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Vet surprises sister with homecoming at middle school

For many families, Veterans Day can be a bittersweet holiday with their loved ones away from home as they serve overseas, but one Middleton family received a special Veterans Day surprise Tuesday.

Kassondra Wieser has spent the last eight months stationed in the Pacific on a Navy deployment.

During that time, she hasn?t had a lot of opportunity to keep in touch with her family, and she hasn?t seen her 14-year-old sister, Jennali, since January.

Jennali was planning on a visit from her older sister sometime next spring at the earliest, until she received a special surprise at school Tuesday.

After months of service in the Pacific, Wieser said she isn?t quite used to the weather here in Wisconsin.

?It?s been really hot everywhere we?ve been, so it?s still a shock to come home because I?ve been in hot weather for the past eight or nine months now,? Wieser said.

Study shows northern route would not help Beltline

A Department of Transportation study about the future of the Beltline shows a north route through the Waunakee area wouldn't help traffic congestion on the busy highway.

The Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of public involvement meetings to discuss preliminary findings of a study working on safety and mobility issues along the Beltline.

A copy of the study [PDF] shows a southern alternative route might help ease congestion on the Beltline, but it would come at great cost and impact.

The Planning and Environment Linkages corridor study is also looking into bus rapid transit, potential rail options and additional Beltline buses. The presentation released Monday states that transit improvements are not expected to do much to ease Beltline congestion.

DOT to hold meetings on Beltline safety, mobility study

The Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of public involvement meetings to discuss preliminary findings of a study working on safety and mobility issues along the Beltline.

The Planning and Environment Linkages corridor study is looking into bus rapid transit, potential rail options, additional Beltline buses, a north Mendota corridor, a south reliever corridor and Beltline improvements, according to a release.

Many of the strategies have been investigated in the past 10 years by the city, county and state, officials said. The new study looks at how well strategies address current regional transportation and Beltline challenges.

Middleton man found in Madison

According to the Middleton Police Department, the 25-year-old man from Middleton who was reported missing Friday afternoon was found about five hours later.

In an alert shortly before 7 p.m. Friday, police said Peter Ransom was last seen at the Super Walmart in Monona around 2 p.m. Friday.

At 7:30 p.m., police said Ransom was found in Madison and reunited with family .

Ransom has Down syndrome and is most likely on foot.

Convenience store clerk hit with hammer in armed robbery

An armed robber attacked a convenience store clerk with a hammer as part of an armed robbery on the north side of Middleton late Tuesday night, according to Middleton police.

The incident happened just before 9 p.m. at the PDQ store at 5301 S. Ridge Way in Middleton.

According to police, a man entered the store, went to the checkout counter, pulled the clerk across the counter and hit him in the head with a hammer. Police said he demanded the clerk open the cash register.

Police said the clerk, who was shocked by the attack, didn't respond and the attacker ran from the store. Officers, helped by a town of Madison K-9 team, were unable to locate the attacker. Police said the clerk was taken to the hospital.

Police said the attacker is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 to 190 pounds, with dark blonde hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants, a brown camouflage coat with the hood up and a blue bandana over his face.

Beltline ramps, Interstate to Beltline ramp to close this week

Three Beltline ramps will be closed this week during three separate time frames, according to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The Greenway Boulevard ramp to the eastbound Beltline will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The northbound Interstate 39/90 exit ramp to the westbound Beltline will be closed starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday through 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The Mineral Point ramp to the eastbound Beltline will be closed for a week starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

Alternate side parking starts next week

Middleton’s alternate side parking ordinance goes into effect Nov. 15, according to a news alert.

The alternate side parking rules will remain in effect until March 15, and officers will be out putting warnings on vehicles to remind residents of the rules, officials said.

The purpose of the ordinance is to facilitate snow removal and street maintenance, according to the alert. Residents who need to leave a vehicle on the street from 1-7 a.m. should park on the even numbered side of the street on even numbered calendar days and park on the odd numbered side of the street on odd numbered days.

If signs prohibit parking on one side of the street, alternate side parking does not apply, officials said.