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County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $3.75 million in funding Thursday to increase radio coverage in rural areas and inside large buildings, according to a release.

The allocation was approved as part of a larger resolution approving the issuing of bonds to pay for commitments already approved in the 2015 capital budget, officials said. The new funding is in addition to the $3 million already dedicated to improvements in the DaneCom radio system.

News 3 reported in December that parts of DaneCom would be taken offline at the beginning of 2015 to determine if the county’s new emergency communication system was causing emergency radio problems.

Middleton man may be responsible for multiple incidents, police say

A man Middleton police believe was involved in multiple residential burglaries was arrested Sunday, according to a release.

Middleton police said residents reported that someone entered a home in the 7300 block of Hubbard Avenue on March 2 and had taken several items.

The Middleton Police Department received several calls Sunday morning about a suspicious person, including one where a man was inside a garage, according to the release. Officers found the man leaving the area, and police said he had property from the Hubbard Avenue burglary.

Dylan J. McGinnity, 26, of Middleton, was arrested on a tentative burglary charge. Police believe he may be responsible for additional suspicious incidents in Middleton, and the investigation is ongoing.

Police ask anyone who has seen McGinnity at or near their residence to call or text the Middleton Police Department at 608-824-7300.

Middleton man accused of hiding assets during bankruptcy

A Middleton man is accused of failing to disclose all of his assets when filing for bankruptcy, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging Paul R. Graves, 59, with bankruptcy fraud. The indictment was returned on March 4 and was unsealed Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Graves disclaimed an inheritance worth $800,000 in 2009, but despite the disclaimer he retained the money.

The indictment said that from February 2009 through August 2012, Graves and his wife devised a scheme to defraud creditors of their estate in bankruptcy. Graves and his wife owned and operated Mauston Home Center LLC, a hardware business in Mauston, for which they personally owed more than $500,000 to creditors of the business, according to the release.

Middleton team uses Twitter to get Taylor Swift to message sick teammate

The Middleton freshman basketball team is hoping a Twitter campaign will soon have singer Taylor Swift sending their teammate battling bone cancer a spirit lifting message.

“We wanted to get Taylor Swift involved because we knew that Jackson liked her,” teammate and friend Casey McKean said.  “He actually called her a goddess.”

After being diagnosed with osteosarcoma 15-year-old Jackson Pagel had the leave the team.

“He was a really good player. I think he had a chance of making JV.  When he got taken out of it, it was just so sad.  Because he was one of the best players in the grade,” McKean said.  “He (Jackson) first felt it when he was playing soccer in his leg. But it turned out to be a tumor. And then they got it checked out. And they told him he couldn’t play basketball anymore.  So we started this team. Team J Pagel.”

Officials seek woman in near-overdose incident at Arby's

Officials seek woman in near-overdose incident at Arby's

Officials are looking to talk with a woman who fled before paramedics arrived to revive a man who was overdosing on a street drug at a Middleton restaurant Friday.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said deputies and Middleton EMS responded to a report of an unconscious man who was not breathing and found in the men's bathroom at the Arby's on Gammon Road at 9:36 a.m.

Middleton paramedics administered the anti-opiate drug Narcan to 32-year-old Jesse L. Sparks, of Madison, who was overdosing on heroin, according to the report.

Sparks was taken to the hospital.

The sheriff's office said a woman was with Sparks in the restroom but fled before first responders arrived. Deputies would like to speak with the woman. 

Sparks consented to a blood draw and the sheriff's office referred a possession of heroin charge to the Dane County District Attorney's Office.

Middleton pastry shop offers Mardi Gras sweets

Watch as News 3's Mary Jo Ola visited Scott's Pastry Shop in Middleton Tuesday to check out the bakery's special Mardi Gras sweets.

The bakery on University Avenue has been in business for 32 years, and has been offering paczkis, a Polish-style donut, for at least a decade, the president of Scott's, Jackie Scott, said. 

Scott's also offered King Cakes as part of its Mardi Gras goodies.