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Shed and Brush Fire
11/23/2021
On 11/23/2021 at approximately 1:40pm, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center received a 911 call from a homeowner in the area of Wallace Lake Rd and S Indian Lore Rd stating that they had heard a pop outside and then found their shed and leaves on fire outside of their house. Deputies and Newburg Fire were subsequently dispatched to the scene.
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Arrest in Anna Severance Fatal Accident
11/09/2021
Charges were filed in Washington County Circuit Court on Tuesday in relation to a fatal car crash that occurred around 10:30 am on 10/16/21 at the intersection of Cty Tk Z and Pleasant Valley Road in the Town of Polk. A 55-year-old Town of Jackson man was arrested by Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigators and charged in Washington County Circuit Court on Tuesday afternoon with three felony charges. The suspect was charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle as well as two counts of reckless driving causing great bodily harm. If found guilty the suspect faces up to 17-years in prison.
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Death Investigation
11/05/2021
WEST BEND, Wis. – On Friday, November 5, 2021 at 3:57 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office 911 Communications Center received a cellular 911 call from a male individual who indicated he wanted to commit suicide. The despondent caller would not provide any other details, but communication officers were able to determine the caller was outside and at a residence in the Town of Polk. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the home.
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Richard Barrett Sexual Assault
10/22/2021
A 43-year-old Town of West Bend man was charged in Washington County Circuit Court this week with two counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault. Richard Barrett faces 20 years in prison if convicted of all charges. His arrest was the result of a lengthy investigation conducted by Washington County Sheriff’s detectives. The assaults that were charged occurred from 2018 till 2020.
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Motorcycle vs SUV Injury Crash
10/20/2021
On October 20, 2021, at approximately 7:29 am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an injury crash on Hubertus Rd east of State Hwy 175, in the Village of Richfield.
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21-35100 Fatal Vehicle Crash
10/16/2021
On Saturday October 16, 2021 at 10:27 am the Washington County Dispatch Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road at County Trunk Z. The callers reported that several vehicle occupants had severe injuries with children being in one of the vehicles.
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Train vs Person Investigation UPDATE
10/15/2021
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has concluded its investigation into the train vs person incident that occurred in the Village of Richfield on October 6th. The cause of death has been ruled an accident by the medical examiner’s office.
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Train vs Person UPDATE
10/07/2021
Washington County Sheriff Investigators received numerous tips in response to our call for assistance today in identifying the victim of a car versus train accident. One nearby resident had captured video of the person believed to be the victim walking in the area a short time before the incident. A Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the Village of Richfield recognized the individual in the picture. Authorities were able to make contact and make preliminary identification. No additional information is being released. The investigation into the incident continues.
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Train vs Person
10/07/2021
On October 6, 2021 at 2:41 pm, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Canadian National Railroad who reported that their train had struck a person. The person was walking on the tracks east of Scenic Drive between Lakeview Road and Willow Creek Road in the Village of Richfield. Sheriff’s deputies along with the Richfield Fire Department and Rescue were dispatched.
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Machine Shed Fire
10/03/2021
On Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 3:21 PM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a machine shed on fire at 3018 Elm Rd in the Town of Jackson.
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