Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Getting a new phone turned out to be not-so-exciting for this Port Washington resident.
Technology simplifies a lot of things in life, but then there's days when it makes life a bit more complicated. Police reached out to a Port Washington resident at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a 911 call from his phone, according to a police report. The 25-year-old man advised that it must have been a pocket dial from his new phone. At 7:34 p.m. that same day, the 25-year-old again was contacted by police after an open line 911-call. The man said there was no emergency, the report said, and police warned him of potential citations because this was his second accidental 911 call in the last 24 hours. But this phone was determined to report an emergency. Finally, at 11:42 p.m. that day, police again received an open line 911 call from…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
A roundup of recent activity also includes a snow ball fight that got out of hand.
This teenager certainly wasn't able to come out of this one saying, "point proven." Police responded to a hang up 911 call from a pay phone at 8:20 p.m. March 7 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, according to a police report. When officers arrived, a 13-year-old student eventually admitted to dialing 911 to "prove a point that no one would show up." The student was cited for misuse of emergency services, and turned over to his parents. Boy, was he wrong. Police responded to Lincoln Elementary School at 3:05 p.m. March 6 after a call about a 12-year-old and a 13-year-old student "engaging in a wrestling-like altercation," according to a police report. The incident started after a snowball fight got out of hand.
A 72-year-old Port Washington woman called 911 because the large flock of birds had apparently trapped her in a parking lot.
A Port Washington woman recently found herself in a flighting position while trying to leave a parking lot. The 72-year-old resident called 911 from her vehicle at 9:57 a.m. March 5, but hung up before saying anything, according to a police report. In calling back, she told police "she was trapped in the lot by a large flock of birds." There was a large amount of ducks and geese in the lot, but the woman told police she was able to get out, the report said. That'll really ruffle your feathers — but it could have been worse: scenes from the 1963 horror film "The Birds," come to mind.
Monday, March 4, 2013
The increase makes the village's fees more in line with that of surrounding communities.
Saukville officials approved an increase to ambulance rates citing a need to keep at pace with surrounding communities' rates. Saukville residents in need of an ambulance will pay a $500 basic call rate, up from $425, according to an Ozaukee Press article. Nonresident rates increase from $500 to $600. The increase was suggested by LifeQuest, a company that both Saukville and Port Washington work with to handle ambulance billing needs. Lifequest lists Port's basic rate at $525 for residents and $600 for nonresidents; Port Fire Chief Mark Mitchell said Port's paramedic services might add up to higher costs, depending on the type of service used. Saukville Fire Chief Gilly Schultz said maintaining similar rates is important because both Port …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Thirteen calls were made to the emergency number last week in Port Washington. Thirteen were not emergencies.
Port Washington residents made 13 calls to 911 between Feb. 10-16, according to a report summary provided by the Port Washington Police Department. According to 911.gov, the number should be called in “any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police.” None of the 13 appeared to qualify: The other calls were just plain old accidents.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
A roundup of the latest activity from the police blotter also include high school kids intimidating younger children at Possibility Playground as well as an accidental 911 call.
A construction worker literally stuck it to the man when a Port Washington driver attempted to enter an area closed to through traffic. Port Washington police received a call from the 29-year-old driver who said a construction worker jumped in front of his vehicle and began to strike it with a stick at 7:19 p.m. July 30. The construction worker said the area was closed to through traffic while work was being done, but the driver said there wasn't much signage or barricades indiciating it as such. Police warned the construction worker for her behavior towards the driver. More from the reports:
Saturday, June 2, 2012
The Port Washington Police Department fields a lot of accidental 911 calls; here's a round up of the latest.
The Ozaukee County Sheriff's office has long been battling "false" 911 calls — hangups, misdials, pocket dials and more. Statistics on the county's website show 272 false 911 calls in 1997, and 314 in 1998, with such numbers, "increasing every day," according to the website. "When officers respond to these false 911 calls, they take the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash with their emergency vehicles," the website said. "If the citizens would take a few simple precautions, this risk will be minimized and the number of false 911 calls will be reduced dramatically." Here are some of the recent false 911 calls that the Port Washington Police Department responded to, perhaps providing some perspective on ways to prevent such "…
Friday, May 18, 2012
The Port Washington man said he had been out for a walk when he became sick and fell into the brush just north of the wastewater plant near the North Beach access point.
Police responded to a 911 call at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday after two people walking on the beach noticed a man crawling out of the bushes, calling for help. Port Washington Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said the man had been in the brush just north of the wastewater plant. He told police he had been out for a walk two days earlier, and became sick. "(He said he) threw up and became too weak that he couldn’t get himself off the beach," Hingiss said. Though the man said he was there for two days, the police have no way to confirm that at this time. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene and he was transported to Aurora Medical center in Grafton.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A roundup of the recent activity from the police blotter also includes a long list of 911 calls for reasons that don't really seem to be an emergency.
Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction. The actual blood alcohol content of the middle school student was .023, not .23 as originally stated. The old water bottle trick didn't fool anybody at Thomas Jefferson Middle School on Wednesday. Port Washington police were called to the school at 7:45 a.m. after several students notified administration that a 14-year-old Saukville boy had a bottle of Gatorade with liquor mixed in. Police found the boy and administered a preliminary breath test which showed him to have a .023 blood alcohol content. He was cited for juvenile alcohol. What a way to start the morning. More from the reports:
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A roundup of the latest activity from the police blotter also includes stolen laundry and an inappropriate reason to use 911.
With gas prices over $4 a gallon from most stations over the past week, it really isn't surprising that these people drove away from the pump without paying — what might be more surprising is that the drive-offs were both unintentional. Police spoke to a 46-year-old Port resident at 6:01 p.m. Wednesday after he had driven away from Mad Max Convenience Store, 1605 N. Wisconsin St., without paying for his $20.00 worth of gas. At 4:10 p.m. March 12, police spoke with a 24-year-old Port resident who had also driven away from Mad Max without paying. Both men said the drive off was unintentional, and returned to pay for their gas — roughly 5 gallons of it for the first guy. More from the reports: