Press Release
November 12th, 2018



The Richland Center Police Department reports that two subjects were taken into custody on methamphetamine charges on Sunday, November 11th.

Chief of Police Lucas Clements states that at approximately 9:00 p.m. on November 11th Officers with the Richland Center Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle within the City of Richland Center for an equipment violation.

Upon contact with occupants of the vehicle, Officers identified a passenger as Joshua D. Clarke, 31, of Richland Center. Clarke was placed under arrest for an active felony warrant through the Department of Corrections. A search of Clarke, incident to his arrest, revealed several baggies of methamphetamine on his person, individually packaged for sale.

Through subsequent investigation, more methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located within the vehicle.

In addition to being arrested on the Department of Corrections warrant, Clarke was also arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and nine counts of Felony Bail Jumping.

The driver of the vehicle, Taylor N. Stolpa, 19, of La Crosse was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Restricted Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and one count of Misdemeanor Bail Jumping.

Richland Center Police Department Officers were assisted on scene by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Clarke and Stolpa were transported to the Richland County jail, with charges for both being forwarded to Richland County District Attorney Jennifer Harper for prosecution.

Chief Clements states “I would like to point out the diligence and thoroughness of the work that Officers displayed throughout this investigation, which lead to the largest methamphetamine seizure in Richland County to date.”


Alternate Side Parking Begins 11/1/2018


Press Release
October 29, 2018

The City of Richland Center wants to remind residents that Alternate Side Parking begins on Thursday, November 1st, and will run through March 31, 2018. Persons parking vehicles on city streets are required to abide by Alternate Side Parking regulations EACH NIGHT between November 1st and March 31st.

Alternate Side Parking enforcement will take place randomly throughout the week in addition to when the city receives an accumulation of snow and/or ice. Alternate Side Parking will be enforced between the hours of 12:01 AM and 7:00 AM.

Alternate Side Parking requires vehicles to be parked on the odd numbered side of the street on odd numbered dates and the even side of the street on even numbered dates. Residents need to remember that the date during the overnight hours of 12:01 am to 7:00 am determines odd or even side parking. Owners of vehicles in violation of Alternate Side Parking regulations will be subject to a $10.00 parking ticket.

During a period of unusually severe winter weather, the city may declare a Snow Removal Emergency. During a Snow Removal Emergency, parking is prohibited on all city streets and highways. Residents would be required to find off-street parking for up to 72 hours or until snow-removal operations are declared completed by the Public Works Superintendent. Violations of a snow removal emergency will result is a $15.00 ticket.

In addition to tuning into WRCO, the City of Richland Center urges residents to sign up for Nixle alerts to keep up to date on local information including declared Snow Emergencies. You can sign up at Make sure to sign up for all alerts, advisories and community messages under the Richland County Emergency Management account. The service is free and you can choose to receive e-mail and/or text message alerts. City Residents using Facebook can also keep up to date on declared Snow Emergencies by following the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page where declared Snow Emergencies will be posted.



(1) During the period commencing November 1 of each year through the following March 31, it shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle upon any street in the City of Richland Center between the hours of 12:01 A.M. and the following 7:00 A.M., except as hereinafter permitted.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of Paragraph (1) above, it shall be lawful to park a vehicle on a street of the City of Richland Center between the hours of 12:01 A.M. and the following 7:00 A.M. from November 1 through the succeeding March 31, provided that such vehicle is parked on the side of the street determined as follows:

(a) On dates the last digit of which is an even number, vehicles shall be parked on that side of the street having official City house numbers as assigned pursuant to Chapter 607, the last digits of which are even numbers. 101-24 11-30-12

(b) On dates the last digit of which is an odd number, vehicles shall be parked on that side of the street having official City house numbers as assigned pursuant to Chapter 607, the last digits of which are odd numbers.

(c) For purposes of this subchapter, the date shall be determined as of 12:01 A.M., regardless of whether the vehicle was parked prior to midnight.


Drug Take Back – October 27, 2018


Press Release
October 5, 2018

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 27th, 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.

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. With more than 163,000 Wisconsinites addicted to prescription opioids, we all have a role in preventing that number from increasing.

On Saturday, October 27th, 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.

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 added that over the past nine years, local efforts with this free service have generated approximately 1,000 pounds of prescription drugs collected for disposal from our community and encourages citizens to keep taking advantage of the service.

Every citizen in 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.


Request for Bids-Water/Sewer Service to Ag Woods Building


The City of Richland Center is requesting bids to install approximately 475 feet of water and sanitary sewer laterals from an existing curb stop and sanitary clean out to the Ag Woods building at 23250 County Hwy AA per Ag Woods Site Plan for Utilities. Pricing for both laterals shall be on a per foot basis and includes excavation, pipe, fixtures, connections and labor. Payment shall be based on actual footage installed. If installing in same trench, DNR required spacing between water and sewer is required. Water lateral to be laid 6 feet below ground surface.

Sanitary lateral shall be 6” SAR 35 minimum diameter pipe:
475 feet x price per foot is      $_____________ =                                            $___________

Water lateral shall be 1 ¼” HDPE (blue pipe) with tracer wire:
475 feet x price per foot is      $_____________ =                                            $___________

Allowance for interior plumbing to connect to meter base:                                        $   150.00
(Utility will furnish meter and meter horn)

Total Bid:                                                                                                                             $___________


Bids are due by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday October 25, 2018 and will be referred to the City Council on November 6, 2018. Bids should be mailed to City Clerk Melinda D. Jones, City of Richland Center, 450 S. Main Street, Richland Center, WI 53581 or emailed to

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

Sex Offender Information Bulletin


September 6, 2018

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: 08-2018


Steven N. Thomas, age 39. In 2010, he was convicted in Richland County Court of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault. The victim was a 16-year-old female. He is described as follows:

Male/Black, 6’2”, 200 pounds, black hair, brown eyes.



Upon release from incarceration on September 18, 2018, Steven Thomas will be living at 307 S. Church Street, Apt. #2 in the City of Richland Center.



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



  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.



Richland Center Police Department- Chief Lucas Clements, 647-2103.

Agency Contacts:

Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections- Agent Dustin Popp, 647-4848.

Richland Center Police Department- Chief Lucas Clements, 647-2103.



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

To obtain information on anyone under supervision please visit the State of Wisconsin, Department of Correction’s website at

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



September 4, 2018 Meetings Cancelled

Due to the flooding taking place and the possibility of the situation getting worse, all meetings scheduled for tonight, Public Safety at 5pm, Finance at 6:30pm and the Council meeting at 7:30 pm will be cancelled.  The Bills will be paid this week but approved at the next meeting.  If you have any concerns, please call the Clerk’s office at 647-3466 or the Mayor’s office at 647-6428 tomorrow.

Recent Thefts


Press Release
August 15, 2018

Chief of Police Lucas Clements reports that the Police Department is investigating a string of thefts which have occurred within the City over the past week. According to Chief Clements, several vehicles have been entered with varying amounts of cash and other property taken.

Clements states that in all of the cases minimal or no force was used to gain entry into the vehicles. In fact, the investigations have shown all of the vehicles entered were left unlocked. Clements added that the perpetrator or perpetrators are seeking anything of value in these crimes.

The Police Department is encouraging citizens to be extra vigilant in securing their vehicles, especially in the overnight hours if the vehicle is parked outside. In addition, they recommend removing any cash, valuables, and/or personal identification information from vehicles when parked and unoccupied.

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.


Responsible Use of Social Media


Press Release
August 11th, 2018


Chief Lucas Clements reports that there have been many social media posts within the last week about suspicious persons, attempted abductions, or sex trafficking in and around the Richland Center area. These concerns have been further fueled by the circulation of “shared” social media posts.

Chief Clements and Sheriff Jim Bindl report that the Richland Center Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department have received a few “suspicious activity” calls over the past week. These complaints have consisted of females with children possibly being followed. We have thoroughly investigated the complaints and we take them very seriously. We have not, however, identified any criminality in the complaints we have received. The Richland Center Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department have had no reports of abductions, or even attempted abductions, in these complaints; nor have there been any indications that the complaints are associated with sex trafficking.

Chief Clements also states, “I have been in contact with law enforcement officials in the neighboring communities of Muscoda and Boscobel, which have been mentioned in social media posts for allegedly experiencing similar “suspicious activity” complaints. Both Chief Bill Schramm of the Muscoda Police Department and Chief Todd Stenner of the Boscobel Police Department have not had any official reports of the type of activity mentioned in social media.”

While social media is a powerful tool to share information, the “viral” sharing of unverified information concerning a few alleged incidents can lead people to believe there have been significantly more incidents than actually occurred and unfairly label individual(s) as suspects. Ultimately, this sharing of unverified information has contributed to people feeling overly fearful.

All law enforcement agencies, to include locally the Richland Center Police Department and Richland County Sherriff’s Department have ALWAYS encouraged the public to be aware of their surroundings for their personal safety and to report suspicious activity to Law Enforcement. If you feel that you are being followed by someone please use the following tips:

  1. Call 911 immediately to report, law enforcement does not continually monitor social media.
    2. If walking, stay in a public area. If driving, drive to a police department or continue to drive    until Law Enforcement is able to locate you.
    3. Memorize, write down, or take a picture of the license plate number, vehicle, and/or suspect description or any other identifying information. This will assist Law Enforcement in their subsequent investigation.
    4. Do not confront the individual(s).




Press Release
August 3rd, 2018



 Bicycles are considered “vehicles” on Wisconsin roadways. That means bicyclists must obey the rules of the road like any other vehicle and must be treated as equal users by all other vehicles.

Bicycles are particularly vulnerable among road vehicles. There are several simple things bicyclists can do to greatly reduce their risk of crash, death or injury.

The best way is to avoid common bicyclist errors or to be prepared to avoid common motorist errors committed around bicyclists.

Chief Lucas Clements advises that the Richland Center Police Department in cooperation with the Richland School District, Cairns State Farm Insurance Agency, Culver’s Restaurant, and Boy Scout Troop 81, will be hosting a Bicycle Safety Course on Wednesday, August 15th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Jefferson Elementary School playground.

In addition to the Bicycle Safety Course, Chief Clements adds that after the course, Officers will have tokens to hand out to bicyclists they see in our community demonstrating proper bicycle safety. The tokens will be redeemable at Culver’s Restaurant for a treat.

Chief Clements would like to thank Cairns State Farm Insurance Agency and Culver’s Restaurant for their generosity in supporting this effort to help promote positive reinforcement for bicycle safety in our community.

The bicycle safety course is open to the public, ages 5-18 years old at no charge. Attendees are asked to bring their bicycle and bicycle helmet the day of the event.




Drug Arrest Pending

Press Release
July 2, 2018


Chief Lucas Clements reports that at approximately 1:30 a.m. on July 1st Officers from the Richland Center Police Department responded to the Phoenix Center, located at 100 S. Orange St. for a report of a physical fight with injuries.

Upon arrival, Officers made contact with Dakota L. Lins, 23, of Lone Rock, who was found injured on scene. During contact with Lins, Officers found Lins to be in possession of 8.7 grams of methamphetamine, methamphetamine paraphernalia, suboxone, several clear plastic bags and a large amount of money.

Lins was subsequently transported to the Richland Hospital for his injuries and the investigation into the physical altercation at the Phoenix Center is ongoing.

When medically cleared, Lins will be arrested for; possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine (3-10g), possession with intent to deliver schedule II drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. All tentative charges will be referred to the Richland County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.