School Starts – Reminder to Use Caution

The start of the new school year on Tuesday, September 5th, means that our area students will be arriving and departing from school at already high traffic volume times during the day. With that said, I’d like to touch on a couple of reminders for area motorists to keep in mind.

The first reminder is concerning pedestrian safety. Many students in our school district walk to and from school, with their routes to school undoubtedly taking them through busy intersections. Operators of motor vehicles must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian, bicycle, or person using a personal assistive mobility device at intersections, both controlled and uncontrolled intersections.

To assist with the student’s pedestrian safety, the Jefferson School Adult Crossing Guard, Bill Hall, will once again be at the intersection of N. Main St. and W. Third St. When the crossing guard enters the intersection displaying a stop sign, all four directions of traffic are required to stop until all people have crossed the intersection and the crossing guard has returned safely to the curb.

In addition to pedestrian safety is school bus safety. Stopping for red flashing warning lights on a school bus has been a state law for decades. Under state regulation that went into effect August 16th, 2016, school buses in Wisconsin built after January 1, 2005 must have amber lights to alert drivers that the bus is about to activate its flashing red warning lights while coming to a stop.

The flashing amber lights should be a signal to drivers that the school bus is preparing to stop, so drivers need to slow down, pay attention and proceed carefully. Drivers are allowed to pass a moving school bus with flashing amber lights, but they should do so cautiously. However, once the school bus displays flashing red warning lights, drivers both in front of and behind the school bus must stop at least 20 feet from the school bus and remain stopped until the red lights are turned off or the bus resumes travel. Drivers must stop even if the red stop-sign arm on the side of the school bus is not extended.

Please keep these points in mind to help keep our students travels to and from school safe.

No Parking on Seal Coated Streets for Final Work

Fahrner Asphalt Sealers LLC just informed the City that they will be going around on all the streets they recently seal coated with a sweeper to pick up the leftover gravel tomorrow, August 22, 2017.   The Street Department will be placing no parking signs up this afternoon and they will be removed when the sweeping is finished.

The Street Department hopes to begin repainting the parking stalls on Seminary and Mill Streets, as well as the center lines on Seminary Street and Sextonville Roads Wednesday when the sweeping is finished or Thursday, August 24th.  The following is the list of streets that were seal coated:

Central Ave – between 4th Street and the dike at the North

Second Street – between Congress and Park Streets

Mill Street – between Main and the East at the dead end

Seminary St – between Orange and Park Streets

Park Street – between Seminary and Court Streets

Court Street – from Park Street to the East end at the Cul-de-sac

Sextonville Rd – between Gage and Sheldon Streets

Ward Street – between Sextonville Rd and the top of hill to the East

All of Wedgewood Dr. – between Veterans Drive and Bohmann Drive

All of Leslie Drive

All of Cairns Ave – between Seminary Street and the dead end to the South at Mary Lane

All of Mary Lane

Leona Ave – from the Dead end to the north property line of 600 Leona Ave.

SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION BULLETIN

SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION BULLETIN
COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
July 6th, 2017

Area Residents:

The Richland Center Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 301.46(2m) which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registration Program (SORP). Further, this individual’s previous history places him in a classification level that reflects the potential to re-offend.

This sex offender has served the prison sentence imposed on him by the courts. THIS PERSON IS NOT WANTED BY POLICE. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but it was not until the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law was enacted, that law enforcement was able to share this information with the community.

Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.

Date of photo: June 2017

Jesse J. Weber, age 35. In 2014, he was convicted in Richland County Court for two counts of Possession of Child Pornography. The victims in each case were 12-15 year-old unknown females. He is described as follows:

Male/White, 5’8”, 237 pounds, brown hair, hazel eyes.

Alias- “Jesse James”

 

 

RESIDENCE:

Upon release from incarceration on July 11th, 2017, Jesse Weber will be living at 307 S. Church Street, Apartment #2, in the City of Richland Center.

 

EMPLOYMENT:

Employment will be approved by the Department of Corrections. No contact with children.

 

SUPERVISION PLAN:

  1. No unsupervised contact with minors.
  2. No taverns/bars/liquor stores. Not to consume alcohol or drugs.
  3. Comply with standard sex offender rules.
  4. Comply with any recommended treatment.
  5. Comply with lifetime registration with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registration Program.
  6. Comply with electronic monitoring (GPS)

Agency Contacts:

Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections- Agent Mary Collins Johnsrud, 647-4848.
Richland Center Police Department- Chief Lucas Clements, 647-2103.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

To learn more about the Sex Offender Registration Program in the State of Wisconsin, or to obtain information on other registered sex offenders living in the Richland Center area, please visit the sex offender registration website at http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/.

To obtain information on anyone under supervision please visit the State of Wisconsin, Department of Correction’s website at http://doc.wi.gov/Home.

*This bulletin was prepared by the Richland County Sex Offender Registration Notification Team.

 

 

 

Sex Offender Information Bulletin – Timothy Koenig

SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION BULLETIN
COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

June 9, 2017

Area Residents:

The Richland Center Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 301.46(2m) which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registration Program (SORP). Further, this individual’s previous history places him in a classification level that reflects the potential to re-offend.

This sex offender has served the prison sentence imposed on him by the courts. THIS PERSON IS NOT WANTED BY POLICE. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but it was not until the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law was enacted, that law enforcement was able to share this information with the community.

Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.

Timothy R Koenig Picture

Timothy R. Koenig, age 22. In 2014, he was convicted in Sauk County Court for one count of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. In 2015, he was convicted in Richland County Court for one count of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. The victims in each case were 14-year-old female acquaintances of Timothy Koenig. He is described as follows:

Male/White, 5’7”, 155 pounds, black hair, brown eyes.

Alias- “Tim”

RESIDENCE:

Upon release from incarceration on June 16th 2017, Timothy Koenig will be living at 307 S. Church Street, Upper Apartment, in the City of Richland Center.

EMPLOYMENT:

Employment will be approved by the Department of Corrections. No contact with children.

SUPERVISION PLAN:

  1. No unsupervised contact with minors.
  2. No taverns/bars/liquor stores. Not to consume alcohol or drugs.
  3. Comply with standard sex offender rules.
  4.      4. Comply with any recommended treatment.
  1. Comply with lifetime registration with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registration Program.
  2. Comply with electronic monitoring (GPS).Agency Contacts: Richland Center Police Department- Chief Lucas Clements, 647-2103.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   
  3. *This bulletin was prepared by the Richland County Sex Offender Registration Notification Team.
  4. To obtain information on anyone under supervision please visit the State of Wisconsin, Department of Correction’s website at http://doc.wi.gov/Home.
  5. To learn more about the Sex Offender Registration Program in the State of Wisconsin, or to obtain information on other registered sex offenders living in the Richland Center area, please visit the sex offender registration website at http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/.
  6. Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections- Agent Terry Salisbury, 647-4848.

Click it or Ticket

RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Press Release
May 5, 2017

The Richland Center Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department will team up with hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the Click it or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization from May 22nd through June 4th. This includes the heavily travelled Memorial Day Weekend.

According to Chief of Police Lucas Clements “Our objective during the Click it or Ticket mobilization is not to write more tickets but to save lives and reduce injuries through voluntary compliance with Wisconsin’s mandatory safety belt law. However, if voluntary compliance fails, we will enforce the law.”

According to the Wisconsin Bureau of Transportation Safety, Wisconsin’s overall safety belt use rate is approximately 86%, which is the all-time high for the state but still lower than the national average of 88%.

Motorist who are hurt or killed in traffic crashes because they didn’t buckle up create tremendous economic losses, estimated at nearly $1.8 billion in Wisconsin in 2013. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the rest of society pays nearly 75% of these economic losses through higher insurance premiums, taxes and other public funding.

Consistent safety belt use is the single most effective protection against being ejected from a vehicle or thrown around violently inside during a crash and possibly hitting another vehicle occupant with massive force.

“Far too many people are killed or injured needlessly because they were not buckled up.” said Richland County Sheriff Jim Bindl. “Our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths and injuries. That’s why we urge you to buckle up every time you get behind the wheel or ride in a vehicle.”

Chief Clements and Sheriff Bindl want to remind motorists that as of June 30, 2009 Wisconsin has a primary enforcement seatbelt law which allows an officer to stop and ticket a driver for not wearing a seatbelt just like any other traffic stop. Officers no longer need some other violation in order to stop the vehicle.

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RCPD Drug Take Back Initiative April 29 10am-2pm

RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT

Press Release
April 25, 2017              

Richland Center Police Chief Lucas Clements announces that on April 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Richland Center Police Department, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be hosting a Prescription Drug Take Bake Initiative.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. The focus of the event is on removing potentially dangerous pharmaceutical substances from our community’s medicine cabinets and preventing them from going into our water supply, as well as to help provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal.

Chief Clements states that the Take Back Initiative is a great educational tool that brings awareness to the general public of the potential for abuse of unused or expired medication that is not disposed of. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Your pills can be dropped off for disposal at the Richland Center Police Department located at 470 S. Main St., Richland Center. (Liquids, needles or sharps cannot be accepted, only pills or patches.)  This service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

Chief Clements added that over the past six years, local efforts with this free service have generated approximately 500 pounds of prescription drugs collected for disposal from our community and encourages citizens to keep taking advantage of the service.

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Hunter’s Outlet Burglaries

RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Press Release

January 11, 2017
For Immediate Release

Chief of Police Lucas Clements reports that the police department is investigating two burglaries which occurred in the downtown area over the past month. According to Chief Clements, the Hunter’s Outlet, located at 182 N. Main St. was entered December 17th at approximately 9:00 p.m. and again on December 19th at approximately 1:15 a.m., with handguns taken each time.

Clements states that significant physical force was used to gain entry during the burglaries. The police department is encouraging area businesses to be extra vigilant with physical security, especially in their closing and opening procedures.

The police department is asking the public for their help in solving these crimes. If someone has information about these crimes, or observes suspicious activity, they are encouraged to contact the Richland Center Police Department at 647-2103 or Richland Area Crime Stoppers at 647-CLUE (2583). Callers to the Crime Stoppers line may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Snow Emergency Cancelled

RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT

Press Release

December 17, 2016

Officials from the City of Richland Center have announced that the snow removal emergency has been cancelled. Effective tonight, December 17th, residents may now park back on city streets overnight in accordance with alternate side parking regulations.

A reminder to citizens that notifications concerning alternate side parking and snow removal emergencies will be made via WRCO, City of Richland Center website (http://ci.richland-center.wi.us/), Nixle alerts, and on the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.

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-the City of Richland Center is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender”

 

Snow Emergency

RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT

Press Release

December 15, 2016

Due to anticipated snow accumulations from the impending winter storm, officials from the City of Richland Center have announced that a snow removal emergency is in effect in the city until further notice. This snow removal emergency prohibits vehicles of any kind to be parked on any street or highway in the City of Richland Center between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. The snow removal emergency begins at 10:00 PM Friday, December 16th, 2016. A follow up notification will be sent out when the snow removal emergency is lifted. Notifications will be made via WRCO, City of Richland Center website (http://ci.richland-center.wi.us/), Nixle alerts, and on the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.

All vehicles must be removed from city streets and highways from 10:00 pm until 7:00 am each night that the snow removal emergency is in effect. Vehicles parked on any city street during these hours will be ticketed. The fine for a snow removal emergency violation is $15.00. In addition, vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Overnight, off-street parking will be available in five city-owned municipal parking lots located downtown. The five municipal parking lots are as follows: lot south of the Fire Department, lot south of the City Auditorium, lot north of Advanced Dairy solutions, lot across Jefferson St. (east of) Kwik Trip, lot north of K&K Furniture. Overnight, off-street parking will also be available at the community center parking lot, city hall parking lot and the parking lot in Krouskop Park. Vehicles need to be removed from these lots during the daytime to allow for normal use.

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“the City of Richland Center is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender”

 

Trick or Treating (10/31/16) 5-7:30pm

Trick or Treating will be held in the City of Richland Center on October 31st from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Motorist are encouraged to use caution during this time and be prepared for a lot of children crossing the roads.  Parents, please encourage your children to be safe while trick or treating.  Thank you.