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2 injured in car vs. dump truck crash near Middleton

Two people were injured in a car versus dump truck crash on Highway 14 west of Middleton Wednesday, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

The crash was reported just after noon on Highway 14 about one-tenth of a mile east of Twin Valley Road in the town of Middleton, officials said.

Gerald Robertson, 64, was driving west on Highway 14 in a Toyota Prius, according to the release. While he was turning into a driveway on the north side of Highway 14, a Mack truck also going west swerved to the right to avoid hitting another westbound vehicle that had slowed down behind Robertson?s vehicle.

As Robertson turned into the driveway, his vehicle was hit by the truck, investigators said. Robertson and his passenger, Judy Robertson, 66, were transported to UW Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Woodpecker activity leads to discovery of EAB at Madison park

An invasive species has made its way into another Madison-area park, an official said Tuesday.

The Madison Parks said the city of Madison Forestry Section confirmed an Emerald Ash Borer investations on Madison's south side at Doncaster Park.

According to a release, the EAB infestation at Doncaster Park is the first on Madison?s south side. EAB was previously confirmed on Madison's north side at Warner Park, in multiple areas through the east side following closely along Interstate 90, and on Madison's west side along the border with Middleton.

"While it's disappointing to have found EAB in a new location within the city it is not surprising, given the ease with which this pest can hitchhike with the help of humans," said Eric Knepp, superintendent of Parks Division.

Man with flare gun robs Middleton convenience store

Middleton police are trying to figure out who robbed a convenience store on Century Avenue late Sunday night.

Police said the incident happened just after 11 p.m. at the PDQ in the 6500 block of Century.

According to police, the man showed an orange flare gun and demanded money from the clerk, before getting away with a small amount of money. Police said a witness saw the man get into a gray SUV parked nearby and take off.

Police said the person is described as a black man about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a skinny build who was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt turned inside out and a winter scarf partially concealing his face. Anyone who has information about the robbery is asked to call Middleton police.

UW research team tracks, studies wildlife in city

January and February are part of the mating season for coyotes and foxes, which is good news for UW-Madison professor David Drake and his research team.

"If we can learn more about the animal and try to proactively manage these animals and the interactions between them, domestic dogs, and humans hopefully we can head off conflicts to the point we can peacefully coexist," said Drake, UW-Madison associate professor of forest and wildlife ecology.

Drake and his students humanely trap the animals, run tests and fit them with tracking devices. They hope through the research to learn more about the animals' traveling patterns, diseases they carry, interactions with other animals and most importantly including humans.

"These animals are moving into these areas where people are living," Drake said. "If that habituation continues and the animals continue to lose their fear of humans, in extreme cases these animals can start becoming aggressive."

4-vehicle crash closed Highway 14

A four-vehicle crash closed a portion of Highway 14 near Cross Plains on Friday morning
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Deputies at the scene told News 3 a westbound vehicle was attempting to make a left turn on Stagecoach Road when it was struck from behind and pushed into oncoming traffic, where it struck another vehicle. Another vehicle behind the first two westbound vehicles was also involved in the crash.

One person was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A child suffered a foot injury, according to deputies.

Both lanes were blocked and reopened at 9:50 a.m.

Police: Woman from surveillance photo cleared of wrongdoing

Police: Woman from surveillance photo cleared of wrongdoing

Police said Saturday that the woman officers had sought in connection with a credit card theft in Middleton was cleared of wrongdoing.

The Middleton Police Department sent an alert Friday sharing a surveillance photo of a woman officers wanted to identify in connection with a stolen wallet and credit card case from mid-January. Police had asked for the public's help Friday in identifying the woman.

Police said Saturday that officers were provided the wrong video for the timeframe by the store and the woman pictured was identified and was not related to the case. 

Police are investigating a report of a wallet that was stolen from a patron at a business on the 2500 block of Allen Boulevard in Middleton at about noon on Jan. 19. A customer told police she left her purse unattended briefly and later discovered that her wallet had been stolen.

A short time later, some of the credit cards that were in the stolen wallet were reportedly used, police said.

Attorney for man convicted of killing former Middleton resident argues for new trial

The Minnesota Court of Appeals should decide in the next 90 days whether a St. Paul man convicted of killing his wife deserves a new trial.

The attorney for Jeffery Trevino argued in front of a three-judge panel Thursday that the jury did not receive proper instructions during Trevino's trial.

He was sentenced to 27 years in prison for the murder of 30-year-old Kira Steger in 2013. Trevino's sentence was nearly twice the maximum recommended by state sentencing guidelines. His attorney also argued for a reduced sentence.

Steger grew up near Wausau, and lived in Middleton before moving to Minnesota. Her body was recovered from the Mississippi River.