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NOTICE:

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:              2/19/18
CASE(S):         18-7086
AUTHORITY:   Lt. Tim Kemps

On 2/19/18 at approximately 3:44am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a house fire at 7720 Tomahawk Drive in the Town of Farmington. The fire was reported by a neighbor who observed flames coming from the rear portion of the two story residence. The neighbor called 911 and ran over to the house to check on the neighbors. The 4 occupants inside the house were awoken by the smoke detectors and heavy smoke inside the residence. They were able to safely escape the home.

The Fillmore Fire Department responded and was assisted by the Boltonville, Kewaskum, Newburg, Silver Creek and Waubeka Fire Departments. Fire crews arrived and were able to quickly put out the blaze however not prior to the fire spreading to the attic of the residence. There were no injuries as a result of the fire. The home suffered severe damage as a result of the fire, smoke and water.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Fillmore Fire Department however early indication points to the origin of the fire being most likely electrical in nature.

 


 

 

DATE:               For Release on 2-16-18
CASE(S):         Community Notification
AUTHORITY:   Dale K. Schmidt, Sheriff 

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.

Eric A. Moffatt will be released from prison on February 27th, 2018.  After his release he will reside at 1725 Cth NN in the Township of Jackson while he attempts to locate a residence and employment.  Eric Moffatt was convicted of 948.11(2), Expose a Child to Harmful Material – 3 counts, on 6/13/2007 in Washington County and was convicted of 948.11(2), Expose a Child to Harmful Material – 2 counts, on 02/21/2001 in Manitowoc County. Eric Moffatt will be monitored closely by WI-DOC Division of Community Corrections agents. Eric Moffatt will have numerous rules and restrictions to follow including wearing a live tracking GPS unit. 

Eric Moffatt had been released from prison in the past, but due to Probation/Parole rule violations he was placed back in prison for a period of time. He is again being released from prison and placed on extended supervision.   

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. Over the past several years the home at 1725 Cth NN has been used by the Department of Corrections to temporarily house offenders recently released from prison.  

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 https://appsdoc.wi.gov/public/offenders

If there are questions please contact Probation/Parole Agent Jessica Latzl at 262-388-8359, Sex Offender Registration Specialist Monica Lukach at (414) 491-5850 or Sgt. Michael Hennes at 262-365-5054.    

ERIC A. MOFFATT

 


DATE:              For Release on 2-16-18
CASE(S):         Community Notification
AUTHORITY:   Dale K. Schmidt, Sheriff

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.

Justin R. Rathke will be released from prison on March 13th, 2018. After his release he will reside at 1725 Cth NN in the Township of Jackson while he attempts to locate a residence and employment. Justin Rathke was convicted of 1 count of 948.02(2) – 2nd  Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in Washington County on 1/9/2008 and 1 count of 948.02(2) – 2nd  Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in Washington County on 2/25/2009. He was familiar with the female, juvenile victims in these cases.  He will be monitored closely by WI-DOC Division of Community Corrections agents. Justin Rathke will have numerous rules and restrictions to follow including wearing a live tracking GPS unit.

Justin Rathke had been released from prison in the past, but due to Probation/Parole rule violations he was placed back in prison for a period of time. He is again being released from prison and placed on extended supervision.   

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. Over the past several years the home at 1725 Cth NN has been used by the Department of Corrections to temporarily house offenders recently released from prison. 

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 https://appsdoc.wi.gov/public/offenders

If there are questions please contact Probation/Parole Agent Jessica Latzl at 262-388-8359, Sex Offender Registration Specialist Monica Lukach at (414) 491-5850 or Sgt. Michael Hennes at 262-356-5054.

JUSTIN R. RATHKE


Date:                    February 15, 2018
Incident:              House Fire – 2018-6602
Authority:
            Sgt. Chad Beres

Today at 8:23am the Sheriff’s Office received a report of heavy smoke coming from the residence located at 8294 Broadview Lane in the Town of Wayne. The caller/homeowner reported the toaster was on fire, but they put it out with a fire extinguisher and there might be fire in the wall.  The Kohlsville Fire Department was paged and the call was upgraded to a MABAS call.  Fire Departments from Kewaskum, West Bend, Allenton and St. Lawrence responded to assist.

Upon arrival of the first Sheriff’s Deputy and Fire personnel there was smoke coming from the soffit on the north side of the residence and coming out of the garage door on the south side of the residence. There was active flames also located in the kitchen area emanating from a corner of the kitchen where appliances were located on the counter.  The fire was able to be extinguished by 9:02am and assistance from Fire Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office was requested.  

There were no reported injuries associated with the fire. This is an active investigation.  The damage estimate is in excess of $100,000.  The damage from the fire was confined to the kitchen area, but there will be smoke and water damage as well.  


Date:                         February 9, 2018   
Incident #                 18-5691                                
Authority:                 Sgt. Scott Hanson

On Thursday, February 08, 2018 at approximately 8:56 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male employee trapped by a conveyor belt at the Sunburst Ski Area located at 8355 Prospect Drive in the Town of Kewaskum. Washington County Deputies along with the Kewaskum Police Department and members of the Kewaskum Fire Department and West Bend Intercept responded to assist in the investigation and extrication of the subject.

An investigation into the incident determined that an employee of the ski area was performing maintenance underneath the conveyor belt when his arm was trapped. Kewaskum Fire Department was able to free the employee who was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No further information will be released at this time as the matter remains under investigation.

 

 

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