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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).The above restrictions do not apply to Wisconsin accident reports released in compliance with applicable Wisconsin law.

Date: 09-28-2017
Subject: Structure Fire
Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry
Case #: 2017-36200

At 2:23 a.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call from a 60-year-old Town of Addison woman indicating her home, located in the 6100 block of W. Linden Drive, was filling with smoke. 

Both occupants woke up when multiple smoke alarms activated in the home, and were able to safely evacuate.  Prior to, and as first responders were arriving, the 60-year-old husband re-entered several times in an effort to retrieve property.  He was later transported for smoke inhalation to St. Joseph’s Hospital and was expected to be released after additional treatment.

Allenton Fire Department responded to the scene and was assisted by St. Lawrence, Hartford, West Bend, Kohlsville and Kewaskum fire departments. All fire departments cleared from the scene by 4:20 am.

Fire officials determined that the fire originated in the basement near a de-humidifier. Preliminary estimates are that the structure sustained $40,000 in smoke and water damage.

The subsequent investigation revealed the dehumidifier was a make and model that may have been subject to either a stop sale notice from the manufacturer or possibly a recall.  The fire remains under investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office urges residents to thoroughly research the recall history of any dehumidifiers in use. 

One such resource is:


Date: 09-21-2017
Subject: Structure Fire – 2017-35250   
Authority:  Sgt. Keith Uhan

On Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 1:48AM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a garage fire at 4578 Cty Tk H in the Town of Kewaskum, Washington County. The fire was reported by a passing motorist, who also notified the two adults that were home at the time. No one was injured as a result of the fire.

 The structure was a detached garage, near the home, and was found to be fully engulfed upon arrival of deputies. The fire was quickly extinguished by Kewaskum Fire Department. The garage appears to be a total loss estimated at $50,000. Cty Hy H was closed for about an hour near the residence. The Wisconsin State Patrol and Village of Kewaskum Police also assisted with traffic control.

 Although the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, there were reports of significant thunder and lightning in the immediate area as storms moved through.



Date: 09-16-2017  
Subject: Press Release / Structure Fire          
Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry   
Case # 17-34554

On 09/16/2017 at 8:08 AM, authorities were notified of a structure fire at W199 N 13791 Fond Du Lac Avenue in the Town of Germantown. The call was received from one of the five people who were home at the time of the fire. All of the residents evacuated the home with one of the adults being treated and released at the scene for smoke inhalation. The family requested and received assistance from the Red Cross who responded to the scene. 

The structure was a two story farmhouse built in approximately 1890 and sustained heavy damage with the loss estimated at $150,000 by the owner. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Richfield Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Office. It does not appear suspicious at this time.

Richfield Fire and Rescue received help fighting the fire by 13 other area Fire Departments that included Germantown, Hartford, West Bend, Allenton, Newburg,     St. Lawrence, Slinger, Jackson, Thiensville, Sussex, Merton, Lisbon and North Lake. They were further assisted by Lifestar Ambulance.

Fire fighters rotated fighting the blaze due to weather related temperatures with one fire fighter being transported to an area hospital due to heat related, non-life threatening injury. STH 145 / Fond Du Lac Ave. was closed for approximately six hours while the fire was fought.




Date:                       September 16th 2017           
Case:                      Structure Fire - #2017-34630
Authority:               Lt. Ryan Herman

On Saturday, September 16th 2017 at 5:15 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a shed fire at 5545 STH 28 in the Town of Wayne, Washington County. The fire was reported by an owner of Beck Dairy Farms located at that address. Beck Dairy advised of a tractor and two additional pieces of equipment still in the shed. All other equipment and animals had been evacuated.

Upon Sheriff’s Office arrival heavy black smoke was coming from the shed. Employees of the Dairy were moving equipment and advised they deployed a fire suppression tool into the shed in hopes to extinguish the fire but unsure if the tool deployed properly. The Dairy believed the fire started in the engine compartment of the tractor. Kohlsville Fire arrived and extinguished the fire containing fire damage to the shed and its contents.

Investigation found the shed to be approximately 100 ft. x 42 ft. and used for equipment and animal shelter. It appears the fire originated in/near the engine compartment of the Case IH tractor. The tractor, a second piece of farm equipment and the shed were damaged as a result with damage estimates exceeding $100,000 dollars.

West Bend, Boltonville, St. Lawrence, Kewaskum, Allenton, Slinger, Theresa, Eden, Jackson, Lomira and Campbellsport Fire Departments assisted Kohlsville Fire as well as the Wisconsin State Patrol assisting with traffic control.

The fire is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division.