Wood County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Wood County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 400 Market St, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, 54494 OH
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Phone: 715-421-8700
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Wood County Sheriff's Office is located at 400 Market St, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, 54494 OH. The Wood County Sheriff's Office phone number is 715-421-8700.

Wood County Sheriff's Office News

The Wood County Sheriff’s Department is excited to announce K9 CALENDARS ARE IN!!! Over the past several months the Wood County Sheriff’s Department K9 teams participated in a fundraising effort across several counties which included 25 teams from various jurisdictions. Deputy James Pidgeon with his K9 partner Toro and Deputy Brandon Christianson with his K9 partner Ace highlighted our department for the month of November. The calendars are available for a $20.00 donation. The money that is raised will go to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department K9 fund to maintain our current teams as well as assist in funding future K9 teams for the citizens of Wood County. If you would like to help support our K9 teams, please stop by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department or contact Deputy James Pidgeon, Deputy Brandon Christianson or Lt. Charlie Hoogesteger. Supplies are limited so hurry in and get yours today! Sheriff Thomas Reichert along with our K9 teams would like to thank Moxie Creative Studio, Amy Zondlo – Photographer, and Spectra Print as well as everyone else that made this project possible!

Please join the families of the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department, Wood County Dispatch, plus countless other emergency service organizations, as they band together in friendly competition to raise funds for the Fly High Memorial Playground. Show your support that we, as a community, are truly STRONGER TOGETHER. The first event - Battle of the Badges: T-Shirt Battle, will be a friendly t-shirt selling competition between local law enforcement vs. local firefighters/paramedics. The second event - Battle of the Badges: Penny War, will be hosted at the 2018 National Night Out. The losing chiefs will get a PIE IN THE FACE from the winning chief. Participants include WCSD Captain Shawn Becker, WRPD Chief Erman Blevins, and WRFD Chief Scott Young. We ask that you consider participating in both events. For more information follow the Facebook events “Battle of the Badges: Penny war” and “Battle of the Badges: T-Shirt Battle.” ***** Can’t make it to the event? Purchase a shirt here: https://madelolivares.bigcartel.com

Wood County Sheriff’s Department announces 2018 Click-It or Ticket enforcement results The Wood County Sheriff’s Department participated in the annual Click-It or Ticket mobilization from May 21 through June 3. During the mobilization, Wood County Deputies issued 37 tickets for drivers and passengers not wearing their safety belts. A citation was also written for a child not being properly restrained. In addition, citations were issued for other traffic safety violations to include: OWI (3), speeding (11), violate sign or signal (2), and vehicle equipment violations (2). There were also 5 drug arrests resulting from traffic stops made during this period of increased safety belt enforcement. Sheriff Reichert wishes to remind everyone that throughout the year the Wood County Sheriff’s Department enforces traffic and other laws as part of broader efforts to make our roadways as safe as possible for all travelers. We ask all motorists to buckle up, watch their speed and stay focused on the road at all times. #ClickItorTicket

On Wednesday, February 28th 2018, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the scene of a hit and run crash on State Highway 73 near State Highway 13 in the town of Saratoga. A silver Ford Focus struck a road sign in the median and fled the scene. If anyone has information regarding this vehicle and/or driver involved in this incident, please contact the Wisconsin State Patrol at (715) 845-1143 reference Case # 000078-9129 or Wood County Sheriff’s Department at (715) 421-8700. To remain anonymous, contact the Wood County Crime Stoppers at: (877) 325-7867. (vehicle pictured below is only for reference)

A thoughtful young woman treated Deputies with a plate of cookies she baked for us. As I type this there are only two left, we loved them! Thank you Emery!!!

The Wood County Sheriff’s Department reports enforcement results from ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ drunken driving initiative As part of state and national efforts to help keep roadways safe for all travelers, Wood County Deputies made 3 drunken driving arrests during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative from December 15 through December 31, 2017. While the focus was to discourage drunken driving, officers also issued citations and made arrests during traffic stops for the following: 2 safety belt violations 11 speeding violations 15 operating after revocation or suspension violations 17 other traffic or equipment violations 5 warrant arrests 4 misdemeanor arrests 2 felony arrests 7 drug arrests "Whether the cause is alcohol, prescription medication or other drugs, impaired drivers endanger everyone, and it’s a problem we take very seriously throughout the year,” said Wood County Sheriff Thomas Reichert. “With the support of state and local law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin, we’re doing our part to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to “Zero in Wisconsin.”

Alcohol-related crashes killed 143 people in Wisconsin last year. We’re trying to save lives and prevent injuries. So the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, along with hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin, will be participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from which began December 15 and runs through New Year’s. Feeling buzzed? You’re probably over the 0.08 limit. Take mass transit, a taxi, or ask a sober friend to drive you home. We are out looking for drunken drivers during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. Whether it’s caused by alcohol, prescription medication, or any type of drug, driving impaired is illegal and extremely dangerous. Don’t allow someone else to get behind the wheel impaired. Remember, you could be saving their life or someone else’s. Please drive safe, sober and alert. Before you go out, make plans to get home safely. WisDOT has a free "Zero In Wisconsin Drive Sober" mobile app. This app includes a find-a-ride feature that uses a smart phone’s GPS system to locate alternative transportation, a blood alcohol estimator, designated driver selector, and interactive games to help determine whether someone should give up their car keys. http://www.zeroinwisconsin.gov/drivesober/

The Wood County Sheriff’s Department is reminding hunters to keep a lookout for any signs of people who have been reported missing this last year in central Wisconsin. Specifically, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department is looking for 74-year-old Gerald Brody who was last seen in the Town of Saratoga in April. Gerald was reported missing and endangered on April 16, 2017 by family members. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wood County Sheriff’s Department at 715-421-8700.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Department will be a drop off location for the Toys for Tots Campaign this year. We will have a box located in the front lobby of the Sheriff’s Department for new, unwrapped toys. Please consider donating during the holiday season. Donations will be accepted until December 11, 2017

Sheriff Thomas Reichert announced today the Wood County Sheriff’s Department is partnering with the Kiwanis Club in its Coats for Kids campaign again this year. The Sheriff’s Department will have a collection site by the records department window at the courthouse. Feel free to donate any new or gently used winter wear. Donations of hats, mittens, boots, jackets, coats, and snow pants will be accepted. Donations will accepted until December 15. Thank you!

SCAM CALLS: Sheriff Thomas Reichert announced the following information regarding recent scam calls: The Wood County Sheriff’s Department received complaints from residents reporting scam phone calls. These calls originated from someone who alleged to be from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. The person claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Department told the victims that they had missed jury duty or had outstanding warrants and that failure to pay them over the phone immediately would result in their arrest. The caller ID showed that the phone number belonged to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. Other variations of this scam will utilize well-known local law firms or actual debt recovery agencies. The caller ID spoof is done by utilizing software or an application that enables the caller to change what the outgoing number looks like on caller ID. Sheriff Reichert would like to remind you that no member of a law enforcement or government agency will ever contact you and demand you provide them money over the telephone. Sheriff Reichert encourages you to exercise extreme caution when someone attempts to pressure you into providing them payment over the telephone, especially when they are requesting you pay them with money orders or gift cards. These forms of payment are anonymous and nearly impossible to track. This is why they are the preferred method of payment for scammers. The callers will often resort to threats of fines, arrest or even physical harm in order to attempt to coerce and intimidate you into paying them. If you receive a call like this, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency to report it. Additional information regarding scams and scam prevention are available at the Federal Trade Commission Website at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/. We also encourage you to report any calls like this to the FTC as they work nationally and internationally to arrest the people responsible for these scams. Any local complaints or questions can be made to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department or your local law enforcement agency. The Wood County Sheriff’s Department and Wood County Dispatch Center can be reached at 715-421-8700 to report any incidents.

Last night Sheriff Reichert was awarded the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award by The Family Center. Tom’s leadership, dedication to The Family Center, and commitment to prioritizing victims earned him this award. Join us in congratulating Sheriff Reichert! Sheriff Reichert is pictured below with Chief Deputy Randy Dorshorst and Captain Quentin Ellis.

In 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation constructed a J-Turn at the intersection of WIS 54 with Wood and Portage County U (between Wisconsin Rapids and Plover). The J-Turn was built to address identified safety issues at this location. Safety benefits of J-Turns include: • Reduces crash potential – particularly far side, right-angle crashes • Simplifies driving for the motorist – only required to look at one direction of traffic at a time • Provides additional space for longer vehicles in the median • Easily retrofitted – often without purchasing additional right-of-way • Low cost (compared to an interchange or overpass) while still providing at-grade access Learn how to drive the WIS 54/Wood and Portage County U J-Turn here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUu2frhF2qo&list=PLoGzf6P7PsQ9P_Jf7raR4FKBA5jhk6Ldb&index=1 Read more about other J-Turns in Wisconsin: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/safety-eng/j-turn.aspx

Alcohol-related crashes killed 143 people in Wisconsin last year. We’re trying to save lives and prevent injuries. So the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, along with hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin, will be participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national enforcement campaign from August 18 through September 4, 2017. Feeling buzzed? You’re probably over the 0.08 limit. Take mass transit, a taxi, or ask a sober friend to drive you home. We are out looking for drunken drivers during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. Before you go out, make plans to get home safely. WisDOT has a free "Zero In Wisconsin Drive Sober" mobile app. This app includes a find-a-ride feature that uses a smart phone’s GPS system to locate alternative transportation, a blood alcohol estimator, designated driver selector, and interactive games to help determine whether someone should give up their car keys. http://www.zeroinwisconsin.gov/drivesober/

The Wood County Sheriff’s Department participated in the ‘Click-It-or-Ticket’ National Campaign from May 22 through June 4, 2017. 26 citations were issued for seatbelt violations during the over 50 hours of dedicated enforcement. Wear your seatbelts while driving and make sure the other persons in your vehicle are also. The Wood County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin DOT care for the safety of everyone using Wisconsin’s roads.

June was a memorable month for Sheriff Reichert. He was recognized by the Wood County Board of Supervisors for his 35 years of service to Wood County and he celebrated the 12 year anniversary of his appointment to Sheriff. Tom’s 12 years, and counting, serving as Sheriff make him Wood County’s longest tenured Sheriff. We thank Sheriff Thomas Reichert for all he’s done for the Wood County Sheriff’s Department and the citizens of Wood County!

SCAM CALLS Sheriff Reichert announced the following information regarding recent scam calls: The Wood County Sheriff’s Department received complaints from residents reporting scam phone calls. These calls originated from someone who alleged to be from a debt recovery company. The person claiming to be from the debt recovery company told the victims that they had outstanding debts and that failure to pay them over the phone immediately would result in arrest or issuance of a warrant. The caller ID showed that the phone number belonged to either the Wood County Sheriff’s Department or Wood County Clerk of Courts. Other variations of this scam will utilize well-known local law firms or actual debt recovery agencies. The caller ID spoof is done by utilizing software or an application that enables the caller to change what the outgoing number looks like on caller ID. Sheriff Reichert would like to remind you that no member of a law enforcement or government agency will ever contact you and demand you provide them money over the telephone. Sheriff Reichert encourages you to exercise extreme caution when someone attempts to pressure you into providing them payment over the telephone, especially when they are requesting you pay them with money orders or gift cards. These forms of payment are anonymous and nearly impossible to track. This is why they are the preferred method of payment for scammers. The callers will often resort to threats of fines, arrest or even physical harm in order to attempt to coerce and intimidate you into paying them. If you receive a call like this, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency to report it. Additional information regarding scams and scam prevention are available at the Federal Trade Commission Website at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/. We also encourage you to report any calls like this to the FTC as they work nationally and internationally to arrest the people responsible for these scams. Any local complaints or questions can be made to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department or your local law enforcement agency. The Wood County Sheriff’s Department and Wood County Dispatch Center can be reached at 715-421-8700 to report any incidents.

MISSING/ENDANGERED PERSON The Wood County Sheriff’s Department is searching for 73 year old Gerald L. Brody. Gerald was reported missing and endangered on April 16, 2017 by family members. The photo below was captured on a trail camera on April 13, 2017 south of his residence. Mr. Brody lives in the Town of Saratoga near STH 73 and South Young St. The Wood County Sheriff’s Department and family members have been searching the surrounding area and have been unable to locate Mr. Brody. Mr. Brody is believed to have left his residence on foot and does not have a cell phone. Contact has been made with family and friends and they have not seen or heard from Gerald. If you see Mr. Brody please call the Wood County Sheriff’s Department at 715-421-8700.

On March 4th, 2017, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a stolen 1979 Ford Camper Special from a property in the Town of Lincoln. We are asking for help locating this stolen truck (top picture). If you have seen this truck or know of its whereabouts please contact the Wood County Sheriff’s Department at 715-421-8700. We are also interested in identifying the operator of the newer Ford truck. (bottom picture). Thank you for your help!