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Convenience store clerk hit with hammer in armed robbery

An armed robber attacked a convenience store clerk with a hammer as part of an armed robbery on the north side of Middleton late Tuesday night, according to Middleton police.

The incident happened just before 9 p.m. at the PDQ store at 5301 S. Ridge Way in Middleton.

According to police, a man entered the store, went to the checkout counter, pulled the clerk across the counter and hit him in the head with a hammer. Police said he demanded the clerk open the cash register.

Police said the clerk, who was shocked by the attack, didn't respond and the attacker ran from the store. Officers, helped by a town of Madison K-9 team, were unable to locate the attacker. Police said the clerk was taken to the hospital.

Police said the attacker is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 to 190 pounds, with dark blonde hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants, a brown camouflage coat with the hood up and a blue bandana over his face.

Beltline ramps, Interstate to Beltline ramp to close this week

Three Beltline ramps will be closed this week during three separate time frames, according to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The Greenway Boulevard ramp to the eastbound Beltline will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The northbound Interstate 39/90 exit ramp to the westbound Beltline will be closed starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday through 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The Mineral Point ramp to the eastbound Beltline will be closed for a week starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

Alternate side parking starts next week

Middleton’s alternate side parking ordinance goes into effect Nov. 15, according to a news alert.

The alternate side parking rules will remain in effect until March 15, and officers will be out putting warnings on vehicles to remind residents of the rules, officials said.

The purpose of the ordinance is to facilitate snow removal and street maintenance, according to the alert. Residents who need to leave a vehicle on the street from 1-7 a.m. should park on the even numbered side of the street on even numbered calendar days and park on the odd numbered side of the street on odd numbered days.

If signs prohibit parking on one side of the street, alternate side parking does not apply, officials said.

Suspected drunken driver almost hits police car on Beltline

Suspected drunken driver almost hits police car on Beltline

A man faces drug charges after almost hitting a police car while an officer was conducting a crash investigation Saturday night on the Beltline.

Around 10:20 p.m. Middleton police were investigating a crash on Highway 12 at Greenway Boulevard that shut down the inside westbound lane, officials said.

During the crash investigation a vehicle driven by Rondale L. Harris, 31, of Madison, was driving west in the inside lane and almost hit a fully-marked squad car with emergency lights on, according to the release.

Harris was stopped, and police said he was intoxicated and had numerous baggies of THC. He was subsequently arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and felony possession with intent to deliver THC.

2015 Proposed Budget

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of Middleton, Dane County, Wisconsin will hold a public hearing on the 2015 Proposed Budget at City Hall, 7426 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, Wisconsin 53562, on Thursday November 6, 2014, at 7:00 p.m... Read More

Haunty's 'Take a Bow!' honors philanthropists

When doctors told Marybeth Haunty her son, Alex, wouldn’t ever walk or talk, they forgot to mention fly. They would have been wrong on that count, too.

Haunty, a 22-year-old Middleton entrepreneur, is known locally for his colorful paintings and note cards, hugs, goodwill, and loquacious conversation. But for over a year he had to keep secret his role in the Overture Center’s 10Fest Celebration, held the last weekend in September... Read More

Epic leader, American Girl creator donate to Burke

The founder and CEO of health care software giant Epic Systems and the creator of the American Girl doll company are among the donors to Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

Epic CEO Judy Faulkner and American Girl creator and philanthropist Pleasant Rowland each gave Burke's campaign $10,000. The donations were listed on Burke's latest campaign finance report filed late Monday that covers a roughly three-month period ending last week.

Both are longtime Democratic backers.

Burke is locked in a tight contest with Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Among Walker's donations were $10,000 from former H.J. Heinz president and CEO William Johnson and $10,000 from Eric Hovde, a hedge fund manager and investor who ran for Senate as a Republican in 2012.