Snow Emergency Cancelled


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 (, Nixle alerts, and on the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.


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


Snow Emergency


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 (, 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.


“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.

A Dose of Reality for Our Community – Drug Take Back

 A Dose of Reality for Our Community

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

Chief Lucas Clements wants to inform the community that, on October 22, they can do something to help prevent this epidemic from spreading further. The Richland Center Police Department will be hosting a Drug Take Back Day, joining a national initiative to get all those unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs out of your medicine cabinet and safely destroyed.

70% of people who are addicted to prescription opioids got their first pills not from a street dealer, but improperly from a family member or friend. To help keep our community safe, please take advantage of this free service provided on the upcoming Drug Take Back Day.

Drug overdoses kill more people than car accidents in Wisconsin, and the largest number of those deaths aren’t caused by “hard street drugs.” In fact, prescription narcotic painkillers contribute to more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. With more than 163,000 Wisconsinites addicted to prescription opioids, we all have a role in preventing that number from increasing.

On Saturday, October 22, go to the Richland Center Police Department between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to stop this epidemic from taking an even bigger hold on our community and state. Here’s what you can bring:

Do Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials, and pet medications.

Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, acids, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, and sunscreens), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, and gas), and mercury thermometers.

  • Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication(s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag. Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packages without the medications being removed are acceptable.


  • Liquids will be accepted during this initiative. However, the liquids, creams, and sprays must be in their original packaging. Liquids without the original packaging will not be accepted.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

Chief Clements states that every citizen in our community and across this state can play a role in solving this epidemic: use prescriptions only as prescribed to you, store prescriptions securely, properly dispose of unused prescriptions, and help spread the important message about safe prescription use. Please go to to learn more about how we can make our community safer and healthier.

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

Szuflita-Heather Drug Arrests

Szuflita-Heather Drugs 1-28-16

Vernon Washington Notification

Vernon Washington 01-2016 Notification