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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.

Firefighter state convention to be held in Middleton

The 46th annual Wisconsin State Firefighter’s Association State Convention will be held in Middleton this week, according to a release.

Firefighters from over 800 fire departments from across the state will be attending the conference, organizers said.

The public will be able to view apparatus and equipment used in the firefighter industry at vendor displays on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., according to the release.

The event will be held at the Marriot Hotel and Convention Center in Middleton Wednesday through Sunday, organizers said.

Road on Middleton’s far west side closed due to high water

Road on Middleton’s far west side closed due to high water

Forsythia Street was closed at Nursery Drive Friday night due to high water.

Middleton police said the road will be closed indefinitely.

Officials said motorists should plan alternate routes accordingly.

Federal limits to school snacks could eat away at revenue

Federal limits to school snacks could eat away at revenue

A federal program aimed at getting kids to eat healthier snacks could force cuts in certain districts' lunchrooms.

Susan Peterson is in charge of nutrition for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. Peterson said the effects of the Smart Snacks In Schools program will have a much greater impact on her lunch line and her bottom line.

Peterson estimated the changes will lead to a $100,000 structural deficit for the food services sector, thanks to the impact they will have on her al a carte items.

"These programs are a rare opportunity to give kids a look at what a balanced meal looks like with fruits and vegetables and milk in an appropriate portion size for their age. But I can't provide that for them if I can't keep them in my lunch line," Peterson said.

Deputies: Middleton woman arrested after stabbing

A 26-year-old Middleton woman was arrested after a 34-year-old man was stabbed multiple times, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies were called to 5025 Church Road in the town of Springfield just before midnight Tuesday night for a report of a domestic stabbing.

The victim, who lives at the address, was taken to University of Wisconsin Hospital and is expected to recover from the injuries.

Maritza N. Rodriguez-Medrano was arrested on suspicion of first-degree reckless injury.