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Chief Patrick Matuszewski





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Chief’s Corner

09-24-14

Bicycles Prohibited on Downtown Sidewalks…

For pedestrian safety, municipal ordinance 6-4-4 prohibits the riding of bicycles on specific downtown sidewalks. To help bicyclist easily identify these designated areas, the sidewalk ramps have recently been painted with the universal “No Bicycles” markings, in addition to the posting of “No Bicycles on Sidewalk” street signs (below). While on these sidewalks, bicyclists are required to walk their bikes to avoid colliding with pedestrians who may be exiting businesses or walking in these sometimes congested areas…

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CITY OF LAKE MILLS POLICE DEPARTMENT           

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Contact: Sergeant Alan Witte 920-648-2354 awitte@ci.lake-mills.wi.us  

Lake Mills Police Department to crack down on drunken motorists during the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign

Lake Mills Police Department will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin in cracking down on drunken driving during the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1.

Efforts to combat drunken driving in Wisconsin through effective enforcement and education are showing positive results. In the past 10 years, fatalities from alcohol-related crashes dropped from 348 in 2003 to 185 in 2013, which is a 47 percent reduction.  Injuries from alcohol-related crashes dropped from 6,445 in 2003 to 2,660 in 2013, which is a 59 percent reduction, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

“Although we’re making progress in preventing drunken driving, too many people are still being killed or injured because of the irresponsible decision to drive while impaired.” says Sergeant Witte. “Drunken driving is entirely preventable. You can designate a sober driver or find an alternative way home. The serious consequences of a drunken driving arrest include major embarrassment, expensive penalties, installation of an ignition interlock device, and possibly jail time. Driving drunk will be a decision you’ll regret the rest of your life, if you are lucky enough to live.”

To help prevent drunken driving, the Zero In Wisconsin traffic safety initiative has a free “Drive Sober” mobile app, which includes updated features to help you get home safely. The Drive Sober app can be downloaded by visiting zeroinwisconsin.gov.

8-6-14

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Active Shooter Training…

 

In preparation for the upcoming school year, the City of Lake Mills Police Department recently performed “Active Shooter” training with its officers at one of our local schools.  Through coordinated efforts with the Lake Mills area schools, LMPD also has continued to run school staff members through realistic practical training sessions.  In addition LMPD has also performed practical training with the Lake Mills Fire Department First Responders.  “Though we hope we never have to experience an active shooter incident in our community, the reality of today’s world dictates that we need to be prepared for such an event.”  Chief Pat Matuszewski 

  

7-29-14

Press Release

The City of Lake Mills Police have identified the body found in the “Mill Pond” on Sunday evening, as 18-year-old Devin L. Droster of Lake Mills.  This case remains under investigation by the Lake Mills Police Department.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call Capt. Mick Selck at (920) 648-2354.

Chief Pat Matuszewski

Lake Mills Police Department

07-28-14

Press Release

On July 27, 2014 at 6:46 PM, the City of Lake Mills Police were dispatched to Bartel’s Beach, located at 127 S. Ferry Dr., regarding the report of a body found floating in the “Mill Pond.”  Lake Mills PD Investigators were called-in to investigate the incident.  The body of a deceased adult male subject was recovered from the pond.  The identification of the subject is currently unknown.  An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning.  This case remains under investigation.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call Capt. Mick Selck at (920) 648-2354.

Chief Pat Matuszewski

Lake Mills Police Department

 

07-15-14

Lake Mills National Night Out Focuses on Safety for Kids and Families

On Tuesday, August 5, members of the Lake Mills Police department would like to invite the community to join together in the annual “National Night out against Crime” event.   Attendees will have the opportunity to view and experience the inside of police and fire vehicles, meet their local health and safety officers and watch UW Health’s Medflight helicopter land.  The event is planned at the Lake Mills High School lower parking lot from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

There will be ongoing demonstrations by the Lake Mills EMS, UW Health, Fort Health care and UW Health Watertown.  Transport vehicles from the Lake Mills EMS, Fort Health care Paramedic Intercept and CHETA (UW Children’s Hospital Emergency Transport Ambulance).  Custom Canine service academy will have their four-legged friends on hand for demonstrations and petting.  Also scheduled to appear are Bucky Badger, McGruff the Crime dog, and Dottie the Donor program mascot.

In addition to the demonstrations and mascots, there will be bike helmet fittings and giveaways sponsored by American Family insurance and TREK bicycle. We will have many booths offering free health and safety information, free games and activities for kids, and plenty of food and refreshments available for purchase from the Lake Mills EMS and Special Olympics.  There will also be music provided by our local DJ, door prizes, raffles, and freebies to make the night memorable for everyone.

Communities nationwide celebrate National Night Out in order to 1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, 2) Strengthen police-community partnerships, and 3) increase neighborhood safety awareness.

National Project Coordinator Matt Peksin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity.  National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.”

For more information contact Officer Troy Oestreich at the Lake Mills Police Department at 920-648-3454 or toestreich@ci.lake-mills.wi.us .

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06-27-14

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The Town and Country days festival parade is set for Saturday June 28th at 10:30 a.m.  There will be no parking posted on the parade route as well as the detour route between 9:00 a.m. and noon, the day of the parade.  The Lake Mills Police Department will begin clearing both routes at 8:00 a.m.  If an owner of a vehicle cannot be found, the vehicle will be ticketed and towed.  The parade route will be closed starting at 10:00 a.m. until the end of the parade.

06-24-14

 

Fireworks

Fireworks…

It’s that time of year again. The weather is warm, people are grilling-out and July 4th is just around the corner. This celebration of our Nation’s Independence typically involves “fireworks”.  Though the City of Lake Mills puts an awesome fireworks display for all to enjoy, it’s not uncommon for many people to light off a few fireworks with friends and family…but are these fireworks legal?? In the State of Wisconsin the fireworks that are legal to possess and ignite without a valid permit consist of “smoke bombs”, “cone fountains” that produce visual/audio effects but do not explode, “snakes” that contain no mercury, “sparklers” not exceeding 36 inches, “party poppers” that spray confetti or streamers and “snaps”…basically anything that launches into the air, flies and/or explodes is illegal without a permit and may lead to a substantial fine and confiscation of these fireworks. Don’t be fooled by the many places throughout the state that are now selling fireworks that fly and/or explode (ie, mortars, firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets, M80s, etc.)…these are illegal for anyone to possess and discharge unless you have a valid permit… Note:  Signing an agreement at the check-out of these Firework Superstores only adds you to their permit, which requires you to store your fireworks on their premise and discharge them on the date, time and location defined by the store’s permit…the moment you leave the property with these otherwise illegal fireworks you are in violation of the law!!! The City of Lake Mills Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy July 4th!

06-20-14

tshirt The Lake Mills Police Department recently investigated concerns regarding the legitimacy of T-shirts being sold by “Logo Nation” with an understanding that a portion of the proceeds would go to benefit our local schools.  LMPD has discovered that a solicitor’s permit was not obtained with the City and the schools have since withdrawn their involvement with this vendor.  If you purchased a t-shirt(s) from this vendor and would like a refund, you will need to call Jennifer Watson at 1-800-955-7375 X13. Note:  Per City Ordinance 3-2-1, any vendor soliciting door to door for a profit in the City of Lake Mills is required to have a valid solicitor’s permit.  Citizens have the right to request that the vendor show proof that he/she has a valid solicitor’s permit before making any purchase.  If the vendor does not have a valid permit, citizens are encouraged to immediately inform the police department to investigate. Chief Matuszewski

06/18/14

 

NEW TORNADO SHELTER

Those citizens needing a place to go when the tornado siren is sounded are to go to the Lake Mills High School. The Lake Mills Fire Department has a key to open the shelter and will do so as soon as a warning is issued. To get to the shelter…when you pull into the high school from S. Main Street go into the parking lot to the front of the school. On your left will be a driveway that takes you towards the lower gym and the bus barn. When you get to the bottom of the hill just before the lower gym/bus barn there will be a parking lot on the right and a door straight ahead. THIS IS THE DOOR TO GO IN.  There will be a firefighter at the door to assist you. Please don’t wait until the sirens are sounded. If you need to use this shelter check out the location before a severe weather event is in progress.

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6-10-14

Click it or ticket photo   Click It or Ticket Enforcement May 19th to June 1st Here is the break down for the Click It or Ticket campaign the Lake Mills Police Department participated in. Nine officers were involved with a total of 57 enforcement hours. A total of 37 citations were issued as follows: Seatbelt Violation—21 Speeding—2 Operate while Intoxicated—3 Operate while Revoked/Suspended—3 Non Registration—1 Other—7 A total of 62 written warnings were issued and another Six stops had no action taken. There were also 2 drug arrests and 3 warrant arrests.

06-09-14

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Parents and Caregivers

Leaving Kids Alone in Hot Cars — Know the Risks and Consequences

Even great parents can forget a child in the back seat, but caregivers who are unaccustomed to transporting children are especially prone to forgetting. Think about the last time your routine was interrupted. Maybe you forgot something, or were afraid you might forget something. Or maybe you decided to leave your child alone in the car, thinking “I’ll just run into the store for a minute.” In either case, it’s important to know the risks and consequences associated with leaving kids in cars — especially hot cars.

Risks

  • In 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cracking a window does little to keep the car cool.
  • With temperatures in the 60s, your car can heat up to well above 110 degrees.
  • A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s.
  • Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees outside!
  • A child dies when his/her temperature reaches 107.

Consequences

  • The heat-related death of a child
  • Misdemeanor with fines as high as $500 — and even imprisonment — in some states
  • Felony, depending on the state, if bodily harm results from leaving kids alone in a hot car
  • Note: The age of children who can be left unattended in a vehicle varies from state to state, as does the duration of time a child can be left alone in a car.

Prevention Tips to Avoid a Tragic Heatstroke

  • Never leave a child alone in a car.
  • Don’t let your kids play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
  • Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it’s empty. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a visual reminder.
  • If you are dropping your children off at childcare, but normally your spouse or partner drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure they were not left in the car.
  • Become vigilant about looking in the vehicle before locking the door. Always look front and back before walking away — always!

50 SAFEST CITIES IN WISCONSIN LAKE MILLS IS 8TH Lake Mills 8th For many people, there’s nothing like living on the water, and if you’re looking for a safe place to live in a picturesque riverfront state away from the East or West Coast, Wisconsin should be your next destination. We’ve started with all cities with a population of over 5,000 as of 2012 and then found those who met our criteria for the lowest violent and property crimes rates, based on those FBI statistics. This includes everything from violent crimes, such as robberies, murders, forcible rapes, and aggravated assaults, to property crimes, such as burglaries, property thefts, motor vehicle thefts, and arsons. We then calculated the number of occurrences happening out of 1,000 to more accurately account for cities with larger populations. The FBI Crime Report is the most reliable source for crime statistics, but there are some cities that didn’t report all their statistics to the FBI, so this may be why they didn’t make our list. Use this list to discover the 50 safest cities and also be sure to check out our Wisconsin Safety Directory to discover personal home security and crime prevention resources. 8. Lake Mills Complete with beaches, fishing piers, and nearly a dozen parks, Lake Mills depicts the beauty of living on the shores of Rock Lake. Home of Crystal Farms dairy products company and an LEED platinum-rated middle school, Lake Mills shows promise and opportunities for people and families of all ages. Plus, the Rock Lake Activity Center offers great athletics for kids, adults, and senior programs keeps everyone busy. In addition to its thriving economy and school district, Lake Mills also saw no murders, robberies, motor thefts, or arsons in 2012. And, according to the local police department, they’re dedicated to keeping up this record as the years go by and even have ideas on how they’re going to make this happen. “Through the application of innovative police practices, public education, collaborative community efforts, and exercising a proactive enforcement approach, this agency will continue to ensure the City of Lake Mills maintains its reputation of being a safe and pleasant community in which to work, reside, and play.” Chief Patrick Matuszewski Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.52 Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.49