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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: May 25, 2017
Subject: Serious Injury Crash
Authority: Sgt. Charles Vanderheiden

On Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 5:17 p.m., Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to 8900 Block of Cty Tk XX, in the Township of Farmington, for a single vehicle (motorcycle) crash with injury. Upon the arrival of responding rescue units, Flight for Life was summoned to the scene for injuries sustained to the operator who was the sole occupant.

Initial investigation shows that the operator was westbound on Cty Tk XX when he skidded and lost control for an unknown reason. He crossed over into the south ditch and was ejected from the motorcycle. The motorcycle sustained extensive damage.

The operator was flown to Froedert Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. He sustained a head injury and other internal injuries. He is currently in serious condition.

The roadway was closed for approximately 1 hour to facilitate investigation and clean-up efforts.

The injured operator is a 42 YOA male from Adell, Wisconsin, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

No further information is being released at this time and the crash remains under investigation.

Date:                       5/20/17
Case:                      17-18726 - Structure Fires          
Authority:              Sgt. Chad Beres

On the above date at 5:07am the Sheriff’s Office received a report of smoke coming from the residence at 2790 Highway 83 in the town of Hartford. The caller was a passerby and ultimately made contact with the 82-year old resident and evacuated her from the residence.  There was also an off-duty Hartford firefighter who stopped to assist and rescued a cat from inside the residence.  The Hartford Fire Department was paged and deputies were dispatched to the residence.

Upon the arrival of the first Deputy on scene at 5:16am the smoke was coming out of the soffits on all sides of the residence. When the second Deputy arrived a short time later, he positioned his squad at the intersection of Highway 83 and Whistle Drive for traffic control.  Shortly thereafter, this Deputy radioed dispatch about heavy smoke coming from a 16-unit garage structure at the Oriole Pond Apartments (400 Whistle Drive – City of Hartford) and after doing so the unit where the smoke was emanating from became fully engulfed.  At this point Hartford Fire Department upgraded the fire to a MABAS call.  Fire Departments from Slinger, Richfield, Woodland, St. Lawrence, Allenton, Neosho, Ashipunn, Germantown and an ambulance from Lifestar Rescue responded.

The fires were extinguished by approximately 6:11am. The garage and contents at the residence suffered severe damage; including a vehicle which is a total loss.  The apartment complex is new construction so there are no tenants.  The garage structure runs parallel to Highway 83 and is approximately .2 of a mile south of 2790 Highway 83 on the same side of the road.  There were 3 garage units damaged as a result of the fire.  Due to the close geographic nature and timeframe of these fires the Sheriff’s Office paged in two Detectives; one of which is a fire investigator.  Hartford Police Department also contacted one of their Detectives who is also a fire investigator.  The Detectives are working together on these scenes and will be assisted by the State Fire Marshal who was requested to respond.

At this time there is no damage estimate available and there is no further information being released.


Date:                       MAY 19, 2017

Subject:                 FATAL CRASH STH 83 TOWN OF HARTFORD (UPDATE)  

Authority:              LT. JASON GUSLICK

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the name of the 18 year old Richfield man killed yesterday in the traffic crash on STH 83 south of Lee Rd in the Town of Hartford.


Age 18

Village of Richfield

The name of the operator of the other vehicle is not being released.

Date: May 18, 2017

Subject: Fatal Vehicle Crash

Authority: Sgt. Charles Vanderheiden

On Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 5:37 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to State Highway 83 approximately 0.2mi south of Lee Rd in the Town of Hartford reference a two vehicle crash with injury. A Hartford Police Officer was in the area and was the first squad on scene and advised Washington County Dispatch that one patients was still trapped in his vehicle and had sustained serious injuries. Hartford Fire and Rescue Department responded for medical triage of both vehicle operators. Hartford Rescue requested Flight for Life for the injuries of the first operator. That operator was transported to Aurora Medical Center-Hartford where he succumb to his injuries. The second operator had only minor injuries and was transported via ambulance to a local hospital.

The deceased operator (sole occupant) was northbound on State Highway 83 operating a green Ford Focus station wagon. While negotiating a curve in the roadway south of Lee Road, the northbound vehicle crossed the center line into the southbound lane of travel and struck the southbound vehicle in a head-on manner resulting in the northbound operator’s death. The southbound operator (sole occupant) was operating a silver Toyota Tacoma truck and suffered minor injury and was treated and released from Aurora Medical Center in Summit.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit is assisting with the investigation. Weather and road conditions were not a factor in the crash. State Highway was closed to traffic for approximately 6 hours.

The deceased operator (northbound) is an 18 YOA male from Hubertus, Wisconsin. The injured operator (southbound) is an 18 YOA male from Erin, Wisconsin.

This is Washington County’s 1st traffic fatality in 2017.

No further information is being released at this time and the crash remains under investigation.

If anyone was a witness to this crash or has any pertinent information about the manner in which either vehicle were operating prior to the crash, please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (262) 335-4378.

Date:           May 7, 2017     

Case:          Motor Vehicle Crash 2017-16945

Authority:   Sgt. Scott Hanson

On May 7, 2017 at 2:36 am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a single vehicle rollover accident were the driver was ejected from the vehicle in the 4000 block of Elmwood Road.

Upon arrival deputies found that the sole occupant a 25 year old Village of Menomonee Falls resident had been ejected from the vehicle and was unconscious. The Richfield fire department responded to the scene and immediately requested that Flight for Life respond and transport the driver due to serious life threating injuries.

The initial investigation indicates that the vehicle was east bound on Elmwood Road traveling at a high rate of speed when the vehicle left the roadway striking a retaining wall in the south ditch. The vehicle continued to travel in the ditch line striking a utility pole and then several trees.

This accident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors.


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