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La Follette beats Middleton in girls' softball

Nicole Newman has become a dominant pitcher for the Madison La Follette High School softball team. She showed how dominant in a game on Tuesday against Middleton.

Newman threw 14 strikeouts in a two hit shutout, as La Follette beat Middleton. 5-0.

She also helped her team with some offense, getting a triple in the game. Arianna Sweeney also helped the cause with a base hit in the bottom of the third.


There was a play at the plate, but Spencer Cook made it in safely to give the Lancers a 4-0 lead at the time.

The win helps La Follette go to 11-3 on the year.

VIDEO: Topnotch Teacher: Tom Cabalka


Tom Cabalka has been a fixture in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District for 38 years, and he will retire at the end of this school year.

Rob Starbuck reports.

Craft Beer Week Is Under Way In Dane County


Madison Craft Beer Week is under way.

The 10-day countywide festival promotes Dane County's craft beer culture and beer appreciation.

Craft beer lovers can take part in beer dinners, beer walks and even brewery parties.

Staff at the Great Dane in downtown Madison spoke with WISC-TV about the festival.

"We get people coming in from out of town saying, 'You know, we heard this place is really great. Madison's having Craft Beer Week and we really just want to check it out.' So we get to enlighten a lot of outsiders about the coolness of Madison's beer scene," said Reese Railling, a manager at the Great Dane.

Craft Beer Week runs through May 13.

For more information on Craft Beer Week events, go to: http://www.madbeerweek.com/event-guide2

Thieves target Middleton lawn, garden business

Middleton police are asking for the public's help in solving a theft that occurred last weekend.

SLIDESHOW: See items stolen from Bruce Co.

About $90,000 in lawn equipment, including six lawnmowers, nine leaf blowers, nine string trimmers, six lawn edgers, two hedges and a chainsaw were stolen from the Bruce Company, which is at 2830 Parmenter St. in Middleton.

"Somebody had actually done some planning�and was looking for a trailer that would fit these lawnmowers, and had done some planning prior to this theft," said Middleton Police Sgt. Troy Hellenbrand.

The burglary happened between 1 p.m. April 21 and 11:15 a.m. on April 22.

Investigators said that they want the public to watch out for any new lawn care companies that might start up.

Jury deliberations begin Friday in motel shooting trial

Jury deliberations begin on Friday in the trial of a Waukesha man accused of shooting at two Dane County sheriff's deputies last year.

Geoffrey Herling, 52, is accused of trying to kill the deputies during a shootout at a Middleton motel. He is charged with two counts of attempted first- degree murder.

During the trial on Thursday, Herling's lawyer said he didn't intend to kill the deputies. Instead, he said Herling was trying to provoke them to kill him.

Local high school golfers battle at shootout

The rain shortened the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney shootout at University Ridge by 9 holes Thursday.

Middleton wins the team title in the 27-hole event..

Verona's Tyler Reineicke wins the individual playoff against last year's winner, Zack Gaugert of Waunakee along with Brad O'laughlin.

One man killed following Cross Plains crash

A 21-year-old Cross Plains man was killed on Thursday night after the truck he was driving went into a ditch and crashed into a tree.

The crash happened on Barlow Road, south of Observatory Road in Cross Plains, according to authorities.

Emergency officials responded to the crash just after 11 p.m. Thursday. Dane County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Heil said he didn't know how long the truck was there before the call came in.

Heil said the driver wasn't wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from his vehicle.

"Deputies are still actively investigating the crash to try to determine what the cause of the crash was, what would have caused the driver to go off the road and what could have contributed to the crash,"�said �Heil.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies aren't releasing the man's name until they notify his family.