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.

 January 2016

On January 1 at 4:16 PM, Officer Henning recognized a 50-year-old woman who was walking on Main Street with a male companion, who we’re also familiar with. Officer Henning informed her that she was under arrest for an outstanding warrant. She was cooperative. A search revealed drug paraphernalia with traces of burned cocaine, for which she was cited.

As Officer Henning left the County Jail after booking the woman in the previous incident, he heard Jackson Rescue being dispatched to Main Street in front of the Jackson Pub, where a man had fallen and injured his head. The EMTs requested assistance because the West Bend man, 52, was intoxicated and uncooperative; Slinger Officer Garro and Deputy Vanderheiden responded. The man had returned to the “party bus” that had dropped him off. His intoxicated girlfriend refused to get out of the way so the EMTs could treat him, so Officer Henning and Deputy Vanderheiden had to take her by the arms and escort her to the sidewalk.

On January 6 at 8 AM, Officer Laabs, Det. Foeger, and Chief Dolnick responded to a townhouse regarding a teenage boy who got into a fight with his older brother, was throwing things, and had threatened his brother with a dagger. The young man, who we are familiar with, claimed that his wrist had been injured when his brother restrained him; consequently, Jackson Rescue was dispatched. The EMTs advised that they would need to transport him to the hospital because he’s a juvenile and no one with legal custody was there to take care of him. The young man yelled, “I’m not going anywhere”, and ripped off the temporary splint placed by the EMTs. Det. Foeger calmed him down and he agreed to go to the hospital. After being medically cleared, he was turned over to his mother for voluntary placement regarding behavioral health issues and his medication levels.

At about 6 PM, Officer Krueger and Sgt. Fristed were dispatched to a local factory regarding an employee who, after being terminated, caused a disturbance. Officer Krueger intercepted the man’s vehicle as it entered the on-ramp for southbound Highway 45. The 46-year-old Milwaukee man was upset and started yelling, but calmed down and explained what happened. He said that he had been called in and terminated, admitting that he did get upset and started yelling and swearing. Sgt. Fristed and a deputy stayed with the man while Officer Krueger returned to the factory. A supervisor said they told the man he was being terminated because of his vulgar language in front of other employees, including repeatedly saying “mother****er” in the break room. The man reacted by using various versions of the f-word, such as “f*** this”, “mother ****ers”, and “f*** this place”. He slammed the door shut, causing damage to the frame and drywall. He was warned that the police would be called if he didn’t calm down; he replied, not surprisingly, “F*** the police”. The man continued to yell and swear until he left the building. Officer Krueger returned to the scene of the traffic stop and told the man that he would be cited for disorderly conduct.

On January 9 at 3:39 AM, Slinger Officer Uttech requested mutual aid with a group of juveniles involved in an underage drinking; Officer Brinks responded.

At 10:25 AM, a 34-year-old Main Street woman asked Officer Krueger to tell another local woman to stop sending her text and Facebook messages.

On January 10 at 12:10 PM, Officer Laabs checked the welfare of a 27-year-old woman who may have been the victim of a domestic violence incident. Based on her description of what happened, the officers believed that no crime had been committed. However, based on her description of the argument, Officer Laabs believed it would be wise to caution the estranged husband that future incidents could result in his arrest. At about 2 PM, Officer Laabs and Officer Henning met with him at his Northview Drive home. The man was not especially cordial but it’s hoped that he took their words to heart.

On January 11 at 2:12 PM, a Scot Court resident reported that a man claiming to be a salesman had just been at his door and had left with another man in a beat up van. Officer Gerke spotted the vehicle parked in the driveway of a nearby home and spoke to the Kirby vacuum cleaner salesmen. Both men had been warned by Chief Dolnick last October about soliciting without a permit. Apparently, they thought the chief was joking. Officer Gerke issued each of them a citation for $218.50.

On January 13 at 6:48 PM, Sgt. Fristed met with a 42-year-old woman who was sitting in her vehicle inside Green Valley. She reported that her boyfriend was intoxicated and had been insulting her and her children. She said that there had been physical altercations in the past but not this time. Sgt. Fristed stood by while the woman grabbed clothing and personal effects so she could leave and go to a friend’s residence.

At 8:30 PM, the mother of a 12-year-old girl asked Officer Borkowski to speak to an 11-year-old who lives in the same Hemlock Street apartment building because the boy calls her daughter names and spreads rumors about her. The girl denied any wrongdoing. When Officer Borkowski met with the boy and his father the next night, he denied doing anything wrong but described how the girl tries to instigate him. Both youngsters were told to leave each other alone and cautioned that they could be cited for continued misbehavior

On January 14 11:48 AM, a woman reported that she was concerned for her mother’s safety because of the behavior of Mom’s 57-year-old boyfriend. Officer Laabs and Det. Foeger found the man in the woman’s Stonewall Drive garage. Although he said there wasn’t a problem, he said the woman had taken the house key off of his key ring and she wouldn’t let him in. The woman said that she did not want the man at the residence any longer. With the officers standing by, the woman informed the man that he was not welcomed and needed to remove his property as soon as possible. The man became upset and wanted to file a complaint that the woman’s ex-husband had threatened his life. However, after coming to the police station to file the report, he changed his mind and left. Shortly after 8 PM, it was learned that the woman had also changed her mind, allowing the man to return

On January 15 at 1:20 AM, Officer Lake found a vehicle resting on top of a traffic sign near the Highway 60 roundabout at the southbound Highway 45 ramps. The Milwaukee man, 23, had been westbound when he tried to enter the on-ramp, lost control, destroyed three highway signs, and came to rest against a snowbank. As Officer Lake and Deputy Ruplinger watched, the man tried to shovel his Toyota SUV out of the snow by using an ice scraper; threw large chunks of snow into the ditch; and swore at both the SUV and the snowbank. The situation was made more difficult because the man’s primary language was Hmong. Fortunately, a co-worker stopped on his way home and translated. Later, Officer Thai Yang of the Sheboygan Falls Police Department translated via cell phone. The man failed field tests and had a PBT of .22%. He was held at the County Jail for 12 hours, as he didn’t have anyone to pick him up.

At 7:17 PM, Officer Krueger and Sgt. Fristed checked on the welfare of a teenage boy who had sent text messages to a friend that threatened suicide. An ACS worker determined that he didn’t really intend to harm himself.

On January 16 at 2:40 AM, Slinger Officers Mammen and Uttech requested mutual aid for a disturbance at the Kwik Trip; Officer Lake responded.

At 1:30 PM, a West Bend man told Officer Krueger that his estranged wife, 52, called him from her Jackson workplace. The conversation was along the lines of, “You’re a f***ing a**hole” and “I hope you have another stroke and this time it either kills or paralyzes you”. After being warned, she told Officer Krueger that she had no further need to talk to her husband.

At 5:12 PM, Officer Gerke and Sgt. Fristed were dispatched to a S. Center St. apartment building after a 23-year-old woman called 911 to report that her child’s father threatened to bash her head into a wall and kill her. The 24-year-old Campbellsport man made the threat by phone and said he was driving around Jackson trying to locate her. She said that he has a past history of making threats and committing physical violence against her. Officer Gerke left a message on the man’s voicemail and asked the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office to check his residence. The man returned Officer Gerke’s message but refused to give his location. Surprisingly, he did make his appearance at the District Attorney’s charging conference on January 20, and was charged disorderly conduct/domestic violence.

On January 17 at 8:36 AM, a Hazelwood Drive woman told Officer Krueger that she received this text message: “Could you lower the noise is pretty disturbing and [my son] is asking if you’re hurt”. The sender was traced to Kewaskum, where she told Officer Granrath that she meant to send it to the upstairs neighbor but picked the wrong name from her contact list. She was trying to tactfully address the neighbor’s intense romantic vocalizations.

On January 19 at 1:00 AM, Officers Brinks and Borkowski were dispatched to meet the fire department at a Green Valley residence after a propane heater malfunctioned. The owner put the fire out with an extinguisher but the trailer was filled with smoke. The man had been using a commercial radiant propane heater to save money. The Building Inspector was notified.

On January 21 at about 8:30 PM, Officer Oswald and Officer Brinks were dispatched to a family fight in Green Valley. The woman, 42, told the officers that she and her boyfriend were in the process of breaking up and had been arguing for some time. At this particular time, he grabbed the cell phone from her hand and broke it; shoved her against a wall; and forced his way into the bathroom where she was trying to escape and put his hands around her neck. The man, who was heavily intoxicated, was arrested for criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct, both as acts of domestic violence.

On January 24 at about 2:00 PM, Dispatch reported that a Main Street man, 35, had just left the residence after throwing objects during an argument. Officer Laabs intercepted the man at the entrance to Jackson Park; Officer Krueger arrived to assist. In the meantime, the man’s wife told Officer Oswald that an argument started the previous night. The man had just gotten off probation for operating while intoxicated while in possession of a firearm, and she believed he drove home after drinking with a friend. When she hinted about leaving him, the man allegedly threatened to strangle her and threw a plate into the kitchen door. On this date, the man left for work at about 5:30 AM and returned at about 1:00 PM. He immediately began drinking and the argument resumed. Shortly later, his wife’s mother arrived, which caused him to believe that his wife was leaving with their children. He threw a mixed drink at a window, which shattered the drinking glass. While his wife called 911, he threw other kitchen items, breaking a coffeemaker water tank and gouging the wall, then walked out. Her mother had been exchanging text messages with her and knew that an argument was taking place, but came to the house when the messages stopped (she also lives in the village). Eventually, the husband was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence.

On January 27 at about 2:00 PM, a 74-year-old woman approached Officer Gerke while she was refueling her squad at the Village Mart. The woman said she had walked from Brookfield and needed directions back. Officer Gerke was eventually able to trace her to a residential facility in the village. The next day, a passerby found the woman walking in the Town of Polk and called the Sheriff’s Office. Chief Dolnick notified state regulators about the two incidents.


December 2015

On December 1 at 9:30 AM, Officers Foeger and Laabs were dispatched to a Hickory Lane apartment building regarding a possible family fight. They were met outside the apartment by a 26-year-old Milwaukee man, his sister, and a small child. The man said the noise was caused by the child making a fuss, but when they stepped inside the apartment, they were met with the overpowering smell of bleach. The man then admitted he’d been fighting with the mother of his child because she posted something on Facebook about his social activities and unfaithfulness. She reacted by throwing his clothes into the bathtub and splashing them with bleach. They scuffled and the woman allegedly smashed a large TV and threw a computer to the ground. A routine inquiry revealed that the man was wanted on a warrant from Greenfield, so he was taken into custody. The woman said she poured bleach on the clothing to keep him from leaving, but that it was the man who smashed the TV. She also accused him of punching her, which was corroborated by marks on her face. Both were referred to the District Attorney for disorderly conduct/domestic violence.

On December 3, Det. Foeger began an investigation into the possible physical abuse of a 6-year-old boy. The child’s physician contacted the Department of Human Services after observing some bruises, and DHS then notified this department. Working with a DHS caseworker, the child and various adults were interviewed and it was determined that the bruises were not caused by abuse.

At 6:30 PM, Officer Henning recognized a revoked 30-year-old Georgetown Drive man drive past him on Jackson Drive. The man has been cited several times for this and, in fact, has never been issued a license. He was cited for OAR, driving without insurance, and having two children in the vehicle without safety seats. Officer Henning then told the man to park the vehicle and either walk home or have his girlfriend pick them up. A short time later, Officer Henning spotted the vehicle being driven away with the same man behind the wheel. The driver ignored the squad’s emergency lights and kept driving until reaching his apartment building. He then walked into the apartment, ignoring the officer’s commands to stop. Officer Henning didn’t enter the apartment, but the man eventually came outside and was arrested for resisting arrest and (again) for operating while revoked.

On December 5 at 8:10 PM, Officers Brinks, Lake, and Gerke responded to a Green Valley residence, where a 63-year-old man had collapsed outside and was unresponsive. The officers moved the man to the grass and started CPR. The AED pads were attached, but the device indicated that no shock should be applied (an AED is not effective for a heart in complete cardiac arrest). CPR was continued until the officers were relieved by Jackson Rescue. West Bend Intercept was also called to the scene. The man was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital but, unfortunately, passed away.

On December 6 at about 8:00 PM, West Bend PD asked us to arrest a 36-year-old man for battery and strangulation/suffocation arising out of a domestic violence incident in that city. Because the man has a history of resisting arrest, Officers Lake, Brinks, and Gerke, and Deputy Binsfeld went to the residence, with two officers knocking at the door and the others stationed around the perimeter in case the man went out a window. However, the suspect was cooperative and was arrested without incident.

On December 7 at 2:10 AM, Officer Oswald clocked a vehicle at 94 mph on Highway 45. By the time he exited the median crossing and tried to catch up, the vehicle had achieved a ¼ mile separation and he wasn’t able to close the gap even at 105 mph. He terminated the pursuit at the Decorah Road overpass in West Bend. Shortly after, a sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle exiting at Washington Street and tried to stop it. The suspect turned the headlights off and fled, again. This second pursuit went through West Bend and eventually back on to Highway 45. The driver got past spikes that Officer Oswald set up and was chased by West Bend and county officers south on 45/41 until the pursuit was terminated near Highway Q.

On December 9 at about 5:00 PM, Officers Lake and Krueger were called to a local business after the owner reported seeing someone on the running board of one of their vehicles. The person was last seen running toward Jackson Park after being chased by an employee. While checking the park, Deputy Lagosh spotted a man walking on Parkview Drive and detained him for the officers. The 24-year-old Hazelwood Lane man claimed he was only walking through the parking lot and denied being yelled at or chased. The suspect was cited for prowling; Probation & Parole was notified of the police contact.

On December 10 at 12:39 AM, Washington County requested mutual aid for a vehicle crash on Highway 45 north of Western Avenue. Officer Oswald found a PT Cruiser on its side, about 100’ off of the road, and a mother with two very young children. Officer Oswald wrapped them with blankets and applied a trauma dressing to a superficial cut on the forehead of the 9 month old girl. Shortly after, he was relieved by Deputy Graper and the arrival of Jackson Rescue. It was determined by the deputy that the infant had been ejected from the vehicle; neither she or her sister, 3, had been properly secured in the vehicle.

On December 11 at 8:00 PM, Officer Gerke stopped a vehicle on Main Street for suspended registration and erratic driving. The 55-year-old Hales Corners woman said she’d been talking to her son on her cellphone. Officer Gerke detected the strong odor of intoxicants, slurred speech, and bloodshot eyes. The woman said she had two vodkas mixed with orange juice at about 1:00 PM and then slept; she was now on her way to work. She failed field sobriety tests and had a PBT of .21%, which cast serious doubt on her claim of not drinking for seven hours. Officer Henning found an unsealed bottle of vodka that was half-full. The woman said it wasn’t hers and someone else must have put it there. She refused to consent to a chemical test; a search warrant wasn’t possible because it was her first offense. She had no one to pick her up, so she was held at the County Jail for a minimum of 12 hours. Officer Gerke cited her for OWI, open intoxicants in a vehicle, inattentive driving, operating a vehicle with suspended registration, and several equipment violations.

On December 13 at 2:25 PM, Officers Henning and Gerke were dispatched to a possible fight outside an apartment building on Hemlock Street. One woman had accused another of banging a car door into her vehicle. Then the boyfriend of the first woman called the other woman a derogatory name. Officer Henning determined that the damage couldn’t have been caused in the lot because of the vehicles’ positions; the boyfriend insisted otherwise. Everyone was told to calm down, and the boyfriend was warned for disorderly conduct.

On December 14 at 10:21 PM, Officers Brinks and Oswald were dispatched to a Georgetown Drive residence regarding a family fight. The 28-year-old man reported that his wife had become upset at something earlier in the day. By the time he came home at 8:45 PM, she was both in a bad mood and intoxicated. He tried to take a whiskey bottle from her, but she resisted. She kept throwing small objects at him, like baby socks and clothing. He called the police before the situation escalated. The woman said she became angry after finding receipts for condoms and a teddy bear. She was arrested for disorderly conduct, bonded-out, and returned home.

On December 17 at 12:36 AM, Officer Brinks stopped a pickup truck for speeding at 83 mph. The 37-year-old West Bend man smelled of intoxicants and had slurred speech. He told Officer Brinks that he just got off work. When asked how he came to smell of intoxicants so soon, he clarified that he worked as a bartender. He failed field tests and had a PBT of .11%; he was arrested for his second offense.

On December 18 at 1:24 AM, a passerby reported that someone was slumped over the wheel of a car that was parked in front of Jackson Elementary School. Officer Oswald found the Kia running and a 22 year old Iron Ridge woman passed-out in the front seat. Deputy Kell arrived to assist. Officer Oswald knocked on the window repeatedly, which only elicited some mumbling and slight movements. After opening the door, he found that the woman smelled strongly of intoxicants and had vomited. She was eventually able to get out of the car and explain that she had pulled over, thrown up, and gone to sleep (in that order). She admitted to having only two vodkas (straight, no ice) between 8:00 PM and 11:30 PM. She failed field tests and had a PBT of .14%. She was arrested for her first offense and released to her mother after the chemical test.

On December 19 at about 5:30 PM, a 29-year-old Milwaukee man picked up his three year old son from the boy’s mother in a Germantown parking lot. The woman noticed that the man had slurred speech, smelled of alcohol, and wasn’t driving his own vehicle, which is equipped with an ignition interlock device (IID). She called 911 and followed the man as he drove north on Highway 45 and into Jackson. Officer Krueger stopped the suspect as he drove into the Eastside Mart, and was assisted by Sgt. Fristed and Officer Henning. The man failed field sobriety tests and had a preliminary breath test of .11%; due to his prior convictions, he’s subject to a blood alcohol threshold of .02%. The man was arrested for OWI-5th offense with a passenger under the age of 16; violation of the IID restriction; and operating while revoked. The Department of Corrections also ordered him held for violating parole in connection with his previous conviction in 2012. The child wasn’t harmed and was returned to his mother. She told police that she was afraid to intervene during the custody exchange because the man has been physically abusive in the past.

On December 20 at 2:20 AM, Officer Brinks observed a pickup truck driving erratically on Highway P and eventually stopped it on Jackson Drive near Cedar Creek Road. The 32-year-old West Bend man said he had 3-4 beers. He failed field tests and had a PBT of .16%. He was arrested for his first offense and was released to his father after the chemical test; the gentleman was extremely remorseful.

At 4:09 AM, Officer Brinks alerted Officer Oswald to a red Hyundai that wasn’t dimming its high beams. The 53-year-old Slinger woman said she had one or two glasses of wine. Due to the strong odor of intoxicants coming from inside the vehicle, Officer Oswald asked the woman to perform field sobriety tests. She was arrested for her first offense after failing the tests; the PBT was .16%. When asked if she would submit to a chemical test of her blood, she first asked to speak to an attorney. Officer Oswald explained that she wasn’t entitled to one and that he needed a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. She complained that the officer was bullying her and refused to provide an answer, so it was recorded as a refusal. Officer Brinks then spoke to the passenger, a 70-year-old man, about possibly driving the vehicle away so it wouldn’t have to be towed. The man insisted he hadn’t been drinking although he smelled of intoxicants. He initially refused to submit to a PBT because he wasn’t legally required to, but eventually relented, passed, and was allowed to drive the vehicle away. While en route to the County Jail for a 12 hour hold, the woman regaled Officer Oswald with complaints that she was being treated like a terrorist, couldn’t be intoxicated on only two glasses of wine, and that with all of the murders taking place, Officer Oswald had better things to do than judge her.

On December 21 at 10:46 PM, Officer Brinks met with a 31 year old Green Valley man about loud, bassy music that was disturbing a neighbor. The man refused to identify himself until he was threatened with arrest. The man informed Officer Brinks that he was an “asshole”.

On December 22, West Bend Officer Yerges asked for a Jackson officer to accompany him to a residence, where he intended to arrest a woman, 57, for several shoplifting incidents. The woman didn’t want her sleeping husband disturbed, so she came outside to meet with Officer Yerges and Det. Foeger. When told that she was under arrest, the lady wanted to go back inside for clothing, as she was only wearing a robe. For officer safety reasons, she wasn’t allowed back inside but the officers offered to ask her husband for clothing; however, she didn’t want him awakened. When they tried to handcuff her, she grabbed a squad door handle and wouldn’t let go. She claimed that she couldn’t be handcuffed behind her back because of past injuries, so the officers said they would handcuff to the front. However, she continued to resist; Officer Krueger and Chief Dolnick arrived to assist. She then stopped resisting and was safely secured in the squad. Because she was only wearing a robe, it was suggested that Officer Yerges question her at the Jackson station instead of West Bend’s. After that was completed, the officer stepped out of the interview room to see Det. Foeger. A few seconds later, they heard a yell from inside the room and found the woman on the floor. She said that she fell down and injured her leg. Jackson Rescue was dispatched and took her to St. Joseph’s Hospital for examination and then was released to the care of her husband.

At 8:22 PM, Officer Henning stopped a vehicle on Main Street because it didn’t appear to have plates. However, as he walked up to it, he could see a temporary plate in the slanted rear window. As he explained this to the driver, he could smell marijuana coming from the interior. The 29-year-old Jackson woman turned over a pipe and a Tupperware container with 3.8 grams of marijuana, for which she received citations. The woman’s infant son was also inside the vehicle.

On December 23 at 1:39 AM, Officer Brinks checked the license plate of a vehicle entering the Jackson Pub parking lot. He found that the owner was on probation for disorderly conduct in Racine County, with restrictions of absolute sobriety and no presence in taverns. With Deputy Vanderheiden assisting, Officer Brinks entered the tavern and identified the 22-year-old man and arrested him without incident.

On December 24 at 4:10 AM, a 911 caller reported an intoxicated driver heading toward the village on Highway 45 from Western Avenue. Officer Brinks obtained a radar speed of 90mph on the Jeep SUV and stopped it. The West Bend woman, 22, failed field tests and had a PBT of .19%; she was arrested for her first offense. The 911 caller was a friend she called after getting lost. After meeting up with her in Menomonee Falls, she refused to stop driving and took off. The friend called 911 and followed her while she drove through a residential neighborhood at high speed, struck a center divider, and swerved across lanes and into on-coming traffic.

At about noon, Chief Dolnick monitored West Bend PD officers being dispatched to the theft of a tablet computer at Wal Mart, with the suspect vehicle last seen heading toward Paradise Drive. Chief Dolnick headed toward Highway 45 in case the suspects came south. Within a few seconds of reaching the highway, the Buick passed the chief’s location. He overtook and followed, stopping it north of Holy Hill Road; Deputy Doran arrived shortly later. Officer Wellner recovered the stolen tablet and arrested the occupants, a Kewaskum couple in their mid-20s.

At 3:45 PM, a routine computer inquiry told Officer Henning that a Chevy that passed him on Main Street was owned by a suspended driver who was wanted on warrants. He stopped it on Glen Brooke Drive; Chief Dolnick arrived to assist. While speaking to the S. Center Street man, Officer Henning could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver said the odor was from when his cousin had been smoking, but there wasn’t anything illegal in the car now. A search, however, turned up a metal marijuana grinder and a baggie with remnants of marijuana. He was cited for driving while suspended and possession of paraphernalia, then held at the County Jail on the warrants.

At about 6:08 PM, Officer Henning tried to stop a vehicle due to a defective headlamp and plates that expired almost a year ago despite having a 2015 sticker. The 36-year-old Main Street resident pulled into the Main Street Mart, exited the vehicle, looked at Officer Henning, and started walking to the store while ignoring the officer’s directions to stop. The man tried to pull away while being handcuffed. He yelled, “Are you f***ing kidding me, dude? You’re going to be hearing from my motherf****** lawyer, you can believe this”. Forgetting that he was still holding the car keys, the man claimed that “Jerry” had been driving. He didn’t know where “Jerry” went or who he was. The man was cited for driving while suspended and with expired registration, driving without insurance, false display of registration, and resisting an officer. He promised that we would be hearing from his lawyer. We’re not sure if that’s his “motherf****** lawyer” or someone else.

On Christmas Day at 6:00 AM, Officers Brinks and Gerke were dispatched to a Glen Hill Drive home after the resident saw a silhouette on her front porch, turned on a light and observed a man at her front door. The man opened the screen door and attempted to open the main door of the residence. She hollered at him to go away, which he did. Officer Gerke spotted the 30 year old Tempe, Arizona man nearby. He explained that he was visiting his brother, who also lives on Glen Hill Drive. After walking to a gas station, he forgot which house was his brother’s and tried the wrong door. Despite claiming to have had only two drinks, the man was quite intoxicated and provided a PBT test of .26%. A routine computer check revealed that, back in 2008, this former Cashton, Wisconsin resident was arrested for OWI-#3 in Vernon County and OWI-#4 in Juneau County. He moved out-of-state and has been wanted ever since. He spent the rest of Christmas in County Jail, awaiting pickup by one of those counties.

On December 28 at 11:05 AM, Det. Foeger and Officer Laabs responded to a family fight at a Main Street residence. Ultimately, the 23-year-old son agreed to leave so things would cool down.

On December 26 at 8:06 PM, Officer Lake was notified that a vehicle on a Highway 45 off-ramp had driven off the pavement into the ditch between the ramp and the Comfort Inn. While responding, Deputy Lagosh radioed that he located an Accura with extensive damage in a driveway on Tillie Lake Road, which leads to the motel. The car was wet, covered in twigs and berries, and part of the rear bumper had been torn off. When asked about the accident, the Hartford man, 26, replied, “What accident?” The alcohol-fueled charade lasted about four minutes. It was followed by a failed field sobriety test, a PBT of .16%, and his arrest for OWI. It was determined that he drove off the ramp, slammed through the ditch, through a DOT fence, into several trees on the motel property, then into- and out of- the parking lot.

On December 28 at 5:00 PM, the manager of a Main Street building told Sgt. Fristed that a neighbor had plowed snow against the building, blocking a door and covering a furnace vent. When asked if he was going to remove it, the man swore at him. When contacted by Sgt. Fristed, the neighbor said his brother plowed the snow, but wouldn’t identify him. He said he planned to move the snow until a building resident yelled at him about “moving the f***ing snow”. The tenant denied this and there was some back-and-forth about noise and parking disputes. Sgt. Fristed couldn’t mediate this but the neighbor agreed to remove the snow.



November 2015

Officers responded with the fire department to one fire call and nineteen rescue calls this month.

On November 1 at 3:23 AM, Officer Brinks monitored a Slinger officer advising that a suspect in a disorderly conduct complaint had just fled on foot. In accordance with the mutual aid agreement between the two departments, Officer Brinks immediately responded to assist the officer and to search for the suspect.

On November 8 at 12:33 AM, Officer Brinks clocked a vehicle on Highway 45 at 82 mph, then noticed that the vehicle was driving erratically. After stopping the vehicle south of Main Street, the 33-year-old Milwaukee man said that he had dropped his brother off in West Bend and was now returning home. He estimated drinking three beers at the Living Word Lutheran dinner auction but switched to water for the last several hours. However, the man failed field sobriety tests and had a PBT of .10%; he was arrested for his second offense. Officer Brinks had called the man’s wife so she could pick him up from Hartford Hospital, and the driver asked if Officer Brinks enjoyed making his wife cry. He questioned the need to be handcuffed; accused the officer of lying about the traffic stop; and claimed there was a conspiracy to tow his vehicle a longer distance so the fee would be higher. He continued to be obnoxious after his wife arrived, but she told him that he was drunk and should be quiet.

On November 11 at 1:15 PM, a clerk at the Main Street Mart reported that it appeared a man was attempting to sell or buy drugs in their parking lot and had then walked to McDonald’s. As Officer Krueger was heading towards the area, the clerk called back to report the vehicle was now at Dairy Queen and provided the license plate. Dispatch ran the plate and reported that the vehicle was stolen from Germantown. Officer Krueger spotted the vehicle as it went east on Main Street. After activating the squad emergency lights, the dark colored Impala turned south on Glen Brooke Drive and picked up speed. With the siren now activated, Officer Krueger pursue the vehicle, which almost lost control near Glencoe. He continued to pursue the vehicle to Sherman Road, where the vehicle passed through the stop sign, turned east on Sherman Road and sped up to 95-100 mph. The vehicle passed through stop signs at the railroad crossing and at Highway G. Officer Krueger properly slowed at these intersections, but it allowed the suspect to gain distance and lose him; he terminated the pursuit. On his way back to the village, a passerby flagged him down and reported that a dark Impala had just passed by at a high rate of speed on Pioneer Road. As soon as he updated Dispatch on the car’s possible location, they received a report of a single vehicle crash involving a dark Impala on Country Aire Drive and Western Avenue, near the Ozaukee County line. Deputies arrested the 29-year-old Milwaukee man. The DA filed charges of possession of narcotics, possession with intent to deliver (three counts); operating a vehicle without owner’s consent, and attempting to elude an officer; these are all felonies.

On November 13 at about 11 PM, the owner of the Latest Edition told Officer Borkowski about a subject who had been acting strangely in the tavern and had just left. She said it immediately looked like there was something amiss with the man, so she refused to serve him. He became agitated and yelled strange comments that had nothing to do with the situation. A patron helped encourage the man to leave. She said the man appeared to have mental issues or was on drugs. Officer Borkowski checked the area without success. See next.

At 11:50 PM, Officer Borkowski conducted a routine tavern check at the Jackson Pub. There were about 30 patrons at the time and she was conversing with two of them when she noticed a man dancing or gyrating on the other side of the bar. His movements were disruptive to other patrons, so Officer Borkowski introduced herself and asked him to tone it down. He was cooperative, so no further action was taken. Unbeknownst to her, this was the same man who had been at the Latest Edition but he was wearing different outerwear so he didn’t match the earlier description. At about 1 AM, she and Deputy Killey were dispatched to the Pub after the bartender reported that a patron, found to be the same man, had started acting weird after being served a couple of drinks. When she cut him off, he became upset and got loud and belligerent. He then left the tavern, but Officer Borkowski found him standing outside a room at the Jackson Motel. He was identified as a 34-year-old Campbellsport man who was also carrying identification from California, Colorado, and Arizona. He kept pointing his cell phone in Officer Borkowski’s face, saying he was going to post whatever was done on an Internet website. Officer Borkowski said he could record whatever he wanted, but should not flash the camera light in her face. The man claimed that he observed her “partying” at the Jackson Pub. The man jumped from subject to subject, talking about his girlfriend and then his 18-year-old son who was supposedly witnessing everything through his phone. The man continued to make threats about posting everything on the Internet, but eventually the officers were able to convince him to go into his motel room and go to sleep. Neither tavern wanted to pursue charges against the man. His behavioral health issues would be defined as “eccentric” but there was no indication that he was a threat to himself or others, so no further action was taken.

November 15 at about 2 AM, Officer Borkowski and Officer Brinks were dispatched to the Jackson Pub regarding a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, they were told the man had left. He started drinking at about 10 PM and became increasingly obnoxious, trying to start fights with other patrons. At first he was cut off but not asked to leave. However, at about 1:30 AM he started acting up again and was ejected. A credit card slip indicated that he is a 32-year-old man who we are familiar with. The bartenders didn’t want to press charges, but did ask that he be told not to return, which was done.

At 9:11 PM, Officer Borkowski was dispatched to a rescue call on Oakland Drive, where an 84-year-old woman was found unresponsive by her husband. The man’s husband reported that his wife became ill after having a shower and assisted her into bed when she became cold. He then realized that she wasn’t breathing and went to the neighbors next door for help. Three young men immediately assisted by calling 911, comforting the gentleman, and staying with the victim. When Officer Borkowski arrived, one of the men directed her to the victim’s location. She asked another man to assist her in lowering the woman to the floor so she could begin CPR; the AED was also attached but no shock was indicated. Officer Borkowski continued doing compressions until the EMTs from the Jackson Fire Department arrived; they requested the Intercept unit from the West Bend Fire Department. Despite CPR starting very quickly by Officer Borkowski and continuing uninterrupted all the way to the hospital, the woman, unfortunately, passed away. At Officer Borkowski’s request, Chief Dolnick sent a letter on behalf of the department, thanking the three men for their help.

On November 21 at about 8:00 AM, Officer Krueger was dispatched to a Stonewall Drive apartment regarding a fight. Officer Krueger was met outside by two men and a woman, who escorted him into the apartment, where he found another man passed-out on a couch. The group had gathered in the apartment after work and had been drinking all night. A disagreement started between two of the men, the exact cause having been forgotten in the fog of alcohol and testosterone. One man knocked the other’s hat off and then they bumped chests. No one wanted to press charges, so they were warned that a return visit would result in a trip to the County Jail. A few minutes after returning to his squad, two of the witnesses told Officer Krueger that things were getting tense and they needed to leave; he agreed to give them a ride to their home just outside the village.

On November 28 at about 2:00 PM, Dispatch reported getting an abandoned 911 call and when they called back, a woman answered, said she needed help, and hung up again. Dispatch was able to trace the location to a residence on Western Avenue, which are officers are familiar with from previous calls. Officers Henning and Gerke responded and found that the 22 year old woman was extremely distraught over a family situation. After calm was restored, Officer Henning noticed a marijuana pipe on top of the refrigerator. The woman admitted ownership, saying she put it on the refrigerator to keep it out of reach of the children. She was cited for possession of paraphernalia.

On November 29 at 10:00 PM, Officers Oswald and Borkowski, with Sgt. Fristed assisting, were dispatched to a Hickory Lane apartment, where a woman was threatening to throw herself in front of a car or take pills to kill herself. She explained that she was dealing with a lot of stress within the family, but didn’t intend to harm herself. Her husband revealed that the woman had struck him several times on November 27 during an argument. ACS determined that the woman wasn’t in need of emergency detention, but she was arrested for battery/domestic violence in connection with the first case.

On November 30 at about 3:40 PM, Kewaskum PD reported that a stolen VW Jetta was last seen leaving that community on Highway 45. The driver was identified as a 23-year-old Waukesha man who was wanted on a felony warrant from Probation & Parole. Shortly later, Deputy Lagosh spotted the vehicle as it exited at Highway 60 and followed it into the parking lot of the Comfort Inn & Suites. Officers Krueger and Lake arrived almost immediately. With the officers covering at gunpoint, Deputy Lagosh ordered the man to exit the vehicle and follow commands that ended with the man being handcuffed.


October 2015

On October 1 at about 6:30 AM, Officers Brinks and Krueger were dispatched to Stonewall Drive in response to a 911 call from a woman saying she’d been beaten and dragged by her boyfriend. After the officers arrived, the woman called 911 and asked to have the call canceled, as she and the man were now driving to Milwaukee. She then gave the phone to the man and Dispatch tried to convince him to turn around and return to Jackson; he refused and Dispatch could hear the woman yelling at him to hang up. A description of the vehicle was broadcast to surrounding agencies without success. When Officer Krueger tracked the woman down the next day, she admitted making the 911 call as a ploy to get the boyfriend to drive her to Milwaukee; she was never in any danger. The 49 year old was cited for misuse of the 911 system. See October 12.

On October 3 at about 4:00 AM, a Scott Court resident reported that a man was lying on the grass next to the house. Officer Borkowski found a sleeping, intoxicated 23 year old West Allis man who had gotten lost looking for a friend’s home. While navigating through darkened backyards, he stumbled and fell, causing abrasions to his face. Finding the inner peace that comes with a .22% blood alcohol level, the man decided to just stay on the lawn until Officer Borkowski aroused him from his slumber. Jackson Rescue was called to check him out as a precaution. Then, Officer Borkowski drove the man through the neighborhood until he spotted his car, which sparked a memory about where his friend lived.

On October 4 at about 6:00 PM, a Stonewall Drive man told Officer Lake that a cell phone went missing during a Packer party. While speaking to the man, a 42-year-old woman walked up and said she found the phone next to a fire hydrant and threw it in the bushes. Sensing that something was wrong with this story, Officer Lake asked her to try again. She said she put the phone in her car and then threw it in the bushes because she didn’t want to be accused of taking it when she left the party. Officer Lake told the woman to retrieve the phone, wherever it was, which she did.

At about 8:00 PM, an intoxicated Cedar Run Drive man told Officer Lake and Officer Brinks that he had gotten into an argument with several other people, one of whom used profanities in front of children. However, those people stated that any yelling and swearing had been done by the complainant, which was corroborated by an uninvolved witness. The man was warned for disorderly conduct.

On October 11 at 2:30 AM, Officers Brinks and Borkowski were dispatched to the Jackson Pub. A 23-year-old Ridgeway Drive man said trouble started when he supposedly flashed a Black Gangster Disciples sign at three white men who were all dressed in camo gear. The men were displeased and threatened to both beat him up and kill him; they then walked away. The story didn’t make any sense but could be explained by the man’s .29% blood alcohol level, as measured by a PBT device. The man was on bail for OWI #2, so was arrested for bail jumping. The man was unhappy and blamed the police for ruining his life, offering “F*** you” and “F*** the police” for emphasis.

On the afternoon of October 12, the resident of a Stonewall Drive townhouse reported that there was a terrible odor emanating from the lower unit. The caller said the occupants were last known to be there four days earlier when they were arguing. When Officer Henning arrived, he smelled the odor some distance away and saw flies in the windows. The mailbox was filled with mail and no one answered the door. Attempts to reach the occupants via phone failed. Chief Dolnick, Sgt. Fristed, Det. Foeger and Officer Lake arrived to assist. The fire department pried the front door to gain entry. The source of the odor was traced to rotting garbage, including a bag of what appeared to be pigs’ feet. Pools of maggots were on the floor and on the decomposing matter. The premises had evidently been vacated.

On October 13 at about noon, a passerby reported that two people appeared to be having sexual congress at the Park-and-Ride. Officer Laabs found a partially disrobed couple in their 50s. Both were warned and sent on their way.

On October 14 at 2:08 AM, Officers Brinks and Oswald were dispatched to a Western Avenue home for a family fight. A 22-year-old woman, confined to a wheelchair after a vehicle accident, said that her boyfriend locked her out of the house after threatening to lock her in the shed; he then drove away. When contacted by phone, he said the woman woke him up because she wanted to smoke marijuana and couldn’t find it. She confirmed that she uses marijuana for anxiety and pain management, and an argument ensued when she couldn’t find it. She then posted a Facebook status to the effect that the man threatened to tie her up and lock her in the shed, and “tagging” it with his name, which made him angrier. The man refused to return to speak to officers, and he was referred to the District Attorney for disorderly conduct.

On October 15 at about 5 PM, the Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid for a crash at the intersection of Sherman Road and Church Road in the Town of Jackson. Officer Lake responded and assisted the victims, who were not seriously injured, until deputies arrived.

On October 17 at 4:39 PM, a 36-year-old Milwaukee man called 911 while sitting outside of McDonald’s, because he needed a ride back home. He told Officer Lake that he had called a friend, but he didn’t show up. Although he had a smart phone, he didn’t think to look for a non-emergency number or bus schedules from Washington County or Milwaukee County. Officer Lake contacted the county taxi and made arrangements for them to pick the man up from McDonald’s and take him to the Walmart in Germantown, where he could then catch a bus to the city. He also gave the man a citation for the misuse of 911.

On October 27, shortly before midnight, Jackson Crossings reported that a suspicious subject, possibly under the influence of drugs, was refusing to leave after being denied access into the building. Officer Brinks and Deputy Rodich arrived at the same time and spoke to the man, a 19-year-old from Highland, Wisconsin. The young man was crying and very upset because staff wouldn’t allow him to visit his grandmother due to the lateness of the hour and because she was already sleeping. Their decision was supported by the man’s father. When told that he would need to leave and come back the next morning, the man responded, “Have you killed any black people’s dreams lately?” and then questioned the officers regarding law enforcement shootings involving African-American suspects. The officers reiterated that he would need to leave; he made some rambling comments about black power but eventually did leave. There was some information to suggest that the man had behavioral health issues, but there were no grounds to contact ACS just because of his eccentric behavior.

On October 28 at 6:07 PM, Slinger Officer Garro requested mutual aid after a 911 call suggested that someone attempted to slash their wrists with a razor blade during a family fight. Officer Henning responded, but it was quickly discovered that the subject was actually a 10-year-old child and there was no serious injury.

On October 30 at about 4 PM, Officer Gerke responded to the Village Mart after a 43-year-old Wauwatosa man reported he’d been threatened by another person in the parking lot. At the same time, a 47-year-old village resident called the station to report that he had been threatened with a gun in the same parking lot. Officer Gerke and Sgt. Fristed met with the first caller, who said that he stopped his vehicle near one of the exits to check his cell phone. When he heard a horn honk, he rolled his window down and waved his arm so the vehicle would go around him. That driver, the Jackson man, pulled alongside and began yelling about “kicking your ass” and “we can handle it in the parking lot”. Fearing that the man was going to get out of his vehicle, the complainant announced that he had a concealed carry permit and retrieved a handgun from the center console to show the other driver that he was armed. The other man announced that he was going to call 911 and took off. The complainant said he didn’t exit his vehicle nor point the firearm at the other driver. When asked why he didn’t drive away when threatened instead of pulling his gun, he said he was uncertain if the other man would follow him. The other driver confirmed that words were exchanged but said that the situation grew heated only after the complainant “flipped him off” and asked, “What is your major malfunction, mother****er?” The officers confiscated a 9 mm handgun and five magazines containing 56 rounds of ammunition, all of which will be held in evidence pending a decision by the District Attorney whether to charge the man with disorderly conduct.

On October 31 at about 9 PM, Officer Henning responded to a Green Valley residence, where a 63-year-old woman had been pushed to the ground by her sister, who is known to have mental health issues. The woman was uncooperative, delusional, alarmingly disheveled, and extremely ill; she was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital. She was admitted for treatment and later transferred to an in-patient mental health facility.




On the evening of September 5, the Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid from Sgt. Fristed and Officer Borkowski while it dealt with a suicidal man on the Highway PV overpass at Highway 45. The officers diverted northbound traffic at Highway 60. The man eventually jumped off the bridge and was killed.

On September 8 at about 9:00 PM, Slinger’s Lt. Cashin radioed for assistance after a subject fled from the scene of a domestic dispute. No deputies were available, so Officer Lake responded and attempted to locate the suspect.

On September 11 at 2:16 AM, Officer Oswald stopped a vehicle for investigation after it pulled out of Holland Heating, which was closed for the night. The West Bend man, 21, said he picked up one of his passengers, who walked from her apartment behind Holland Heating. The driver smelled of strongly of intoxicants. After Deputy Kell arrived to assist, Officer Oswald administered a field sobriety test, which the man failed; the PBT test was .15%. At the hospital, the man challenged the validity of the paperwork because “Jr.” wasn’t shown after his name. He indicated his refusal to answer questions by using the Germanic “Nein”. He was released to his father.

On September 13 at about 8:50 PM, Officers Henning, Borkowski and Brinks were called to the Comfort Inn & Suites after a guest’s friend reported that he’d threatened to commit suicide and was usually in possession of a pistol, for which he had a concealed carry permit. Before they attempted to make contact, the man came outside to smoke a cigarette. The man was cooperative and explained that he was depressed; didn’t intend to harm himself; and deliberately took a room at the motel for some solitude. An ACS worker agreed that the man wasn’t a threat to himself or others.

At 12:04 AM, a woman told 911 that her intoxicated husband was handling a rifle and threatening to commit suicide. She fled her Jackson Drive home with one child, but told Officers Henning, Borkowski and Brinks that she couldn’t retrieve a sleeping 2-year-old who was in close proximity to the man. Because of that, and the man’s condition, the officers didn’t attempt to contact him. Officers from Slinger and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office helped secure the area. Chief Dolnick responded from home; Officer Lake was called-in shortly later. At about 3:30 AM, SWAT teams from the Sheriff’s Office and West Bend Police Department prepared to enter the home but a negotiator first contacted the man by phone; he came outside and was arrested without incident. The child was safe and returned to his mother. The man was charged with disorderly conduct/domestic and handling a firearm while intoxicated. We appreciate the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office and West Bend personnel.

On September 15 at 8:03 PM, Officer Henning was dispatched to a Green Valley residence after a woman reported that her 36-year-old daughter had slurred her words and threatened suicide during a phone call. The woman said she’d been misunderstood when she spoke about relatives who had committed suicide. The woman is on bail from a prior offense and shouldn’t be drinking, yet she appeared to be intoxicated. She admitted to having only half of a vodka and coke but had a PBT of .17%. She was arrested for bail jumping and taken to County Jail.

On September 19 at 1:16 AM, a 911 caller reported a possible impaired driver heading towards the village on Highway 60 from Highway G. Officer Borkowski spotted the Impala at Eagle Drive and stopped it after it made a quick turn on Ridgeway and almost hit parked vehicles. The Oostburg woman, 20, smelled of intoxicants and admitted to having two (of course) beers. She was arrested for her first offense after failing field tests and having a PBT of .13%.

On September 20 at 3:44 PM, Officer Lake responded to a Hemlock Street apartment, where a 23-year-old man had attempted suicide by taking several prescription medications. He was admitted to the ICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital until he was well enough to be taken to a behavioral health inpatient unit. Later, his wife reported that, about a month earlier, he had thrown her to the ground, breaking a rib, because their infant daughter was crying. A domestic violence charge was referred to the District Attorney, pending the man’s release from treatment.

On September 22 at about 7:30 AM, the Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid for a crash on Highway P at Western Avenue, in which airbags were deployed. Officer Laabs responded.

At 10:18 AM, a resident told Officer Laabs that the company placing mulch around the neighbor’s trees had walked on his property and, when asked to stay on the neighbor’s side, swore and threatened to blow up his house. The supervisor said that the neighbor’s trees were very close to the lot line, so they initially walked on the other side to complete the job. However, they did try to stay on the one side after the resident complained. He added that the resident put his hands on one of the workers and shoved him, at which time another worker made the threat. This person, 24, was uncooperative with Officer Laabs, even refusing to identify himself, until his boss intervened. When asked about threatening to blow up the man’s house, the worker said, “In Milwaukee, we take care of business”. Officer Laabs advised him that this isn’t Milwaukee; WE take care of business in Jackson. Ultimately, everyone was admonished to watch their tempers and to call the police when there’s a conflict like this.

On September 23 at 7:36 PM, a 22-year-old Western Avenue woman told Officer Laabs that she and her boyfriend argued about waking up for the alarm clock and he slapped her face. She grabbed his cell phone and threatened to call the police. After chasing her down and tackling her, she returned his cell phone and he took his daughter to school. She initially refused to make a written statement because she didn’t want him arrested, but was told he’d be arrested no matter what. When contacted by phone, the man agreed to meet Officer Laabs at the Sheriff’s Office so he could immediately bond himself out on a disorderly conduct/domestic violence charge. The man was cooperative but declined to make a statement. This was the fifth call to this residence since June for some type of disturbance.

On September 26 at 12:09 PM, a caller reported that a woman clad only in a bra and pants was walking on the railroad tracks near Cedar Creek Road. The woman was seen to collapse but told the caller that she didn’t want any help. The 49-year-old woman told Officers Gerke and Laabs that she lost her balance because she has vertigo, although she also smelled strongly of intoxicants. She was trying to walk to West Bend but making slow progress. Her ex-husband agreed to pick her up.

On September 28 at about 3:00 AM, an off-duty Slinger officer reported that there was a young man walking on Sherman Road wearing pajama pants and no shoes. Washington County requested mutual aid as deputies were some distance away; Officer Oswald responded. The 19 year old said that he was angry and sad, and decided that he was going to jump off the Western Avenue overpass at Highway 45. He walked to the bridge and stayed for about ten minutes before changing his mind. He was walking home when seen by the officer and didn’t intend to harm himself now. He voluntarily returned to his home in Jackson and was assessed by an ACS worker, who determined that the man didn’t need to be detained.