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Vehicle left warming up stolen, found abandoned after chase

A vehicle stolen when it was left warming up was later found abandoned on Madison?s north side with the driver fleeing, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said a 62-year-old woman saw the man get into her vehicle at 500 Banding Lane and drive off at about 7:20 a.m. Officers spotted the vehicle about 30 minutes later near Gammon Road and the Beltline. There was a short pursuit and the vehicle fled into Middleton.

The vehicle was spotted again 20 minutes later on Madison?s north side. Officers said the driver abandoned the vehicle on Tennyson Lane and ran away.

Officers were unable to find the driver.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Madison Police Department or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Middleton tied for 3rd in AP prep girls basketball poll

Here is The Associated Press Wisconsin prep basketball poll for the week of Dec. 29, 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:

2 seriously injured in drunken-driving crash

Two people were seriously injured in a drunken-driving crash near Cross Plains Saturday night, deputies say.

Around 10:45 p.m. Dane County sheriff?s deputies responded to a single-vehicle vs. tree crash off of Airport Road at Enchanted Valley Road in the town of Cross Plains, according to a release.

David Yang, 25, of Madison, was driving a 1993 Honda Civic coupe west on Airport Road, investigators said. Yang was speeding and failed to negotiated a curve and hit a tree.

Yang was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency crews, according to the release. Yang?s passenger, Sonny T. Hang, 22, of McFarland, was also extricated from the vehicle.

Yang was transported to UW Hospital for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said. He faces a tentative charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing injury, and citations for operating left of center, failure to maintain control and not having insurance.

Middleton students performing in London New Year's Day Parade

For the second time in five years, Middleton high school students will be spending their New Year?s performing somewhere they never imagined to be traveling to.

Excitement was radiating off students from the choir, orchestra, band and drama departments Saturday morning, as they headed to England to perform in New Year?s celebrations.

Last spring, the Middleton band was asked to repeat history and march in the London New Year?s Day parade, which is one of the largest parades in the world.

This time around, new developments in the parade planning have made it possible for the entire Middleton Performing Arts Departments to go.

Middleton Choir Director Thomas Mielke will be accompanying the students, along with 38 other chaperones.

�?It started with the New Year?s Day parade, blossomed into this huge music festival throughout all venues throughout London,? said Mielke.

Middleton hands Sun Prairie first Big Eight loss, 74-54

Storm Murphy scored 15 points as Middleton handed Sun Prairie its first Big Eight conference boys basketball loss 74-54 in Sun Prairie Friday night.

Middleton made 12 three-point shots in the game as Kellan Schulz added 10 points for the Cardinals.

Middleton outscored Sun Prairie 23-8 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Nick Noskowiak didn't play in the first quarter, but led Sun Prairie with 16 points.

Middleton students heading to London for New Year's Day parade

Middleton students heading to London for New Year's Day parade

The Middleton High School band will be traveling to London, to perform in a New Year's Day parade.

The band was in the same parade four years ago. This year, it will be accompanied by the Middleton High School choir, orchestra and theater departments.

The band will march in the New Year's Day Parade, which is said to be a combination of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Times Square on New Year's Eve.

The choir and orchestra will be in a concert of their own, and the drama students will get to soak in the London theater experience.

Local businesses played a big role in making this dream come true for the high schoolers.

"They really stepped up and fully funded our trip grant for the kids that needed a little extra help to make this possible," said Brad Schneider, the Middleton High School band director.

It costs around $3,000 per student and around 65 chaperones are along for the ride.

Stoughton fire chief: Radio failures could jeopardize lives

Stoughton?s fire chief said repeated radio failures are putting his 39 volunteer firefighters? lives in danger.

?If we get paged to an incident we can?t communicate back and forth with the 911 Center, and at times we can?t communicate with each other,? Chief Martin Lamers said. ?Because if our firefighters are entering a burning building, and they lose radio communication their lives are in jeopardy.?

Lamers said the Dane County 911 system worked for decades and was dependable until a few months ago when it stopped working.

?We don?t know why,? Lamers said. ?Was it the turning on of the DaneCom system at that time? Or is it just the system's age that?s making it the problem? But it?s coming to the point we don?t have communication. That?s a real problem for us in emergency service.?