City and Utilities Close due to impending COLD.

The City and City Utilities are closing due to the impending weather for Tuesday, January 29th.
A decision for Wednesday, January 30th and Thursday, January 31st is pending.  Call the City Clerk’s office at 647-3466 to see if anything is open.  If there is no answer, consider the office closed.  Emergency issues should be directed to the Richland Center Police Department at 647-2103 or Richland County Sheriff’s Department at 647-2106.

Taxpayers needing to pay their property taxes should mail them.  Mail received by February 5th will not be considered late.  Taxpayers wanting to pay in person can come in on Friday, February 1st.

Employees called in by the Police Department for emergency related issues will be required to respond.

City officials want the public and employees to be safe!

TUESDAY:
Partly sunny, windy and bitterly cold; blowing and drifting snow is possible.
High: -1; Wind Chills: -20 to -30 during the day
Wind: W/NW 15-25 MPH

TUESDAY NIGHT:
Partly cloudy, windy and dangerously cold with blowing and drifting snow possible.
Low: -24; Wind Chills: -40 to -60 in the morning
Wind: W/NW 15-25 MPH

WEDNESDAY:
Partly sunny, windy and dangerously cold; blowing and drifting snow is possible.
High: -16; Wind Chills: -35 to -45 during the day
Wind: W/NW 15-25 MPH

THURSDAY:
Variable cloudiness and continued dangerously cold with a chance of flurries in the afternoon.
Low: -26; Wind Chills: -35 to -55 in the morning

Snow Emergency Cancelled 1/23/2019

RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Press Release

January 23, 2019

Officials from the City of Richland Center have announced that the snow removal emergency has been cancelled. Effective tonight, January 23rd, 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 (https://ci.richland-center.wi.us/), Nixle email alerts, and on the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.

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Snow Emergency 1-22-2019

RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Press Release January 22, 2019

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 within 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 tonight Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 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 (https://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 in violation 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. from 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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Richland Center Police Department Press Release

January 15, 2019

Starting Monday, January 21st 2019, police officers from the Richland Center Police Department, in cooperation with the Richland School District and St. Mary’s School, will be in 5th grade classrooms teaching CounterAct. CounterAct is a six-week program designed to bring police officers, schools and families together to help prevent children from using alcohol and other drugs and to help them avoid using violence as a means of solving problems. CounterAct brings specially trained police officers into the classroom where they can have a direct relationship with the students. In CounterAct, students learn specific, age appropriate skills that they can apply in real-life situations to make positive choices and resist the pressures to engage in risky behaviors such as drinking, smoking and using other drugs. CounterAct also emphasizes the importance of parents and family in the growth and social development of young people. The CounterAct program concludes with Parent’s Night which gives parents and other important adults an opportunity to learn what the students have studied during the five classroom sessions.

This year parent’s night will be on Monday, February 25th 2019, beginning at 7:00PM in the Doudna Elementary School gymnasium. All family members and interested persons are invited to attend. -END-

ADULT SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD RECOGNITION WEEK

ADULT SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD RECOGNITION WEEK Adult School Crossing Guards play a critical role in keeping students safe as they walk to and from school each day. Adult School Crossing Guards place the children’s safety above their own while facing speeding motorists, cell phone users, and others disregarding traffic signals to ensure that all traffic is stopped before students enter the roadway The Richland Center Police Department and the Richland School District would like to inform the community that January 14th through January 18th, 2019, has been proclaimed Wisconsin Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week. It is important that we all take the time to say thank you to our local Adult School Crossing Guard, Bill Hall, who is tasked with the responsibility for the safe crossing of children near Jefferson Elementary. No matter if it is raining, snowing, sleeting, or 10 degrees below zero, Bill Hall never fails to do his duty. So next time you walk your child to school, or drop them off at the crosswalk, be sure to thank Bill Hall for watching out for your child. It is sometimes a thankless job, but rain or shine, he is always there.

Counterfeit $100 bills

RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Press Release January 10, 2019

The Richland Center Police Department would like to alert area businesses and residents to watch for counterfeit $100 bills that may begin to appear throughout Richland and surrounding counties. On January 8th, 2019 at approximately 3:35 PM, Officers with the Richland Center Police Department received complaints of three counterfeit $100 bills being used at two local businesses within the City of Richland Center. At approximately 5:30 PM on January 8th, 2019 the Richland Center Police Department was made aware of a counterfeit currency investigation by Officers with the Muscoda Police Department. As a result of the Muscoda Police Department investigation, probable cause was established to arrest 36 year old Michael D. Streiff for crimes he committed in Muscoda. At approximately 10:00 PM on January 8th, 2019 Richland Center Police Officers located Streiff in the City of Richland Center, and through the subsequent investigation, Officers located 17 counterfeit $100 dollar bills in his possession. Through further investigation, it was confirmed that the three counterfeit $100 dollar bills that had been accepted at local businesses in Richland Center earlier in the afternoon, had come from Streiff and an accomplice. The serial numbers on the counterfeit $100 bills used at the local businesses were the same as the serial numbers on the counterfeit $100 bills found on Streiff’s possession. It is unknown at this time how many of the counterfeit $100 bills may be in circulation. On January 8th, 2019, Michael D. Streiff was arrested and transported to the Grant County Jail for charges related to the Muscoda Police Department investigation. Once Streiff’s Grant County court hearing is complete he will be turned over to Richland Center Police Department authorities and arrested for the following: Forgery (17 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule IV Drug, Possession of Prescription Drug without a Prescription, and Bail Jumping (10 counts). All Richland Center charges will be forwarded to Richland County District Attorney Jennifer Harper for prosecution. Chief Clements states, “The counterfeit $100 bills are obvious forgeries. They also have identical serial numbers of LB45440078L and are printed on distinctly thicker paper.” Chief Clements is urging people and businesses to pay close attention to $100 bills. The counterfeit bills can be detected with a currency detector pen and by taking an extra second to observe the front and back of the bill. Residents and stores are asked to carefully check bills when accepting money and turn in all suspected counterfeit bills to law enforcement as they are aware of the issue. Chief Clements states in addition to the great police work among neighboring law enforcement agencies, the Richland Center Police Department is working with the United States Secret Service to find the source of the counterfeit money. ###

Child Welfare Investigation Leads to Drug Arrests

Chief Lucas Clements of the Richland Center Police Department reports that, on 12-27-18, Officers made contact at a residence in the City of Richland Center over a reported concern that children were being exposed to methamphetamine, which was being used and distributed within the residence. Upon contact with the occupants of the residence, Officers found numerous children, including several toddlers and a baby. Officers also located several methamphetamine pipes, including one that still had smoke coming out of it. Further investigation discovered a baggie of methamphetamine and numerous items associated with methamphetamine usage and distribution, such as pipes, pipe cleaning items, syringes, snorting straws, scales, and repackaging baggies. As a result of the investigation, the following subjects were taken into custody. Hope M. Millard, 33 of Richland Center, was arrested and tentatively charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Maintaining a Drug Trafficking House, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Child Neglect. Ronda K. Leffler, 53 of Richland Center, was arrested and tentatively charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Maintaining a Drug Trafficking House, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Child Neglect. Derek J. McDiarmid, 25 of Blue River, was arrested and tentatively charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Child Neglect, and Felony Bail Jumping. All of the above listed drug related charges also carry a penalty enhancer because the offences took place within 1,000 feet of a park. All charges have been forwarded to the Richland County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. All juveniles in the house were examined by medical personnel before being released to responsible parties as determined by Richland County Child Protective Services (CPS). In addition to CPS, the Richland Center Police Department was assisted on scene by the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and Richland County EMS. Chief Clements states that this investigation was the result of a combination of consistent, sound law enforcement tactics conducted by Officers on patrol and a concerned citizen who was observant and reported their concerns to law enforcement. Chief Clements would like citizens to remain vigilant and continue to report suspicious activity, no matter how minor, noting that this case is a great example of how citizen involvement partnered with law enforcement can reduce crime within our community. Chief Clements added that this case was also a prime example of why the Drug Endangered Children program was adopted locally in 2016. Chief Clements explained that the Drug Endangered Children program is a State program designed to increase communication and efficiency amongst agencies vested in the protection of children. Any citizen who has information concerning any illegal activity is encouraged to call the Richland Center Police Department at 608-647-2103 or the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at 608-647-2016. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Richland Area Crime Stoppers at 647-CLUE (2583) and may be eligible for a cash reward. ###

Press Release – for immediate release 12-28-18 Child Welfare Investigation Leads to Drug Arrests

TRAFFIC STOP ENDS IN ARRESTS

RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT

Press Release
November 12th, 2018

 

TRAFFIC STOP ENDS IN ARRESTS, SEIZURE OF 40 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE

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.”

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Alternate Side Parking Begins 11/1/2018

RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT

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 www.nixle.com. 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.

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ORDINANCE CHAPTER 101.15 – ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING.

(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.