Notable Incidents

Notable Incidents
Jackson Police Department

These are some of the calls-for-service that Jackson officers handled each month. Jackson is one of the safest communities in Wisconsin but not immune from crime, anti-social behavior, and other issues that require police intervention.

August 2016

On August 3 at about 1:30 AM, Officer Borkowski was dispatched to a Main Street residence after a woman reported that she’d been grabbed by the hair, thrown around, and slapped in the face. It was also determined that the suspect, a 25-year-old man, was wanted on an apprehension order by Probation and Parole. Due to the suspect’s record, the officer was joined by Deputies Dean and Kell, and Sergeant Hanson. The officers were met outside by the victim, who said that her young son was still in the residence. The officers went inside, escorted the child outside to his mother, and then woke the suspect, who was arrested without incident. The woman explained that she and the man had returned from a local bar and were having something to eat. For some reason, the man started making rude remarks and she went into the bedroom to avoid a confrontation. He followed her there, yelled, pushed her backwards, slapped her face, threw her to the floor, and barricaded the door. She was able to get out but he found her, grabbed her by the hair and threw her across the room. She was able to leave and call 911. The man was arrested for battery/domestic violence, to which the man replied, “That ain’t no battery”.

On August 3 at 5 PM, a 52-year-old man told Officer Lake that his ex-wife hasn’t lived at the residence for approximately six years. Earlier this day, while he was gone, she appeared at the door and pushed her way past their daughter and into the house. The adult daughter told her several times that she wasn’t supposed to be there, but the woman said she needed to talk to her ex-husband because she believed something bad would happen to him. When the man came home at about 4:15, she told her that she had to leave. She made a remark about hoping he would die and then left. Officer Lake was able to make telephone contact with her and they agreed to meet at the Menomonee Falls Police Department. She said that multiple people in the complainant’s family have died and he would be next, referring to some conspiracy in which “they were trying to get him”. When asked who “they” were, she couldn’t provide an answer. The woman was arrested for criminal trespass to dwelling.

On August 7, a 32-year-old woman told Officer Borkowski that her ex-boyfriend was sending her cruel messages, including suggestions that she kill herself. Officer Borkowski told the man to behave or face arrest for disorderly conduct.

On August 8, a 32-year-old man told Officer Lake that his ex-wife had been harassing him with text messages. An examination of the messages indicated that the two had been trading insults and derogatory comments but that the woman was the primary instigator. When contacted by Officer Lake, she was verbally confrontational but agreed to stop sending messages unless it was to discuss child exchanges.

On August 9, Officer Laabs accompanied two water utility supervisors to a Ridgeway Drive home in order to change the water meter. A week earlier, service to the house had been briefly suspended because the resident wasn’t responding to requests for access to change the meter. When arrangements were made and service was restored, the woman, 48, told an employee, “I’ll have your hide, you f***ing ass****. The utility asked for an officer to keep the peace, but the woman was cooperative and apologized for the earlier incident.

On August 13 at 2:51 AM, Officer Brinks clocked a vehicle on Highway 45 at 89 mph. As he was overtaking the vehicle, he saw it exiting at Pleasant Valley Road, where it traveled eastbound in the westbound lanes. He was able to stop the vehicle near the Fair Park and observed that the Buick SUV had three flat tires. In talking to the 26-year-old West Bend woman, he noticed that her speech was slurred and she smelled of intoxicants. Regarding her speed, she said her family was having an emergency and a family member was in the hospital. Deputy Vorderbruggen arrived to assist. Officer Brinks suspected that the woman had taken the exit ramp so quickly that she may have lost control and had a collision that flattened the tires. The deputy went back and found tracks indicating that she drove straight ahead instead of following the off-ramp to the right. She drove across the curb on the other side of Pleasant Valley Road, flattening the tires, and then down into the ditch and back out to the road on the wrong side. After failing the field sobriety tests, Officer Brinks asked her if she would submit to a PBT breath test. She agreed, but then wouldn’t put her lips on the plastic straw, saying that she was a hypochondriac and afraid of germs. She insisted that he produce a new straw so she could watch as he placed it on the device while she watched; the result was .14% on a weak breath. After arresting her, Officer Brinks said that he would need to check her for concealed items. She replied that she’d had breast cancer and, “you should check the left one because it’s smaller than the right”. Because she continued to make similar sarcastic and sexually oriented comments, Officer Brinks asked for another officer to accompany him; Deputy Doran assisted. When the woman said that the handcuff was hurting her wrist, Officer Brinks discovered that it was causing a bracelet to pinch her skin. The woman got upset and suggested that the officers were going to steal the bracelet; however, it was removed and placed into her purse as she watched. After reading her the “Informing the Accused” form, which asks the driver if he or she will consent to the chemical test, the woman kept protesting that she was “confused”; suffers from anxiety and can’t remember things; and wasn’t sure that she was capable of making a decision. She then started to cry because she wasn’t permitted to contact her father. After going back and forth for some time, it was deemed that she was refusing to consent to the test. Because this was a first offense, a search warrant could not be obtained and the case will go to court based upon the officer’s observations and the field sobriety test. While Officer Brinks tried to talk to the woman’s mother to arrange transportation home, she started screaming so loudly that the conversation had to be halted. Eventually, arrangements were made for Mom to pick her daughter up at the police station. Upon arrival, the woman announced that she had urinated in the back seat of the squad. The woman then said that Officer Brinks had “stolen every ounce of dignity I’ve ever had”, then began to laugh about what she had done. When her mother arrived, the woman became upset because her grandmother had come along. She refused to leave with them, at which time Officer Brinks explained that the only alternative would be to take her to County Jail for a 12 hour hold. She eventually calmed down and agreed to leave with her family, about 2 ½ hours after the original traffic stop.

July 2016

On July 1 at about 6:47 PM, Officers Henning, Oswald, and Gerke responded to a Stonewall Drive townhouse after a woman called 911 for help. Deputy Polinske was in the area and assisted. A 58-year-old Hubertus man was shot and killed in the course of this incident. Chief Dolnick was notified and immediately asked the Wisconsin Department of Justice to investigate the shooting (state law requires these investigations to be referred to an outside agency). Agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation and technicians from the Wisconsin Crime Lab responded. Further details will be added to this entry after DCI completes its report and it’s reviewed by the District Attorney.

On July 2 at 2:30 AM, a tenant in a Ridgeway Drive apartment building reported a possible domestic in another unit. A woman told Officer Brinks and Deputy Lagosh that when her boyfriend came home, he had to bang on the door very hard because she was wearing headphones and didn’t hear him. The boyfriend, who was very intoxicated and agitated, opined that the neighbor who called was “running his mouth”. The neighbor said that when he yelled, “You don’t have to be slamming the door”, Boyfriend rejoindered, “You f***ing pussy; come out here”, followed by a verbal argument with his girlfriend.

On July 5 at about 7:00 PM, a Hunters Road resident reported that his neighbor’s fireworks were landing in his yard and on the roof of his home. The 20-year-old neighbor told Officer Borkowski that he thought it was safer to point them across the street and have them land in people’s yards, on their driveways, or in the street rather than setting them off in his own yard where they might strike a house. Officer Borkowski patiently explained that it’s illegal to use fireworks no matter where they’re aimed. Since the man admitted his deeds and was remorseful, he was let off with a warning.

Immediately afterward, Officer Borkowski was dispatched to Eagle Drive regarding a man driving a lawn tractor in the street. The officer found the 78-year-old astride his tractor in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot. He explained that he’d lost his license after having a stroke, his caregiver was at Summerfest, and he “wanted a damned lottery ticket” but it was too far to walk. Officer Borkowski followed the gentleman as he drove the tractor home but warned him not to do it again.

On July 6 at 2:20 PM, a caller reported hearing screams coming from the area of S. Center Street and Reynolds Avenue. Officers Gerke and Krueger located an 18-year-old woman who said she’d been having a verbal altercation with her boyfriend. The fight was purely verbal, so both were warned and the officers left.

On July 7 at 8:15 PM, a concerned resident reported that a vehicle stopped by some children on Ash Drive and one of the occupants yelled something about free ice cream. Officer Gerke found the vehicle nearby and spoke to the teenagers, who were from Sussex and Menomonee Falls. They explained that one of them dropped his Dilly Bar and joked to the children about free ice cream. Officer Gerke explained that people become alarmed when strangers stop to talk to children, even more when something enticing is offered. The three youths said they understood.

On July 10 at 3:00 AM, Officers Brinks and Lake were dispatched to Ivy Manor regarding an employee who had collapsed and wasn’t breathing. They connected an AED and performed CPR until relieved by Jackson Rescue. Unfortunately, the woman could not be revived.

At 6:55 PM, a 911 caller reported an erratic driver on Main Street and continued following it on Highway P and Sherman Road. Det. Foeger intercepted the Lexus on Riverview Drive and observed it cross the center line into the wrong side of the road. He followed the vehicle as it pulled into a driveway (later determined to be her mother’s) on Currant Lane. The South Bend, Indiana woman, 28, exited the vehicle with her hands up. She smelled of alcohol and had trouble standing up, but claimed to have had only two drinks four hours earlier at a bridal shower. She failed the field sobriety tests and had an impressive PBT test of .29%. She was arrested for her first offense.

On July 13 at 2:45 AM, Officers Lake and Borkowski responded to a Green Valley address regarding a possible domestic. A 39-year-old man they encountered outside said that he got frustrated when his girlfriend wouldn’t open the door and put a shovel through the door window, cutting his arm in the process; Jackson Rescue was dispatched. While Officer Lake stayed with the man, the woman told Officer Borkowski that on June 18, the man punched her in the head, causing a concussion. In this incident, an argument about money caused him to pace back-and-forth and call her names. She became scared that he’d attack her again, so as soon as he went on the porch she closed and locked the door. He banged on the door and demanded to be let in, eventually smashing the window with the shovel in an attempt to gain entry. The man was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, and substantial battery for the June 18 incident, all as acts of domestic violence.

On July 15 at 2:10 AM, Officer Borkowski and Deputy Schultz were dispatched to a residence regarding a domestic fight. A 34-year-old-woman told them that her husband took off on foot. She went on to explain that they’d been having problems and may be headed for divorce. An argument broke out after she returned from a local tavern, culminating in him slamming doors and swearing. She called 911 and he left. In the course of this interview, the woman revealed that on July 7, the two had argued after he discovered that she’d been visiting a park with another man. He put his hands around her neck and lifted her off the ground and choking her. The husband came to the police station voluntarily at 6:35 AM. He admitted lifting his wife by the neck on July 7 but it was only for a moment and she wasn’t being choked because she was able to yell for her daughter. Officer Borkowski arrested him for suffocation/strangulation for the July 7 incident and disorderly conduct for this morning’s case, both as acts of domestic violence.

On July 18 at 11:23 AM, a 56-year-old woman called the police because her grandson, 11, was throwing things, yelling, and cursing. Officer Gerke counseled the boy about his behavior, including doing what his grandmother tells him and not to curse.

That afternoon, a Hartford bank reported that it received a phone call from a man who was looking for the nearest branch or ATM. After giving the man directions, he allegedly replied, “That would do; I have a gun in my back”. Deputies responded to a Richfield bank that he was directed to, while Officer Oswald and Det. Foeger checked local banks and ATMs in Jackson as a precaution. About an hour later, Hartford PD obtained cell phone data that traced the call to a Jackson man, 64. He explained that he told the bank employee that its ATM fees were “highway robbery” and felt like the bank was putting a gun to his back. He didn’t understand how his comment became such a major issue, especially since it was a small part of a cordial five minute conversation. Officer Oswald explained that sometimes people perceive comments differently and it would be better not to mention firearms when talking to a bank. The gentleman was extremely apologetic.

On July 19 at 2:33 PM, Washington County dispatched deputies and the Jackson Fire Department to a head-on crash on Highway 60 east of Highway M, about three miles east of the village. A few moments later, Dispatch requested mutual aid because deputies were some distance away. Officers Gerke and Oswald arrived and found one vehicle on the highway and another in the front yard of a nearby home. One driver had been ejected and was on the ground; a bystander was holding that person’s head in a neutral position and said he’d continue until Jackson Rescue arrived. Officer Gerke provided the same assistance to the female driver of one of the vehicles, who was conscious but badly injured. Officer Oswald moved squads to protect the scene and then assisted with setting up a landing zone for Flight for Life. Deputies and personnel from the fire department arrived and took over. Unfortunately, the woman who Officer Gerke assisted, a 60-year-old from Hartford, died while being airlifted to the hospital.

On July 22 at 5:00 PM, Slinger PD requested mutual aid for a serious crash on Highway 60 at Lover’s Lane Road. Sgt. Fristed re-routed westbound traffic to Highway 41 for more than 90 minutes. It was extremely hot and humid, and a deputy came by with bottles of cold water for everyone working at the scene.

At 6:05 PM, while officers and deputies were still tied-up at the crash, a Slinger resident called for assistance with her out-of-control 7-year-old son; mutual aid was requested from Jackson and Officer Oswald responded.

On July 24, shortly before 1:00 PM, Officer Gerke was dispatched to Berry Patch Road, where an intoxicated 59-year-old man was causing a disturbance in the garage; Slinger Officer Forsyth was asked for mutual aid. A family member reported that the man started swearing and said, “This is my f***ing house and you all have to leave”, called him “a piece of s*** who doesn’t do f***ing anything for me”, as well as a host of profanities, all witnessed by a child. The man said he hadn’t been drinking much but a PBT test was .17%. He was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence. While en route to the county jail, he claimed to have a breathing problem. Officer Gerke diverted to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she waited for three hours until numerous tests indicated there was nothing wrong with him.

On July 26 at about 9 PM, Officer Brinks heard Deputy Gullickson call-in a traffic stop on a Highway 45 on-ramp. As he stopped by to see if the deputy needed any backup, he could see that the driver, a 40-year-old Franklin woman, was very agitated because her vehicle was being towed due to her being revoked. Officer Brinks agreed to give one of the passengers a ride to a Main Street address. However, the woman was on probation and intoxicated. She was arrested at the request of Probation and Parole and taken to jail.

On July 30 at about 1:00 PM, an anonymous caller reported the odor of marijuana coming from an apartment in a Center Street building. Officer Krueger noticed the faint odor of marijuana and knocked at a door. He was greeted by a 20-year-old tenant who denied smoking weed; however, he did have two arrest warrants arising from unpaid citations for driving while suspended and (surprise) possession of drug paraphernalia.

On July 31 at 11:41 PM, Sgt. Fristed and Officer Lake responded with the Jackson Fire Department to a Chestnut Court apartment building after a resident reported the strong odor of natural gas. They assisted in evacuating 26 occupants after the fire department’s equipment measured a dangerous level of gas. The leak was traced to an improperly installed stove.

June 2016

On June 3, shortly after 9:00 PM, a 14-year-old boy told Officer Oswald that another boy, 11, punched him in the head. The two had been playing basketball at Hickory Lane Park and started to argue. The younger boy called him a variety of profane names. The complainant walked away but the other boy allegedly caught up and punched him. He initially denied hitting the complainant but then admitted it and went with Officer Brinks to apologize to the other boy.

On June 5 at 4:19 PM, a 27-year-old Milwaukee man told Officer Oswald that he was being prevented from seeing his four-year-old daughter by the child’s mother. Dad said that he couldn’t wait to argue visitation in court because he would soon be going to federal prison for a human trafficking conviction. Officer Oswald told him that this is a civil matter over which we have no jurisdiction.

On June 6 at 11:08 PM, Officer Lake was dispatched to the East Side Mart, where a 50-year-old Jackson woman reported that she got into a verbal altercation with her father, 73, at the nearby laundromat. Dad was found at the Jackson Motel sitting in his station wagon and mildly intoxicated. To prevent him from driving back to the laundromat to pick up his daughter, Officer Borkowski gave her a ride to the motel with her property.

On June 7 at 1:30 PM, Officers Krueger and Laabs were dispatched to a residence after a neighbor reported hearing the sound of a possible family fight. A woman was trying to keep her daughter from going with a man to Milwaukee, for fear that she’d enter prostitution or sexual slavery. The daughter told the officers that she “wasn’t into prostitution” but also said that she wouldn’t sell herself “for less than $2,000”. Since the woman was an adult, the officers couldn’t prevent her from leaving.

At about 8:00 PM, Officers Oswald and Krueger were dispatched to Northview Drive after a man was heard to yell, “Get in the f***ing house or I’ll break your neck”. The caller believed that the target was a child but the man said he’d been yelling at his dog; he acknowledged that the swearing was inappropriate. The child was seen to be playing in the house and not upset.

At about 8:10 PM, Officer Borkowski and three other officers were dispatched to Jackson Park regarding a badly intoxicated woman who was causing a disturbance. The Alabama woman, 33, was working for the carnival during Action in Jackson. While being attended-to by the officers, she had a seizure, and then became incoherent and combative. Jackson Rescue was called and transported her to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Another carnival worker, also intoxicated, claimed to be her husband but it was later determined that he had only known her for a week and “wasn’t officially married to her”. He insisted that a colleague must have put a drug inside her bottle of McCormick whiskey because “she’s acting way too weird for having only two drinks”. Despite these suspicions, Mr. Tilt-a-Whirl threw the bottle away instead of saving it for the police.  Officers Krueger and Oswald, with the assistance of a carnival manager, located the bottle and secured it pending word from the hospital. The woman’s “two drinks” generated a blood alcohol reading of .23%. She remained incoherent and was admitted to the hospital. Her “husband” became upset that he couldn’t see her; he went to sleep in the hospital lobby, dreaming of corn dogs and funnel cakes. Hospital staff told Officer Borkowski that he could stay there for a while. By 11:30 PM, he had over-stayed his welcome and the hospital contacted the sheriff’s department. A deputy gave him a ride back to the park, where he was reunited with the carnival. The hospital didn’t contact the police department later, so apparently nothing except whiskey was found in her blood.

On June 8 at 8:36 AM, a Racine County police department reported that a Jackson woman, 64, had left her business in that area and her whereabouts were unknown. The woman’s daughter told Officer Krueger that her mother was not responding to calls or texts. When they last spoke, the woman’s speech was impaired and she sounded confused, causing concern that she was having a medical emergency. At about 9:11 AM, Dispatch reported that a 911 caller was following an erratic driver on Highway 60 several miles east of Jackson. Officer Krueger recognized the license plate as belonging to the woman’s vehicle. He intercepted the vehicle as it entered the village and asked to have Jackson Rescue dispatched. Her husband arrived at the scene and followed the ambulance to the hospital.

On June 10 at 8:20 PM, Officer Henning recognized a 23-year-old Sheboygan man who was holding a pitcher of beer in Jackson Park during the Action in Jackson festivities. The man had assaulted Officer Henning without provocation in 2014, also in Jackson Park. He was convicted of committing battery against a police officer, was on probation, and prohibited from consuming alcohol. When Officer Henning smelled alcohol on the man’s breath and tried to arrest him, he put his bicycle on the ground between them and took off on foot. An hour later, he posted a taunting message on Facebook about eluding the cops. A Sheboygan County deputy arrested the man at his home on the evening of June 12. The man claimed he wasn’t in Jackson and had “no idea” why he was being arrested; he was chagrined when Officer Henning told him that he had a “screen shot” of the Facebook post.

On June 11 at about 2:10 AM, Officer Brinks checked the area of the Jackson Motel and Jackson Pub regarding a report that a man was either trying to break into a car or passed-out inside a vehicle. Patrons at the tavern reported that someone had been passed-out in a BMW earlier, but the vehicle was now turned off and no one was inside. See next.

At about 3:30 AM, Officer Brinks was flagged down by two intoxicated people who were attempting to locate a cat that ran past them because they were convinced it was lost. While listening to their gibberish, Officer Brinks noticed that the BMW from the previous incident was quickly exiting the Jackson Pub parking lot and driving down the adjacent alley at a high rate of speed, squealing its tires. He returned to his squad car to intercept the vehicle and spotted it driving left of center on Jackson Drive and obtained a radar reading of 39 mph. After stopping the vehicle on Main Street west of Center Street, he noticed that the 58-year-old Hubertus man was covered with mud and dirt, and bleeding from a fresh elbow wound, indicative of a fall. The man denied that he was bleeding and refused medical treatment. Officer Borkowski arrived to assist and observed that the man had urinated in his pants, which the man also denied. His speech was slurred and he smelled strongly of intoxicants. After failing the field sobriety test and having a PBT of .17%, he was arrested for his second offense. [On July 1, 2016 this suspect was shot and killed by a Jackson police officer during a domestic violence incident.]

At 7:12 PM, a Green Valley man told Officer Oswald that a visitor at an adjacent manufactured home played the bass so loudly on his car radio that the windows of his residence shook. When he tried to talk to the 28-year-old Milwaukeean about it, the driver replied, “I don’t care” and walked away. This was the third time in two weeks that this happened and he wanted the man cited. When Officer Oswald was spotted walking to the trailer, the two residents quickly walked inside, leaving behind the strong odor of burnt marijuana. The Milwaukee man protested getting a citation, saying it was because he was, “an African-American of a tall stature” and promised to see the complainant in court.

On June 12 at 2:40 AM, Slinger Officer Mamen requested mutual aid from Officer Lake to translate Spanish during a traffic stop.

On June 14 at 10:14 PM, the Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid for an alarm at Cabela’s in the Village of Richfield; Sgt. Fristed and Officer Lake responded.

On June 19 at 5:45 AM, Officer Gerke was off-duty, driving north on Highway 41 in Germantown, and following a Camry that was weaving out of its lane by 6-12’ and varying its speed from 45-70 mph. She contacted Dispatch and continued to follow the vehicle until Trooper Jones intercepted it. The driver admitted that he’d been receiving a sexual service from a passenger.

At 10:30 AM, the Department of Corrections requested that the police apprehend a Green Valley man, 37, for violating supervision. Because he had violent tendencies, Officer Gerke and Deputies Virchow and Jilling went to the residence. The man was cooperative and submitted to a PBT test; he blamed the .09% result on having rinsed his mouth with Listerine…. 2 ½ hours earlier.

On June 20 at 6:48 PM, Officer Henning was dispatched to a domestic fight in which the wife had just driven away. A vehicle matching its description sped past him on Glen Brooke Drive; he turned around and stopped it. The 50-year-old, who was very upset, said she discovered that her husband had been texting another woman. She pretended to be her husband and started texting this person and concluded that he’d been cheating. She threw the phone and a picture frame and confronted her husband. She claimed that he pushed her against a wall, grabbed her wrist, and denied cheating. She scratched her husband, posted something on Facebook that he was a cheat, and drove off. The husband said that he’d been taking a nap when his wife came in and started screaming about an old girlfriend of his. She then threw his phone against the wall several times, breaking it; threw a vase, which missed him and hit the wall; started pulling his clothes off of a closet shelf; tore up photos and Father’s Day cards he’d received; threatened to kill him while he slept; threw framed pictures; and left scratches 5-6” in length on both arms. The man was quite intoxicated but the physical evidence corroborated his account; his wife was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

On June 21 at about 11:00 PM, a 28-year-old Ridgeway Court man requested assistance because his girlfriend wouldn’t let him leave. The woman, who was very upset, said that the relationship was troubled; he wanted to leave her; and she was still in love with him. She returned home from work to find the man packing his belongings; she tried to block his way and shoved him. This came close to a mandatory arrest situation, so the woman was warned about her behavior. The man made arrangements to stay elsewhere.

On June 22, a Jackson woman told Officer Brinks that a supposed IRS agent called her about owing back taxes. He claimed that she owed almost $4,000 and could be arrested and have her property seized. He convinced her to purchase $1,000 in iTunes gift cards and provide the redemption codes to settle the debt, even staying on the phone as she drove to West Bend and bought them. She got suspicious when the man tried to get another $3,358 for copies of the “court papers”. The cards were redeemed almost immediately. It’s impossible to recover the money or apprehend the suspects, who were likely calling from overseas.

On June 24 at 5:50 PM, Officers Krueger and Oswald were dispatched to a factory after two brothers got into a fight with another employee. Jason, a 30-year-old Grafton man, had been fired earlier in the day. He returned with his brother, Ryan, 29, who started accusing another worker of saying something that got his brother fired. The intoxicated brothers punched and kicked the worker while muttering racial remarks, and drove off. A few minutes later, Jason called to report that they’d been assaulted and were at the Village Mart. Jason told the officers that he was drunk, so Ryan drove. Ryan was unsteady on his feet, smelled strongly of intoxicants, and had trouble focusing on one subject at a time. He initially denied having anything to drink but then admitted to having two shots of vodka. After failing field tests and a PBT of .18%, he was arrested for OWI. Both brothers were cited for disorderly conduct for the fight in the factory. See next.

At 8:46 PM, Officers Borkowski and Oswald were dispatched to a home regarding a disturbance. Jason’s family reported that he’d gone out of control and stormed out of the house. Officer Oswald found him on Industrial Drive heading toward his former employer’s business. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and booked at the County Jail.

On June 25 at about 3:00 AM, Officer Lake clocked a vehicle on Highway 45 at 104 mph. He overtook the vehicle near Sherman Road but it didn’t stop until near Highway 145. The Milwaukee man, 19, was eventually arrested for OWI and cited for speeding.

On June 26 at about 12:30 AM, Officer Lake was dispatched to the corner of Main & Industrial regarding a 54-year-old Main Street man who fell from his bicycle and struck his head. The man, who had a PBT of .19%, refused medical treatment, saying that it might be best if he fell asleep and didn’t wake up. Nevertheless, Jackson Rescue was dispatched and he was taken to St. Joseph’s for treatment. Tests revealed that he sustained a serious skull injury and would need to be transferred to Froedtert Hospital. Ironically, the passerby who reported the accident, a 50-year-old Kewaskum woman, was arrested by Deputy Dean on an outstanding warrant.

On June 27, a woman told Officer Gerke that she heard third-hand that a neighbor threatened to shoot her dog if it escapes again. The neighbor told Officer Gerke that he heard that the dog gets out and attacks people. He told a neighbor that he hopes it doesn’t happen when he’s not drinking because he carries a concealed weapon and wouldn’t hesitate to shoot the dog if it came after him. Actually, the dog is friendly and has never attacked anyone. The man apologized for the remark.

On June 29 at 6:42 PM, a passerby reported being flagged down by an elderly woman who said her husband was abusing her. While speaking to the woman, Officer Gerke determined that she had diminished mental capacity. ACS was contacted and agreed to meet at the police station. In the meantime, a man came to the station because his stepmother was missing. He identified Officer Gerke’s victim as the 71-year-old missing person. She has a history of wandering and was returned home several times by police elsewhere. ACS placed her in protective custody and contact was made with her husband.

On June 29 at about 8:30 PM, Officer Brinks was called to investigate fireworks being launched somewhere on Oakland Drive. The area was quiet when he arrived. While walking through the neighborhood, he encountered a 48-year-old resident and asked if he knew anything about fireworks being launched. The man, who had been drinking, said he did but declined to identify who was doing it. Officer Brinks suspected that the man had been, so he explained that fireworks can’t be used and asked him to pass the information along to whomever was responsible. See next.

At 9:08 PM, a resident complained that fireworks were again being launched on Oakland Drive. While Officer Brinks was driving to the area, another person reported that he had been recording the 48-year-old man launching the fireworks. The man discovered this, confronted the caller in his backyard, and yelled profanities. Despite being recorded launching the fireworks, the man again told Officer Brinks that someone else was doing it. He was cited for disorderly conduct and discharge of fireworks.

On June 30 at 10:22 AM, BMO Harris reported that a man was pacing up and down the sidewalk of the bank. They believed that he had hit a curb while driving through a roundabout on Highway 60, flattening a tire. The Hartford man, 43, said when he called his wife for help, she hung up on him. He called his mother but her whereabouts were unknown. When Officer Laabs called the man’s wife, she started yelling and screaming at him, “Why in the hell are the police involved? What the hell is going on?” Officer Laabs asked if she was going to assist her husband. She started yelling at him again, saying that a tow would cost $200, they don’t have any money, and her husband should take care of it himself. Then, the man spotted his mother driving past on Main Street and out-of-sight. Officer Laabs and Det. Foeger changed the tire, but told him to go slowly because the spare didn’t look fully inflated.



MAY 2016

On May 1 at 6:20 AM, the New London Police Department asked Officer Lake to notify a local family that their son, 21, had died unexpectedly.

On May 3 at 2 PM, Officer Henning and Officer Krueger met with caseworkers from the Washington County Department of Human Services to standby while they took a 55-year-old woman into custody per an Order of Protection. The woman was in poor condition hygienically and resistive to the detention. Jackson Rescue was dispatched to transport her to St. Joseph’s Hospital for medical clearance, with Officer Henning following in his squad.

On May 4 at 3:45 PM, Officer Henning met Slinger Officer Garro at a local factory regarding a 26-year-old Hartford woman who he needed to cite for theft from a convenience store and who was wanted on warrants by the West Bend Police Department. After being taken into custody, a routine search turned up non-prescribed narcotics and a small amount of heroin. She was booked at the County Jail on the outstanding warrants and a request for charges was referred to the District Attorney for the drug possession.

On May 5 at about 6:00 PM, a woman told Officer Henning that her 23-year-old son was refusing to move out and was causing a disturbance. The man was warned that if the argument escalated, it could turn into a mandatory arrest for domestic violence. The parents need to obtain an eviction order through the courts to have the son removed.

On May 6 at 6:30 PM, Officer Oswald, assisted by Lt. Cashin from Slinger, responded to a Hemlock Street apartment after a woman threatened to drive her car into a hill and kill herself. She explained that she was very upset due to her son’s lifestyle and resulting medical problems. A worker from Acute Care Services determined that an emergency detention would not be necessary.

On May 7 at 1:13 AM, Officer Brinks was dispatched to the residence of a vision-impaired 88-year-old woman who has needed our assistance in the past. She had pushed her Life Line button and reported that there was something beeping. Officer Brinks traced it to a timer on her oven. After showing her how to turn the timer off-and-on as needed, he helped prepare her morning pot of coffee.

At about 1:30 AM, Officer Lake stopped a 28-year-old Jackson man for driving with a suspended license. The man was out on bail for a misdemeanor case and should not have been drinking alcohol. Officer Lake could smell intoxicants, and the man admitted to drinking vodka and tonic. A field test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .09% and the man was booked the County jail for bail jumping.

At 8:10 PM, West Bend PD started pursuing a vehicle southbound on Highway 45 after the occupants attempted to steal items from the Boston Store. WBPD requested deployment of vehicle spikes. Officer Henning tossed the spikes as the vehicle approached and took cover behind a median barrier. Unfortunately, the spikes landed upside-down and the vehicle drove over them without any effect. Germantown PD was able to spike the vehicle near Lannon Road, bringing it to a halt. According to a WBPD news release, “a 36 year old male and 26 year old male from Milwaukee were taken into custody. A hand gun and numerous suspected stolen items were removed from the vehicle. The 26 year old male was placed at the Washington County Jail on charges of Felony Eluding, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and retail theft. The 36 year old male was placed at the Washington County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and retail theft”.

At about 10:00 PM, a resident reported that he could see someone kneeling near his neighbor’s house. No one answered the phone at the house and he didn’t think anyone belonged on the property. Officers Oswald and Brinks responded and found that a woman had fallen while trying to catch her dog. By the time they arrived, her husband and other neighbors were assisting her. The officers assisted her up and to a chair. She declined having Jackson Rescue sent. Because she and her husband had been drinking, a neighbor offered to drive them to St. Joseph’s for treatment.

On May 10 at 10:49 PM, Officer Lake and Sgt. Fristed were dispatched to a verbal altercation in front of the Jackson Community Center. A husband-and-wife were found having a loud argument which had begun earlier in the evening, however it did not get to the level of domestic violence. Peace was restored and the two were warned for disorderly conduct.

On May 11 at 12:50 PM, a woman told Officer Krueger that she had pulled into the Jackson post office and was walking towards the entrance when a man in a black Charger pulled up, rolled down his window, and called her a bitch, ass, and ass**** because her vehicle was parked across a line. She tried to talk to the man but he continued to yell at her, so she just went into the post office. The vehicle was traced to a 61-year-old Richfield man who was later cited for disorderly conduct.

On May 12 at about 9:30 AM, Officer Krueger was called to the Laser Shop after a temporary employee was fired for loafing. The Milwaukee man, 26, left before Officer Krueger arrived and the owner didn’t want further action taken. The suspect was wanted on several warrants and the company was told to immediately call if he returned.

On May 13 at 4:44 PM, Officer Henning and Sgt. Fristed were dispatched to McDonald’s regarding a two vehicle collision; 911 callers were also reporting that the striking vehicle had been swerving on Highway 45. The officers found a 34-year-old Milwaukee man sitting inside a Pontiac Trans Am. The man ignored requests to open the door. Officer Henning opened it and asked what was going on; the man replied, “Nothing”. When asked where he was coming from and where he was going, he said, “Right here”. Then he mumbled that he was going home; when asked where home was, he said, “Where’s home?” The man said a girl had been driving and she was inside the restaurant, but said it didn’t matter what her name was. He then said that Officer Henning was “messing” with him and wanted to know why. When told about the collision, he said he’d been parked the whole time. The man continually denied driving the car, despite being found behind the wheel and the statements of witnesses that he was the only occupant. He refused to perform field tests and was arrested for his second offense. He then refused to consent to a blood test; a search warrant was obtained and blood was taken. He was also cited for driving while revoked, unsafe turn (the cause of the collision), open intoxicants, and operating a vehicle without insurance. The blood test result was .33%.

On May 14 at 7:47 PM, Officer Henning monitored a report from West Bend PD that a Wal Mart shoplifter was fleeing south on Highway 45. A few minutes later, a deputy spotted it south of Highway PV. The driver made an abrupt lane change and exited at Highway 60, possibly to shake-off the deputy, but Officer Henning intercepted and stopped it. West Bend Officer Lichtensteiger arrived and arrested the Mount Pleasant man, 44, for retail theft and a warrant from Greenfield; he was also on parole.

On May 15 shortly after 2:00 AM, Officer Brinks stopped a vehicle because its registration was suspended. A strong odor of intoxicants was coming from inside; the driver admitted that everyone had been drinking. Among the passengers were twin brothers, 24, from the Town of Barton, both on probation; one for robbery and the other for possession of narcotics. With Officer Borkowski assisting, the men were arrested for violating the absolute sobriety provision of their probation.

On May 17 at 9:23 PM, Officer Oswald clocked a Honda Citation at 82 mph on Highway P, which is posted 45 mph. The driver didn’t respond to the squad’s lights and siren, continuing to Main Street and turning east before finally stopping. The Richfield man, 21, said he hadn’t been drinking, despite smelling strongly of intoxicants and having slurred speech. He failed field sobriety tests and had a PBT of .24%. The man refused to submit to a blood test. Since this was a first offense, it wasn’t possible to obtain a search warrant but he does face prosecution for refusing. He was cited for speeding and operating while under the influence of intoxicants. The man volunteered that his friends were surprised that he hadn’t been arrested for OWI in the past; he was quitting marijuana; was “a really good drunk driver”; and tried to defeat the field tests by following the advice of friends who were studying to be police officers. The young man was polite, thanked Officer Oswald, and said that he still supported the police.

On May 18 at 3:38 AM, Officers Brinks and Lake met with a 32-year-old woman who said people were trying to kill her. In a previous contact, the woman had walked around with her nightgown open, so the officers requested assistance from a female officer; Deputy Kell responded. The woman said that a man who used to live in the apartment below hers was half-human, half-demon. She also believed that “they” found the walls of the apartment smeared with blood after he moved. The woman also believed that shortly before the officers arrived, the police were in the hallways arresting many people. The woman was assured that she was safe and that she should keep her doors locked. Because the woman was not a threat to herself or others, no further action was possible.

At 10:15 PM, Officers Lake and Borkowski assisted a 40-year-old woman who attempted suicide by overdosing on a prescription medication.

On May 19 at 10:36 PM, Officer Lake went to Slinger to back-up Officer Uttech on a traffic stop and stopped for a red light at Highway 164. A car in front of him didn’t wait for the light to change and drove through the red. Officer Uttech advised that she was okay and he should stop the vehicle. The 43-year-old Hartford woman claimed that she had to drive through the red because her vehicle was partially in the intersection and was a hazard. Officer Lake replied that he’d been behind her at the time and this wasn’t true. The woman wasn’t especially cordial, possibly due to having 15 traffic citations since 2010 for speeding, driving without insurance, driving while suspended, or driving while revoked.

At 11:31 PM, Slinger Officer Uttech requested mutual aid at a domestic fight taking place in Slinger Community Park. An intoxicated Hartford woman, 32, said that she and her boyfriend were dropped off at the park after several hours of drinking. She said that, for no reason, her boyfriend punched her in the face; there were no marks on her face. The boyfriend said that the woman was insisting on driving to another tavern. When he tried to stop her, she struck him several times and bit him; he displayed the fresh injuries. The woman was arrested for domestic violence, at which time the boyfriend/victim became agitated and refused to listen to the officers and leave the park, which was closed. After he went on his way, the girlfriend/arrestee said she was having a panic attack, so Lifestar Rescue was dispatched to the scene.

On May 21 at 10:30 AM, a member of a local church reported that she was worried about a 69 year old man who left the church feeling very ill but refused to go to the hospital. Officer Krueger made contact at the man’s residence but no one answered. Checking department records, he located a woman who’d been with the man when he needed Jackson Rescue in past years. She told Officer Krueger that she hadn’t been in touch with the man in several years but that if he was home and not answering the door, it wasn’t a good sign. Officer Krueger was able to enter through a patio door and located the man in a back bedroom; he said he’d been bleeding from the nose and wasn’t feeling well. Jackson Rescue was dispatched and took him to the hospital.

On May 24 at 3:00 PM, the Hortonville PD asked that we check the welfare of a young boy who’s living with his mother in Jackson. The mother has been sending text messages to the girlfriend of the boy’s father, stating that she didn’t have food for the child and would resort to stealing, if necessary. The woman explained to Officers Gerke and Oswald that the father has primary placement, but she’s watching the child because Dad is in jail. She had previously given him her food stamp card so he could buy food for the boy, and it was returned to her with only $5 left. She lost her job and can’t replenish the card, hence her text messages. Officer Gerke checked the refrigerator and saw that there was some food, but not much. The woman said she’s a recovering addict and has been “clean” for the past week. Officer Oswald gave her contact information for ACS and Officer Gerke made arrangements with the food pantry at Christ Lutheran Church to open specially for her the following day. Officer Gerke also offered to give the woman and child a ride to the church.

On May 27 at about 5:00 PM, a girl told Officer Oswald that she was having the urge to cut herself because she’s being bullied at school and having trouble with some courses. ACS was called and a safety plan was discussed with the girl and her parent.

On May 28 at about 1:30 AM, Officer Oswald, who was off-duty, reported a reckless driver on Highway 45, heading toward the village. Officer Lake intercepted the vehicle and observed swerving between the lanes. The Cedarburg man, 44, smelled of intoxicants and said he had two beers. The man was arrested for his fourth offense after failing his field tests; the PBT test was .15%.

Later that day, a Milwaukee man was cited by Officer Oswald for soliciting without a permit. Officer Laabs had warned the man earlier that day after he was found going door-to-door selling cleaning supplies.

On May 29 at 3:45 PM, a resident told Officer Oswald about suspicious events in his residence. He said that he’s come home to find that his clean stove was now smudged and dirty; trim in the bathroom has peeled off and been stapled back into place; his bathtub was moved; and the positions of his two nightstands had been switched.

On May 30 at about 3:00 PM, Walgreens reported that they were holding a 34-year-old Slinger woman for shoplifting. The total value of the property was only about $18, but it was determined by Officer Henning that she was using her boyfriend’s credit cards without his permission. The woman was booked at the county jail for felony identify theft, retail theft, bail-jumping, and violating probation.

On May 31 at 4:42 PM, an employee at Culver’s reported that an intoxicated customer had just driven away. Officer Gerke intercepted the vehicle and stopped it on Highway 60 at Eagle Drive. The Jackson man, 57, smelled strongly of intoxicants and had slurred speech. A 55-year-old male passenger was also intoxicated and had urinated in his pants. The man told Officer Henning that he’d been drinking Jack Daniels Fire and beer. He failed field sobriety tests and had a PBT test of .15%, and Officer Henning arrested him for OWI-First Offense.


April 2016

On April 4 at about 8:00 PM, Officers Oswald and Krueger, with Sgt. Fristed, responded to a domestic disturbance at a Main Street apartment. A 24-year-old woman told them that she and her boyfriend had been arguing much of the day because she felt that he didn’t treat her right. The argument escalated at about 5:00 PM and he threw a jewelry box at her and struck her in the stomach. She knocked over his Legos and he punched a hole in the wall and dumped cat food on the floor. They cleaned up the cat food but continued arguing and she decided to leave. He hid the cat carrier; she found it; it struck her shin when he kicked it. When she tried to call 911, he put her in a headlock and wrestled the phone from her. She was worried when he moved toward the cat carrier, because he’d threatened to kill the cat in the past. She hit him on the head; he pushed her to the floor; she kicked him in the stomach; he pinned her on the floor. After things calmed down, he returned the phone and she called 911. The boyfriend said that the woman had started the fight by swiping his property off the dresser and refused to pick it up. However, he did admit to preventing her from leaving and grabbing the phone from her. He was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence.


On April 9 at 1:39 PM, Officers Laabs and Gerke were dispatched to a Lea Fon Circle residence after a 56-year-old woman was found dead by a neighbor. The officers assisted the medical examiner and removed prescription medications. Foul play was not suspected.


On April 11 at 8:08 PM, an employee of a local business reported that her car had been stolen. The keys had been in her coat, in the employee storage area, but were missing. The suspect was a Milwaukee man, 18, who’d been working there for a week. The man took a bathroom break and never returned. A few days later, Milwaukee police found the car abandoned in the middle of a street with a broken axle. MPD helped us by having a technician process the car for fingerprints. The owner declined to retrieve the car because of the damage.


On April 16 at 2:30 AM, Officer Brinks stopped a Toyota Avalon on Highway 45 for expired plates and to investigate why it had been deviating from its lane. The Hartford man, 21, said he had only one drink at an area bar. However, the man failed field sobriety tests and had a PBT of .12%. The man agreed to submit to a chemical test but said he had a severe phobia about needles and became very anxious at the thought of having blood drawn. Following good procedure, Officer Brinks switched to a breath test, which was conducted by Officer Uttech at the Slinger police station; the result was .10%.


At about 8:47 PM, an explosion shook the village and about a three mile radius, and generated several dozen 911 calls to the Sheriff’s Office. Initial reports suggested that a house had exploded. Officer Henning and the Jackson Fire Department were dispatched to the area of Sherman & Jackson Drive, but the location was found to be west of there in the Town of Jackson. Officer Henning found a burning wood pile about 100’ long and 50’ wide, with flames 20-30’ high. The homeowner said he was doing an annual controlled burn; about 25 people were milling around. The explosion may have been caused by one or more firecrackers that were tossed into the fire. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and cited the property owner for disorderly conduct.


On April 19 at about 2:00 AM, Officers Brinks and Lake were sent to a residence to check the welfare of a 27-year-old woman who made possibly suicidal remarks to a friend. While speaking to her father, he remarked that he left a pistol on the kitchen table earlier because he thought he heard a noise outside. The officers hurriedly asked him to secure it before his daughter walked in. After talking to the woman, and having her speak to an ACS worker, it was determined that she didn’t intend to harm herself.


At 5:15 PM, the Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid for traffic control at a rollover crash on Highway 45 south of Highway PV; Officer Henning responded.


On April 20, several residents told Det. Foeger that their credit card information had been compromised and used at stores scattered across SE Wisconsin. The case remains under investigation.


On April 21, a woman told Officers Oswald and Krueger that her sister, who has mental health issues, had been throwing things around. The sister got upset when Officer Oswald tried to talk to her and said that various people were protecting her. She’d been placed in emergency detention in the past, but the complainant wasn’t afraid for her own safety, although she would call 911 if her sister became violent. ACS was contacted and agreed that no further action was needed.


On April 23 at 10:08 PM, Sgt. Fristed and Officers Borkowski and Oswald were dispatched to a family fight on Willow Ridge Drive. A fight broke out after a 36-year-old man got angry after his daughter refused to stop listening to music and remove her headphones. When his sister, 25, tried to intervene, an argument ensued and she slapped him in the face. The man left the area before the officers arrived, possibly because he was afraid of being arrested for violating probation. The next night, the man caused a disturbance in a West Bend supermarket and was ultimately “Tasered” by police. When interviewed by Sgt. Fristed in the County Jail, the man insisted that the argument had been verbal and he had no recollection of being slapped.


On April 28, an employee of a local organization told Officer Henning that they received more than a dozen, profanity-laced telephone calls from a 49-year-old Town of Jackson man who we’re familiar with. The man would make his remark, usually incorporating the f-word, then hang up. Officer Henning warned the man that he’d be arrested if the calls continued. The man immediately called the company and delivered a hearty “F*** you”. Officer Henning met Deputies Dombrowski and Lagosh at the man’s home. Although he claimed the final call must have been a “pocket dial”, he was arrested and taken to County Jail on a charge of unlawful use of a telephone.


At about 10:00 PM, Officer Brinks stopped an 82-year-old West Bend man on Highway 45 after he failed to dim the high beams as numerous vehicles overtook and passed him. Officer Brinks asked about the odor of intoxicants; the man said he was returning from a gathering of his German singing group and had one beer to keep his vocal cords loose. While Officer Brinks was writing a warning, the man started to drive away. After stopping him again, the man said he thought the traffic stop was over and seemed confused. He passed a short field sobriety test (due to his age, walking tests weren’t administered) and had a PBT of only .02%. However, Officer Brinks was concerned that the lateness of the hour, the man’s sore foot, and the alcohol may have combined to make it unwise for the man to drive further. The gentleman’s wife wasn’t able to pick him up, so Officer Brinks arranged for Bob’s Auto to deliver him and the vehicle to the house. A driver condition report will be sent to DMV.


On April 29 at 9:15 AM, the principal at Jackson Elementary told Officer Krueger that two students reported being chased by a 10-year-old boy carrying a butcher knife and, later, an ax. After further investigation, the boy was referred to juvenile authorities.


At 11:00 PM, a 37-year-old man came to the police station after returning from County Jail and discovering that he’d been evicted. Officer Lake was unable to find anyone to take him in. The man asked for a ride to the Pioneer Plaza.


On April 30 at 11:21 PM, Officer Lake was dispatched to a fight at the Jackson Pub; Sgt. Uhan from the Sheriff’s Department and Lt. Cashin from Slinger assisted. The deejay reported that he’d been paid to work for until 11:00 PM and started to pack up. Two patrons, ages 50 and 60, demanded that he keep working for free. Their demands became insistent and loud, at which time he called for the police. The two men, from Cedarburg and Milwaukee, were warned for disorderly conduct. Officer Lake stayed until the deejay finished packing his gear and left.