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Middleton team uses Twitter to get Taylor Swift to message sick teammate

The Middleton freshman basketball team is hoping a Twitter campaign will soon have singer Taylor Swift sending their teammate battling bone cancer a spirit lifting message.

“We wanted to get Taylor Swift involved because we knew that Jackson liked her,” teammate and friend Casey McKean said.  “He actually called her a goddess.”

After being diagnosed with osteosarcoma 15-year-old Jackson Pagel had the leave the team.

“He was a really good player. I think he had a chance of making JV.  When he got taken out of it, it was just so sad.  Because he was one of the best players in the grade,” McKean said.  “He (Jackson) first felt it when he was playing soccer in his leg. But it turned out to be a tumor. And then they got it checked out. And they told him he couldn’t play basketball anymore.  So we started this team. Team J Pagel.”

Officials seek woman in near-overdose incident at Arby's

Officials seek woman in near-overdose incident at Arby's

Officials are looking to talk with a woman who fled before paramedics arrived to revive a man who was overdosing on a street drug at a Middleton restaurant Friday.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said deputies and Middleton EMS responded to a report of an unconscious man who was not breathing and found in the men's bathroom at the Arby's on Gammon Road at 9:36 a.m.

Middleton paramedics administered the anti-opiate drug Narcan to 32-year-old Jesse L. Sparks, of Madison, who was overdosing on heroin, according to the report.

Sparks was taken to the hospital.

The sheriff's office said a woman was with Sparks in the restroom but fled before first responders arrived. Deputies would like to speak with the woman. 

Sparks consented to a blood draw and the sheriff's office referred a possession of heroin charge to the Dane County District Attorney's Office.

Middleton pastry shop offers Mardi Gras sweets

Watch as News 3's Mary Jo Ola visited Scott's Pastry Shop in Middleton Tuesday to check out the bakery's special Mardi Gras sweets.

The bakery on University Avenue has been in business for 32 years, and has been offering paczkis, a Polish-style donut, for at least a decade, the president of Scott's, Jackie Scott, said. 

Scott's also offered King Cakes as part of its Mardi Gras goodies. 

Mailbox theft rising in Middleton

According to an alert to Middleton area businesses this week, there has been an increase in stolen mail from business mailboxes in the Middleton area.

The alert said the thefts appear to be part of a group that steals business checks and creates authentic-looking false checks, that are then cashed by group members, who give most of the proceeds to the leader. The subjects cashing the check generally provide their actual IDs, and attempt to do so at a variety of Middleton-area banks.

Phone scam asks for donations for Shop with a Cop

Phone scam asks for donations for Shop with a Cop

A phone scammer claiming to be with Shop with a Cop might be soliciting for donations from residents in several communities throughout Dane County.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Shop with a Cop doesn't solicit funds by telephone. The program seeks donations by letter between July and December. The letters are mailed or hand-delivered to Dane County businesses from several area law enforcement agencies.

The agencies currently participating include the Dane County Sheriff's Office and the police departments in Madison, Middleton, Monona, Oregon, town of Madison, University of Wisconsin and Waunakee.

Donors can also contribute via the organization's website, www.shopwithacopdanecounty.org, or at any Madison Credit Union location.

Anyone with questions about the authenticity of a solicitation from Shop with a Cop is asked to contact the agency mentioned in the letter.

Longest married couple in Madison celebrates 76 years

A Middleton couple's marriage has withstood several decades and was recognized this week.

Veronica and Donald Harrop of Middleton are the longest-married couple in the Madison diocese. They received a certificate Wednesday noting their 76th wedding anniversary.

Donald Harrop said there are a few things that he believes has helped the marriage last.

"We believe in the Lord, go to church, and love each other," Donald Harrop said.