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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).

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Community Notification
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.
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Fatal accident
On Wednesday, April 20th, 2022, at 3:40 PM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an erratic driver, which ended up driving in the oncoming lane of Highway 33 near the West Bend Airport. The vehicle crashed head on with another vehicle. Deputies responded along with West Bend Police, and personnel from West Bend Fire Department.
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Structure Fire 4/20/2022
On Wednesday April 20th 2022 at approximately 2:23 AM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a structure fire in the 5100 block of Hy 83 in the Town of Addison. The initial caller on scene reported that a detached garage was on fire and that flames and smoke were visible. The first responding deputy reported that he observed active flames and that the fire was contained to the detached garage south of the residence.
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Daytime Burglaries
Over the past month, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has experienced several daytime residential burglaries. The main target of these criminals is cash and jewelry. These have occurred in the Village of Richfield, Town of West Bend, Village of Slinger, as well as several other surrounding counties. Washington County Sheriff’s detectives are working collaboratively with law enforcement partners throughout southeast Wisconsin to bring those responsible to justice.
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Fatal Police Pursuit
WEST BEND, WI - Washington County sheriff’s deputies were involved in a fatal police pursuit in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 13, 2022. The incident began at 12:29 a.m. after a deputy stopped a vehicle on Interstate 41 near Holy Hill Road in the Village of Germantown. The vehicle was initially stopped because the registered owner of the vehicle did not have a valid driver’s license. The deputy identified the driver as a 27-year-old man from Milwaukee and the passenger as an 18-year-old Milwaukee man. During the first contact with the occupants, the deputy observed a Glock handgun case on the front floorboard of the vehicle.
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Single Vehicle Crash with Fatality
On March 27, 2022 at 12:56pm, the Washington County Communication Center took a report of a vehicle striking a tree in the 3900 block of Holy Hill Rd in the Village of Richfield. The caller checked the vehicle and found that the airbags were deployed and that the single occupant driver was barely conscious. Washington County Deputies and Richfield Fire were subsequently dispatched to the scene.
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Fatal Crash
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a single vehicle, fatal crash that occurred on I-41 in the Town of Addison. On today’s date, at approximately 7:55AM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center began taking calls of a white van off the roadway and against a tree. As deputies responded to the area of I-41 southbound, north of Hwy DW, callers provided additional updates of injuries.
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Illegal Possession of Firearm
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has completed a criminal investigation concerning Washington County Board Supervisor - District #17, Timothy C. Michalak. On March 22, 2022, a request for criminal charges was referred to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office after an incident involving the possession of a firearm that occurred before the Washington County Board of Supervisors and Administrative Committee meetings on March 9th, 2022.
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