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: MARCH 14TH 2017
Case: I-41 ROAD CLOSURES – MARCH 14th and 15th Authority: LIEUTENANT RYAN HERMAN
The Washington County Highway and Sheriff’s Office wants to advice motorists of upcoming road closures on Interstate 41 between STH 60 and STH 145 starting today, March 14th and ending March 15th. These closures are to assist with removal of four semi-tractor trailers involved in the multi-unit crash on yesterday’s date. The Wisconsin State Patrol will also be assisting with closures.
Interstate 41 southbound will be closed at STH 60 to all traffic starting at 7:00 pm and re-opening at approximately 12:00 am (midnight). NO southbound traffic will be allowed to enter onto Interstate 41 from STH 60. All southbound traffic will be routed off at STH 60. Southbound traffic should continue East on STH 60 to Hwy 45 southbound.
Interstate 41 northbound will have a lane closure near the accident scene starting at approximately 8:30 pm. Interstate 41 northbound traffic can continue north at this time but it is asked that motorists reduce speeds and use extra caution. There will be a period of time after 8:30 pm that Interstate 41 northbound will be closed to all traffic. When that happens northbound traffic will be routed onto Hwy 45 northbound at the split. The on-ramp to Interstate 41 from Hwy 145 will be closed at that time. When re-routed, northbound traffic should exit at STH 60 and continue WEST to Interstate 41 northbound. It is anticipated that the northbound closure will re-open during the morning hours of March 15th.
We urge all motorists to use caution if traveling near the road closures or to avoid the area.
Subject: Multi-Vehicle Crash (2017-9522) Authority: Sergeant Randy Boudry
Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a chain reaction, multi-unit crash at 10:44 AM on Interstate 41 between Sherman Rd and Hillside Road in the Town of Polk. There were approximately 30 vehicles directly involved in the crash, which included eight semi-tractor trailer rigs, three heavy trucks such as dump trucks and box-cargo trucks and at least 12 passenger cars. In the immediate vicinity there were an additional 30 vehicles that wound up off the roadway in the ditch or median as a result of the multi-unit crash. These vehicles sustained no damage and were removed and allowed to continue. Southbound I 41 was shut down to thru traffic for over six hours to facilitate clean up and removal of vehicles. Officials feel it may take several weeks to conclude the investigation.
Remaining at the scene of the incident are four tractor trailer rigs for later removal when the weather and road conditions permit. All other units were removed with the collection of damaged vehicles being taken to a nearby truck stop for further investigation and collection of information.
There were five people transported to area hospitals, all with non-life threatening injuries.
This incident may have been a result of another multi-unit crash backup that was being handled by the State Patrol just south of this scene. Contributing to all of these incidents is driving too fast on the snow covered roads and white out conditions.
Sheriff’s officials were assisted by Slinger, Hartford, Jackson and the Wisconsin State Patrol. Fire Departments that responded included Slinger, Hartford, Jackson, Richfield and Lifestar Ambulance.
Officials responded to 97 crash related calls involving an estimated 300 units between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM.
Date: March 7th 2017
Subject: Pallet USA Fire
Authority: Lieutenant Ryan Herman
On Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 4:34 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a fire at Pallet USA, located at 5840 Hwy 60 in the Town of Hartford. An employee contacted the Sheriff’s Office to notify us of a large container used to heat wooden pallets engulfed with flames. He advised further that the fire was near other buildings and numerous other pallets.
Personnel from Hartford, Slinger and St. Lawrence Fire Departments responded to assist as well as LifeStar Rescue. Upon deputy arrival the fire was mostly contained within the container. Shortly after fire equipment began to arrive and extinguished the fire quickly. There was minimal fire damage to near-by pallets however no other buildings were damaged.
To assist with fire clean up, equipment from Pallet USA was used to remove most of the burned pallets from within the container. As the material was removed Hartford Fire remained on scene with a water presence for further fire hazards.
Hartford Fire was able to say the fire originated inside the container in the area where wiring and heating equipment was located. They believed the cause of fire was related to the equipment. The burned container was used to heat treat the wooden pallets prior to shipment. This heating process eliminates any bug or other diseases from the wooden pallets to allow for safe shipping. The container reached a maximum of 180 degrees Fahrenheit. It was approximately 53’ feet long by 10’ feet wide and 10’ feet high. Inside the container were approximately 500 pallets. The container and the wooden pallets are a total loss valued between $17,000 dollars and $20,000 dollars. There were no reported injuries. Hwy 60 traffic wasn’t altered as the property is well off the highway.
Subject: Structure Fire #17-8382
Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry
Authorities were notified at 9:28 a.m. of a garage on fire at 4519 Stoney Creek Rd in the Town of Jackson. Upon deputy’s arrival, the attached garage was fully involved. The single family home was occupied by family members at the time the fire was discovered and reported. The home was safely evacuated without injury to the occupants. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Sheriff’s officials with the area of origin likely inside the garage.
There were no reports of injuries to any of the firefighters that responded and fought the fire. Jackson Fire Department was assisted by West Bend, Newburg, Germantown, Slinger, Cedarburg, St. Lawrence and Fillmore fire departments. Fire fighters remained on scene for over three hours.
There is not yet an estimate of damages to the home available. The home is not inhabitable after the fire.
Date: March 7th, 2017
Subject: Town of Erin – St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry
The Town of Erin St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held on Friday, March 17th. The parade will begin at 11:00 AM. The Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Town of Erin, has taken steps to ensure that the parade route and surrounding highways will be as safe as possible for motorists and pedestrians.
The practice of groups establishing large party areas along the highway used for the parade route have caused traffic and pedestrian hazards and significant delays in reopening the highway following the parade. The Town of Erin receives a permit from the Washington County Highway Department to hold the parade on a closed portion of CTH K between CTH E (west) and Hwy 167, however that permit does not include closing the highway for unrestricted partying.
The presence of oversize vehicles, recreational vehicles, campers, trailers, and the temporary structures associated with these groups contribute to the hazards along the highway. These hazards significantly delay the clearing of the parade route and encourage excessive drinking both before and after the parade. To address these concerns and to ensure the safety of everyone wishing to attend the parade, the following steps have been taken to minimize these hazards:
Only passenger vehicles and trucks not exceeding one ton in capacity will be allowed to park along the parade route. Vehicles which are prohibited from parking on the parade route include recreational vehicles, towed or pickup campers, motor homes, buses, oversize vehicles and/or trailers of any kind.
No temporary structures or shelters will be permitted on the parade route. This includes pole tents, frame tents, lean-to’s, awnings, canopies or similar structures regardless of size.
Use of private property along the parade route is at the discretion of the property owners. Vehicles will be permitted to enter the parade route for the purposes of accessing private property or discharging passengers, however they will not be permitted to remain parked along the route. Once the parade route is deemed full all vehicular traffic will be restricted on the parade route. Unauthorized persons, vehicles, and/or structures which are located on private property without the permission of the property owner constitutes trespassing. Violators will be cited. All other highways adjacent to the parade route are open highways and all applicable laws will apply.
In addition to the above steps the Sheriff’s Office will be deploying extra Deputies on St. Patrick’s Day dedicated to enforcing traffic laws to ensure vehicular safety, including detecting and arresting drivers for OWI violations.
The Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Erin are taking these steps to ensure that the parade is an enjoyable and safe event for everyone.