Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Use Extra Caution This Morning

Please use extra caution this morning.  The Street Department has done an excellent job of salting the roads, but streets are still icy. Do no drive unless you have to and if you must go out, slow done and take your time, especially at intersections, hills and curves.

Parking lots and sidewalks are glare ice.  Avoid a fall and stay inside until the temperature and salt can melt some of the ice.  THANK YOU!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Alcohol Leads to Bad Choices

OWI Arrest:  On January 8 after 9:00pm, police were dispatched to Division Rd for a vehicle in the ditch.  The driver, a 32 year old female from Sturgeon Bay, was found to be impaired.  She initially denied driving and stated her husband was driving, but he was not at the scene.  Police were able to confirm she was the driver, and she refused to complete field sobriety tests, telling the officer she "would not pass."  The driver was arrested for OWI-2nd offense and obstructing an officer.  Traffic citations for operating with a revoked license (2nd offense) and non-registration of a vehicle were also issued.

Bar Fight:   On January 11 at 10:20pm, police were sent to Cherry Lanes for a fight with someone displaying a knife.  Different versions of the incident were given to the police to sort out, but it was alleged a 52 year old female hit a 31 year old male.  While the male was being escorted out of the bar, the male allegedly displayed a folding knife.    Both the female and male were issued misdemeanor citations for disorderly conduct.  The case has been referred to the DA's Office.

Door County Partnership....A Great Resource for our Community

The Sturgeon Bay Police Department is proud to be a partner of this great organization.  We encourage all parents and families to check out their website at http://doorcountyparents.com/

DC Partnership maintains an updated list of community resources that is kept on the Door County Public Library's website.  The list is all encompassing covering education, emergency/crisis needs, employment, food/clothing, health, housing, senior needs, transportation and non-profit agencies. Please check out the link at http://doorcountylibrary.org/community_resources

Starting in 2017, Sturgeon Bay Police Officers will be carrying business cards with these websites to hand out to parents and families looking for assistance and help.  This is another step in achieving the department's mission of working "in partnership with the community to ensure a safe, nurturing environment" in Sturgeon Bay!  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Thank you for your support...

The Sturgeon Bay Police Department would like to thank everyone for supporting your police officers who proudly serve the citizens and community of Sturgeon Bay.  

The mission of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department is to serve, protect, and work in partnership with the community to ensure a safe, nurturing environment.

Starting in 2015, January 9 was designated as a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day by the organization C.O.P.S.. They provide services and support to survivors and co-workers affected by the line-of-duty deaths of officers. Information about C.O.P.S. can be found at https://www.nationalcops.org/


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Driver Report of Crash form goes online

Under Wisconsin law, a motor vehicle crash must be reported when it results in:

  • Injury or death of a person.
  • $1,000 or more in damage to any one person's vehicle or property.
  • Damage of $200 or more in state or other government-owned property other than a vehicle.  

If the Sturgeon Bay Police Department is contacted at the time of the accident, the law enforcement officer who responds will complete the crash report.  If a reportable accident was called in after the fact, police would hand the driver a paper form to self report the accident.  

Effective January 1, 2017, the WI DOT ended the self reporting paper form and have gone to an electronic form for the Driver Report of Crash.  The form can be accessed at wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/crsh-rpt/default.aspx.  

"The change of the Driver Report of Crash to an exclusively online form will save both time and resources.  It also will help WisDOT efficiently collect crash information and data, which are critical for planning enforcement, education and engineering strategies to improve traffic safety," says David Pabst of the WisDOT Bureau of Traffic Safety.

The electronic form can be done on a smart phone as well as a computer with internet connection.  For those that do not have access to either, the DOT advises drivers to utilize their local public library, where computer access is free and available to everyone.    

The below card is what Sturgeon Bay officers will hand out to drivers who need to self-report accidents.  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Domestic Call Leads to Drug Investigation

On the afternoon of December 29, 2016, Sturgeon Bay Police took a domestic abuse report which occurred at a residence on the west side of the city.  The male suspect, a 38 year old male from Sturgeon Bay, had grabbed the victim by her hair and punched her several times.  Police located the suspect at the residence and arrested him for domestic battery and disorderly conduct.  The male was currently out on felony bond from another case, and was also charged with felony bail jumping.  The male was taken to the Door County Jail and lodged until an appearance before a judge could be arranged.

During the domestic investigation, it was learned a marijuana grow was occurring at the residence. Sturgeon Bay Police contacted the Door-Kewaunee Drug Task Force for assistance.  A search warrant was obtained to gather the evidence.  The drug investigation has been turned over to the Task Force.

Some of the evidence seized.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Respect Other's Property - Don't Steal

At the end of December, police were notified that a 97 year old resident of a community based residential facility might be the victim of a theft.  Through an investigative operation, police identified the suspect as an employee of the facility.  The suspect, a 39 year old female from Kewaunee, was stealing money from the residents wallet that was kept in a dresser.  The suspect was arrested and admitted to the thefts.  The case has been referred to the DA's Office for criminal charges.  

On January 3 at 7:30pm, Wal-Mart called police about a retail theft in progress.  Two females were concealing items and police stopped them as they attempted to leave the store with two carts of unpaid merchandise.  The total value of the merchandise was just over $1,000.  Both suspects, from Green Bay ages 28 and 54, admitted to the theft.  Due to the value amount exceeding $500, the offense was a felony.  Both suspects were arrested for the felony retail theft and taken to jail.  The 54 yr old suspect was on probation for retail theft and a probation hold was placed on her as well.  The 28 yr old suspect had her 4 year old child with her, and the child was released to a family member for care.  The case has been referred to the DA's Office for criminal charges.