Circuit Court on April 4, 2017.

Assisting with the search warrant and arrest warrants today were the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office and the Campbellsport Police Department.

Seven of the eight individuals named in the Criminal Complaint issued March 31 are in custody.

Arrested at New Cassel Dr. Campbellsport residence: Lori Merget, Steven Duncan, John Plzak

Arrested in vehicle in Campbellsport: Rachel Kreif

Arrested at Manor Hill Dr. Eden residence: William Merget, Katelyn Spang

In custody at Washington County Jail on unrelated charge: Andrew Simons




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