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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:                       October 30, 2017
SUBJECT:                17- 40416 FATAL ACCIDENT ADDENDUM
AUTHORITY:            Captain Martin Schulteis

The name of pedestrian that was struck and killed on October 29th on Cty Tk D west of Cty Tk WW is being released:

Jason R. Scherr, 37
City of West Bend

The Sheriff Office continues to investigate the accident as a criminal matter.  

Date: 10-29-17
Subject: Fatal Pedestrian Crash --17-40616     
Authority:  Sgt. Uhan 416

 On 10-29-17, at 2:38 AM, The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a male pedestrian that was walking in the roadway on County Highway D in the Town of Wayne. A short time later we received of a call of a man lying on the side of the road. Deputies responded along with Kewaskum Police, Kohlsville first responders, Kewaskum Fire Department, and West Bend Intercept. Passing motorists had stopped to check on the man and started to administer CPR, which was taken over by first responders.

 The 37 year old City of West Bend man was pronounced dead at the scene, as a result of being struck by a car. The driver of the striking vehicle, a 53 year old male from the Town of Trenton, returned to the scene, and was taken into custody for OWI, and homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

 The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist. The incident remains under investigation, but alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor. This is the seventh traffic fatality in the county this year.

Date:            10-28-17
Subject:        Semi Tractor Trailer Accident --17-40470   
Authority:      Sgt. Uhan 416

 On 10/28/17, at approximately 3:07 am, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a semi-tractor double trailer accident, on Highway 41 northbound, approximately a half mile north of County Highway K, in the Town of Addison.  

 Arriving deputies noticed the second trailer of a double trailer configuration had twisted and flipped onto its side, laying partially in the traffic lane. There were no other vehicles involved and the truck driver was not injured.

 In order to facilitate clean up and towing, Highway 41 had to be shut down to varying degrees. The right lane was shut down throughout the entire incident. A full closure was done for about ten minutes while the Washington County Highway Department swept gravel from the roadway.

 The incident remains under investigation, however, initial evidence revealed that the driver of the semi-tractor saw an object in the lane of travel and abruptly swerved to avoid it, which caused the second trailer to flip onto its side. It was later discovered that there had been an aluminum ladder on the roadway.  

Date:                    October 25, 2017 
Subject:                17-40153 – Vehicle vs. Train crash                                 Authority:              Sgt. Vanderheiden / 417


On the above date at 5:31pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle that was struck by a train at the crossing on Bark Lake Rd east of Scenic Rd.

It was reported by the caller that the vehicle was on fire and the vehicle had been pushed 2000ft north from the railroad crossing and was currently located behind a residential subdivision. The first responding Deputies responded to the subdivision and located the vehicle fully engulfed in flames, still attached to the train.

Once Richfield Fire was able to knock the fire down, they were able to determine that the passenger compartment of the vehicle was unoccupied. Contact was made with the operator, a 34yr old Richfield man, about 1 hour after the initial crash was reported.

The crash investigation showed the eastbound vehicle disregarded a closed road where construction was being done on the railroad tracks at the crossing. The vehicle became stuck on the rails as the operator tried to cross the tracks.  The operator exited the vehicle upon seeing the approaching train and walked home.

The vehicle was removed from the tracks and the train began moving again 3 hours later.

The investigation remains open at this time and there is no further information being released.


Date:                       October 18, 2017
Case:                      House Fire – 17-39150
Authority:              Sgt. Chad Beres

On the above date at 12:09pm the Sheriff’s Office received a report that the house located at 8975 Highland Dr. in the Town of Kewaskum was on fire. The caller reported smoke and flames coming from the house.  The Kewaskum Fire Department was paged and the call was upgraded to a MABAS call.  Fire Departments from West Bend, Allenton, Kohlsville, Jackson, Boltonville, Fillmore, St. Lawrence, Slinger, Newburg and Campbellsport responded to assist.

The investigation revealed there was work on the roof being done by a contractor who had previously been grinding some flashing which produced some sparks. The contractor left and one of his workers (the caller) stayed behind.  A while later the smoke and flames were observed in the area where the work was being done. 

Traffic on Highland Drive was shut down to allow for Fire Departments to work. The house was not occupied at the time of the fire and there were no reported injuries associated with the fire.  The fire was reported to be extinguished at 1:52pm.  The house suffered significant damage, but there is no estimate at this time.  It is likely that the house will be a total loss.   


DATE:                      10-04-17
INCIDENT:                2017-37036 (RESCUE CALL)

On October 3rd, 2017 at 8:52 PM the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the Gonring Boat Launch located near Big Cedar Lake in the Town of West Bend, reporting an unresponsive male inside a pick-up truck, parked at the location.

The Washington County Sheriff Deputies responded as well as Allenton Fire Rescue. Upon arrival, rescue personnel determined the man was deceased. 

The individual has been identified as Wisconsin State Representative Robert Gannon of the 58th Assembly District.  The incident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, however it appears Representative Gannon died of natural causes.


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