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Man Accused of Shooting Kenosha K9 Riggs Facing Escape Charges

The man accused of shooting Kenosha County Sheriff’s K9 Riggs in the head last fall after shooting and killing a man in Chicago is also facing felony battery and escape charges in Racine County. Allan Brown has been held in the Racine County Jail since last fall when he was apprehended in Bristol, Wisconsin, in […]

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Election fraud charges sought against 5 Wisconsin Election Commission members

RACINE COUNTY – The Racine County Sheriff’s Office referred election fraud charges Wednesday to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office against five members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Commissioners Margaret Bostelmann, Julie Glancey, Ann Jacobs, Dean Knudson, and Mark Thomsen were all named, but they have not formally been charged. Referrals for charging have been […]

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Racine County Sheriff alleges voting issues during 2020 presidential election

RACINE COUNTY – Officials with the Racine County Sheriff’s Office sounded an alarm around alleged voting issues, specifically how one long-term care facility collected ballots for the fall 2020 presidential election. During a press conference held Thursday morning, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling released findings of a 10-month-long investigation into the role staff at the […]

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Waterford Man Held After Starting House On Fire

WATERFORD – A Waterford man was in custody after starting a fire in his home following an argument with his wife here Thursday evening. Wade Hotchkiss, 44, was charged with arson of building, arson of property, four counts of recklessly endangering safety, felony criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct (domestic abuse related). He was […]

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Racine County Sheriff’s Office Staff Raise $4,700 for the Women’s Resource Center

During October, November, and December 2020, over 60 members of the Racine County Sheriff’s Office Staff participated to raise money for the Women’s Resource Center in Racine. For a $75 donation, deputies and corrections officers were authorized to grow a beard which is normally prohibited. Several participants donated over the required $75. On Monday, Sheriff […]

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Racine County Sheriff Launches COVID-19 Jail Dashboard

RACINE – The Racine County Sheriff’s Office recently launched an informational COVID-19 dashboard for the Racine County Jail. The custom website provides an ongoing snapshot of the jail status and an overview of safety steps that are being taken to reduce the virus spread within the jail. The dashboard can be viewed here. As of […]

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Sheriff Schmaling Announces Promotions

Sheriff Christopher Schmaling has announced the following promotions: Lieutenant Cary Madrigal has been promoted to the rank of Captain.   Sergeant Michael Spiegel has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.   Investigator Kurt Heiser has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.   Investigator James Spranger has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.   Deputy Kristen Kachelmeier […]

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Drugs Seized In Douglas Avenue Raid

Three men are facing drug charges after thousands of dollars in drugs were confiscated from inside a Racine home during a drug raid. According to a press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, a 33-year-old Racine man, 27-year-old Racine man, and a 20-year-old Kenosha man were arrested on drug charges. The arrests happened after […]

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Man Facing Drug Charges After I-94 Accident

Racine County Sheriff’s deputies say a 25-year-old man is facing misdemeanor drug charges after they found marijuana in his car following an accident on I-94. Brandon Green, of Battle Creek, MI, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count each of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, he […]

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Woman Seriously Injured in Head-On Crash with Semi

Racine County Sheriff’s deputies say a 36-year-old Milwaukee woman was intoxicated Saturday when she crashed head-on into a semi on the Highway 11 interchange. Officers were called at 6:15 a.m. Saturday to the northbound on-ramp of I-94 at Highway 11 for a report of an SUV that struck a semi head-on after crossing the median. When […]

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