Monday, May 13, 2019


On Monday Morning 5/13/2019 at 12:13am A Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding on STH60 at O’Conner Rd in the Township of Westpoint.
When the deputy made contact with the driver, a male white approximately 20-30 years of age, dark colored hair, scruffy facial hair wearing a black T-Shirt and holding a red sweatshirt, sprayed an unknown liquid substance into the deputy’s face and eyes. The substance was possibly an Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) disabling the deputy.
The driver fled the scene and the deputy was not able to pursue due to impaired vision. Responding officers found the vehicle abandoned in the Westpoint subdivision of Sellwood.
The vehicle was later determined to have been stolen just prior to the stop.
The suspect was last observed walking thru yards in the subdivision walking westerly towards Lake Wisconsin.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is requesting citizen help in identifying the subject. Citizens with information about this crime or video footage in their neighborhood related to this incident should contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 608-742-4166 or Columbia County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-293-8477. Social Media users can submit a tip on the Columbia County sheriff’s Office Facebook page by selecting the “submit a tip” button.


On Saturday May 11, 2019 the Poynette Police Department was contacted by the School District of Poynette of a possible school shooting threat that was sent out through social media. The Poynette Police Department was assisted by the Columbia County Sheriffs Department and a thorough investigation was conducted. The Poynette Police Department took into custody three juveniles, and each are being charged with Terroristic Threats and were transported to a Juvenile Detention Center.

At this time, there is no danger to the community, students and/or the school campus as a result of this social media threat. The Poynette Police Department as well as the Poynette School District take these types of threats seriously.

Due to the fact that the suspects are all juveniles, no other information about this incident will be released. A special thank you to the Columbia County Sheriffs Department as well as the Poynette School administration for all the help they provided.

Chief Eric Fisher