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Online map shows Middleton crime reports

Online map shows Middleton crime reports

The Middleton Police Department introduced their RAIDS Online crime map Friday.

The map analyzes crime data and alerts citizens about crime in their area, said a Middleton police official.  It also allows the Middleton Police Department to quickly alert the public about crimes in real-time.

Residents can view the map online and view crimes in their area.  They can also sign up for neighborhood watch reports and submit anonymous tips directly to the police using the system.

The system was created by the Middleton Police Department and BAIR Analytics Inc.

“The Middleton Police Department’s participation in RAIDS Online highlights their commitment to proactive communication with the public they serve,” said Sean Bair, founder of BAIR Analytics. “We’re excited to partner with the Middleton Police Department to provide this free service for their public.”

Council seeks community budget feedback

The City of Middleton seeks community feedback as it begins the budget process Wednesday.

On Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, a public input session will take place.  The session is hosted by the finance committee and most of the common council will attend.

Concerning the 2013 budget, the session provides a chance for community feedback and guidance in "what promises to be a very tough budget process," said a Middleton official.

For access to the city's full budget document, visit http://www.ci.middleton.wi.us/ and click on the link for the budget.

Harlem Ambassadors vs. Middleton Optimists FUNdraiser

Harlem Ambassadors vs. Middleton Optimists FUNdraiser


The internationally-acclaimed



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Offering a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines, the Harlem Ambassadors are a team of talented male and female basketball players that are drug-free, college-educated and positive in appearance.

Dane County residents worry about West Nile virus

One probable case of West Nile virus has been reported in Dane County so far, reported the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

After two deaths linked to the virus in Milwaukee County and Waukesha County, Dane County locals are wondering how the mosquito-borne West Nile could impact them.

"It's been so dry the mosquitoes haven't been out around my house or the parks," said Madison local Pat Lemire.

Experts said the mosquito season typically lasts from May to September, but the mosquito-borne virus is hitting Wisconsin later than normal because of the hot, dry summer.

Dane County Public Health collects larva from breeding sites each week from various locations, such as East Moreland Park.

Local comic book artist brings heroes to the classroom

Madison College professor Jeff Butler might be one of Madison?s best kept secrets. The local artist has helped to bring Captain America, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk to life.

Now, students are learning comic book art from Butler, who will show off his own work in Middleton on Sept. 12.

Butler?s work has been displayed in comic books over the past 30 years. From the Green Hornet to the mainstays of Marvel, Butler said with each illustration, his goal has always been to build characters.

The Madison native?s career even paid homage to his hometown.

"That was from the first issue of the Badger which was published in Madison, but it was a nationwide comic," said Butler. " I think it went on for about 75, 80 issues."

Middleton man arrested on 7th OWI charge

Middleton police have arrested a man who faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated for the seventh time.

Jon Vangoethem of Middleton was arrested Tuesday morning just after 1:30 a.m.

According to police, officers were investigating an incident where a person was seen pouring sugar into the gas tank of a vehicle.

Soon after, officers arrested Vangoethem on OWI charges. The damage caused by putting sugar into the gas tank is still under investigation.

Favor Hamilton behind event for child cancer patients

An event Saturday morning in Middleton could positively impact more than 10,000 children with cancer in the United States.

"Suzy?s Run/Walk' aims to raise awareness and funds for kids with cancer. While thousands of kids across the country are affected, here are three Madison-area stories of kids battling cancer -- and the odds.

Not much slows Brinley Hicks down. She swings, runs, plays frolics, even fights, with the best of them.

"You never expect to hear those words spoken to you and when they are, it just stops your whole world," explains Brinley?s mother, Heidi Hicks, of Brinley's initial diagnosis.

After the shock, there's confusion. "You don?t know what to do or what to think or where to go," said Heidi.

Then, finally, nine months later, comprehension came for the Hicks family.

"My name is Heidi Hicks and my daughter Brinley was diagnosed with Wilms' Tumor in November 2011," recalled Heidi.