Crash Damages Veterans Memorial

Press Release
August 24, 2016

Amelse Crash 8-21-16

Bicycle Rodeo

Press Release
August 5th, 2016
Bicycle Rodeo

 Bicycles have been used for transportation and recreation in this country for over 100 years. Most recently, bicycling has enjoyed increased interest and participation.  It is estimated that there are over 103 million people in this country who rode a bicycle in the summer of 2015.  Unfortunately, in 2013 in the US, over 900 bicyclists were killed and there was an estimated 494,000 emergency room visits due to bicycle related injuries, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

While only one percent of all trips are taken in the United States are by bicycles, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash related injuries and death than occupants of motor vehicles do, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Bicycle helmets reduce the risks of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash.

Members of the Richland Center Parks and Recreation Department along with Officer Dan Pepich, of the Richland Center Police Department, sponsored a Bicycle Rodeo designed to teach bicyclists the skills they need in order to reduce the chance of injury. The Bicycle Rodeo was held on Wednesday 8-3-2016 at the Jefferson Elementary School playground, in which bicyclists from the age of 3 through 14 attended this Bicycle Rodeo and helmets were also provided for those bicyclists who did not have a helmet.  This event was made up of a series of stations; each dealing with important aspects of safe cycling.  Participants had their bicycles inspected for safety issues and mechanical disability and will also learn about practicing bicycling handling skills that could someday save their lives.


Drug Related Arrest


Press Release

June 22nd, 2016

Chief Lucas Clements of the Richland Center Police Department reports that a Richland Center man has been arrested for a drug delivery charge as a result of an investigation into a near fatal overdose that occurred at a residence in Richland Center late last week.

Harrison E. Schwichtenberg, 25, of Richland Center has been arrested and tentatively charged with Delivery of a Schedule IV drug, a Class H Felony.

Chief Clements stated the investigation, which was conducted by officers from the Richland Center Police Department and the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force, discovered that the victim had purchased the prescription pills from Schwichtenberg, which ultimately led to the near fatal overdose.

Chief Clements commented that, not only is this case a prime example of the dangers associated with illegal prescription pill distribution and abuse, it is also an example of local law enforcement’s dedication to investigate these cases to the fullest extent. Chief Clements added that, because of the danger it presents to the community, combating illegal prescription pill diversion has been, and will continue to be, a priority of the Richland Center Police Department and Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force.

At the time of Schwichtenberg’s arrest he was out on bond for a previous arrest for manufacture/delivery of non-narcotics and possession of a controlled substance. As a result, Schwichtenberg may also potentially be facing various bail jumping charges. This case has been referred to the Richland County District Attorney’s Office for formal charges to be filed.

Chief Clements advised that citizen assistance is paramount in combating the distribution of drugs within our community. Anyone witnessing suspected drug activity in the city is encouraged to contact the Richland Center Police Department at 608-647-2103 or Richland County Crime Stoppers at 647-CLUE (2583), where callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.


Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative

The Richland Center Police Department is participating in the 2016 Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.  Please review the document below:

NTBI April 2016 Press Release doc

Photo ID Now Required for Voting in Wisconsin

Photo Identification is now required for all elections held in Wisconsin.  Below is a list of documents that will be acceptable for voting.  Please be sure to have one with you when you go to the polls.  They are also required if you request an absentee ballot.

Photo ID List of acceptable documents

Szuflita-Heather Drug Arrests

Szuflita-Heather Drugs 1-28-16

Vernon Washington Notification

Vernon Washington 01-2016 Notification

Emerald Ash Borer Information Update

The EAB is now a reality in Richland Center.  The City and WI DNR would greatly appreciate the publics assistance.  If you have an Ash Tree in your yard and plan to trim it or remove it, please call City Forester David Fry at 608-604-6713.  The part of the tree that is removed has to be kept separate from the brush piles outside of the landfill.  We are currently reviewing the plan already developed and will update the public when we have specifics set in place.  Thank you for your cooperation.

EAB Confirmed in Richland County

EAB Confirmed in Marquette, Richland Counties for First Time

Contact:  Donna Gilson, 608-224-5130, 
Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020,

MADISON – Marquette County will become the 38th Wisconsin county to be quarantined for emerald ash borer, following discovery of the tree-killing beetle in the Town of Montello there. In addition, EAB has been confirmed for the first time in Richland County in the town of Dayton.

Marquette County will now be placed under quarantine.

Richland County has been under quarantine for EAB since July 2014, so this new find does not change anything from a regulatory standpoint there. Four counties – Lafayette, Iowa, Green and Richland — were quarantined in 2014 because they were surrounded by counties where EAB had been found, and it was likely EAB was present there in low numbers that are difficult to detect. EAB has now been confirmed in all of those counties except Iowa. Actually confirming the presence of EAB should alert residents that it is more important than ever not to move firewood from the county to non-quarantine areas, officials say.

Both new EAB detections resulted from routine trap monitoring. In Richland County, staff from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection found two adult beetles July 28 in a trap along Highway 14 in the Town of Dayton, about five miles west of Richland Center. There are a few ash trees in the immediate area, and they show symptoms of EAB infestation.

U.S. Department of Agriculture staff found one adult beetle July 29 in a Marquette County trap along Cotters Bay Road in the Town of Montello, about a mile west of the city of Montello. The level of EAB activity there has not been determined yet.

Quarantines prohibit ash wood products and hardwood firewood from being moved to areas that are not quarantined. For businesses handling wood products that could carry EAB, this means that they must work with DATCP to assure that they are not transporting the pest to non-quarantine counties. For private citizens, a quarantine means that residents may not take firewood from these counties to non-quarantine counties.

“We strongly discourage moving firewood even within quarantine areas,” said Brian Kuhn, Plant Industry Bureau Director in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “The vast majority of EAB infestations have resulted from the movement of firewood, as evidenced by the number of times our first find in a given county has been in campgrounds. Most of the quarantined counties are not generally infested, so moving firewood within them could bring the pest to new areas in the county that would otherwise remain uninfested for several years.”

Kuhn notes that other forest pests and diseases also move easily and invisibly from one location to another under the bark of firewood.

DATCP recommends that property owners who have ash trees in quarantine counties:

  • Keep a close watch for possible signs of EAB infestation: Thinning canopy, D-shaped holes in the bark, cracked bark, branches sprouting low on the trunk, and woodpeckers pulling at bark.
  • Consider preventive treatments if your property is within 15 miles of a known infestation.
  • Consider planting different species of trees that are not susceptible to EAB.
  • Call a professional arborist, and visit for detailed information.

Emerald ash borer is native to China and probably entered the United States on packing material, showing up first in Michigan in 2002. It was first found in Wisconsin in 2008 in Ozaukee County.

Other quarantined Wisconsin counties are Adams, Brown, Buffalo, Calumet, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Door, Douglas, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Monroe, Oneida, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha and Winnebago.

EAB adults lay eggs on the bark of ash trees in mid- to late summer. When the eggs hatch a week or two later, the larvae burrow under the bark for the winter and feed, forming the characteristic S-shaped tunnels and destroying the tree’s ability to take up nutrients and water. The following summer, the adults emerge through D-shaped holes in the bark.

The Wisconsin Emerald Ash Borer Program includes DATCP; DNR; UW-Madison; UW-Extension; USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.  


Warning Siren Testing

The City of Richland will run an additional test each month of the warning sirens to identify any system issues such as a non-functioning one.  The Sheriff’s Department will conduct the test on the first Wednesday of each month about noon, as they have in the past.  The additional test will be activated via a remote device on the third Wednesday of each month about noon effective July 15, 2015.