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Report of driver all over road leads to 5th OWI charge

A report to police of a vehicle weaving all over the road led to a fifth drunken driving charge for a Madison man Tuesday, police said.

Middleton police said officers responded to a report of a vehicle hitting the curb on the 6200 block of University Avenue at 6:31 p.m. Police stopped the vehicle about seven blocks from the area of the report.

Police said officers found alcohol in the vehicle driven by 33-year-old Derek G. Powers. Powers reportedly admitted to drinking alcohol and was put through field sobriety tests.

Powers was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated, a felony. He was also charged with operating after revocation and a felony probation warrant.

Deputies: Crash caused by black ice brings down power lines

Deputies: Crash caused by black ice brings down power lines

A crash caused by black ice brought down power lines in the town of Westport Tuesday morning, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Jonathan Ironside, 37, of Madison, was traveling west on Oncken Road at 8:25 a.m. when he lost control of his 2004 Honda Civic on the icy road and struck a power pole, causing the wires to fall across the road. Ironside stayed inside the car until utility workers made the scene safe.

Ironside, who was removed from the car at 9:35 a.m., suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was treated at the scene.

Oncken Road between County roads M and Q will be closed to traffic until approximately noon.

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4 arrested in home burglary investigation

Four people arrested as part of a home burglary investigation might be connected to a rash of home burglaries in rural Dane County, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

Detectives said Drew J. Keenan, 21, and Mackenzie D. Frydenlund, 20, both of Sauk City, were responsible for a Thursday burglary in the town of Dane. Ashley N Moen, 24, and Jordan D. Seiler, 25, both of Portage, were responsible for a Jan. 13 burglary in the town of Dane, according to the release.

All four were arrested on suspicion of burglary and additional charges are pending.

Deputies said the four forced entry into locked homes and stole valuables, including jewelry, precious coins, electronics, cash and firearms.

Earlier this month the Sheriff?s Office started an investigation into several burglaries to rural homes.

Deputies responded to three burglaries the night of Jan. 14 and one the night of Jan. 13.

School board considers options for possible $500K

Superintendent Don Johnson gave a brief update on facility options at both middle schools due to additional contingency funds being available at the Board of Education's regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 12.

He said as much as $500,000 might be available although Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Tom Wohlleber noted because they are referendum funds they must be used at Glacier Creek or Kromrey.

Johnson said administration is recommending that $30,000 be used to sod rather than seed the field at Kromrey. It is also recommending that $73,000 be used to grade the field and expand the retaining wall and fencing should the Board decide in the future to install turf.

Should the Board decide to install turf at Kromrey now, the cost would be up to $600,000. He noted turf might allow a field to be used from March through November depending on the snow level. He also is worried that with limited field space at Kromrey a grass field could be problematic.

City considers plans to reconstruct portion of Parmenter Street

City considers plans to reconstruct portion of Parmenter Street

Plans to resurface Parmenter Street north of University Avenue are being reviewed by city staff, according to a release.

The plans submitted by Mead and Hunt are to resurface Parmenter Street between University Avenue and the roundabout, officials said. The design includes a bike lane and driving lane in each direction, burying all overhead utilities along Parmenter Street and installing boarding pads at Metro Transit stops.

The west side of the road will tentatively not have on-street parking, but will get a 5-foot wide sidewalk and wider grass terrace with trees, according to the release. The east side of the road will still have on-street parking and portions of the existing 4-foot wide sidewalk will be repaired.

Middleton Public Library to hold listening sessions for future of library

The Middleton Public Library will be holding two public listening sessions to discuss the future construction for the library.

Share your stories and ideas and meet the architects from Dimension IV, the firm conducting Middleton Public Library's feasibility study.

The listening sessions will be held on Jan. 19 from 4-6 p.m. and Jan. 27 from 5-7 p.m., both at the Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Ave.

They will discuss plans to possibly expand the library, remodel it or construct a new building.

Refreshments will be provided by the Hubbard Street Diner.