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Mailbox theft rising in Middleton

According to an alert to Middleton area businesses this week, there has been an increase in stolen mail from business mailboxes in the Middleton area.

The alert said the thefts appear to be part of a group that steals business checks and creates authentic-looking false checks, that are then cashed by group members, who give most of the proceeds to the leader. The subjects cashing the check generally provide their actual IDs, and attempt to do so at a variety of Middleton-area banks.

Phone scam asks for donations for Shop with a Cop

Phone scam asks for donations for Shop with a Cop

A phone scammer claiming to be with Shop with a Cop might be soliciting for donations from residents in several communities throughout Dane County.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Shop with a Cop doesn't solicit funds by telephone. The program seeks donations by letter between July and December. The letters are mailed or hand-delivered to Dane County businesses from several area law enforcement agencies.

The agencies currently participating include the Dane County Sheriff's Office and the police departments in Madison, Middleton, Monona, Oregon, town of Madison, University of Wisconsin and Waunakee.

Donors can also contribute via the organization's website, www.shopwithacopdanecounty.org, or at any Madison Credit Union location.

Anyone with questions about the authenticity of a solicitation from Shop with a Cop is asked to contact the agency mentioned in the letter.

Longest married couple in Madison celebrates 76 years

A Middleton couple's marriage has withstood several decades and was recognized this week.

Veronica and Donald Harrop of Middleton are the longest-married couple in the Madison diocese. They received a certificate Wednesday noting their 76th wedding anniversary.

Donald Harrop said there are a few things that he believes has helped the marriage last.

"We believe in the Lord, go to church, and love each other," Donald Harrop said.

Solar Partnership between Middleton, Madison Gas and Electric

The City of Middleton is working with Madison Gas and Electric (MG & E) on an innovative solar partnership to add 535 kW of solar to the Municipal Operations Center (MOC) building and 100 kW of solar to the Middleton Police and Municipal Court building... Read More

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.