Police News

2015 Annual Report

 2015 Annual Report completed by Lt. McHugh.

2015 ANNUAL REPORT

Farewell to Officer Lopes-Serrao

LuisOn June 19, the Village employees said goodbye to Officer Lopes-Serrao with a noon luncheon in his honor. Luis was presented with a plaque formally thanking him for his over 10 years of service to the Village and it's residents. We wish Luis and his family well in their future endeavors.


New Officer Sworn In

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On June 1, 2015, Officer Matthew Loveless was sworn in by Village Clerk Cindra Falkowski as the newest member of the Kronenwetter Police Department. Officer Loveless will be serving us as a part-time patrol officer. Welcome to the community Officer Loveless!


Another Scam Hits Resident

04-26-15: Please see the following press release regarding another scam that has hit the area. This resident was scammed out of thousands of dollars and is responsible for paying it back. Remember the adage, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is".

Press Release Link


Several Officers Recognized for Service

Officer Christopher Smart-DeFoe and Officer Luis Lopes-Serrao received Letters of Recognition for their hard work in solving a burglary. Link to Smart Letter | Link to Lopes Letter

Officer Andrew Zortman received a Letter of Recognition for successfully performing the Heimlich maneuver on a choking victim. Link to Letter

Officer Daniel Dunst received a Letter of Recognition for successfully performing CPR and using an AED on a victim, who later died due to complications of her illness. Link to Letter

Part-Time Officer Gary Anderson and Part-Time Officer Bradley Wolff both received Certificates of Appreciation for their dedication in putting in numerous hours while our agency was short staffed. Link to Anderson Certificate | Link to Wolff Certificate


HIRING

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Part-Time Police Officer

01/15/2015: The Kronenwetter Police Department is now seeking applicants for the position of part-time police officer. This application period is currently open recruitment and therefore there is no deadline date. When a deadline date is decided, we will post that date on our website.

Kronenwetter PD Part-Time Police Officer: Job Essentials

Kronenwetter PD Part-Time Police Officer: Application


2014 Police Department Annual Report

The Police Department annual report is now completed and is available for viewing (PDF)


2014 Internal Revenue Service Fraud Scam

The Internal Revenue Service fraud scam is still alive and well in our area. Another resident had money stolen from them after a recent IRS scam. Please see our press release for more information. PRESS RELEASE


KPD Looking for Your Help Solving String of Vandalism

July 23, 2014: Our agency has received numerous reports over the past few weeks from the Kronenwetter Parks Department as well as Department of Public Works with reports of various vandalism. There has been painted graffiti found at the Sunset Park (2390 Terrebonne Drive) Shelter and Kowalski Road overpass. Additionally, we continue to see stolen road name signs in the community. The last group appears to have used a vehicle to knock down stop signs and then steal the road name signs. This vandalism and theft has cost the village (taxpayers) thousands of dollars in repairs and cleanup. If you have any information on these crimes, please contact our agency at (715) 693-4215 or by e-mail at police@kronenwetter.org. You can also sent tips to Marathon County Crime Stoppers.


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KPD to Partner with Local Agencies in High Visibility Enforcement

The Kronenwetter Police Department is partnering with our neighbors at the Wausau and Rothschild Police Departments in a unique campaign to curb impaired driving. Throughout the summer, officers from each agency will team together to work high visibility enforcement in each community. See the full press release here: Press Release


Stolen Street Signs
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03/31/2014: We are looking for your help in finding several street signs that were stolen  from the south side of Kronenwetter. Street name signs were taken sometime between  Friday March 28, 2014 and Monday March 31, 2014. Signs were taken from Mile Road,  State Highway 153, Friendship Lane and Kurzy Lane. The village would really like to get  those signs back, as they are not cheap to replace and the cost to replace them falls back  on our taxpayers. If you have any information about where the signs are, please contact our office at (715) 693-4215 or by e-mail at police@kronenwetter.org.


Various Offices Given Letters of Recognition

It is the goal of our agency to recognize officers when they go above and beyond in their service to this department. We often do this through a “Letter of Recognition”. Below are a few of those letters that were presented late last year.


KPD Hires New Police Officer
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Photo: Lieutenant Terry McHugh with Officer Bradley Wolff. 

On October 11, 2013, Officer Bradley Wolff was sworn in as the newest part-time officer to join the Kronenwetter Police Dept. Officer Wolff is a Wisconsin native, coming from the Fox Valley Metro area in Outagamie County. He comes to us with three years experience, previous serving with the Shiocton Police Department. Welcome to the team Officer Wolff!


KPD Hires New Police Officer

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Photo: Village Clerk Cindra Falkowski swearing in Officer Dunst.

On April 27, 2013, Officer Daniel Dunst was sworn in as the newest part-time officer to join the Kronenwetter Police Dept. Officer Dunst is a native of the Wausau area and came to us with over 3 years of experience. He currently also serves in part-time roles with the Athens Police Department and Marathon County Sheriff’s Department. He previously served with the Spencer Police Department. Officer Dunst was also a member of the Wausau Police Department Explorer Post from ages 15-21. Welcome to the team Dan!


Paper Cities Kennel Club Donates $1,000 to K-9 Program

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07/21/12: During their annual AKC All Breeds Dog Dog at the Patriot Center, the Paper Cities Kennel Club presented the Kronenwetter K-9 Unit with a check for $1,000.00 and a gift basket full of dog treats, dog toys and other items.

The money will be used toward the purchase of the next police canine for the department. The department has also met our fundraising goal necessary for replacing our dog that passed away in March. However fundraising will still continue for the K-9 Unit Maintenance Fund which covers the regular operating costs of caring for the dog. The next police canine will be in service in September.

Photo: K-9 Officer Lopes-Serrao being presented the check and gift basket by Paper Cities Kennel Club representatives.


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KPD Officers Finish Leadership Course

06/08/12: KPD Officer Lopes-Serrao and KPD Officer Zortman have both completed their course in Leadership in Police Organizations through the International Chiefs of Police Association. The 3-week course was hosted by the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department and sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Congratulations to both! (Image: Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch presents certificates to both Officer Lopes-Serrao and Officer Zortman)


Drug Drop-Off Box Has Collected 255 Lbs Of Waste

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05/30/12: Since the inception of the prescription drug drop-off box in December 2010, an incredible 255 LBS of waste has been collected here at the Kronenwetter Police Dept. When your prescription and over-the-counter medications are no longer being used in your home, you can discard them here at the PD.

148 LBS of waste collected through the drug drop-off box from 08/2011 to 05/2012.


KPD Honors Life-Saving Dog

May 2012: Hannah Fuszard couldn’t help but to approach Officer Zortman one day at Evergreen Elementary School and tell the story of her heroic dog. Hannah and her cousin were row boating on a lake up north when the wind took them too far away from shore. Hannah jumped into the water and started to pull their boat toward shore but became tired and cold. That’s when her dog “Umis” jumped in and swam to the boat, grabbed the rope and started to pull them back to the island. When they got close enough they were able to signal others for help. KPD recognizes “Umis” for his life-saving efforts and awarded him a K-9 Life-Saving award.

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“Life Saving Award” Presented

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Lieutenant Terry McHugh, Officer Ronald Dallman and Chief Dan Joling.

On April 23, 2012, Officer Dallman was presented with a “Life Saving Award”. On March 29 Officer Dallman assisted the Rothschild PD with a male who had attempted suicide. The officers located the man in a bathtub after he had severely cut himself and was losing blood. Officers risked their own safety by putting their arms into the blood filled bathtub water to remove the male to render first aid and keep him from drowning.

Congratulations to Officer Dallman on his excellent work!

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This is the first time in department history that the “Life Saving” Commendation has been presented to an officer.


Letters Of Recognition Presentation

February 2012

On 02/13/12 K-9 Officer Lopes-Serrao was presented with a letter of recognition for his work in a stolen vehicle recovery. In August 2011 Officer Lopes-Serrao took it upon himself to investigate a vehicle stolen from the City of Wausau, monitor the call and look up GPS coordinates entered in the call which lead him to search for and recover the vehicle on E Flanner Rd and Old 51. The driver was still in the vehicle, very intoxicated and resisted arrest.

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Lt. Terry McHugh presents a letter of recognition to Officer Lopes-Serrao.


Letters Of Recognition Presentation

On 02/13/12 Officer Chris Smart was presented with a letter of his recognition for his work into a sexual assault investigation. Officer Smart worked the case over a period of two months, while still handling his patrol duties. He also faced a very difficult investigation and had to balance the interests of the victim as well as the accused. In the end he presented his case to the Marathon County DA who said there was not enough evidence to prosecute and closed the case.


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Lt. Terry McHugh presents a letter of recognition to Officer Chris Smart.


Letters Of Recognition Presentation

On 02/13/12 Officer Andrew Zortman was presented with a letter of recognition for his work into a reckless homicide that occurred in August 2011. His hard work led to the identification of a drug ring in the area and the arrests of multiple persons for drug related charges as well as reckless homicide. He also went beyond his duty to be there for the family of the decedant through the case.

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Letter Of Recognition: Officer Rasmussen

02/12: Officer Rasmussen was recognized for his determined work in locating a wanted man. Officer Rasmussen watched the home for days during his shifts. On Christmas Day, Officer Rasmussen located the wanted man driving in Kronenwetter and made a traffic stop. The suspect was also arrested for an impaired driving violation. Great work by Officer Rasmussen!


Marathon County Tavern League Donates To KPD

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(Left to Right): Police Lieutenant Terry McHugh, Tavern League President Rod Fischer, Chief of Police Dan Joling.

On March 21, 2012, the Marathon County Tavern League, represented by President Rod Fischer, presented the Kronenwetter Police Department with a donation for $1,000.00. The donation will be used to help the department aquire new radios toward the radio interoperability plan.


Kronenwetter Lions Club Donates $500 To Police Dept

June 2011

At the June 27 Village Board Meeting, representatives from the Kronenwetter Lions Club presented the police department with a $500 check to assist the department in improving and adding additional evidence related equipment. Thanks again to the Lions for their continued support of the Kronenwetter Police Department and the Village of Kronenwetter.


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(Left to Right): Kronenwetter K-9 Officer Luis Lopes-Serrao, Kronenwetter Lions William Udulutch and Dianne Wasniewski.


Two Officers Received Letters Of Recognition For Their Work

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(Left to Right) Lieutenant Terry McHugh, Officer Christopher Smart-DeFoe and Officer Andrew Zortman.

May 2011

Lt. T. McHugh presented both Officer Chris Smart-DeFoe and Officer Andrew Zortman letters of recognition for their work during a board meeting May 23, 2011. Officer Smart was recognized for his work during an armed standoff incident on Wood Road in April. Officer Zortman was recognized for his investigative work into the horrible physical abuse of a 3-month old child that occurred in March.


KPD Now Has Unwanted/Usused Drug Drop Off Box

December 2010

You can now drop off your unwanted or unused pharmaceutical drugs at the Kronenwetter PD for proper disposal. The drop off box is located to the left of the main building entrance (not in entry way) near police department side door under US flag pole.

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Kennel Club Donates Ballistic Vest For K-9 “Chip”

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K-9 “Chip” with his new ballistic vest.

July 2010

The Paper Cities Kennel Club held a raffle during their annual AKC All-Breed Dog Show at Greenheck Field House in Weston. A portion of the funds raised were used to purchase a ballistic vest for K-9 “Chip”. K-9 Officer Lopes-Serrao said “this vest is important in protecting an expensive and valuable asset to our community, but even more important, it  protects  my partner & friend.”


Lt. McHugh Receives Award

June 2010

Each year the Everest Area Optimists Club award local officers from everest area police agencies with their annual “Officer of the Year” award.

Our congratulations go to Lieutenant Terry McHugh, who was awarded with this years award. He has served with Kronenwetter PD since 2006, and was promoted to the rank of Lt. July 2009.

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Sgt. Kevin Ostrowski – Rothschild PD; Officer Scott Marten – Everest Metro PD; Lt. Terry McHugh – Kronenwetter PD. Congratulations!


Portage County Emergency Management Sells AED Units To Department At Low Cost

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May 2010

The Kronenwetter PD Was Recently Able To Purchase 5 (AED) Defibrillator Units For The Extremely Low Price Of $750 For All 5 Total. This Was Because Portage County Emergency Units Recently Replaced Their Lifepak 500 Units With New Ones. However These Units Are Still In Use In Our Area And Are Compatible With Our First Responders. See Below With Information On How These Units Were Purchased.


Lions Club Donates $500 To Department Toward Defibs

May 2010

The Kronenwetter Lions Club, represented by Emil and Dianne Wasniewski, donated $500 to the police department to be used in purchasing five defibrillators (AED’s) for our patrol cars.

A majority of the time our officers are first on scene to medical emergencies, and these AED’s will help our officers provide life saving measures quickly.

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Abbotsford Foundation Donates $500 To Department

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May 2010

The Abbotsford Foundations, Abby Bank’s charitable foundation, donated $500 to the police department to be used to help purchase defibrillators (AED’s) for our patrol cars. A majority of the time our officers are first on scene to medical emergencies, and these AED’s will help our officers provide life saving measures quickly.


Officer Awarded

May 21, 2009

Each year the Everest Area Optimists Club award local officers from everest area agencies with their annual “Officer of the Year” award.

Our congratulations go to Officer Luis Lopes-Serrao, who was awarded with this years award.

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KPD Starts Bicycle Patrol

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Marathon County Tavern League President Rod Fischer presenting a check for $1000.00 to the Kronenwetter Police Department. Receiving the check are the officers  that will initially start our bicycle patrol program, Officer Timothy Obremski (left) and Officer Andrew Zortman (right).

Posted: March 2009

The Marathon County Tavern League in conjunction with the Tavern League of Wisconsin have donated $1000.00 to the Kronenwetter Police Department toward the developmentof a bicycle patrol program. The start up cost is estimated to be $1500.00. The bicycle patrol officer will always  work in conjunction with another officer on patrol, and they will focus their attention in the Evergreen area at our community parks and interfacing with youth in our community.


Officer Awarded

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Chief Joling presenting Officer Lopes-Serrao with the Law Enforcement Purple Heart Commendation.

On October 27, 2009, Officer Lopes-Serrao was awarded with the Purple Heart Commendation for his actions during a bar fight on September 21, 2009. Officer Lopes-Serrao was in foot pursuit of suspects involved in a fight at The Bar, when the suspects got into a vehicle and struck him with the vehicle. Officer Lopes-Serrao was transported to the hospital for his injuries and returned to work the next week.

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Officer Awarded

June 17, 2008

Each year the Everest Area Optimists Club award local officers from local agencies with their annual Law Enforcement Award. Our congratulations go out to Officer Andrew Zortman, who received the 2008 Law Enforcement Award. Officer Zortman has been a police officer with the Village of Kronenwetter since May 2005.


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Left to Right: Rothschild Officer Brad Johnson, Everest Metropolitan School Resource Officer Frank Wierzbanowski, Kronenwetter Officer Andrew Zortman. Congratulations to all 3!


R.E.A.C.H. Program

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WDH photo: Officer Luis Lopes-Serrao shows books and stuffed animals that are included in the B.A.C.K. packets that are found in each patrol vehicle.

May 01, 2008

In April 2008 the department received three backpacks from the “With Wings and a Halo” organization. Each “B.A.C.K. Packet” as they are called has a variety of books for children. We also had many stuffed animals and beanie babies donated to us years ago, but to this point we have not had a feasible way of deploying them into the public.

These backpacks are located in each patrol vehicle. When officers find themselves in a crisis incident where children are involved, they can use the backpacks to help ease the pain these children may face by giving them a book or stuffed animal.

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Officer Awarded With Meritorious Conduct Award

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Kronenwetter Village President Rick Smith, Officer Luis Lopes-Serrao and Chief of Police Daniel Joling during the award presentation.

September 10, 2007

On Monday September 10, 2007 during the Kronenwetter Village Board meeting Chief Joling and Kronenwetter President Rick Smith awarded Field Training Officer Luis Lopes-Serrao with the “Meritorious Conduct Award” for his actions during an officer involved shooting on June 17, 2007.

He responded to the Village of Rothschild after he heard a call for help from Rothschild Officer Trevor Ostrowski after he had just been attacked by a gunman with a assault rifle on a traffic stop, near Business 51 & Alexander Avenue.

Lopes-Serrao responded to assist in the vehicle pursuit and laid down spike strips to immobilize the vehicle. The suspect then fired rounds at Lopes-Serrao, who then returned fire at the suspect. The suspect was later captured.


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This is the first time in the department’s short history it has been awarded to an officer.