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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.

At this time there is no damage estimate available.

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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Hartford police say 13-year-old student brought AirSoft pistol to school

HARTFORD (WITI) — Hartford police say they were called out to Central Middle School on Cedar Street on Tuesday, April 15th and found that a 13-year-old student had brought an AirSoft toy pistol to school.

Police say they were dispatched to the school just before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, after receiving a report that a student had been making comments about having brought a weapon to school.

Per their school emergency operations and crisis response plan, Central Middle School went into an administrative hold, the facility was secured, and police were notified.

Prior to the arrival of police, school administrators had recovered the AirSoft weapon.

The 13-year-old student was taken into custody and removed from the school.

No one was injured.

Charges of disorderly conduct and a violation of restrictions on the carrying of a facsimile firearm have been referred to the Washington County Juvenile Intake for review and prosecution.

Four injured, including two children in crash in Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY (WITI) — Washington County Sheriff’s officials say four people were injured in a crash involving two vehicles that occurred on Thursday, April 10th just before 4:00 p.m.

It happened on County Highway west of State Highway 144.

Sheriff’s officials say a 32-year-old Milwaukee woman was headed west on County Highway H when she went over the center line and struck and eastbound car being driven by a 69-year-old man from the Town of Farmington.

Officials say in the car with the Milwaukee woman were her two children — a six-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy.

The Town of Farmington man and the children were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend.

The Milwaukee woman was taken by helicopter to Froedtert Hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.