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Gas leak briefly closes part of University Ave.

Part of University Avenue was closed west of Park Street in Middleton for about an hour Wednesday morning due to a gas leak, officials said. 

An alert from the city of Middleton at 10:36 a.m. said University Avenue and Bristol Street were shut down due to a natural gas leak. Officials asked motorists to use alternative routes. 

The Middleton Police Department said at 11:27 a.m. that University Avenue was reopened. 

Woman flown to UW hospital after suspected OWI crash

A Dodgeville woman was flown to University of Wisconsin Hospital and arrested after a suspected drunken driving crash in the town of Springfield.

Deputies were called to State Highway 19 and U.S. Highway 12 at 4:31 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a two-vehicle crash with injuries.

Investigators said a van driven by Danielle E. Abbott, 29, was traveling west on Highway 19 when she failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound car.

Abbott was flown to UW Hospital. The driver of the car and three passengers suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital.

Abbott was arrested on suspicion of second-offense operating while intoxicated.

Waunakee Fire and EMS assisted at the scene.

Judge orders city to stop construction on $9M building

The city of Middleton's bid process for a new $9 million public works building was questioned earlier this month, and a temporary stop on construction was ordered by a Dane County judge last week, according to a Middleton Times-Tribune report. 

The newspaper said Judge Rhonda Lanford issued a temporary restraining order barring the city of Middleton from proceeding with construction at 4330 Parmenter St. on the Public Works Facility and Outbuildings. 

Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin alleged that the company that won the bid was not the lowest bidder and didn't comply with bid requirements. 

An attorney for the city said the city chose a more expensive quality through an option allowable in the process and does not believe it violated a statute in doing so, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report... Read More

Police: Man leads pursuit, launches onto frozen pond

A Janesville man was arrested after striking two people with his vehicle, leading a chase and launching onto a frozen pond, according to a release from Fitchburg police.

Police said an officer stopped a vehicle at the Mobil Gas Station at 2956 Fish Hatchery Road at 1:36 a.m. after checking the plates and finding an outstanding warrant. After the passenger got out, the driver put the vehicle in reverse and hit the officer and passenger, knocking them to the ground.

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The driver, Shannon R. Patterson, 28, then rammed a squad car twice, police said. The rear bumper of Patterson's vehicle came off.

2 injured in head-on crash

Two people were injured in a crash in the town of Dunn Tuesday morning, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies were called to County Road B at White Oak Trail at 7:50 for a report of a two-vehicle crash.

Investigators said a car driven by Ruth Drage, 54, of Middleton, was traveling east on County Road B when an SUV driven by Danielle Waldvogel, 18, of Oregon, was traveling west and crossed the center line.

Drage had to be extricated, and both drivers were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Waldvogel will be cited on suspicion of operating left of center.

Oregon Fire and EMS and Madison EMS assisted at the scene.

Second man dies from injuries suffered in crash

A second man has died from injuries sustained in a crash in the town of Westport, according to the Dane County medical examiner.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said a deputy discovered a fatal crash scene at 1:43 a.m. on Saturday off Highway 19 and Walter Drive.

According to the report, Sebastian Creswell, 26, of Tyler, Texas, was driving a 2004 Acura eastbound on Highway 19 and missed the curve at Walter Drive. The Acura left the roadway, struck a mailbox and tree and came to rest in a farm field. Creswell had to be extricated from the car.

He was flown to University of Wisconsin Hospital by Med Flight with life-threatening injuries, the sheriff said. He had been wearing a seat belt. He died several hours later.

A front-seat passenger, Joseph Douglas Dickenson, 28, of La Crosse, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report. He had not been wearing a seat belt. The car's airbags did deploy.

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.