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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.
- May 26
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*****MEDIA RELEASE***** On 05/24/2019 at 8:09 a.m. Racine County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the northbound CTH G exit ramp of I94 when the Racine County Communications Center received a phone call from a semi-truck driver reporting he could hear voices in the walls of his semi-tractor. When deputies arrived and spoke with the driver of the semi, they initially thought the driver may be experiencing a mental health crisis. When deputies searched the interior of the vehicle, they found the driver had open intoxicants, drugs, and paraphernalia in the vehicle. Deputies performed standardized field sobriety testing on the driver, and it was determined his ability to safely operate the vehicle was impaired. The driver was identified as Shayne S. Dewitt 12/12/63 of Neenah, WI, who was arrested and taken to the Racine County Jail for felony OWI 4th, felony operating with a restricted controlled substance 4th, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and open intoxicants. Dewitt was also charged with three counts of bail jumping as he is out on bond for retail theft out of Outagamie County. Sheriff Christopher Schmaling By Sgt. Scott Litwin
- May 25
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MEDIA RELEASE May 23rd, 2019 On May 23rd, at approximately 6:38am, agents from the Racine County Metro Drug Unit, and K-9 Deputy executed a search warrant in the 1000 block of Pearl St in the city of Racine. Information had been developed that the suspect at this residence, Willie Liggins was involved in the sales of heroin. Over the course of the investigation, several controlled buys of heroin were conducted, some of which tested for the presence of fentanyl. Located during the search of the residence was 5.1 grams of fentanyl which was packaged in separate gem bags, 2.9 grams of heroin which was packaged in sixteen separate plastic baggie corners, a loaded handgun, quest cards in Willie Liggins name and in his wife’s name, and a cell phone. Willie Liggins was transported to the Racine County Jail. Upon being searched as he entered the Jail, it was discovered Liggins was trying to conceal another plastic bag corner containing .6 grams of heroin. Willie Liggins is a convicted felon and is on Federal Probation for the distribution of heroin that resulted in a death. Sheriff Christopher Schmaling responded by stating “Liggins is another example of an illegally armed and dangerous felon who’s chosen a career as a drug dealer. He is delivering this dangerous and oftentimes deadly poison into the hands of the very community that is supporting and feeding him by virtue of the WI Food Share program Quest. I hope the circuit court makes a harsh example of him as he clearly hasn’t learned his lesson given his criminal history.” Arrested were: Willie A Liggins 06-11-1961 Liggins was transported to the Racine County Jail for the following charges: Willie A Liggins • Four counts of Deliver of heroin • Keeper of a drug place • Possession w/intent to deliver heroin • Possession of a schedule II narcotic w/intent to deliver (fentanyl) • Possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility • Repeat drug offender • Federal probation violation Sheriff Christopher Schmaling Racine Co. Sheriff’s Office By Sgt. Keith Dobesh
- May 20
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MEDIA RELEASE On 05/20/19 at 1:43 am the Racine County Communications Center (RCCC) received a call regarding a vehicle with a flat tire that was driving in the closed construction area on I-94 South between Highway 20 and highway 11. All southbound lanes of the Interstate were closed at Highway 20 in Racine County at approximately 10pm the evening of the 19th. There were numerous pre-warning signs regarding the closure as well as traffic barrels and barricades put in place to protect the workers who were present throughout the night. As deputies responded to the area the complainant, a construction worker who was on the interstate, called the RCCC stating that the vehicle had turned around on the Interstate and was now driving Northbound in the Southbound lanes. Deputies arrived on scene on the Interstate in time to see the silver sedan driving towards their squad cars at a slow speed, approximately 20mph. The vehicle was missing a tire and riding on the rim, which was severely damaged. Deputies made contact with the operator, Courtney Bronaugh, 29 yoa from Mount Pleasant, WI. Courtney told Deputies that she was driving back home from Milwaukee and was forced to exit the interstate at Highway 20 due to the closure. Courtney said she was looking to get back onto the Interstate southbound and was told by “someone” to get right back on the adjacent ramp. The Southbound entrance ramp to the Interstate was closed and had numerous barricades around it. Courtney drove around the barricades and struck a barricade that was meant to keep eastbound Highway 20 traffic from entering the interstate. She caused significant damage to the barricade and proceeded to enter the Interstate. While on the interstate she drove between a work crew vehicle and barricades. She eventually turned around and was later stopped by Deputies. Courtney was ultimately arrested for operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration 2nd offense, Hit and run property adjacent to highway, Fail to obey traffic sign in a work area, and Reckless driving / endangering safety in a work area. We would like to remind everyone to be alert to the construction areas and detour signs that are posted. They are in place to ensure the safety of the workers present and the motoring public. The State utilizes the 511wi.gov website to give real time updates of all construction projects in the State. For the Racine County area in particular you can visit https://projects.511wi.gov/i94northsouth/ Sheriff Christopher Schmaling By Sergeant Aaron Schmidt #7688
- May 22
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*****MEDIA RELEASE***** On Sunday, 05/19/2019 at 7:44AM Deputy Drewitz and K-9 Friday attempted to stop a vehicle northbound on I-94 near Highway G after having measured the vehicle’s speed to be 95 miles per hour in a 60MPH construction zone. The vehicle attempted to elude Deputy Drewitz with dangerous, evasive maneuvers which included striking traffic cones and barrels. Additionally, a partial road closure was occurring in Milwaukee County at Ryan Rd with construction workers and law enforcement present and only minutes north of the pursuit location. The pursuit was terminated out of concern for the safety of motoring public and emergency workers present upon the interstate. Shortly after the pursuit was terminated Deputy Drewitz came upon a single-vehicle accident scene on Drexel Rd. at the northbound on/off ramp and quickly determined the vehicle he had previously been pursuing had crashed. He observed the operator of the vehicle fleeing the immediate area on foot and after repeated commands that a canine would be released, K-9 Friday successfully apprehended him. The operator was identified as Anthony Chambliss, a 30-year-old, who resides in Racine, WI. Mr. Chambliss is being criminally charged with 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Fleeing/Eluding, Operating While Intoxicated – 2nd Offense, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Resisting/Obstructing, and numerous traffic-related charges. Additional information is unavailable as this is an active investigation. Sheriff Christopher Schmaling By: Lt. Jon Massie