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We hope you will find the information you are looking for within these pages. Our agency remains dedicated to providing the core services that help maintain public safety, peace, and order in Racine County. We remain committed to utilizing our resources in the most efficient and responsible manner possible. Our citizens expect these things, and deserve them. It is our great privilege to deliver these services to them.
- Dec 17
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12/15/16 Marked the second day of the National Winter Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. The Racine County Sheriff's Office arrested four individuals for impaired driving Saturday evening into Sunday morning. The first was reported at 8:16pm in the Village of Raymond. A call came in for a vehicle in the ditch. The individual who called it into dispatch felt the operator of the vehicle in the ditch might have been impaired due to slurred speech and repeatedly asked the person who stopped to not call the police. Deputies arrived on scene and after their investigation arrested Jacqueline Davison 1/05/1962 from Milwaukee, WI for OWI 1st offense. At 11:36pm dispatch received a call from Franklin PD that they were out with a witness to a Semi driver who knocked down roadway signs with his Semi tractor. The semi and driver were found Just into Franklin, WI. The Deputies investigation led to the arrest of Walter Beard 4/29/49, of Las Vegas Nevada, for OWI 1st, Hit and run property adjacent to highway, and fail to notify police of an accident. This incident took place in the Village of Raymond. The third incident occurred in Union Grove, WI at 12:57am on 12/16/18. The Deputy was on patrol in his assigned area when he came across a white Hyundai that was stalled in traffic with hazard lights on. After moving the vehicle off the roadway fresh damage was observed to the front of the vehicle, which was also leaking fluids. The operator, John McLain 12/12/1976 of Union Grove, advised he did not recall hitting anything while driving. McLain displayed signs of intoxication including emitting the odor of intoxicants. McLain failed standardized field sobriety tests and was arrested for OWI 1st. The fourth incident occurred in the Town of Dover at 2:21am on 12/16/18. While on patrol the Deputy stopped a vehicle for going 60mph in a posted 35mph zone. During the stop the Deputy found that the driver, Adam Polinski 10/13/80 of Rochester, WI, had a revoked Wisconsin driver’s license (revoked for prior OWI offenses). During the traffic stop and subsequent investigation Adam failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for operating with a restricted controlled substance 6th offense (Felony). Adam admitted to the Deputy that he had used heroin in the past, but not recently. As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday campaign between December 14, 2018 and January 1, 2019, the Racine County Sheriff's Office will patrol in greater numbers, and for longer hours, to arrest impaired drivers and get them off the road. Sheriff Christopher Schmaling By Sgt A. Schmidt #7688
- Dec 16
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MEDIA RELEASE On 12/15/2018 at 1:26pm deputies from the Racine County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Burlington Rescue Squad were dispatched to a residence on S. River Road in the Town of Burlington for a patient who was unresponsive and not breathing. Upon arrival of deputies a physician and bystander were actively performing CPR on the patient. The first arriving deputy on scene quickly assessed the situation and noted the patient’s condition was not improving. This deputy utilized his department issued AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and a shock was delivered to the patient. CPR was continued with the assistance of the physician and bystander until rescue personnel arrived. The patient quickly regained consciousness and was responsive to medical treatment. The patient was transported to a local hospital and is currently in stable condition. Sheriff Christopher Schmaling By Sgt. Michael Spiegel
- Dec 15
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MEDIA RELEASE 12-14-18 On 12/14/18 at 1:36pm a Racine County Deputy responded to assist with a drowning in progress. Racine County Communications Center received a call that 2 males had fallen through the ice while ice fishing on the pond at the north end of Airline Rd. near Razor Sharp Fitness in Mt Pleasant. Upon arrival our Deputy found one male had made it out of the water however one male was struggling to keep his head above the water. Our Deputy utilized the squad assigned rescue throw bag, which is a long rope designed to be thrown to a person in distress. The Deputy also deployed a second rescue throw bag that he provided as part of his own patrol gear. The victim was able to take ahold of the rope however due to his state was unable to be pulled from the water. The rope was kept taut keeping his head above water which allowed the victim to survive until South Shore fire arrived and was able to complete the dangerous rescue. Christopher Schmaling Racine County Sheriff By: Sgt. James Evans
- Dec 15
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MEDIA RELEASE 12-13-18 Sheriff Christopher Schmaling is proud to introduce “Karma” the newest addition to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team. Karma is a year and half old English Labrador retriever that began her life as a service dog trainee with ICAN, (Indiana Canine Assistance Network). After training with ICAN for several months it was determined that she would be better suited as an electronic detection K-9. In September of 2018 Todd Jordan of Jordan Detection K9 in Indiana began training Karma to prepare for her new role as a law enforcement K-9. Investigator Jon Bechman of the Sheriff’s Office was selected to become Karma’s handler and attended a multi week handler training course in Indianapolis Indiana. Investigator Bechman and Karma immediately bonded and participated in a rigorous training that included searching techniques, odor detection, and scent discrimination. Additionally, Karma and Investigator Bechman participated in a number of search warrants with local law enforcement in the Indianapolis area. During the course of those search warrants Karma located a number of evidentiary items that proved valuable to the development of several child pornography cases. One case in particular resulted in the arrest of the long-time head volleyball coach of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Since taking on her duties for the Sheriff’s Office Karma has already been involved in two search warrants, both for possession of child pornography. Karma has located several evidentiary items including but not limited to a concealed phone and small electronic devices. Karma is one of approximately 30 specialized electronic detection K-9’s deployed throughout the country. The state of Wisconsin currently has 1 other electronic detection K-9 that is currently serving with the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The DOJ K-9 is actually Karma’s brother named Kozak. In order to obtain Karma, the Sheriff’s Office was required to complete an extensive application process and subjected to a comprehensive review of past cases involving internet crimes against children. At the conclusion of the application process the Sheriff’s Office was ultimately selected to receive an electronic detection K-9. All the costs associated with Karma including the training and equipment have been generously donated. The vehicle equipment and first aid kit were donated by Wisconsin Vest A Dog. Karma’s veterinary services are being donated by the Animal Hospital of Union Grove. The training cost and purchase cost of Karma was generously donated by Neighborhood Electronic Detection K-9 Inc., a not for profit organization based in Indiana that has donated other electronic detection k9’s around the country. These donations have allowed the Sheriff’s Office to provide greater service and increase community safety at minimal cost to the taxpayers. Karma will be assigned to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children investigation unit and will assist in searching for hidden devices and electronics utilized to perpetrate crimes, more specifically crimes against children. Karma is only trained as an electronic detection K-9, however she will be utilized in other capacities as well. Karma is a gentle and laid-back K-9 and is also suited to serve as an emotional support animal for crime victims, especially children. Karma can be requested to come to a scene or to a court proceeding where a child or victim is under stress. Karma is ideally suited to serve as an emotional buffer for victims and those exposed to traumatic events. As with all Sheriff’s assets, Karma will be available to assist other agencies and officers throughout the region upon request. Those in Law Enforcement often deal with very dark aspects of human nature. Law Enforcement officers are often exposed to brutal images and depictions of child exploitation, real life instances of child abuse, domestic violence cases, sexual assault cases and other circumstances that can take a toll both physically and mentally. Karma can provide support by simply going for a walk, playing fetch, or just sitting around and petting her for a few minutes. This is a small thing, but sometimes it can make a big difference if you are dealing with a tough day as a professional law enforcement officer. Sheriff Schmaling stated: “Although it is unfortunate that we live in a time where crime fighting tools like Karma are necessary, I feel honored and fortunate that our agency has been selected to receive such a valuable asset. I believe Karma is going to be a fantastic addition to our ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) team and will ultimately help us in our ongoing pursuit of a safer community for our children.” Christopher Schmaling Racine County Sheriff By: Capt. Daniel Adams