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If El Niño returns, what does it mean for us?

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It’s probably the catchiest term in the meteorologist’s lexicon, El Niño. This global phenomena may not directly cause weather extremes in our corner of the world, but it certainly can tip the scales in favor of them.

So what is El Niño and when will we see it again? In some years, warmer than normal water pools in the eastern Pacific Ocean near South America while normal water temps remain near Indonesia and Australia. This is an El Niño event. A La Niña event is nearly opposite with warmer waters in the west (Indonesia) and cooler waters in the east (South America).

The greatest affects of El Niño are generally felt in winter. That’s when NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center believes it could return with full force. The most recent monthly forecast from the CPC states “chances of El Niño increase during the remainder of the year, exceeding 50% by summer.”

Masked man robs CC’s Place at closing time in Washington Co.

WASHINGTON CO. (WITI) — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help to find a suspect wanted in connection with the armed robbery of CC’s Place in the Town of Wayne.

The robbery happened just before closing time early Tuesday, April 22nd. The armed subject forced his way into the tavern and knocked a 27 year-old female bartender to the floor. The suspect then pointed a firearm at the employee and demanded money.

There were no customers in the establishment at the time of the incident and the employee was not seriously hurt.

The suspect was described as male about 5’8” tall, medium build and was wearing a ski mask. The suspect’s vehicle may have been an older tan four-door car.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 262-335-4378.

Several departments battle barn fire in Hartford

HARTFORD (WITI) — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a barn fire at 7236 Arthur Rd in the Town of Hartford shortly before 6 p.m. Friday, April 18th.

A property owner reported a tractor was on fire in the cow barn and there were cows inside. A second caller a few minutes later reported the barn was fully engulfed.

Hartford Fire Department responded, assisted by fire departments from Slinger, St. Lawrence, Allenton, Richfield, Woodland, Neosho, Iron Ridge, Ashippun, Stone Bank, Kohlsville and Lifestar Rescue.

Crews were on scene late Friday night extinguishing hot spots that were flaring up.

The barn is four structures that are connected. All of the structures were damaged, but three of the four structures are said to be a total loss.

Preliminary damage estimates exceed $1 million for the barn and equipment lost in the blaze.

Woman held without bail on six charges in January fatal crash

WASHINGTON COUNTY (WITI) — Washington County Sheriff’s officials say they have taken a 28-year-old West Bend woman into custody in connection with a fatal crash that occurred back in January.

The crash occurred on January 23rd near the intersection of County Trunk A and County Trunk M in the Town of Farmington.

A 70-year-old Cedar Grove man was killed after he became pinned between his truck and trailer after it was rear-ended by the 28-year-old woman.

That woman is being held without bail on the following charges: homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, homicide while operating with a detectable amount of restricted controlled substance, knowingly operating while suspended and causing death to another person, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Car skids, rolls & ends up in river in Washington Co.

WASHINGTON COUNTY (WITI) — Washington County Sheriff’s officials say a 26-year-old Newburg man is in critical condition after a one-vehicle crash in the Town of Farmington on Thursday afternoon, April 17th.

It happened just around 1:30 p.m. on Jay Road, east of Fillmore Road.

Sheriff’s officials say evidence at the scene indicates that the man was traveling westbound on Jay Road when he lost control of his vehicle on the wet roadway.

The road is located in a swampy area and portions of the roadway were covered with water as a result of the recent flooding.

The roadway was covered with approximately one inch of water across both lanes in the area where the accident occurred. The roadway had been posted with cautionary signs for high water by the township.

Celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood in May

MADISON (WITI) – World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts advocating for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine. It’s celebrated May 8th — the birthday of Swiss businessman and social activist Henry Dunant, who founded the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863. You can celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood.

The Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in communities large and small across the country, responding to natural and man-made disasters; offering health and safety training and disaster preparedness education; and assisting military members and their families.

About 40 percent of the country’s blood is also collected by the Red Cross, which meets the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

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“This is a game changer:” Investors to buy Bucks for $550 million

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Sen. Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Bucks President and Owner, has announced that he has entered into a signed purchase agreement to transfer ownership of the Bucks to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry.  Mr. Edens and Mr. Lasry are highly regarded investors who are firmly committed to the success of the franchise and its importance to Milwaukee.

Furthermore, consistent with his commitment to the Bucks and Milwaukee, Senator Kohl has pledged a $100 million gift for the development of a new arena for the team.  In addition to honoring Kohl’s requirement that the team be kept in Milwaukee, the new owners have committed to contribute at least an additional $100 million towards the development of a new arena in the city.

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