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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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Vehicle Crash
On Friday, April 19th at 8:19am, the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle crash on Highland Drive in the Town of Kewaskum. Callers informed our communication officers that the involved vehicle was pulling a trailer loaded with two additional vehicles. The towed vehicles had come off the overturned trailer and were upside down and smoking in the ditch. The uninjured operator remained on scene.
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Town of West Bend Resolution 81
Town of West Bend, WI - On April 16, 2024, the Washington County Board of Supervisors approved 2023 Resolution 81 that authorizes the creation a deputy sheriff’s position assigned to the Town of West Bend. This will be the first of such agreements in Washington County that provides a full-time dedicated deputy sheriff to a town. The dedicated deputy is initially funded for a two-year period with a combined financial commitment between Cedar Community, the Town of West Bend and Washington County. The approved resolution reads that the county’s funding portion is considered a contribution to the town under the Shared Revenue Grant Program.
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Business Fire
Today at approximately 9:17am the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a passerby on Hy 45 reporting smoke coming from the building at 7875 Hy 45 (Dean Derge Ornamental Ironwork) in the Town of Barton. The West Bend Fire Department was paged and the call was upgraded to a MABAS call. Fire Departments from Kewaskum, Jackson, Slinger, Allenton, Newburg, Boltonville, Kohlsville, Fillmore and St. Lawrence were paged to assist.
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International Arrests Made in Connection to Local Case
In July of 2023, Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested a 35-year-old Village of Newburg man on numerous felony charges relating to child sexual abuse material. Michael Westphal currently remains in custody on a $500,000 cash bail at the Washington County Jail while he faces those charges. The investigation, however, did not stop after the arrest.
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Town of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Town of Erin St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held on Sunday, March 17th. The parade will begin at 11:00 AM. Starting at 10:00am, no vehicle traffic will be allowed on the parade route. Only pedestrian traffic going to the parade will be allowed to pass barricades on CTH K. Pending vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the parade route, the 10:00am time may be adjusted. 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.
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Fugitive Apprehension from Mexico
Ingmar Adir Chew Moran, a 52-year-old former Kewaskum resident who had fled to Mexico in 2020 to avoid prosecution on serious sexual assault of a child charges is now in custody in the Washington County Jail. He appeared in front of Washington County Circuit Court Judge Hetzel earlier this morning on the outstanding warrant and was given a one-million-dollar cash bond. He faces 140 years of confinement on charges of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child and Sexual Assault of a Child Under 16 years of age. Further charges are anticipated in the future involving a second victim
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House Fire
On March 4, 2024 at approximately 9:56 pm, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a house fire at a single family residence in the 9200 block of Orchard Valley Road in the Town of Farmington. The fire was reported by the property owner. The caller advised there was fire that was spreading in the residence from the gas fireplace.
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Fatal Crash
On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 8:53 PM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of what was first reported as a vehicle in the ditch on Division Rd north of Hy 60 in the Town of Jackson. The incident was reported by a passerby who indicated that the vehicle was still running with its lights on and that it was unknown if it was occupied.
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