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Suspected drunken driver almost hits police car on Beltline

Suspected drunken driver almost hits police car on Beltline

A man faces drug charges after almost hitting a police car while an officer was conducting a crash investigation Saturday night on the Beltline.

Around 10:20 p.m. Middleton police were investigating a crash on Highway 12 at Greenway Boulevard that shut down the inside westbound lane, officials said.

During the crash investigation a vehicle driven by Rondale L. Harris, 31, of Madison, was driving west in the inside lane and almost hit a fully-marked squad car with emergency lights on, according to the release.

Harris was stopped, and police said he was intoxicated and had numerous baggies of THC. He was subsequently arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and felony possession with intent to deliver THC.

Skate park temporarily shut down due to vandalism

Skate park temporarily shut down due to vandalism

The Middleton Skateboard Park has been temporarily closed due to vandalism, according to a news alert.

Vandals covered the park in graffiti Aug. 3, but city crews cleaned it up. Vandals hit the park again on Thursday, but this time they also took a sewer grate, which is about a foot in diameter, officials said.

The graffiti has been cleaned up, but the sewer grate won’t be replaced until Monday at the earliest, which is why the park has been closed.

Officials said the graffiti was mostly profanity.

There are security cameras at the park, so authorities are trying to identify individuals involved.

No arrests were made in connection to the vandalism as of Friday afternoon.

Police: Man uses car seat to steal liquor

Police: Man uses car seat to steal liquor

Police asked for help identifying a man and woman pictured in five surveillance images the department released Friday. Police said the man used an infant car seat to take alcohol from an area gas station.

The Middleton Police Department said officers are trying to locate the vehicle or the pair pictured in connection with two recent retail thefts.

The five images show a man and woman exiting a silver or gray vehicle. The man is carrying a baby's car seat with a blanket draped over it and the woman is carrying a tan handbag.

Sgt. Don Mueller said the man and woman are suspected of stealing multiple bottles of liquor from the Kelly Mobil gas station on University Green Thursday night.

Mueller said according to the report, at about 8 p.m. the man put bottles of liquor in the infant carrier and the woman put bottles in her bag and neither paid for the alcohol. 

Middleton commission chooses next police chief

Middleton commission chooses next police chief

The Middleton Police Commission has chosen the city's next chief of police. 

Capt. Chuck Foulke will take the position March 29, succeeding retiring chief Brad Keil

In a news release Friday afternoon, Middleton Mayor Kurt Sonnentag said he was pleased with the commission's selection. 

"(Foulke) is capable and well-prepared to lead the department, and he has the perfect temperament and vision for the work," Sonnentag said. 

Retiring police chief to head WPS security

Retiring police chief to head WPS security

After a decade leading the Middleton police force, Chief Brad Keil will retire his public service hat later this month for a figurative one working in corporate security.

WPS Health Insurance said in a news release Thursday that Keil was hired as manager of corporate facilities security. He begins the job March 31.

Capt. Chuck Foulke, a 33-year veteran of the Middleton police force, said the department is sad to see Keil leave.

"I think in general his entire staff has mixed feelings (because) we’re professionally and personally sad to see him go, but (the WPS position is) a very good opportunity for him," Foulke said. "(Keil is) going out on top."

Foulke and Middleton Police Commission President Bev Jambois both pointed to the department's recent accreditation through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, a state policing standards credentialing authority, as one of Keil's many accomplishments as police leader. 

Man dies from Friday traffic crash

Man dies from Friday traffic crash

A Mount Horeb man died a day after two vehicles crashed in Springfield on Friday.

Dale Wood, 58, died from injuries suffered in the crash, according to the Dane County medical examiner.

Seven people were taken to hospitals after a two-vehicle crash Dane County Sheriff's deputies described as "serious."

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. Friday at the intersection of county roads K and P in the town of Springfield.

Two patients were taken from the scene by Med Flight, authorities confirmed.

Authorities said the crash happened when 50-year-old Jennifer Kirchstein failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a vehicle traveling south on County Road P.

Kirchstein was traveling west on County Highway K. Five passengers were in her vehicle: Margaret McHugh, 70, George Hove, 75, Dale Wood, 58, James Kirchstein, 53, and Payton Kirchstein, 8.

The 46-year-old driver of the second vehicle, Rebecca Voights, was also hurt.

Recent rise in mail thefts leads to police alert

Recent rise in mail thefts leads to police alert

Police warned residents to be wary of thieves targeting mailboxes in the last month. 

The Middleton Police Department said it has seen an increase in reports of thefts from mailboxes. Police said information thieves obtain from mail can be used to steal one's identity. Checks and other items of value are also targeted in the thefts, according to the alert sent Tuesday afternoon.

Police offered tips to thwart mailbox theft: