Drug Related Arrest and Charges

RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT

Press Release
November 10th, 2017

A search warrant executed Friday, November 10th in the City of Richland Center resulted in the arrest of three individuals on drug related charges.

According to Chief of Police Lucas Clements, members of the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force and the Richland County Special Response Team (SRT) executed the search warrant at 476 Sunset Lane.

A search of the residence resulted in the seizing of multiple ounces of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and thousands of dollars in cash.

PHOTO OF CASH SEIZED.

Arrested were Brandon K. Mohr, 23, Zachary L. Hardy, 27, and John M. Butler, 38, all of Richland Center.

Mohr and Hardy are tentatively charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, maintaining a drug house, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Butler is tentatively charged with felony possession of marijuana as a repeater.

All charges have been forwarded to Richland County District Attorney Jennifer Harper for prosecution.

Officers and Deputies from both the Richland Center Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department are assigned to the Tri-County Drug Task Force. The member agencies of the task force work cooperatively to combat trafficking and abuse of illegal drugs in Southwest Wisconsin.

The Richland County SRT team consists of Officers and Deputies from the Richland Center Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department who have received specialized training in building entries as well as other tactical situations which local law enforcement may be called upon to resolve.

Also assisting with the investigation was Richland County EMS.

Chief of Police Lucas Clements stresses how important citizen involvement is in law enforcement’s continued fight against illegal drugs. “The culmination of this investigation is a prime example of citizen involvement in action. We need to work with the community to do our best to keep illegal drugs off the streets of Richland Center”, adds Clements.

Chief Clements would like to remind citizens to report any suspicious activity by notifying law enforcement. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Richland Area Crime Stoppers at 647-CLUE (2583) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Drug Take Back – October 28, 2017 – 10am-2pm

RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT

Press Release
October 20, 2017

 It’s not shocking anymore to hear about prescription painkillers and heroin abuse in Wisconsin communities. Everyone – law enforcement, elected officials, school officials, and the media – is talking about the epidemic that is stealing futures and lives.

On October 28th, you can do something to help prevent this epidemic from spreading further. The Richland Center Police Department in conjunction with Richland County Children and Family Advocacy Council will be hosting a Drug Take Back Day – a national initiative to get all those unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs out of your medicine cabinet and safely destroyed.

Chief Lucas Clements states that this effort will continue to bring an increased focus on the issue of prescription opiate abuse. The goal of the Take-Back Day is to provide a free, safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the community about the potential for abuse and consequences of improper storage and disposal of these medications. According to Chief Clements, local take back efforts from April 2017 collected and disposed of 146 pounds of unused prescription medication.

Proper drug disposal is one way to substantially reduce the abuse of prescription narcotic painkillers. Chief Lucas Clements states, “Storing potentially dangerous drugs in a secure location and disposing of them promptly after use will reduce the availability to people improperly using these substances.”

Drug overdoses kill more people than car accidents in Wisconsin, and the largest numbers of those deaths aren’t caused by “hard street drugs.” Chief Clements reports that the Police Department investigated 5 overdose deaths within the City of Richland Center in 2016, with victims’ ages ranging from 26 to 55 years old. With more than 163,000 Wisconsinites addicted to prescription opioids, we all have a role in preventing that number from increasing.

On Saturday, October 28, go to the Richland Center Police Department between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to stop this epidemic from taking an even bigger hold on our community.

Richland County Snow Removal News

Richland County Highway Commission Letter

Request for Bids – Pine River Rip Rap

The City of Richland Center is requesting sealed bids to RIP RAP certain sections along the Pine River. A map of the locations and specifications to rip rap are located on the City web page at www.richlandcenter.com under news.  Rip Rap Bid Specs

No bid shall be received unless accompanied by a certified check or a bid bond equal to at least 5% but not more than 10% of the bid payable to the city as a guaranty that if the bid is accepted the bidder will execute and file the proper contract and bond within the time limited by the city. If the successful bidder so files the contract and bond, upon the execution of the contract by the city the check shall be returned. In case the successful bidder fails to file such contract and bond the amount of the check or bid bond shall be forfeited to the city as liquidated damages.

If construction cost is over prevailing wage threshold, the Wisconsin prevailing wage laws must be followed.

Any questions should be directed to Terry Nelson at 608-647-3559 or Dale Bender at 608-604-4947

Bids should be clearly marked as “Bid for Rip Rap of the Pine River” and are due no later than 3:00 p.m. on October 31, 2017 and should be mailed to the City Clerk at 450 S. Main Street, Richland Center, WI 53581 or emailed to Melinda.jones@richlandcenter.com

The project must be completed before December 15, 2017

The City of Richland Center reserves the right to reject any or all bids.  The City is an equal opportunity employer, provider, and lender.

Trick or Treating in Richland Center

Trick or Treating will be held in the City of Richland Center from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on October 31st, 2017.  Remind the children to go to the properties with the outdoor light on.  Motorists, please use caution when driving where the children are.

Bike Trail on top of Pine River Watershed Dike Info

Fahrner Asphalt resealed the bike trail on top of the Pine River Watershed Dike.  However, it rained before there was enough time for the seal coat to dry properly.  Fahrner will return to reseal the trail from Seminary Street to the footbridge at 2nd Street and walk the whole trail to see if there are any spots to fix within the next two weeks.  That section will be closed for the day.

Highway 14 Lane Closure 9/27 – 9/29/2017

The Richland Center Street Department will be closing the inside (left) lane of Highway 14 westbound between Bohmann Drive and the Hwy 14/80/Main Street intersection for needed repairs.  The closure will take place on September 27, 28, and will be reopened late on September 29, 2017.

Please use extra precautions and reduce speed to ensure the safety of all!  Thank you for your cooperation!

Rock The Block Street Closure October 7, 2017

Correction listed below:

There will be a street closure on October 7, 2017 in the downtown area between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Streets closed will be Court Street from JEFFERSON Main Street east to Bailey Paint & Decorating as well as Central Avenue between Seminary Street and Mill Street.

Parking to access area businesses can be in the Associated Bank parking lot with access off of Church Street also the City parking lot next to the Auditorium with access off of Mill Street.

“ROCK THE BLOCK” Activities will include food vendors, live music, painting booths, car show, a 5k run, and much more.  Join the fun in bringing the community together.

Center Color Fest – Parade of Lights – Street Closures

The 2017 Center Color Fest Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 beginning approximately 7:00 p.m. and ending approximately 8:30-9:00 p.m.

View the Parade Route and Street Closures:  10-07-2017 Parade of Lights Route and Street Closures

RCHS Homecoming Parade – Street Closure

The Richland Center High School Student Council is hosting the 2017 Homecoming Parade on October 6, 2017 beginning approximately at 2:30 p.m. until about 4:00 p.m.   It is estimated there will be 50 entries.  View the Route and Street Closures:  10-06-2017 Home Coming Parade Route