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Middleton Employee Abby Attoun-Tucker Named 40 Under 40

The city of Middleton is pleased to announce that In Business Magazine has named Abby Attoun-Tucker, Middleton’s Assistant Director of Community Development, to its ‘40 Under 40’ list for 2014... Read More

Retiring police chief to head WPS security

Retiring police chief to head WPS security

After a decade leading the Middleton police force, Chief Brad Keil will retire his public service hat later this month for a figurative one working in corporate security.

WPS Health Insurance said in a news release Thursday that Keil was hired as manager of corporate facilities security. He begins the job March 31.

Capt. Chuck Foulke, a 33-year veteran of the Middleton police force, said the department is sad to see Keil leave.

"I think in general his entire staff has mixed feelings (because) we’re professionally and personally sad to see him go, but (the WPS position is) a very good opportunity for him," Foulke said. "(Keil is) going out on top."

Foulke and Middleton Police Commission President Bev Jambois both pointed to the department's recent accreditation through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, a state policing standards credentialing authority, as one of Keil's many accomplishments as police leader. 

Madison crime analyst predicts bank robbery

A Madison crime analyst used factors from previous similar bank robberies to successfully predict the time and location a robber might attempt another robbery.

According to a Madison Police Department release, an analyst looked at the dollar amount taken in previous robberies, the types of banks hit and the number of days between hits to identify 11 similar financial institutions that could be potential targets.

?People are patternable,? crime analyst Caleb Klebig said. ?I'm just really trying to hone in on the individual incident and then looking at it from a broader standpoint and try and put the puzzle together.?

Klebig listed five potential targets in Madison, three in Fitchburg, one in Shorewood Hills and one in Middleton, officials said. He also predicted the robber would hit another bank on Wednesday or Thursday from 2-7 p.m.

Police notice, confront bank robber before holdup alarm activated

Middleton police detectives confronted a bank robber and arrested him at gunpoint in a grocery store Wednesday night, according to a release.

Officials said the detectives noticed a suspicious person wearing a partial face mask and carrying a backpack enter the Guaranty Bank inside the Copps grocery store at 6800 Century Ave. around 2:40 p.m.

When the man exited the bank he was confronted by detectives, according to the release. The man fled to the back of the shopping center where he was arrested at gunpoint.

Shortly after that, the Middleton Police Dispatch Center received a holdup alarm from the bank, and investigators verified the bank had just been robbed by a masked man, officials said.

No one was injured and the robber, Scottie T. Patterson, 28, of Madison, was not armed, according to the release.

Officials said they are investigating whether the incident is related to other recent bank robberies in the city of Madison.

Mining documentary to be shown in Middleton

A documentary covering the frac sand mining from the viewpoint of anti-mining activists and the sand mining companies will be shown at the Willy West Co-Op Thursday.

According to a release, the hour-long documentary explores the issues surrounding frac sand mining in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The film will start at 7 p.m. in the community room, according to the release. Free refreshment will be provided.

The showing is sponsored by the City of Middleton Sustainability Committee and the Natural Step Monona, with support from Willy Street Co-op, Madison Gas and Electric and Richard and Judy Fritz.

Police: Teen went on spending spree with cards stolen from health club

A Middleton teen was in the middle of a spending spree when he was arrested for using credit cards stolen from a health club, according to a release from Madison police.

Two men told police their wallets were stolen while working out at the Princeton Club on the city?s west side Monday.

Police said Levontre D. Scott, 17, assumed the identity of one of the victims when he was questioned by officers at East Towne Mall on Wednesday. Officers said the Scott had the several credit cards belonging to the two men tucked in his socks.

One of the victims said more than $2,000 in fraudulent transactions were charged to his card in two days.

Police said Scott had new electronics, watches and tennis shoes when he was questioned by police.

Scott was arrested on suspicion of resisting/obstructing, forgery, misappropriation of personal identifying materials and two counts of receiving stolen property. Police said more charges are likely.

Middleton, Verona, Monona Grove top latest AP girls basketball poll

Middleton, Verona and Monona Grove all show up in this week's edition of the AP girls basketball poll.

Arch rivals Middleton and Verona are fifth and sixth respectively in division 1 this week. Meanwhile, Monona Grove ends up fourth in division 2, while Deforest is ranked fifth.

Brodhead is second and Marshall is fifth in division three, while Cuba City is fourth in division 4.

Undefeated Barneveld tops the poll in division 5, while Randolph comes in fourth.

Here is The Associated Press Wisconsin prep basketball poll for the week of February 24, with first-place votes in parentheses, record, total points and last week?s ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.