Thursday, April 13, 2017

THANK YOU to our Door County Dispatchers

The Sturgeon Bay Police Department would like to extend
our thanks and gratitude to the Door County 911 Dispatchers
for all that they do to make our jobs and community safer!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Condolences to Everest Metro Police

The Sturgeon Bay Police Department would like to extend our condolences and prayers to the Everest Metropolitan Police Department and to the families of the other victims in the tragic incident yesterday.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Temporary Closure of N 14th Ave on March 20

Beginning Monday March 20, a portion of N 14th Ave in front of the former Door County Highway Shop will be closed to traffic.

This closure is needed for the installation of new sanitary and water services for the new Senior Center and EMS Building.  The contractor hopes to have the installation finished by the end of the week.

During this closure, please follow the detour as shown in the picture.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

REMINDER: City Added a Disabled Parking Stall on Michigan St

The Sturgeon Bay Police Department would like to remind all downtown visitors, this past winter, a new disabled parking stall was added on Michigan St, just before N 3rd Ave.  The parking spot is the last one before the crosswalk in the picture, with the required signage on the lamp post. This action was approved by City Council at the November 1, 2016 meeting.

Recently, we have seen an increase in unauthorized vehicles parking in this stall, which has resulted in citations being issued.  To use this stall, a vehicle must be displaying special registration vehicle plates or identification cards.  State Statutes discuss this in:

346.505  Stopping, standing or parking prohibited in parking spaces reserved for vehicles displaying special registration plates or special identification cards.

We anticipate the Street Department will be painting this parking stall blue this spring to help motorists, as other similar stalls are painted in the city.  However, the fact this stall lacks blue painting does not mean anyone can park in the stall and does not negate a driver's responsibility to be observant of traffic signs.  State Statutes only require the parking space to be marked with an official traffic sign, and this parking space is clearly marked.

We thank everyone for their cooperation in following the disabled parking laws.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Winter Parking Ban Reminder

The city of Sturgeon Bay's winter parking restrictions are still in effect until April 1st.  City ordinance 7.07 states:

No operator of any vehicle shall park such vehicle upon any street within the city between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. during December, January, February and March.  

Parking permit applications and information can be obtained from the City of Sturgeon Bay Municipal Services office at 835 N 14th Avenue.  Forms are also available online at 

Failure to obey this ordinance can result in a $15 parking ticket.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Alcohol & Drugs ... A Common Theme

UNDERAGE DRINKING: On February 23 at 7:53pm, police were dispatched to a noise complaint at the Sunset View Apartments involving teenagers.  Upon making contact with the occupants, it was determined a 15 year old juvenile had been consuming alcohol.  The juvenile was issued a citation and taken home to their parents.  The apartment renter, a 34 year old female, was issued a citation for allowing the underage consumption.

MARIJUANA: On February 24 at 3:30pm, a city officer was assisting a deputy in looking for a suspect at the Nightengale Motel.  Upon locating the suspect, a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the room he was renting, with a small amount located in the room.  With no prior marijuana arrest, the 18 year old male from Sister Bay was issued an ordinance citation for possession of marijuana.  The deputy arrested the suspect on an unrelated matter.

OWI & DRUGS: On February 24 at 10:39pm, police were dispatched to an accident in the 300 block of Jefferson St with a report the intoxicated driver was attempting to leave.  Police located the driver, a 30 year old male from Sturgeon Bay, where field sobriety tests indicated impairment and the driver was arrested for OWI-4th Offense, a felony.  Police found drug paraphernalia and a joint on the driver, as well as some marijuana in the vehicle.  In addition to the OWI charge, the suspect was charged with felony possession of marijuana (prior convictions) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  Traffic citations for failure to maintain control of his vehicle and operating without a driver's license was issued as well.  The driver was cooperative, but his impairment level was to the point he had to ask the officer if he was back in Door County.  

DISTURBANCE: On February 24 at 11:23pm, police were called to a residence in the 400 block of N 6th Ave for disorderly behavior.  Police located an intoxicated male outside.  An investigation reveled the male had been asked to leave the house and when occupants tried to get the male to leave, he struck a 15 year old resident in the head.  The juvenile was not injured.  Police found the male, a 35 year old resident of Luxemburg, was out on bail with a condition to not consume alcohol.  The male was taken to jail and charged with disorderly conduct and bail jumping.  

MARIJUANA: On February 26 at 12:20am, police located a male walking on Hwy 42/57 near Neenah Ave wearing only a t-shirt, pajama pants and boots.  Due to the colder weather, police found this odd and contacted the male, who claimed he was walking back to Motel 57 from Wal-Mart.  Though the males story was not believable, police were nice and gave the male a ride to the motel.  At 1:19am, police were notified of a vehicle in the ditch farther east of the location where the officer first located the male.  The officer returned to Motel 57, where another vehicle was pulling into the motel at the same time, and the officer observed the passenger was the same male from earlier.  An investigation determined the male, a 22 year old male from Janesville, was the driver of the vehicle in the ditch.  In addition, a small amount of marijuana and a pipe were located in the vehicle.  The male from Janesville was issued traffic citations for operating with a suspended license and failure to maintain control of his vehicle, and issued ordinance citations for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The vehicle that had pulled into the motel parking lot was being driven by a 31 year old male from Beloit who was found not to have a valid driver's license, and he was issued a citation for that offense.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bar Closing Disturbance

On February 19 at 2:24am, city officers were dispatched to Kitty O' Reilly's Irish Pub for a fight between three males.  Investigation revealed three males had been harassing a female bartender during the evening, and was told to stop by a male bartender.  At closing time, the male bartender stepped outside to take down the pub's "open" flag, when one of the three males grabbed the flag from him and began hitting the bartender with it.  The other two males joined into the fight before it was broken up.

No serious injuries occurred and the bartender did not want to pursue criminal charges.  Based on the nature of the disturbance, the three males were issued ordinance citations for disorderly conduct.  Two of the males were from Kentucky, ages 23 and 27, and the third male was from Missouri, age 32.