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.



Drug Arrests

Press Release
July 2, 2018

On June 30th Officers from the Richland Center Police Department made several arrests at 505 S. Church St. in the City of Richland Center. The investigation began when Officers observed a vehicle registered to Steven Beach, who had an active felony arrest warrant through the Department of Corrections, parked outside the residence of 505 S. Church St.

Upon further investigation, Officers received additional information that Steven Beach was inside the residence. While Officers were conducting the initial investigation outside, the occupants of the residence locked the door to the residence and then refused to answer the door. Officers then made forced entry into the residence in order to arrest Beach on the Felony Arrest Warrant. Once inside, Officers located Steven Beach and another male subject, Robert Schoener, hiding in a small room in the residence. Officers also found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia located where Schoener had been hiding.

The owner of the residence, Marion McNamer, and McNamer’s adult son were also located within the residence. During the investigation, two additional parties, identified as Kiefer Beran and Jamie Merrill, were located outside the residence.

While speaking with Beran, an Officer observed a methamphetamine pipe protruding from his shorts pocket. During his subsequent arrest, Beran was also found to be in possession of marijuana. At around the same time, Merrill was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia and was taken into custody.

Consent to search the residence was then obtained by Officers. During that search, Officers located methamphetamine, scales, bags for packaging drugs, as well as other assorted drug paraphernalia. The Richland Center Police Department was assisted on scene by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit.

As a result of the investigation the following people were arrested and tentatively charged.

Marion D. McNamer, 41, Richland Center, Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and a probation violation.

Steven D. Beach, 47, Richland Center, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and a probation warrant.

Robert J. Schoener, 28, Richland Center, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and a probation violation.

Kiefer J. Beran, 26, Arena, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Felony Bail Jumping, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jamie L. Merrill, 39, Avoca, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting/Obstructing an Officer.

The case has been referred to the Richland County District Attorney’s Office for formal charges to be filed against the above listed parties. Richland Center Police Chief Lucas Clements states “This investigation is a fine example of Patrol Officers being diligent and investigating the situation to the fullest legal extent.” Chief Clements added that “Methamphetamine usage presents many dangers, not only to the users, but to the overall community. Investigations such as this are essential in the ongoing fight against the distribution of this dangerous drug.”


Motor Vehicle Crash at Jones Chevrolet 6/13/2018


Press Release
June 13, 2018

The Richland Center Police Department reports that damage was done to multiple vehicles at Jones Chevrolet, as a result of a motor vehicle crash.

Chief of Police Lucas Clements states that, at approximately 10:04 AM Wednesday, June 13th, officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash off of US Highway 14 East, at the Jones Chevrolet dealership location.

Karoline L. Nee, 64, of Richland Center was operating a 2005 Pontiac Minivan eastbound on Hwy 14 when her vehicle contacted a guardrail, continued eastbound traveling off of the roadway to the south, into four unoccupied vehicles in the front of Jones Chevrolet parking lot. Nee and a single passenger were both transported to the Richland Center Hospital for possible injuries. Initial investigation into the cause of the crash revealed Nee suffered a medical event prior to leaving the roadway; alcohol and speed were not contributing factors.

As a result of the crash investigation, Karoline Nee faces tentative traffic charges including failure to maintain control of a vehicle and a seat belt violation. The police department was assisted at the scene by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Richland Center Fire Department, and Richland County Emergency Medical Services.


June Dairy Days Parade – 6/16/18 at 10:30 A.M.

The June Dairy Days Parade will be held on Saturday June 16 beginning at 10:30 A.M.  The parade is expected to be approximately one hour and affected streets will be closed during the parade.   Please review the route on the link below.

6-16-18 Rodeo Parade Route

“WRIGHT” of Spring – Street Closure

There will be a “WRIGHT” of Spring event held on June 2, 2018 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the downtown area.

Street closures on Court Street between Main and Church Streets as well as Central Avenue between Seminary and Mill Streets will be closed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

City parking lots will be available for parking as well as handicap parking.

Outdoor toilet facilities will be located in the city parking lot next to the Auditorium.

Rosa Street will also be closed from Ithaca Road to the north.  The house located at 1 The Wright Way is on the Wright and Like tour.   With Rosa Street being on a steep hill and limited parking available, it is in the best interests of the public to close the street during the tour hours.  Property owners will have access to their property and a vehicle will be available to take people to the Barrett Tuxford house.

Join in the fun!!!  There will be good food, company and bands for your entertainment as well as a vintage vehicle show

Memorial Day Parade

The VFW Post 2267 will sponsor the Memorial Day Parade on May 28, 2018 starting at 10:00 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m.  The Parade Route will close the street for a short time.

Lineup will begin about 9:30 a.m. on Central Avenue in front of the US Post Office.  The parade will travel south on Central Avenue, East on Court Street, North on Church Street, East on 8th Street, North on Park Street, East on Saloutos Drive into the cemetery where the ceremony will be held.

Highway 14 Lane Closure 5/21-5/25/18

The Richland Center Public Works Department will be closing the eastbound right lane of Highway 14 for storm sewer repairs beginning May 21st through May 25th, 2018 between Highway 80 and Sextonville Road.  Please use caution when traveling in the area.  Thank you!