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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.

Man dies from Friday traffic crash

Man dies from Friday traffic crash

A Mount Horeb man died a day after two vehicles crashed in Springfield on Friday.

Dale Wood, 58, died from injuries suffered in the crash, according to the Dane County medical examiner.

Seven people were taken to hospitals after a two-vehicle crash Dane County Sheriff's deputies described as "serious."

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. Friday at the intersection of county roads K and P in the town of Springfield.

Two patients were taken from the scene by Med Flight, authorities confirmed.

Authorities said the crash happened when 50-year-old Jennifer Kirchstein failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a vehicle traveling south on County Road P.

Kirchstein was traveling west on County Highway K. Five passengers were in her vehicle: Margaret McHugh, 70, George Hove, 75, Dale Wood, 58, James Kirchstein, 53, and Payton Kirchstein, 8.

The 46-year-old driver of the second vehicle, Rebecca Voights, was also hurt.

Residents forced to leave home following garage fire

A garage was completely destroyed, and a nearby home was damaged, following a fire Tuesday night in Middleton.

The Middleton fire department responded just after 10 p.m. Tuesday to the home in the 5300 block of Jonquil Court.

The garage was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, but they were able to contain the fire before it spread to the house.

"The fire is contained to the garage area. That area is a complete loss," Middleton Fire Chief Aaron Harris said.� "We are going to salvage and overhaul operations for the homeowners' contents, and we are dealing with some flammable liquids from the vehicles and what you would normally find inside a garage."

The house attached to the garage wasn't badly damaged, but officials say it is uninhabitable due to heavy heat and smoke damage.


City requires consultant on proposed subdivision septic system

The city of Middleton will require developer Erdman Holdings Inc. to hire a third party consultant to weigh in on the use of septic tank systems in the proposed Pleasant View Ridge subdivision, according to a Middleton Times-Tribune report.  

The consultant’s report would influence the city council on whether or not to approve the development. The city expects the requested work and assistance could be done for less than $10,000.  An escrow account will be set up between the developer and the city. ... Read More

Man appeals conviction in death of former Middleton resident

A St. Paul man convicted of killing his wife and dumping her body in the Mississippi River is appealing his conviction and sentence.

Jeffery Trevino was sentenced in November to 27 years in prison for the murder of 30-year-old Kira Steger. Trevino's sentence was nearly twice the maximum recommended by state sentencing guidelines.

The Star Tribune reports a notice of appeal was filed Thursday in Ramsey County.

A jury convicted Trevino last October of second-degree unintentional murder and acquitted him of second-degree intentional murder, meaning jurors didn't believe he planned the murder.

Steger, who grew up near Wausau, Wis., was last seen alive in public on a date night with Trevino at the Mall of America last Feb. 21. Her body was recovered from the Mississippi in May.