2018

On Sunday, April 22, 2018 at about 2:25 pm the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center took a 911 call from a boater on the Chippewa River. The caller was reporting the finding of a body lodged in and against a tree, just off the shore near Hubbard’s Landing on CTH M.

With the assistance of the Durand Fire Department the body was removed from the Chippewa River.

The body will be transported to the medical examiner’s office in Madison for an autopsy for positive identification and cause of death.

Assisting at the scene where the Durand City/Rural Fire Department, Wisconsin DNR, Pepin County Coroner’s Office, and Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Joel Wener

***UPDATED***

On Monday, April 23, 2018 the identity of the body recovered from the Chippewa River in Pepin County on Sunday, April 22, 2018 has been confirmed.
The confirmed identity is that of Brenden Felton, 25 reported missing from the City of Eau Claire in October 2017. Please contact the Eau Claire Police Department for any further information regarding the case involving Brenden.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Brenden’s family.

2017

On Friday, October 20, 2017 at about 1:50 PM the Pepin County Sheriff came upon a motorcycle crash on CTH N near the intersection of Plum Valley Road. The operator and passenger of the cycle both said that the crash had just occurred, and both were injured and needed medical attention.
The operator stated he was driving his 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle at about 35 MPH, and lost control going around the sharp corner on CTH N at Plum Valley Road and ended up turning over in to the west ditch. Both operator and passenger where injured as a result of the crash.

The operator, Neal Baker, 67 of Star Prairie, WI was transported by Mayo 1 air ambulance the passenger, Bonnie J Baker, 67 of Star Prairie, WI was transported by Pepin emergency ambulance service. Both operator and passenger were wearing helmets. Neither speed or alcohol were factors in the crash. Assisting the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office at the Crash scene were Pepin Police Department, Lund Fire District Fire, Pepin Emergency Ambulance Service and Mayo 1 helicopter air ambulance.

Sheriff Joel Wener

The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office and Durand Police Department earlier today were made aware of a “possible” threat at the Arkansaw-Durand High School. Both of our departments investigated the threat and worked closely with the School district. The male juvenile in questions has been taken into custody, due to a juvenile being involved no further information can be released at this time. The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office, Durand Police Department and the Arkansaw-Durand School District take these situations very seriously and rest assured our number one goal is the safety and security of everyone at the school.

Sheriff Joel & Chief Stan

On Thursday, September 7, 2017 at about 9:30 am, the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Northwest Region State Patrol requesting assistance with a potential motor carrier violation. The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office had report of a disabled semi unit on USH 10 near the Pepin/Pierce County Line west of Durand. The semi unit had left St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 7 pm on September 6th destined to deliver its load to a location in Neenah, WI. At about 8 pm two tires blew out on the semi-trailer where it became disabled. The driver contacted a tire repair service to respond to the scene to replace the tires. The repair service was not able to lift the trailer in order to change the tires due to its weight. The following morning a second repair service attempted to change the tires. That service contacted a heavy tow truck operator to lift the rear of the trailer to allow the tire changes. The tow operator contacted the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office to advise them of the obvious overweight issue. Pepin County Deputies then requested a State Patrol unit to assist. Sergeant Wm. Berger responded to the scene to assist.

The initial tow truck was not able to lift the rear of the trailer so a second, larger 50 ton rotator tow truck responded and was able to lift the rear of the trailer to change the tires. Due to the extreme flexing of the frame and the potential for a catastrophic failure of the trailer frame system extra blocking and jacks had to be used to support the center the trailer while it was being lifted. The unit was eventually weighed on a set of the Wisconsin State Patrol’s portable scales. The unit had a gross weight of 165, 900 lbs. The legal gross weight of the unit was 80,000 lbs. All of the tires on the semi-tractor and trailer, with the exception of the steering tires, were significantly exceeding the tire manufacturer’s maximum tire weight rating. Some of the tires were carrying more than double the allowable weight allowed by the tire manufacturer’s rating. The driver was issued a citation for failure to place the required emergency warning devices for a stopped vehicle in the area around the disable semi unit. The unit was partially in a traffic lane for over 10 hours without anyone contacting law enforcement or placing the safety devices.

The company was issued a citation for an 85,900 lb. axle group overload. The bond amount for the overweight citation was $20,287.86. A second citation was issued to the carrier for exceeding the tire weight ratings. Nine other axle weight warnings were issued along with 12 out of service violations for exceeding the tire weight rating limitations. A final warning was issued to the driver under the Federal Safety Regulations for Reckless Driving. The unit was escorted approximately 4 miles where it could be safely offloaded.

Sheriff Joel

On Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 10:31PM, the Pepin County Communications Center took a call of a UTV rollover with several people injured at a private residence on USH 10, Lima Township. The driver of the UTV was flown by air ambulance due to injuries. One other patient was also treated for injuries. Assisting at the scene was the Durand Fire Department and Durand Ambulance Service.

Sheriff Joel Wener

On Thursday, April 13, 2017 at about 12:39 PM the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch center received a report of a 2-year child missing from N 1384 Basswood Lane Pepin, Wisconsin. The child had been last seen outside in the yard about 15 minutes prior to contacting the dispatch center. A search of the home was conducted by law enforcement and the child was not found inside the home. As local fire departments were being organized for a search of the surrounding woods and property, a private citizen on a four-wheeler contacted the dispatch center and stated he believed he had found the missing child. Law enforcement arrived and confirmed that it was the missing child, and she was returned home to her family. The distance from the home to where the child was found was approximately 500 yards or .3/10 of a mile. Assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene where the Pepin Police Department, Pepin Fire Department, Pepin Ambulance, and the Lund Fire Department.

Sheriff Joel Wener

2016

On Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 10:28 AM, the Pepin County Dispatch center received a report of a vehicle fire on Sand Ridge Rd and Basswood Ln near the Village of Pepin. The vehicle was in the ditch and fully engulfed in flames upon arrival of first responders. Nobody was located in or around the vehicle and no injuries were reported. Assisting at the scene was the Pepin County Dispatch Center, the Lund and Pepin Fire Departments, Pepin Ambulance and the Pepin Police Department. The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating. Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Rud at 715-672-5944.

Sheriff Joel Wener

On Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at 7:34 AM, the Pepin County Dispatch Center received a report of a one vehicle rollover on CTH P & CTH O near the Village of Arkansaw. The driver was traveling west bound on CTH p and left the roadway. The vehicle hit an embankment and overturned. The 21 year old Durand woman was extricated from the vehicle by the Durand Fire Department and was treated by the Durand Ambulance Service and released at the scene. Road conditions and speed were factors in the crash. Assisting at the scene was the Pepin County Dispatch Center, Durand Fire Department, Durand Ambulance Service, Pepin County Highway Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Sheriff Joel Wener

On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 9:34AM, the Pepin County Dispatch Center received a report of a dump truck that had rolled over on STH 85 near CTY RD T. It appeared that the dump truck had been east bound on STH 85 and left the roadway. CTY RD T was blocked for several hours. The 54 year old driver sustained serious injuries and was transported by ambulance. Assisting was the Pepin County Dispatch Center, Durand Ambulance, Durand Fire, Pepin County Highway Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s  Office and the State Patrol.

Sheriff Joel Wener

The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle vs bear crash on US Hwy 10 near CTH D in the Eau Galle River dip. The bear was deceased prior to our arrival, no injuries to the driver and minor damage to the vehicle.

Sheriff Joel Wener

October 28th, 2016, shortly before 11pm the Pepin Chief of Police was notified of a possible boat crash near the marina in Pepin. Upon arrival, it was found that a 23 foot Bayliner Cabin Cruiser struck, and came to rest on top of the rock pier a few hundred feet from shore. The boat was occupied by one male, one female and their dog. The male occupant was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Wabasha MN with unknown injuries. The female, and the dog, appeared to only have minor injuries and did not require medical attention. Speed, unfamiliarity with the area and possibly alcohol, are all believed to contribute to the crash, but it is still under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Pepin County Sheriff’s Office and Pepin Police Department. Also assisting at the scene was Pepin Emergency Medical Services as well as Pepin and Lund Fire Departments.


Sheriff Joel Wener

On October 22, deputies were dispatched to a one vehicle rollover on Cth SS near Pottery Lane. The vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and flip. The vehicle came to rest on its roof. The lone male occupant sustained minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene. The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Durand Fire Department and Durand Ambulance Service as well as the Wisconsin State Patrol. The accident is still under investigation by the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office. Speed was a factor in the crash.

Sheriff Joel Wener

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at approximately 5:09PM, The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a two car crash at the intersection of USH 10 and CTH D in the Township of Waterville. On arrival there was complete road blockage in both lanes. Traffic was diverted around the scene for a short time.

Unit #1 was traveling west bound on USH 10 and had slowed, and was signaling to turn left or south bound onto CTH D. The vehicle was a silver, 2001 Oldsmobile Alero, 4dr. The vehicle was owned and operated by 24yo. Samantha R. Menting, of Arkansaw.

Unit #2 was traveling west bound on USH 10. The driver had been looking down and placing a drink into a cup holder and when he looked up he struck the rear of Unit #2. The vehicle was owned and operated by 23yo. Mitchell L. Auld, of rural Elmwood. Mr. Auld was cited for Inattentive Driving.

Both drivers had refused medical treatment at the scene. The vehicles were removed by McMahon Towing and Jamison Towing. Pepin County Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol, Durand Ambulance Service and Durand Fire Department.

Sheriff Joel Wener

On January 13, 2016 at approximately 07:13 AM the Pepin County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle accident located on US Highway 10 at the Intersection of State Highway 25 N. Upon arrival it was determined that a black 2015 Jeep Cherokee driven by Hayley C Binkowski and a black 1999 Ford Taurus driven by Jessa R Schutz had collided. The driver of Jeep and her minor passenger were transported to Chippewa Valley Hospital by private vehicle to be treated. Driver and minor passenger of the Ford car were transported by ambulance to Chippewa Valley Hospital to be treated. The driver was later flown to an Eau Claire Hospital for further treatment. The accident is currently under investigation.

The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Pepin County Highway Department, Durand Ambulance Service, and Durand Fire Department.

Sheriff Joel Wener

On Tuesday, January 5th 2016 the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a request by the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office to assist them in locating Curtis D. Johnson 12/1/1965. Mr. Johnson was being sought in connection with a domestic battery that occurred earlier in Buffalo County. Deputies went to Mr. Johnson’s address at N2904 CTH E Stockholm, Wisconsin. Contact was attempted by numerous means with Mr. Johnson, Mr. Johnson failed to come to the door or answer his phone; Deputies were able to view Mr. Johnson inside the house. A search warrant was issued for law enforcement to enter the house and take Mr. Johnson into custody. Law Enforcement did execute a search warrant on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 in the early morning hours. Mr. Johnson was taken into custody and transported to the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office Jail. Assisting at the scene were the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Lund Fire Department and Pepin Ambulance Service.

Sheriff Joel Wener

2015

The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a traffic incident on STH 85 this afternoon. A large piece of concrete used for building material fell off of a flat bed trailer. The 32,000 LB. piece of concrete skidded across the roadway into the ditch. A large crane was need to lift the concrete out of the ditch and back onto the trailer. No one was injured. The Wisconsin State Patrol and Pepin County Hwy Department assisted at the scene.

Sheriff Joel Wener

On June 19th at 8:54am The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in progress at a private residence on Co Rd D in the Waubeek Township. The home owner provided substantial information that lead to the arrest of 5 adult males. Responding law enforcement officers set up a perimeter near the residence, due to information that some of the person’s involved in the burglary were on foot and still in the area.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded and helped with a ground search of the area. 4 adult males were apprehended with help from Dunn County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Dunn County K9, Durand Police Dept, and Pepin Police Dept.

A suspect vehicle and the driver was also apprehended by a Dunn County Sheriff Deputy traveling on Hwy 85 in Dunn County. All suspects are currently being held at the Pepin County Jail for charges related to the incident.

Pepin County Sheriff’s Office will continue its investigation in the matter. Pepin County Sheriff’s Office extends it’s thanks to Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, Durand Police Dept and Pepin Police Dept for your assistance.

Sheriff Joel Wener

Just before 2:00am on Sunday, June 7, 2015, a Deputy from the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office was traveling northbound on STH 25 just entering the City of Durand. An oncoming vehicle veered completely into the deputy’s lane of travel forcing the deputy to take evasive action, leaving the roadway to avoid a crash. The vehicle continued in the oncoming lane of traffic forcing a second vehicle to leave the roadway before the deputy was able to get the vehicle safely stopped. The driver, Genaro Garcia Tentzohua born 02-28-1992 was subsequently arrested for second offense operating while intoxicated.

Sheriff Joel Wener

On Monday, June 1st, 2015 after an extensive investigation, Deputies from the Pepin County Sheriff’s executed a search warrant for stolen property at W9459 Cedar Drive, Pepin Wisconsin.

Numerous confirmed stolen items were recovered by Deputies and taken into evidence.

Deputies also took into custody a male, Robert Brunner, 59, the owner of the property. Mr. Brunner is awaiting formal charges in the Pepin County Jail for possession of stolen property.

Assisting the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Sheriff Joel Wener

Pepin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single motorcycle crash on USH 10 near the Shell gas station in Durand. Both riders were ejected in the crash. The passenger was air-lifted to Mayo Eau Claire for non life-threatening injuries. Pepin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash. Durand Ambulance and Life-Link III assisted with the crash.

This was the second crash this week that required patients to be air-lifted. With EMS week approaching, Pepin County Sheriff’s Department would like to recognize the great service these services provide to Pepin County.

Sheriff Joel Wener

On Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:41AM the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 2 vehicle crash with injuries and road blockage at the intersection of State Hwy 85 at Marsh Road.

Involved in the crash were 34 year old Russell Wilkerson of Durand, WI. Operating a 2004 Kenworth semi, the second vehicle a 1996 Honda Accord was operated by Loyd Lowe 32 years old of Plum City, WI.

Preliminary investigation shows that Wilkerson was eastbound on State Hwy 85 waiting to make a right turn onto Marsh Road, when Lowe, also traveling eastbound on State Hwy 85, crashed into the rear of Wilkerson’s semi.

Lowe was transported to the Chippewa Valley Area Hospital with unknown injuries by the Durand Area Ambulance Service.

The crash remains under investigation by the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office.
Assisting at the scene of the crash were the Durand Area Ambulance Service, Durand Fire Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Sheriff Joel Wener

On Friday, February 27th, 2015 at around 3:00 P.M. a Deputy from the Pepin County Sheriffs Office was involved in a high speed pursuit. The Deputy had stopped a car in Pepin County for a traffic violation. After the Deputy completed his contact, he was contacted by Pierce County Sheriff’s Office that the driver of the car, Spenser A Weber age 24 of Plum City, WI. was wanted for a probation violation and his supervising agent wanted him taken into custody. The Pepin County Deputy along with a Pierce County Investigator did conduct a second stop on Mr. Weber in Pierce County. Mr. Weber did stop at the side of the road, and when Deputies attempted to make contact with Mr. Weber , he took off at a high rate of speed. As the car began to flee from the Deputies at high speeds, speeds reached 100 mph. The deputies discontinued the pursuit in the regards to the safety of other motorist’s and the rest of the public. Deputies lost site of the car, The Pepin and Pierce County Sheriffs Office continued to attempt to locate the car but were unable to find it.

Around 4:00 PM the Durand City Police Department initiated a stop on another vehicle with in the City of Durand. It was believed that Mr. Weber was inside the stopped car. Mr. Weber was taken into custody after being located in the truck of the car. Mr. Weber along with three others by the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office and Durand Police Department, all on a probation hold’s. This case remains under investigation by the Pepin County and Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. The Durand City Police Department is also conducting a separate investigation and is expected to have other charges stemming from information and evidence gained through the stop.

Sheriff Joel Wener

On Thursday, January 22, 2015 the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from a concerned citizen that a male with multiple felony warrants was at a residence in the Village of Stockholm. Deputies from the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office along with Pepin Police Department and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office were sent to the residence. While an officer was waiting for back up to arrive, the suspect left the residence in a motor vehicle. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit began reaching speeds of 80 MPH. Spike strips were deployed at the Pepin/Pierce County line and two of the vehicles tires were deflated. The vehicle continued into Maiden Rock, WI and onto the ice of the Mississippi River. The vehicle became disabled on the ice and the suspect then fled on foot and after a short foot pursuit the male was taken into custody.

ARREST: Todd M. Longsdorf 03/28/65

Mr. Longsdorf is being held in the Pepin County Jail on five felony warrants and three misdemeanor warrants. The warrants are for burglary and drug charges.

Assisting the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office were the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and the Pepin Police Department.

Sheriff Joel Wener