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Madison: Investigation continues into attack that left suspect and victim with chemical burns

VIDEO: Madison police say a man arrested in connection with an attack that left both the suspect and victim with serious chemical burns has now been taken into custody. Matthew R DeJesus, 31, Madison was released from an area hospital Tuesday and taken into custody on a probation hold while the investigation continues.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2018 2:53:20 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Trial ordered for woman charged in 2011 Portage County arson case

More than 7 years after an Amherst garage was damaged by fire, one of its owners will head to trial for arson. Barbara Maslowski-Day is free on $10,000 signature bond. She was charged in April 2017 and pleaded not guilty that June. According to court documents, a neighbor reported the fire around 2 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2018 2:46:16 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

La Crosse Area Officials Consider Consolidating Regional Emergency Services

Officials in La Crosse have started a new push to consolidate fire departments in the region, but not everyone is convinced, with some in surrounding communities worrying about a loss of independence. Agencies in La Crosse County have had on-and-off discussions about the idea over the last 20 years. But La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam said several fires near municipal borders have recently highlighted the lack of coordination.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2018 9:47:35 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Public Radio

New location picked for Racine fire station

A Racine fire station is expected to be relocated from 16th Street to a park near Durand Avenue. Fire Station No. 6, 2101 16th St., was built in 1975, according to Fire Chief Steve Hansen. It was constructed according to residential standards and was not meant to be used for more than 10 years as the fire station, he said by email.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2018 4:39:49 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Railroad's road closure request for Chippewa County denied

Progressive Rail has lost its request to have a road closed in the Chippewa County town of Eagle Point, just northeast of Chippewa Falls. Progressive Rail filed a request with the state’s Office of the Commissioner of Railroads last September seeking a permanent closure of a 1-mile stretch of 95th Avenue, from Highway 124 to Highway 178, just west of Lake Wissota, allowing Progressive to expand its operations with a larger switching yard.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2018 10:09:53 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Oshkosh paramedics will get bulletproof vests, thanks to credit union grant

City paramedics soon will bulletproof gear to use during active shooter situations. The Oshkosh Fire Department will use a $15,050 grant from Capital Credit Union’s Elevate Communities program to buy 10 sets of bulletproof vests, helmets and accessories, said John Holland, a Fire Department spokesman.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2018 4:54:51 PM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

National Weather Service works to confirm touched-down tornado in Platteville

The National Weather Service is working to confirm a tornado in southwest Wisconsin after multiple funnel sightings in Platteville. The funnel was spotted around 11:20 a.m., according to the Platteville Fire Department. Chief Ryan Simmons said no siren was issued by the city because the funnel was spotted outside of the city limits.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2018 4:37:43 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Roman Electric employees honored for pulling man, baby from burning Milwaukee home

VIDEO: Three Roman Electric employees were honored Tuesday, June 26 for their quick actions which allowed them to save the lives of a man and baby trapped in a burning home in Milwaukee in March. The fire happened on March 12 near 70th and Dickinson. Roman electric employees Chris Rassette, Jack Schoeppe and Brian Pape were honored by the Milwaukee Fire Department and Alderman Michael Murphy for their heroic actions — rescuing Angel Suarez and his 1-month-old daughter from the home before firefighters could arrive on scene.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2018 1:40:54 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

8 injured in crash near Black River Falls

PHOTO: Eight people are injured in an early morning crash near Black River Falls. It happened around 1:12 a.m. on the eastbound side of I-94. According to information from the Wisconsin State Patrol, a semi driven by Jason Gilberts of Willmar, Minnesota was traveling on the interstate on the inside lane.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2018 9:48:33 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Homicide charges coming for driver who caused fiery fatal crash, Madison police say

A Madison man who caused a crash early Saturday morning that took the life of a Madison man is being charged with homicide. Gavin Veium, 22, will be tentatively charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and second-degree reckless homicide, Madison police said. Diano McCullough, 45, was killed in the fiery crash that happened at about 3:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Green Bay Metro firefighters send inspiration to Alabama girl battling cancer

Humbled and amazed. That's how a family in Alabama feels after receiving an outpouring of support from all over the world for their daughter as she fights cancer. And now she's about to get a little love from Northeast Wisconsin. Firefighters here are donating a massive collection of patches to help the once-stranger they now consider family.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY.com

Wausau woman, recovering from injuries in apartment fire

The sound of a fire alarm found its way into her dreams. Krista Betz still wasn't sure she was fully awake from her nap when she walked to her apartment window and heard someone yelling for her to jump. Smoke billowed into her room. She worried about her cat. Betz decided to make the leap from her second-floor window, toward a man who tried to catch her, but instead her head and body smashed into the pavement of the parking lot.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2018 6:21:53 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Town of Bristol family loses home in overnight fire

A Town of Bristol family is looking for a place to stay after a fire destroyed their home late Sunday night. It happened on the 6700 block of Prairie View Drive in the Town of Bristol, just north of Highway 151 near Sun Prairie. Dane County deputies and Sun Prairie firefighters arrived on the scene at about 11:20 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2018 5:28:06 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Madison College holds first all-women firefighter training

Madison College hosted its first-ever firefighter training session geared exclusively for women Saturday. Twenty-five women attended the all-day training, which is designed to give women a preview of what they might expect from a firefighting career, along with physical conditioning tips and networking opportunities.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2018 5:16:10 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Milwaukee Fire Department responds to basement fire

VIDEO: The Milwaukee Fire Department responded to a fire in the basement of an apartment building early Monday morning. Crews were called to the area near 97th and Michele around 2 a.m. The fire was quickly put out and everyone got out of the building safely, according to fire officials. One firefighters was hurt, but was not transported to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2018 4:55:52 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

$100,000 in damage done to Sheboygan house after deck fire

Saturday evening around 5:40 p.m. Sheboygan Fire Department was sent to a house on Moenning Road for a fire on a deck. When firefighters arrived the entire back of the house was on fire spreading through the exterior walls and into the attic. Firefighters attacked the fires from outside and inside a bedroom.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2018 2:35:48 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

On 1st day of summer, Milwaukee Fire Department kicks off ‘Warm Up Winter’ campaign to buy coats for kids

VIDEO: Even though winter is months away, Milwaukee firefighters are thinking about keeping kids warm. Firefighters were out collecting donations to support ‘Warm Up Winter, a Kids Coats Initiative" on Thursday. The three-day fundraising campaign raises money to provide kids in the community with warm outerwear in the winter months.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2018 7:44:13 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Chippewa County: Emergency services detour around Paint Creek; local establishments keep eye on water levels

For more than a month, those seeking emergency services in the town of Lafayette have had about a five-minute detour between them and trained help. But those five minutes could drastically change the situation. “It’s been an impact,” John Andersen, deputy chief of prevention with the Chippewa Fire District, said.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 5:39:51 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Onalaska Fire Chief Dominick reflects on four decades of service

VIDEO: Onalaska Fire Chief Don Dominick announced his plans to retire at the end of February. On Friday, after more than 40 years of fire service, including 10 years as chief, Dominick will hang up his helmet for the last time. From reminding the public about the dangers of carbon monoxide to leading crews in battling multi-unit apartment fires, Don Dominick has served the City of Onalaska as fire chief for nearly ten years.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 4:51:32 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

River conditions could be unsafe for FATFAR in Chippewa Falls

VIDEO: The flood warning for most local counties has ended. While the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers are no longer at official flood risk, that doesn't mean they're safe for locals just yet. Recent rains have left the Chippewa River rushing. Flooding is no longer a concern, but safety is for this weekend's FATFAR, an annual tubing event that launches just below the Chippewa Falls dam.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 3:48:28 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

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