Local News Archives for 2023-07

A Heartfelt Reunion

On Saturday, July 29 the Waupun and Beaver Dam Fire Departments, Waupun Police Department, Dodge County Sheriff’s Cadets and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office had the honor of helping with a military family reunion.

Eugene (Gene) Sanders is a member of the Army National Guard and returned home
after a 10-month deployment overseas. Amy Sanders contacted the Dodge County Sheriff's Office and asked if they would help surprise her son, Miles Sherden, with the return of her husband and stepdad. Miles is a member of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Cadet program and the Beaver Dam Fire Department Explorer program. He has been a great addition and strong supporter of law enforcement and firefighters. 
Amy's plan started with convincing Miles that she was going out to lunch with another family member. Her actual plan, however, was to pick up Gene from Truax Field and bring him home. When they returned to Waupun, members of the Waupun Fire Department had turnout gear for him to put on, and they all lined up. Then, they drove to their home activating lights and sirens along the way. When they arrived, Miles stepped outside to see what was going on, totally unaware that there was a special fireman that wanted to talk with him.   

Everyone gathered in the driveway, and Gene stepped forward while the other firefighters stepped to the side. Miles paused and then suddenly realized who the special fireman was standing in front of him. The emotional reunion came together with a hug and plenty of excitement.   

All of us are thankful for the sacrifice our military members make to serve our country and communities.  

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Under Investigation

Last Sunday afternoon, July 30 at 3:57 p.m., the Washington County communication center began receiving calls about a motorcycle versus car accident on Cty Hwy E between Cty Hwy CC and Powder Hill Road. Washington County Deputies and Hartford Fire and Rescue were subsequently dispatched to the scene.

The motorcycle operator, a male in his late twenties from Milwaukee who has ties to Richfield, was unresponsive in the middle of the roadway. Deputies and Rescue began life saving measures. A second motorcycle, operated by a family member, was also on the scene. The operator of the car, a female in her early twenties from the Town of Polk, was out of the vehicle. The struck motorcycle operator was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene. The operator of the car was transported for possible minor injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene. The initial investigation showed that the two motorcyclists were eastbound on Cty Hwy E and that the car was westbound on Cty Hwy E. Preliminary evidence shows that the car crossed into the eastbound lane, striking the motorcyclist head-on. The female operator of the car is cooperating with the investigation.

Cty Hwy E between Cty Hwy CC and Powder Hill Rd was closed for approximately four hours for investigation and scene clearance. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hartford Police Department for initial road closure and the Washington County Medical Examiners Office. This is the 13th fatal crash in Washington County for this year.

This incident remains under investigation.

Coming Together for National Night Out

Tuesday, August 1 is National Night Out in the City of Hartford.

It will be held at Bernd Park, west of Main Street in Hartford from 5 to 8 p.m.

It's a chance to join the Hartford Police Department, along with many community groups, businesses and neighbors.

Hartford Police Officer Kali Reiman told WTKM News that it's an important annual event.

"National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes police and community partnerships in a fun way. We're going to have games, a bounce house,  members of the Hartford Fire and Rescue Department and people that we work with in the community."

It's an opportunity to meet police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics. Tours will be conducted of the Hartford Police Department, there will be a demonstration with K-9 Flash, drones and Police Bike Patrol. Free Child ID Kits will be available.

A fire truck will be on display along with an ambulance.

Hot dogs, brats and hamburgers will be served along with free ice cream from the Lion's Club.      

Popular Antique & Flea Market Returns on July 29

The St. Mary of the Hill Parish Antique and Flea Market returns on Saturday, July 29. It will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Basilica of Holy Hill, in Hubertus.

Mass will not be held at St. Mary of the Hill on Saturday, July 29 or Sunday, July 30 due to the Antique and Flea Market. 

Last year, over 7,000 people were on the grounds shopping for those unique items during this annual event. A large crowd is expected again this year.

Marilyn Gundrum is one of the organizers and told WTKM News that once again this year, there is a lot of excitement.

"People love smart shopping, resale is smart shopping these days. In addition, something we just started last year will be back. It's a plant booth and our homemade bakery that we've always had and people love will be back as well."

It runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

No pets are allowed this year. 

It's All About The Kids

A big part of this week’s Washington County Fair is the kids showing their projects.

Washington County 4-H Program Educator Ron Jakubisin told WTKM News that the Washington County Fair is the culmination of a lot of hard work this past year.

"The fair is super special because a lot of youth have learned leadership skills, presentation skills, they have worked on projects and now they are showing at the fair. They get to show off not only their project, but the way they present those projects in a certain way. It's a great week." 

Caleb is a 15-year-old Washington County 4-H member.  He told WTKM that he has been in 4-H for eight years. The projects go before a judge and then will be on display.          

"You talk with the judges, they will judge you on your project with what you do and how you are in 4-H. Each project is different and they look for things. I'm in gardening, wood working, fishing, shooting sports and food and nutrition."  

The projects are displayed in the Ziegler Family Expo Building, along with the 4-H silent auction.

Judging continues today at the Washington County Fair at the Equestrian Area, Farm Progress Arena, Small Animal Barn and in the Ziegler Family Expo Building.

The Washington County Fair runs through this Sunday, July 30 at the Washington County Fair Park and Conference Center in West Bend.  

You Never Know Who Will Serve You at the Washington County Farm Bureau Food Stand

The Washington County Farm Bureau Food Stand at the Washington County Fair has been busy this week.

It takes over 200 volunteers to make it run during the week of the fair in West Bend, and you never know who you might see.  Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann worked yesterday and talked with WTKM. 

"We see a lot of people we know and it's been neat, we saw a lot of people that aren't from Washington County. Iron Ridge, Waukesha and we had someone from Appleton so...it's good to have them here. It's a wonderful thing to be a part of, supporting our kids and our community." 

Wisconsin State Representative Rick Gundrum of the 58th Assembly District also served as a volunteer for the Washington County Farm Bureau Food Stand.  He told WTKM that the Washington County Fair means a lot to him.  

"I enjoy the Washington County Fair. Back in 2000, I worked on the main stage area as the stage manager for all of the national acts and I also served on the county boards that were involved with the Washington County Fair. As a kid I was in Slinger, at the highway grounds and that seemed to be the greatest piece of entertainment that hit the universe. It has expanded, and developed into what we have today which is 133 acres of fun."  

The funds raised by the food stand go toward many programs, including the farmer in the classroom and Ag Day farm tours, the Washington County Ag Ambassador programs, Ag Day at the Capitol, scholarships for higher agricultural education, Breakfast on the Farm and Lunch 2 Go – Ronald McDonald House. The funds also go toward local food pantry donations.     

It's Fun at Ag Adventureland

Ag Adventureland is a popular spot at the Washington County Fair, located at the Washington County Fair Park and Conference Center in West Bend.

Beth Remmel, coordinator of Ag Adventureland says it's a chance for kids to learn about agriculture in a fun way.

"You will get a basket and then you will stop at each station. There are stations like milking a cow...you can physically try and milk a pretend cow. You learn about cotton and that socks are made out of cotton, so you take a sock to the market and stop at the bee station and get a candle and learn about bees and what they do. You can stop by the chicken station and pick up eggs out of the nest. You can get a baseball for the steer and leather for the pig and we actually have real sheep's wool that you can feel. At the end, you take it to the market and sort your goods. You sell the items, and for your sale you get paid with milk, string cheese or honey sticks."  

Ag Adventureland is in it's 24th year and it started with a dedicated group of volunteers in order to help provide a fun and free activity at the Washington County Fair to educate fair goers about agriculture.  

Junior Livestock Auction Tonight at the Washington County Fair

It's another great day at the Washington County Fair.

It's Special Disabilities Ride Day from noon to 2 p.m. on the midway. People with disabilities and their chaperones are invited to take a turn on one of the selected complimentary rides. 

Judging is scheduled at the Equestrian Area, Farm Progress Arena and Small Animal Barn.

A children's music show runs through the afternoon at the Devenport Stage along with music at the Do Drop In and Why Go By Stage.

The Washington County Jr. Livestock Auction begins at 6 p.m. tonight at the Farm Progress Arena. 

Tonight's entertainment includes Mark Wills and Rodney Atkins performing live on the Silver Lining Amphitheater.

Lightning Strikes

Yesterday morning, July 26 around 8:00, Slinger firefighters were dispatched to the 3700 Blk. of Sherman Road, in Slinger for a vehicle struck by lightning.

Upon arrival, crews located the truck with damage to the lower windshield and a haze of smoke in the interior. The vehicle window was broken and access was gained inside. A small amount of water was utilized for cooling hot spots in the vehicle as several plastic and electrical components were melted.

No injuries or other damage occurred but the truck is believed to be a total loss.


Hartford City Officials Moving Forward with Transitioning Dispatch Services to the Washington County Sheriff's Department

Hartford Common Council met Tuesday night, July 25.

There was discussion and consideration of authorizing City Officials to move forward with transitioning dispatch services to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and purchase Pro Phoenix records management software for a cost not to exceed $166,845.

Hartford Police Chief Scott MacFarlan addressed council members on a few key points of the move.  

"And some of the key points to that are that no staff in this particular move will lose their employment, because of the city moving this service over, and that was a key for me. This move is in no way a reflection on the job that they did, I don't want anyone to think that because our dispatchers do an extremely good job every day...very professional. It has nothing to do with that, but it does have to do with the state of Wisconsin...through legislation and grant funding, pushing agencies like ours towards consolidation of services, specifically public safety answering points."  

Chief MacFarlan stated that service may suffer in the beginning with a move like this, but it’s his job along with Hartford Fire and Rescue Chief Paul Stephans and Washington County Sheriff Marty Schulteis to make sure it picks up right away and they have a high level of service for the city of Hartford.

There are things that won’t change. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office currently answers a lot of the 911 calls already in the city of Hartford, on the wireless side of things with cell phones.

Hartford Common Council unanimously approved the item last night.


Washington County Fair Opens Today

It's opening day at the 165th Washington County Fair.

It's Entry Day for poultry and rabbits, goats, beef, swine and sheep.

Judging is scheduled in the Equestrian Area.

The Ziegler Family Expo Building includes Open Class for clothing, knitting, crocheting, woolspinning and home environment.

The junior class includes flowers and houseplants.

A big fireworks show will light up the sky tonight at dusk at the Washington County Fair.  

Fundraiser Will Add A New K-9 For The Jackson Police Department

A special fundraiser is happening at the Jackson Police Department.

It started after the Jackson Village Board unanimously approved the department's plan to add a K-9 officer to the team.

The Jackson Police Department had a K-9 in the past, according to Jackson Police Chief Ryan Vossekuil.

"The Jackson Police Department previously had a K-9 unit, it was around 15 years ago. Since that time, we have not had a police dog and we really missed having one. We have recognized the need to have a trained police dog that could help us with a number of different things like finding illegal drugs, searching for missing and lost people and criminal apprehension. The K-9 is also a powerful public relations tool."

A $100,000 fundraising goal is in place for a new K-9 unit for the Jackson Police Department.

Donations can be made on their Facebook page, by mail to "Jackson PD K9 Unit to N168W19851 Main Street in Jackson, 53037 or in person at the Jackson Police Department.    

A Busy Summer for the Washington County Humane Society

The Washington County Humane Society recently accepted a plane transport of cats and dogs from Greater Good Charities and onboard were the 9,991st, 9,996th and 9,998th dogs to be transported to Wisconsin through the Good Flights program. Their names are Mia, Dux and Heidi. The 10,000th dog, Peatie, was also part of that flight and was taken in by the Elmbrook Humane Society.

Mia, Dux and Heidi along with 10 other animals will be up for adoption very soon, according to the Washington County Humane Society.

Their shelter functions thanks to the generosity of surrounding communities. Products like bleach, paper towels and office supplies are donated and keep their budget focused on caring for animals. To view the most current needs at the Washington County Humane Society, visit wchspets.org.   

It's Time for the Washington County Fair

Preparations continue today for the Washington County Fair. Open Class entries will be accepted.

Tomorrow is opening day of the 165th annual Washington County Fair at the Washington County Fair Park, in West Bend.

The Equestrian Area and Ziegler Family Expo Building will feature judging with music at the Do Drop In and Why Go By Music Stage tomorrow.

Opening day will end with an amazing fireworks show at dusk, which will light up the sky.

This Wednesday, July 26 is Military Day at the Washington County Fair. Activities and ceremonies will be held throughout the day at the Ziegler Family Expo Building. The Horse Pull begins at 7 p.m. at the Equestrian Complex.

The entire schedule is available at wcfairpark.com.   


STOL World Champion Competes in Hartford

It was a great turnout for last Saturday’s event at the Hartford Municipal Airport.

It was a chance to see competitive flying with some of the nation’s top short takeoff and landing specialists.  The Sodbusters STOL Competition presented plenty of excitement.

Steve Henry of Wildwest Aircraft is the National STOL, or short takeoff and landing, Drag World Champion and told WTKM how it started for him.  

"When I started flying airplanes,  the challenge of off-airport with finding little hills to land on really appealed to me.  When I found out they had competitions, it was right up my alley. You really need to know your air plane. It requires a lot of practicing...I'll go out and do 100 takeoffs and landings."                                             

The pilots competed in the standard classes for the shortest takeoff distance and landing.  Competitors were separated by airplane type into one of several classes.

It's a national competition and it only happens once a year in Wisconsin. It's the second time the Hartford Municipal Airport has served as the host.

Hartford Mayor Tim Michalak attended last Saturday’s event at the Hartford Municipal Airport.

"It's so great to have something like this in Hartford. Our airport has a 3,400 foot airstrip and we have a grass strip which makes it general aviation friendly. It's why we have all these smaller planes here and all the gliders...our airport really is a gem."  

This unique event was well received in Hartford.  

Pilot and Passenger Safe After Plane Crash

Last Saturday afternoon, Alto & Waupun Fire Departments were called back out to an address on Amity Road to bring the investigators out to where a plane was in the marsh.

A clear trail allowed fire officials to get out to the plane.

The EMT'S from Lifestar did the navigating with GPS.  Having tracks on the machine pushing down the cattails helped keep the machine from sinking. Once they were to the plane, there were places where they were knee deep in muck, & one of the EMT'S went in almost waist high.

Once the trail was made, the Waupun UTV could just follow the path straight out to them to assist with bringing the pilot & passenger out of the marsh safely. 


Town of Hartford Fatal Accident Under Investigation

Last night on July 20, around 11:06 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two-vehicle accident on County Trunk K at I-41 in the Town of Hartford. Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Slinger Police Department responded to the scene. St. Lawrence and Hartford Fire and Rescue Departments also responded. Upon arrival of the first deputy, it was determined that the operator of a westbound vehicle was deceased. The driver was identified as a 21-year-old Town of Hartford man.

His vehicle struck another vehicle operated by a 64-year-old Fond du Lac County woman. After fire personnel completed extrication, she was transported by Flight for Life to a hospital for treatment.

The investigation shows the vehicle operated by the Fond du Lac County woman turned north onto the northbound on-ramp to I-41 when it was stuck by the westbound vehicle operated by the Town of Hartford man. Speed appears to be a contributing factor.

The roadway was closed for around six hours. The accident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. 

Donations On The Rise For Relay For Life Of Hartford-Slinger

It was another successful year for Relay For Life of Hartford-Slinger.

This great annual event was held on Friday, July 14 at the Hartford Town Hall.

$60,230.14 is the total amount of funds raised, at the time of this story. This year's goal is $65,000 and the official total will be announced on September 1.

Megan Lane, of the American Cancer Society told WTKM News about how the funds raised are distributed.

"With Relay for Life, we are raising money for the American Cancer Society for life-saving cancer research, patient support programs, a 24/7 helpline and much more."

They come together every year at more than 2,500 Relay for Life events around the country to support and celebrate survivors and caregivers.       


Hartford Union High School Success Stories

This time of the year, the leadership team at Hartford Union High School reflects on the accomplishments of the school year as they plan for the upcoming year.

Superintendent Jeff Walters told WTKM News that there is a lot to be proud of.

"In the last two years, we've had four students achieve a perfect 36 on their ACT score. It's super exciting, and we're so proud of them. We were named a distinguished school by Project Lead the Way. We offer a Bio Medical program, preparing kids for possible careers in the medical field. And we continue to increase our college credit opportunities on campus."

The registration and back to school fair dates are August 3 from 1-6 p.m. and August 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hartford Union High School.    

4-H and FFA Members are ready for the Junior Livestock Auction at the Waukesha County Fair

A big event is coming up this Friday, July 21 at the Waukesha County Fair.

It's the County Executive and Fair Marshal Junior Livestock Auction at 5:30 p.m.

The Waukesha County Fair Executive Director told WTKM News that it's not just a one day thing.

"They are working year round," said Chrissy Gluege. "It starts for a lot of them when they are so young by picking out their animal. There is so much to it, like leadership, the financial aspect of taking care of them and getting attached and understanding what goes into it."

The Junior Livestock Auction is the culmination of a year’s project for 4-H and FFA members. They have selected, fed and groomed steer, lamb, poultry, rabbit, goat, or pig as a learning and business venture. The project is brought to the Fair to be judged, graded, and sold. The auction provides recognition for young adults to earn college funds, purchase more animals and receive practical training in business and agriculture.

Lane Shift in Watertown

There will be a lane shift on E. Main Street in the 300 block between Third and Fourth Streets, according to the Watertown Police. No parking will be in place on both the north and south sides of E. Main Street in this block during specified hours and traffic will be routed to the south half of E. Main Street for travel.

This shift will be between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 24 through Wednesday, July 26 for the replacement of a water hydrant on the northeast side of the intersection of Third and Main Streets. There will also be traffic flaggers for part of this work; residents are asked to be cautious in this area during this time.

Work will include removing a sign pole that is near the hydrant, cutting the concrete, replacing the hydrant and pouring concrete back in the sidewalk.

Work should be completed by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 26.  

The Nation's Top Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) Pilots Set To Compete in Hartford

It's the Sodbusters STOL Competition in Hartford this Saturday, July 22 at the Hartford Municipal Airport.

It's an action-packed day of competitive flying, featuring some of the nation's top short take off and landing (STOL) specialists.

These talented pilots will compete in the standard classes for the shortest takeoff distance and landing. They are separated by airplane type into several classes, including touring, backcountry, adventure and sport.

Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) aircraft are built to get in and out of an area in the shortest amount of time possible. The aircraft can operate on grass, snow, ice or any other runway.

Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. with the competition starting between 10 and 11 a.m.


Jump In at the Veteran's Memorial Aquatics Center

Warm temperatures this summer have increased attendance at Hartford's hot spot, the Veteran's Memorial Aquatic Center.

A few highlights include a count of 950 on July 3 and around 900 on the Fourth of July.

The Thursday Night Swim is a big hit this summer, according to Aquatics and Fitness Supervisor Zach Stupnik. "Yes, the Night Swim has been very positive for us. We had around 350 people come out for the first one and around 300 for the second one. A couple changes with that seems to be bringing in more people, like changing the prices from normal full price to $3 for Hartford residents and $4 for non-residents. We also started to play music during our Night Swim, and people seem to like it."

The Thursday Night Swim at the Veteran's Memorial Aquatic Center in Hartford is happening each week from 7:30-9:30 through August 17.   

Hartland Police Respond To Fatal Incident

There is more information regarding a fatal incident in Hartland.

A Hartland Police Officer was flagged down by a group of individuals on the sidewalk along E. Capitol Dr. regarding a battery complaint on June 17.  The officer observed a 39-year-old man, who appeared to be in and out of consciousness.

The victim was transported to a hospital and admitted with critical injuries.

The suspect was arrested and has been identified as 64-year-old Kevin Sehmer.   

The Waukesha County District’s Attorney’s Office filed one felony count of aggravated battery.

The Hartland Police Department was notified by the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office that the 39-year-old victim succumbed to his injuries.

The Hartland Police Department continues to investigate this matter.     

"Seeing is Believing" at the Waukesha County Fair

The oldest county fair in Wisconsin is back!

The Waukesha County Fair runs from Wednesday, July 19 through this Sunday, July 23 at the Waukesha County Expo Fairgrounds.

The theme this year is "Seeing is Believing."

The Waukesha County Fair celebrates their rural heritage with barnyard animals, crafts, delicious food, farm displays and the midway.

Their three large stages will feature great bands again this year. Talented country artists Locash will perform on Thursday, July 20 at 8 p.m.

There will be many great 4-H activities and the Junior Livestock Auction is scheduled for Friday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Waukesha County Expo Grounds.



Froedtert Health Support Staff Employee Arrested

A 45 year old City of West Bend man was arrested for allegedly capturing unlawful images on a hidden camera mounted underneath a bathroom sink at Froedtert West Bend Hospital in the Town of Polk. The suspect, who was a Froedtert health support staff employee, admitted to investigators he has been placing the camera inside the same bathroom for the past several months and then saving some of the captured footage.

This case came to light after investigators with the City of West Bend Police Department uncovered information during an unrelated investigation and immediately communicated the information to investigators at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Washington County investigators responded to the hospital and located the hidden camera underneath the sink. The restroom in question is a public restroom, but mainly utilized by staff.

The suspect appeared in Washington County Circuit Court for a bail hearing. Judge Hetzel found probable cause that a felony was committed and set bond at $50,000 cash and ordered him to have no contact with Froedtert or any of their employees. The judge gave the state more time to file formal criminal charges. 

Based on the amount of data that needs to be analyzed, and the number of potential victims, investigators need additional time before specific formal charges can be sent to the district attorney for review. The Washington County Sheriff's Department is working in partnership with the West Bend Police Department to hold the individual accountable and treat the victims with respect and dignity.

Newburg Man Faces Felony Charges

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested a 35-year-old Village of Newburg man on numerous felony charges for allegedly possessing, sharing, and soliciting child sexual abuse material. Michael Westphal was taken into custody without incident after a traffic stop as he left his Newburg residence. A search warrant was served on the residence looking for evidence of these crimes.

Washington County Sheriff’s Investigators were made aware of this case on June 20 after an Ozaukee County Sheriff Investigator found unlawful material was potentially being shared over the internet from the suspect's residence. Investigators learned that Westphal was a custodian for the West Bend School District.

Sheriff Martin Schulteis said, “When investigators looked at the deeply disturbing nature of the unlawful material, coupled with the fact that the suspect was a long-time school district employee, this case was quickly identified as a top agency priority. Typically, these cases can take several months to put together; however, investigators worked diligently to put us in a place where we could act in an accelerated manner without compromising the quality of the investigation. At this time, I want to reiterate that no evidence has been found to suggest that we have any local victims, however, we must get through all the evidence before we can give that assurance to the community.”

Westphal was formally charged in Washington County Circuit Court with ten felony counts and more charges are likely in the future.  

Funnel Cake or Corn Dog?

It's a great day for the fair!

The Jefferson County Fair runs through this Sunday, July 16 at the Jefferson County Fair Park.

"It's a great fair, so much fun for everyone," said Jefferson County Fairest of the Fair Danielle Chwala, who joined WTKM during our live broadcast yesterday afternoon. "I am honored to be the Fairest of the Fair, and I'll be busy. I will go to all the different shows, I try to make it to everything so I can greet everyone."

The carnival and midway are big attractions. Grandstand Entertainment includes George Thorogood and the Destroyers tonight and the Demo Derby this Sunday.

The live Shark Encounter is new this year. It's the only traveling and educational shark show in the United States. 

It's the Year of the Arts at the Jefferson County Fair.  


Bargains Galore at Hartford's Maxwell Street Day

Rain, rain go away come again another day.  The old nursery rhyme applied last Wednesday, July 12 for Maxwell Street Day in downtown Hartford.

"We need the rain but not today," said Jennifer Bugert, of Hartford, with a laugh.

This great annual event featured great deals and a chance to shop with over 50 street vendors lined up along Main Street, along with downtown Hartford businesses.

"Downtowns are starting to fade away, but Hartford is thriving," said Jason Wix of Faith and Giggles Gift Shop in downtown Hartford. The business owners and building owners all take pride in the downtown and make it a great place to visit."

A large crowd gathered in downtown Hartford throughout the morning, but the afternoon rain rolled in, and shoppers continued to have fun in the many downtown businesses and restaurants.

The Sonic Circus concert, at Brewed Omen in downtown Hartford was canceled due to the weather.

Another fun Maxwell Street Day in downtown Hartford.         

Traffic Stop Leads To Charges

On July 10th, at 3:55 p.m. a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle for three different equipment violations on I-41 near Lannon Road in the Village of Germantown. Upon making contact with the driver, a 24-year-old City of Milwaukee man, the deputy smelled the odor of marijuana. The driver admitted to possession of drugs. A probable cause search of the vehicle was done and three handguns, one of which was stolen, were located. The driver is a felon on active supervision for a violent felony.


The driver was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm (three counts), carrying a concealed weapon (three counts), possession of THC with intent to deliver, receiving stolen property and an outstanding warrant. He remains in custody in the Washington County Jail.


Fourth of July Fire in Jackson Under Investigation

A fire in Jackson that occurred on the Fourth of July is under investigation.

There were no injuries.

In the evening, around 7:02, the Jackson Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Spruce Street in the Village for the report of a possible apartment fire.

Jackson Police Officers and the on-duty Battalion Chief responded, and a small fire was located on the exterior of a two-story apartment building that was slowly extending from the vinyl siding and into the walls of the building. Initial reports suggest that one of the occupants was home when he heard a noise and saw falling debris that was on fire. First arriving police and fire personnel deployed two portable fire extinguishers, which temporarily halted the extension of the fire. Jackson Firefighters advanced hand lines and performed extensive overhaul and extinguishment. Extension of the fire was noted in several units’ exterior walls, the second-floor balcony, and adjacent portions of the attic. Damage was largely prevented on the interior of the apartments.

Given the quick knockdown of this fire, the alarm was kept at the “still” level, exclusively utilizing units from Jackson. Two cats were retrieved during the course of overhaul operations.

No exact cause has been determined. 


Childhood Memories are Created at Maxwell Street Day in Hartford

The City of Hartford's annual Maxwell Street Day is this Wednesday, July 12 in downtown Hartford from 10-8.

It's a fun day of shopping, with over 50 vendors along with live music and kid's activities.

Hartford's Maxwell Street Day will also recognize Harley-Davidson's 120th Homecoming celebration, according to Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce Director Kate Carroll.

"It's a pre-party for Harley-Davidson's Homecoming, which starts this Thursday. We will have exclusive parking for Harley riders on Main Street. They can come and enjoy the vendors and food throughout the day."

Chamber Events Coordinator Leah Nagel has fond childhood memories of this great annual event. "I used to go when I was small tot, being born and raised here in Hartford."

Unique items will be for sale at this year's Maxwell Street Day, this Wednesday in downtown Hartford.