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Fire destroys garage, damages home

Fire destroys garage, damages home

The home of a Middleton family sustained damage in a Monday afternoon fire that destroyed the family's garage.

Fire crews were called to 5413 Larkspur Rd. at about 2 p.m. for a report of a fire. Mutual aid was requested.

The family was not home at the time of the fire. Firefighters at the scene were able to save a dog from the home.

Charity basketball game benefits Middleton Youth


The Middleton Optimists will play the Harlem Ambassadors in a charity basketball game Sunday.

The game will tip off at 3 p.m. at the Middleton High School Gym.  The event will raise money for the Middleton Youth.

Teachers and community leaders will play for the Optimists.

Tickets can be purchased for the game at Middleton Community Bank, KEVA Sports and Event Center or at the door.  Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for kids in advance.  At the door, tickets for $10 for adults and $5 for kids.  A family four pack can be purchased for $20 and includes two adult tickets and two child tickets.

Green homes tour highlights sustainability


The Middleton Sustainability Committee will host a free green homes tour Sunday.

The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Local experts will showcase environmentally friendly practices and technologies to help residents save natural resources and money, said a press release.

Topics covered at the green homes tour include solar energy, geothermal, green construction and environmentally friendly decorating.  Water and electricity conservation, air quality, sustainable landscaping and even backyard chickens will also be discussed.

The tour will begin at the Willy West Co-Op located at 6825 University Ave.  Seven Middleton homes will be features with a wide range of sustainable features indoors and outdoors.

Dane County Board approves union contract

The Dane County Board on Thursday night voted to approve a new one-year contract with the county's union.

County leaders and the union that represents Dane County employees, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, have been working on a new labor contract for the past few days.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the county and union had a very short window to work with. Parisi said the county started bargaining with AFSCME for a contract for 2015 after Friday's court decision in which a Dane County judge overturned key parts of Gov. Scott Walker's restrictions on collective bargaining.

The judge ruled the law, Act 10, was unconstitutional as it applied to school and local government workers. The law barred collective bargaining for most public workers over anything other than wage increases no greater than inflation.

Police can't find suspect in restaurant sexual assault

There has still been no arrest or formal charges for the suspect police identified in connection with a sexual assault at a Cross Plains restaurant.

The restaurant at the center of the investigation, Cinco de Mayo, has closed.

The victim of the alleged rape said seeing the restaurant closed is a sign the case may be moving forward. But several questions still remain about the investigation.

Two weeks ago, the Cross Plains Police Department recommended to the Dane County District Attorney's Office that a charge of first-degree sexual assault be filed against 23-year-old Alejandro Gonzalez-Carmona.

Police said they haven't been able to find Gonzalez-Carmona.

This past weekend, the restaurant where he worked, Cinco de Mayo, shut its doors.

New initiative will shelter homeless, survivors of domestic violence


New shelters will be offered in Dane County for certain residents: the homeless and survivors of domestic violence.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Wednesday that two new county partnerships will provide shelter to keep homeless warm during the winter and to fulfill the need for emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence.

"This plan ensures people will have a place to keep warm during the colder days that are ahead and protect survivors of domestic violence and their families by helping them access emergency shelter," said Parisi.  "The new partnerships we’re announcing today will expand the unrivaled amount of services the county currently provides to address two pressing needs this winter."

Charity golf tournament features auction, prizes


The second annual Oscar Mayer/United Way Charity Golf Tournament will take place Monday.

The event, organized by Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer, will benefit United Way of Dane County.  Last year, the tournament featured 15 foursomes and raised $27,500 for United Way, said a press release.  This year, the event has more than doubled in participation.

The tournament will take place at Bishops Bay Country Club, located at 3500 Bishops Bay Drive in Middleton.

Former Badger great Ron Dayne will participate in the tournament.  The Weinermobile will also make an appearance.