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Man used machete during attack, police say

Middleton police are investigating a Sunday attack involving a machete, according to a release.

Officers were called to the 6300 block of Pheasant Lane at 5:44 p.m. for a report of a physical disturbance.

Police said Brandon C. Green, 27, of Stoughton, forced his way into the apartment, confronted and beat a woman and other people inside the apartment. One of the people was knocked out.

During the disturbance, Green armed himself with a machete, police said.

Those involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Green was arrested on suspicion of burglary, disorderly conduct while armed, battery, damage to property and substantial battery.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call or text Middleton police at 608-824-7300.


Middleton man wins popular wife-carrying contest

The eighth annual Wisconsin Wife Carry Championship Race was a big hit again this year, especially for Jon Fenrick of Middleton.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that he slung his 103-pound wife Angie over his shoulders and completed the obstacle course Friday in a minute flat. With the victory he takes home $525--plus his wife's weight in beer.

The contest is an internationally sanctioned event. It was a big attraction at the Monona Community Festival, where more than a dozen couples competed in front of hundreds of cheering fans.

The course challenges runners to run 850 feet through tires, bales of hay and a water pit.

The Fenricks are now eligible to represent the state at the North American Wife Carrying Championships in October in Maine.

Too many cats means lower adoption fees

The Dane County Humane Society has more cats than it can handle and is reducing cat adoption fees in response.

The Humane Society said Friday it has more than 94 cats waiting to be adopted.

Adult cat adoption fees on Sunday and Monday will be reduced from $40 to $5.

Humane Society officials said summer months are always busier.

The reduced fees are good at the main shelter, west side shelter and Mounds locations in Sun Prairie, Middleton and Janesville.

Menominee Tribe approves new rules to regulate rafting industry

A Middleton family's tragedy sparks first-of-its-kind rules to regulate Wisconsin's rafting industry.

In 2013 News 3 discovered rafting is not regulated by the state. Wisconsin's boating laws also don't make rafters wear helmets or life jackets.

Lina Vergara had a jacket on when she was rafting the Wolf River in 2012, but it popped off when she fell in the water, and the 20-year-old drowned. Her family has spoken openly about their fight for safety upgrades.

The new regulations aren't statewide. Rather, they apply to people who rent equipment from outfitters along the Wolf River that flows through the Menominee Indian Tribe Reservation, which governs itself.

Tribal police officers and wardens will enforce the new rules, which are some of the first in recent memory.

Where to eat outside this summer

By Corinne Burgermeister

Just as Madison has a restaurant to meet nearly every foodie's needs, there's a patio to suit your every whim and fancy all summer long. After this year's never-ending winter, who isn't ready to spend as much time as possible outdoors? Besides, meals somehow taste better when eaten under the sun. Here are 28 patios, porches, decks and outdoor dining spots?and why you ought to enjoy them this summer. Like you needed any convincing.


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Theater group's production of 'Rent' opens Friday

A community theater group will present the first production of its summer season Friday with the musical "Rent."

The Middleton Players Theatre's production kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m. with the first of six performances of the popular rock musical at the Middleton Performing Arts Center on Bristol Street.

The Saturday 7:30 p.m. show will offer an American Sign Language interpreter for the hearing impaired.

According to MPT, "Rent," set in the East Village of New York City, is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. The play has won a Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The final performance is scheduled just before midnight on Independence Day.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

After its run of "Rent" wraps, MPT will put on "A Chorus Line" in the second week of August.