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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. 

American Superconductor to close Middleton plant

American Superconductor says it will close its Middleton plant by the end of the year and transfer the work to its headquarters in Massachusetts.

The plant makes voltage regulation and control devices for use in the electric transmission grid. The company declined to say how many employees will be affected by the closure. But, Madison Gas and Electric's directory lists 100 employees at the Middleton plant.

The State Journal reported the company's operations in New Berlin will not be affected.

Robbery suspect caught thanks to crime analyst will stand trial

A man accused of robbing banks inside Madison-area grocery stores will stand trial.

A judge entered a not guilty plea for 28-year-old Scottie Patterson Wednesday.

Middleton police arrested Patterson earlier this month after a crime analyst working with Madison police determined when and where the robber might strike next.

Police: Sexual assault suspect connected to crimes in Philadelphia

Police said a man suspected of assaulting a north Madison woman in late December has been connected to at least three similar assaults in another state.

The Madison Police Department said Wednesday that DNA entered into a national database linked 38-year-old Robert Palen, of Middleton, to unsolved sexual assaults in Philadelphia, where he used to live.

Police said DNA evidence found at the scene near Aberg Avenue where a woman in her 40s was battered, sexually assaulted and choked on Dec. 30, 2013, was entered in the database. A Philadelphia detective contacted the Madison case detective on March 11 to say there was a DNA match with a stranger assault that took place in Philadelphia on Aug. 3, 2011. The detective said Palen is a suspect in two other sexual assaults in Philadelphia.