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.”


“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.

Click It or Ticket


Press Release

May 11, 2018

Richland Center Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department to mobilize for Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement from May 21st to June 3rd.

Both the Richland Center Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign from May 21 to June 3.

“We enforce Wisconsin’s mandatory safety belt law – not to write citations – but to help save lives and prevent needless injuries,” said Chief Lucas Clements. “Right now in Wisconsin, we know that about nine of 10 motorists consistently wear a safety belt. We also know that the 10 percent who fail to buckle up account for nearly half of the drivers and passengers killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes each year.”

The state’s safety belt use rate of 89.4 percent is the highest ever, but still lags behind the national average. Last year in Wisconsin, there were 58,899 traffic convictions for failure to fasten a seat belt.

In Wisconsin, law enforcement officers can stop and cite motorists for failing to wear a safety belt. In addition, drivers can be cited for every unbuckled passenger in their vehicle. “Again, this is about preventing injuries and saving lives,” Sheriff James Bindl said. “Before hitting the road, drivers need to ensure that everyone is buckled up, every seat, every trip.”


St. Mary’s Walk For Virtues May 4, 2018

St. Mary’s will hold their Walk For Virtues on May 4, 2018 at 9:00 A.M.  Streets will not be closed but we ask the public to please use caution when in the area of the routes shown on the map below.

St Mary Walk for Virtues 5-4-2018 9am

Peddlers Licenses Approved -RE Hail Damage:

Issuance of a peddler’s license by the City simply means that the City has acquired information sufficient to establish the identity of the licensee. THE GRANTING OF A LICENSE BY THE CITY DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ANY SORT OF GUARANTEE OR WARRANTY BY THE CITY AS TO ANY WORK DONE BY THE LICENSEE OR ANY OTHER ASPECT OF A TRANSACTION WITH THE LICENSEE.

Property owners must make their own decision whether to contract with the licensed individual or business and the owners are solely responsible for the outcome of any contract they may enter into with the licensed business or individual.

Aurum Contracting – Roofing – Siding – Gutters  *****Valid April 16, 2018 through May 16, 2018*****
901 Elmwood Ave, Beloit, WI  53511

Steve Martindale – Field Supervisor at 608-290-7449  (Driving 2014 Ford F150 – plate #MU3268)
James Styers (Driving 2008 GMC Sierra – plate #1673075)                                                              4/17/2018

Daley’s Contractors, LLC                                         *****Valid April 18, 2018 through April 18, 2019*****
1051 Maiden Lane, Galesburg, IL  61401

Brian Goad – Project Manager at 815-703-0441 (Driving 2017 Ford F250 – plate #3733)
Timothy Daley (Driving a 2015 F150 – plate #89 930 2)                                                                   4/18/2018

Martindale Pinnacle Construction, LLC              *****Valid April 19, 2018 through May 19, 2018*****
1828 N. Washington St., Janesville, WI
Eric Martindale – Field Representative (Driving 2012 F150 – plate #MM8142)                          4/19/2018

Urian Chavez (Driving 2013 Dodge 3500 – plate #EET 597)
Andrea Vonckx (Driving Ford F150 – plate # GHB 720)                                                                   4/20/2018
Nathan Martindale (Driving 2012 grey Ford F-150 – plate# T3561A)
Kresha Unseth (Driving 2013 white Ford Edge – plate# LT7863)

APEX General Contracting                                    *****Valid April 20, 2018 through May 20, 2018*****
8383 Greenway Blvd, Suite 600, Middleton, WI  53562

Robert Cuthrell (Driving a 2004 Ford F150 – plate #1675957B)
Ashton Rutherford (Driving a 2011 Ford F150 – plate #2298155-B)                                             4/20/2018

America’s Best Remodeling                                    *****Valid April 20, 2018 through May 20, 2018*****
528 North View Road, Waukesha, WI

Evan Luedtke (Driving 2010 Nissan – plate #NG7957)
Mathew Gernetzke (Driving 2017 Chevrolet Silverado – temporary plate)
Nick Wolff (Driving 2018 GMC Siera – plate #LW7604)                                                                4/20/2018

Doyle Exteriors General Contracting               *****Valid April 23, 2018 through May 23, 2018*****
120 N. Crosby Avenue, Suite #5, Janesville, WI  53548

Troy Melton (Driving 2016 Black Dodge Ram – plate #KS8-671)                                                    4/23/2018
Bradley Hooten (Driving 2013 gray Chevy Silverado – Indiana plate #TK191LSB)
Terry Doyle (Driving 2017 black Dodge Ram 1500 – plate# HX8302)

Heins Contracting                                                    *****Valid April 23, 2018 through May 23, 2018*****
2222 Pleasant View Road, Middleton, WI  53562

Bryan Heins (Driving a white 2016  Chevy 2500 HD)                                                                  4/23/2018

The Edge Contracting                                          *****Valid April 23, 2018 through May 23, 2018*****
PO Box 283, Waukesha, WI  53187

Michael Doyle (Driving 2016 white Dodge Ram – plate #MB 2220)                                      4/23/2018
Tom Schlindwein (Driving 2016 white Ford F-150 – plate #LA4420)
Nathanial Boehlje
Wendall Boehlje
Erik Bell
Kevin Shaver
Jeffrey P. Ross

Belaire                                                                             *****Valid April 23, 2018 through May 23, 2018*****
63 Mean Drive, Platteville, WI  – phone #608-348-2381

Better business Bureau – not listed

Dustan Duggan (Driving 2015 GMC Sierra – plate #4332JR)                                                4/23/2018
Jeffrey Rudnicki (Driving 2006 red Chevy Silverado – plate# 2174058)

Aspen Exteriors                                                  *****Valid April 24, 2018 through May 23, 2018****
14245 St. Francis Blvd. Suite 101; Ramsey, MN

Christopher Callahan (Driving gold Chevy Cobalt – plate #045-KAB)
Kent Clayberg (Driving black 2006 Ford Escape – plate# 128 ZWJ)
Kane O’Neil (Driving white 2009 GMC Sierra – plate# WA9184)
Hayden Kiely (Driving white 2008 Audi A6 – plate# HEALTHY)
Albert Piazzolla (Driving black 2017 Infinity QX70 – plate# FGA 3094)
Sandra Burden (Driving blue 2014 Nissan Versa Note – Nebraska plate# VBE 484)


Brookens Construction                                        *****Valid April 24, 2018 through May 24, 2018****
2413 Parmenter St., Suite 120; Middleton, WI 53562

William Kilps (Driving white 2017 Ford Transit)


Timber Creek Builders, LLC                             *****Valid April 24, 2018 through April 24, 2019***
2425 New Pinery Road, Suite 201; Portage, WI 53901

Thomas E. Mael
Catherine Mael


Creative Construction Group                     ******Valid April 25, 2018 through April 25, 2019******
765 Duffy Drive, Unit H; Crystal Lake, IL 60014

David Phillips (Driving 2006 white Acura TL – plate# 124-LPV)


State Line Exteriors                                               *****Valid April 25, 2018 through May 25, 2018*****
573 Westfield Way; Pewaukee, WI 53072

Aaron Pann (Driving  2015 black Dodge Ram 2500 – plate# XD 63015)


Midwest Storm Co.                                                  *****Valid April 25, 2018 through May 25, 2018*****
830 Fremont Ave.; Dubuque, IA 52003

Jeromie Huber (Driving 2016 white GMC Sierra – plate# EEX 289)
Allen Sawvell (Driving white 2003 Ford F250 – plate # EPM 806)  Valid April 27-May 27, 2018
Shawn Fuller (Driving white 2017 Chevy Silverado – plate #81930J) Valid April 27-May 27, 2018
Anthony Wright (Driving white 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 – plate# PC00914)

Counterfeit $100 Bills Being Circulated

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Counterfeit $100