Throttle Management Initiative

Friday June 19th, 2015 :: 10:00 a.m. CDT

As we enter the summer months, the Sheboygan Police Department will again incorporate the “Throttle Management” initiative that primarily focuses on enforcement of loud and illegal exhaust systems. The summer months typically see an increase in complaints related to loud exhausts, often aggravated by excessive acceleration. The Sheboygan Police Department understands that loud exhaust systems create disorder and affects the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

The “Throttle Management” initiative is also designed to educate vehicle owners of laws pertaining to required equipment and operation of a vehicle.

WI Statute 347.39 requires that all motor vehicles have a muffler that is properly maintained to prevent any excessive or unusual noise or smoke. It also prohibits modifying a muffler in a manner which amplifies or increases noise.

Sheboygan Ordinance 118-6 prohibits anyone from creating unnecessary or annoying noise by squealing tires or excessive acceleration of the engine.

“We encourage all motorists to exercise “throttle management” so that all of our residents and visitors can have a peaceful and enjoyable summer” – Sgt Kusznyski.

4th of July Festivities

Friday June 19th, 2015 :: 07:52 a.m. CDT

In preparation for the Independence Day celebration in the City of Sheboygan, the Sheboygan Police Department would like to advise the public various ordinance and policies to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable holiday:

Reserving a spot for the Independence Day Parade:
-We would like to remind the community that the policy of the City of Sheboygan is that you may bring tarps and chairs to hold a spot between the sidewalk and street along the parade route after 5:00 AM on July 4, 2015. Any items placed out prior to that time will be considered abandoned property and may be removed. This is to help minimize the amount of over-night vandalism and help to prevent conflicts over those spots.

Independence Day Traffic Restrictions:
– Following the Independence Day Parade, Broughton Drive will remain closed to vehicle traffic and parking will be prohibited from Michigan Avenue south to Wisconsin Avenue for the safety of pedestrians and the lakefront activities.

– Parking will be prohibited along the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue from N. 8 Street west to N. 14 Street all day to provide two lanes of westbound traffic leaving from the lakefront.

– After the fireworks, traffic flow will be restricted at the Rotary Intersection at S 8th Street and Indiana Avenue.
There will be no north bound traffic allowed on S 8th Street from the round-about intersection.

– All traffic coming south across the 8th Street Bridge will ONLY be allowed to proceed WEST on Indiana Avenue from the round-about intersection.

– All traffic coming out of South Pier Drive will ONLY be allowed to proceed SOUTH on S 8th Street from the round-about intersection.

– There will be no east bound traffic permitted on Pennsylvania Avenue beyond 14th Street.

If you view the fireworks from north of the Sheboygan River and have to get back to the south side, we suggest leaving west on Pennsylvania, Erie or Superior Avenues, and using 14th Street or Taylor Drive to go south.

If you view the fireworks from south of the Sheboygan River and have to get back to the north side, we suggest turning west on Georgia Avenue or Broadway Avenue to reach South Business Drive and turn north.
We will attempt to have Officers manning the traffic lights on 14th Street to facilitate movement. Remember that everyone wants to leave at once and that is just not going to happen. Please be patient, and watch for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Everyone is encouraged to walk or use a bicycle if practical.

Bike Corrals: In an effort to minimize vehicular traffic and encourage exercise, the Police Department, with the assistance of the Police Explorer’s Post, will have two bike corrals at the lake front. One will be at Deland Park next to the Police Command Post and near the war memorial. The second one will be in the South Pier area in the green-space just south of 534 South Pier Drive along the boardwalk. The corrals will be available for holding normal sized bicycles from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm. Bicycles not collected by 11:00 pm will be impounded. There will be no charge for use of the corrals, so please take advantage of them, and leave your car at home!

Other City Policies:
Fireworks: The possession and use of Fireworks is PROHIBITED in the City of Sheboygan. Enjoy the official
Fireworks display, but save yourself an expensive fine and do not bring your own fireworks into the City.

Alcohol: Alcohol possession and consumption is PROHIBITED ON ANY BEACH area in the City. Alcohol may be possessed and consumed on the area of Deland Park that is south of the pier (the vendor area), and on the grass area of King Park. No person may possess any glass container within any City of Sheboygan park.

-Pets are prohibited in all city parks and beaches except those designated and posted as being either on-leash or off-leash, Sec. 18-15. This includes that pets are prohibited in both Deland and King Parks and their beaches.

– Bonfires: Recreational Fires are allowed along the Lake Michigan shoreline from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Fires can be no larger than 36 inches in diameter and 18 inches high. Recreational fires can be wood-fueled only and must be at least 20 feet from any structure. To assist with beach cleanup, we ask that fires NOT be buried at the end of the evening. Fires may be extinguished with water or left safely to burn out. Burying fires will cause injuries.

– Excavation: No person may construct any pit or excavation in any public beach area.

– Boats and Watercraft: Boats and Watercraft must remain clear of public beaches.

We sincerely wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. If you have any questions regarding City policies or traffic routes on July 4th, please contact the Sheboygan Police Department at (920) 459-3333.

4 th of July Traffic Restrictions and City Policies

Suspects in Custody for Gun Incident

Sunday June 14th, 2015 :: 09:13 p.m. CDT

Officers responded to a complaint of a person displaying a gun from their vehicle. The suspect vehicle was located and a high risk traffic stop conducted in the area of 1300 Erie Ave. Subjects were taken into custody without incident and there is no threat to the community.

Auto Entries on North Side

Tuesday June 9th, 2015 :: 07:24 a.m. CDT

On 6-9-15, during the overnight hours, numerous vehicle entries were made on the north side, in the Kuehne Park Neighborhood. A 15 year-old juvenile male was taken into custody for theft from autos. Numerous property items were recovered. If anyone is missing property from their vehicle, please call the Sheboygan Police Department at 920-459-3333.

Strong Armed Robbery

Monday June 8th, 2015 :: 10:46 p.m. CDT

 The Sheboygan Police Department is looking for a strong armed robbery suspect.The suspect is described as a male black, 6′ to 6’02”, skinny,  darker complexion with a gaunt face and a mole or birthmark below his left eye, with patchy facial hair. The suspect was wearing a dark colored baseball cap with unknown sports emblem on it, dark blue jeans and a black sweatshirt with an unknown logo on it.

The suspect was picked up in the area of N. 9th Street and Erie Ave. by taxi between 7:15 pm and 7:40 pm and was taken to Sommers Trailer Court in the 4500 block of S. 12th Street and arrived there at approximately 7:56 pm.

Suspect fled on foot in a south westerly direction. Suspect is not believed to be armed.

If anyone would have any information regarding this incident contact the Sheboygan Police Department at 920-459-3333.

2015 High School Graduation

On Sunday, June 7, 2015, The Sheboygan Area School District will be holding their annual High School Graduation Ceremony in Vollrath Park. N. 3 Street from the intersection of Park Avenue north to the intersection of Vollrath Blvd. will be closed down to traffic from approximately 11:00 AM until approximately 5:00 PM. Vollrath Blvd. on the north side of the park will be reserved for Handicapped parking only.

Alcoholic Beverages will not be permitted in the park during the commencement exercises from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Pets are also prohibited in the park in accordance with City Ordinances.

The Sheboygan Police Department in partnership with the community wishes everyone to have a safe, happy and responsible graduation ceremony and celebration.

Bike Rodeo

The Sheboygan Police Department is teaming with area businesses to offer two Bicycle Rodeo’s for youth. The bicycle rodeos are designed to teach bicycle safety, bicycle handling skills and safe operation of bicycles on streets and sidewalks. The program is available for children ages 6 to 14. The first bicycle rodeo will be held on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church, 1710 North 15th Street (South Calumet Neighborhood). The second bicycle rodeo will be held on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at St. Peter Claver Church, 1439 South 12th Street (Franklin Park Neighborhood). Registration has been made available at area schools though same day registration can be completed on-site.

Youth must be accompanied by an adult who must remain on site during the event. The youth are encouraged to bring a bicycle helmet though if no helmet available, one will be provided on site while supplies last. Bicycles will be inspected in order to ensure safely prepared to “hit the road”.

Suicide Investigation

05/30/15 at 3:21 pm Sheboygan Police were called to Vollrath Park, 2001 N 3rd St, to investigate a suicide. The park was closed for a period of time, but has now been reopened. Out of respect for the family, no further information will be released regarding this incident.

Vandalism Reported at Area Parks

On 5/29/15, Sheboygan Police responded to a report of extensive graffiti in Evergreen Park, 3000 Calumet Drive, and Quarry View Park, 3403 Calumet Drive in Sheboygan. Sometime during the evening or overnight hours of May 28th, paint was used to damage numerous items throughout the park including doors, bridges, tables, and walls causing significant damage. Anyone with information related to this crime or any other crime is asked to contact Sheboygan police at 920 – 459 – 3333.

Paper Box Death Ruled Traffic Accident

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On 4-29-15, the Sheboygan Police Department responded to Sheboygan Paper Box, 728 South 11th Street, following a report of an industrial accident. A joint investigation was conducted with the Wisconsin State Patrol and the incident has been classified as an accidental death. The victim, Thomas Vandekreeke, age 67, had been working in a
narrow walkway near the loading dock when the truck exited the loading dock area. Asthe truck began to maneuver out of the doorway the trailer impacted the victim causing his death. Since the incident involved a motor vehicle in relation to the roadway, the event is being classified as a fatal traffic accident. No charges will be issued to the driver of the truck in connection with the accident.