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Middleton police look for vehicle that caused injury crash

Middleton police officers are looking for information on a crash that happened Saturday night, according to an alert.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Deming Way and Murphy Drive, police said.

A silver or gray vehicle with an unknown driver pulled out from Murphy Drive in front of traffic going north on Deming Way, which caused another vehicle's driver to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting the first car, according to the alert. The vehicle that braked then got rear-ended, and the crash caused multiple injuries.

The silver or gray vehicle did not stop and police are asking for the public?s help in finding the vehicle, according to the alert.

Officials ask anyone with information on the crash or the vehicle to contact Sgt. Darrin Zimmerman at 608-824-7326 or call the Confidential Tip Line at 608-824-7304.

No traffic through Branch St. at Maywood Ave. intersection Wednesday

The city said it will close an intersection under construction for the day Wednesday. 

Middleton said the intersection of Branch Street and Maywood Avenue will be closed in a notice Wednesday morning. Motorists will not be able to drive through on either street. The intersection closure will only apply for the day Wednesday. 

A months-long construction project on Branch Street began in early June and is expected to be completed in early October. Crews are replacing the water main, repairing sewers, sidewalks and gutters and resurfacing the road.

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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.

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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.