Police Department Press Releases

Press Release Village Brush & Yard Waste - 91 N Perry Pkwy - May 14, 2021

Oregon Police Department
**Press Release** 
Village Brush & Yard Waste Site
 
The Oregon Police Department is looking to speak with anyone associated with the vehicle photographed below regarding some material that was left at the Village Brush/Yard Waste site.  If you recognize this vehicle or have any information that would assist us in identifying the person/vehicle, please contact the Oregon Police Department at 608-835-3111.  Thank you.

Press Release Auto Thefts/Burglaries - January 15, 2021

Oregon Police Department
**Press Release** 
Auto Thefts/Burglaries

 

The Oregon Police Department investigated four cases of vehicles being stolen. All four stolen vehicles have been recovered. There also have been several cases where a group of individuals attempted to steal autos but were interrupted. The activity occurred in the following areas: E. Richards Road, Saratoga Circle, Rinpoche Lane, Sumac Street, Windward Way, Raven Court, and Bergamont Boulevard. No one was injured during these incidents.

 

The suspects targeted open garages and unlocked vehicles. The vehicles that have been taken consisted of the following factors… unlocked with the keys in the vehicle, vehicle running with the keys in the vehicle, or the door was unlocked to the garage entrance to the residence and keys were gained (and garage door was open).

 

The Investigative Unit of the Oregon Police Department has identified 4 juveniles as suspects in the auto thefts that have recently occurred. Three of the four juveniles who have been identified have been taken into custody. The fourth suspect has been identified, and the Oregon Police Department is working with other law enforcement partners to apprehend the juvenile. The tentative charges will consist of Burglary and Operating a Motor Without Owner’s Consent.  

 

Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Press Release Weapons Offense - January 15, 2021

Oregon Police Department
**Press Release**
Weapons Offense

 

On 1/12/21 at approximately 7:45 p.m., Oregon Officers responded to the 800 block of Raven Court for a weapons offense. The information provided was that an adult male approached a parked vehicle occupied by four juveniles. The reporting party indicated the adult male pointed a handgun at the occupied vehicle and yelled at the occupants to leave the area. After a thorough investigation into the incident, the adult male has been cited for Disorderly Conduct While Armed.

Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Media Release Jan. 3, 2019

 

Oregon Police Department

**Media Release**

January 3, 2019

Incident: Drug Arrest

Date: January 2, 2019

Location: 916 Janesville Street, Oregon, Wisconsin

Case#: OR1900030

On Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at approximately 6:16 a.m., Oregon Police Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot of Kwik Trip located at 916 Janesville St. in the Village of Oregon. The complainant reported that the vehicle had been parked in the parking lot for approximately an hour and was occupied by several individuals.

Oregon Police Officers made contact with the individuals in the vehicle, and the driver became uncooperative. Ultimately the driver, Sean A. Stephens who is 35 years of age from Platteville, Wisconsin, was arrested and tentatively charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting/Obstructing Police, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and a Probation violation.

Media Release OHS & OMS 5-18-18

Oregon Police Department

**Media Release**

May 18, 2018

 

Incident: Canine dog sniffs at the Oregon High and Middle School

Date: May 17, 2018

Location: 456 N. Perry Pkwy. and 601 Pleasant Oak Dr.

Case#: OR1803119

 

The Oregon Police Department and Oregon School District along with K9 teams from Oregon PD, McFarland PD, Monroe PD, University of Wisconsin PD, Cottage Grove PD, Fitchburg PD, Verona PD, Janesville, PD, Stoughton PD, and the Rock County Sheriff’s Office conducted canine sniffs at both the Oregon High School and Oregon Middle School. These sniffs were authorized on a temporary basis by the Oregon School Board and will be reviewed this summer for consideration on whether to continue this important tool to help keep drugs out of our schools. The most recent Dane County Youth Survey indicated 50% of our Oregon students have seen other students using drugs and/or alcohol in our schools.

Several alerts to lockers and vehicles were found at the Oregon High School. While no drugs were found and no citations were issued on this particular sweep, the dogs have alerted to drugs both in the school and in vehicles in the past where drugs were found and citations were issued. Canine alerts that do not result in drugs being found does not necessarily mean the dogs are “falsely hitting” on lockers and vehicles. These dogs certify at over a 95% accuracy rate every year. What is more likely is they alerted on lockers and vehicles that either contained drugs at some point in the last several weeks or there was residual odor from clothing or backpacks (that we are not allowed to search) which were recently removed. The canines are very effective and can detect residual odor of drugs for several weeks after it has been removed.

These canine sweeps also have other advantages. Not only do we often find drugs, but with drugs usually comes alcohol and other illegal items. In this particular sweep the canines hit on a vehicle later found to have prescription opioids in it. This vehicle, which was located in the high school parking lot, also contained empty beer bottles, several knives, and ammunition for handguns, shotguns, and rifles. With two school shootings in the last two days and over 20 this year alone, the Oregon Police Department conducted a full investigation. It was determined the vehicle belonged to a relative who owns a hunting guide business, and there was no threat to school safety. While these items are prohibited on school grounds, we determined in this case that no citations will be issued.

Media Release 4/3/18

Oregon Police Department

**Media Release**

April 3, 2018

 

Incident: Possession of Child Pornography

Date: April 2, 2018

Location: Dewey St. Oregon, WI

Case#: OR1801870

 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and Oregon Police Department arrested Daniel K. Blanchard, 34 of Oregon, Wis., for possession of child pornography.

Following an online undercover investigation by DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), state agents and the Oregon Police Department executed a possession of child pornography search warrant at Blanchard’s home in Oregon on April 2. The search revealed child pornography on electronic devices and Blanchard was taken into custody and transported to Dane County Jail on ten counts of possession of child pornography.

The ICAC Task Force Program was launched in 1998 to help federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to individuals who use the Internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to exploit children. To date, the ICAC Task Forces have reviewed more than 611,000 complaints of child exploitation, which resulted in the arrest of more than 66,000 individuals. In addition, since the ICAC program’s inception, more than 535,000 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other professionals have been trained on techniques to investigate and prosecute ICAC-related cases. ICAC also provides online safety training for parents, teachers, and communities through educational programming and the Protect Kids Online Podcast. For more information on ICAC and how to protect children online, go to: www.ProtectKidsOnlineWI.gov.

A suspect is innocent until proven guilty.

Press Release 2/16/18

Oregon Police Department

**Press Release**

 

Oregon High School Incident

 

On Friday, February 16, 2018 at approximately 11:27 a.m., the Oregon Police Department was contacted by a concerned parent reference a social media post. The Oregon Police Department responded quickly to ascertain if there was a threat to student safety. Additionally, the Oregon Police Department took the precautionary step of locating a police vehicle and officer at each school during our investigation.

With the assistance from the Oregon School District, we were able to determine there was no immediate threat to our schools. The Oregon Police Department was able determine the social media posts originated from students in West Virginia. We contacted West Virginia law enforcement who was already made aware of these threats and investigating the students involved.

Unfortunately, these threats have been re-posted nationwide through social media sites with only small portions being released. We take all threats very seriously and will continue to do our best to make sure students, staff, and the community is safe.

Press Release 02/02/18

Oregon Police Department

**Press Release**

 

Max Creek Burglary - Update

 

On February 1st, 2018 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Madison Police Officers pursued a stolen vehicle that subsequently crashed on the W. Beltline Hwy. This vehicle, which was previously stolen out of Fitchburg, was identified as possibly being involved in a burglary that occurred at Max Creek Outdoors in the early morning hours of 1/31/18. Officers arrested four juveniles who were found in the stolen vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle by the Oregon Police Department turned up one of the 17 firearms stolen from Max Creek Outdoors. This investigation is currently on-going and more information will be released when available.

Oregon Police Investigate Burglary to Max Creek Outdoors

PRESS RELEASE: 01/31/2018

 

On January 31, 2018 at approximately 3:27 am, officers from the Oregon Police Department were dispatched to 1042 Park Street in the Village of Oregon for a commercial burglar alarm. Upon arrival, officers quickly determined this was an active alarm and established a perimeter. Deputies from the Dane County Sheriff's Office, and Officers from the Madison and Verona Police Departments assisted with the perimeter and clearing of the building. A dual-purpose K9 was used to help clear the building and K9 Vende was used to try and track the suspect when it was discovered there was no one in the building.

The initial investigation shows the suspect entered the building through the ventilation system in the rear of the building. Once inside, the suspect stole 17 firearms, a silencer, and an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect does not appear to have taken any ammunition. The Oregon Police Department is working with our law enforcement partners to include the ATF.  Further information to include surveillance video and photos will be released as soon as practical.

 

If you have any information on this burglary or any other crimes in Oregon, please contact the Oregon Police Department at 608-835-3111.

 

 

OWI Enforcement Task Force

The Oregon Police Department continues to participate in the OWI Enforcement Task Force. This task force is funded by a special enforcement grant awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation-Bureau of Transportation Safety. The goal of the task force is to prevent and deter those who drink from driving while impaired.  The task force participates in news media and social campaigns such as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Over the Limit Under Arrest” to promote awareness about the dangers of driving while impaired. The ultimate goal of the grant is to create voluntary compliance to OWI laws.

 

The Oregon Police Department has been awarded funding through the grant to have additional officers working during specific hours on weekends throughout 2018 in hope to gain voluntary compliance to OWI laws and to keep the community safe.