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Dane County snowmobile trails open

Snowmobile trails in Dane County were opened Monday.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, all Dane County snowmobile trails are open, according to the Dane County Parks Division.

Snowmobilers are urged to use caution due to potentially icy conditions and unfrozen areas below the snow.

Snowmobilers are also reminded that they must stay on the trails and respect the property of private landowners who have given permission for the trail to cross their land. Snowmobilers are only allowed within the designated trail corridors, according to Darren Marsh, parks director for Dane County.

Meanwhile, county staff were out plowing parking areas and access to cross-country ski trails Monday and began grooming ski trails on Tuesday morning.

Lawmakers call for criminal investigation of foster care agency

Two Republican state lawmakers are calling for a criminal investigation of a Middleton foster care agency accused of misusing nearly $5 million in taxpayer money.

Sen. Leah Vukmir of Wauwatosa and Sen. Rob Cowles of Green Bay on Monday called for the state Department of Justice to investigate Community Care Resources.

Community Care Resources collects state money to place foster children in licensed homes.

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has revoked the license of the foster care agency following its own audit that found the agency inflated salaries and spent taxpayer money on luxury cars, personal travel and other inappropriate expenses between 2009 and 2011.

Owner Dan Simon has vigorously denied the allegations.

Cowles said in addition to the criminal investigation he is calling for a full review by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau.

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Police: Woman beaten outside West Towne Mall

Madison police said a 20-year-old Middleton woman was attacked as she was walking outside of West Towne Mall late Saturday afternoon.

The woman told police she was walking at about 5:20 p.m. when a group of people who were on the sidewalk were blocking her path.

She tried to move through the group and said "Excuse me," as she did, but she said a woman pushed her from behind, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

She turned and the same woman pushed her again, police said. After the second push, a man in the group punched the victim, according to the incident report.

During the encounter, the victim threw her iPhone at the woman.

The woman picked it up and took off with the phone, police said.

Prep Mania Game of the Week winter schedule

Prep Mania Game of the Week winter schedule

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school basketball and hockey matches this winter sports season. Here's the remaining schedule:

Tues., Jan. 29 - Stoughton at Monona Grove boys basketball - 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 31 - Middleton at Verona boys hockey - 7:00 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 1 - Sun Prairie at Madison Memorial boys basketball - 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 5 - Portage at Waunakee boys basketball - 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 8 - Fort Atkinson at Oregon boys basketball - 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 14 - Milton at Monona Grove girls basketball - 7:30 p.m.

Police: Help us identify fraudster in photos

Police: Help us identify fraudster in photos

Middleton police asked for help identifying a man investigators suspect fraudulently cashing checks at a local bank earlier this week.

Police said shortly before 1 p.m. on Monday, a man at State Bank of Cross Plains at 8301 University Ave. cashed checks that the account holder told police had gone missing a month ago.

Middleton Officer in Charge Sgt. Darrin Zimmerman said the account holder told police the checkbook was lost or stolen from his car.

Police released images from bank surveillance footage Saturday afternoon and asked anyone who can identify the man in the photos to call the department at 824-7300 or the agency's tipster line at 824-7304.

The photos show a white man who looks to be in his 20s with a short facial hair wearing a brown flat cap, black hooded sweatshirt over a zip up with horizontal gray-and-black stripes.

Police did not release information about how much money was involved in the check transaction.

Sandwich shop robbed at gunpoint in Middleton

No one was injured following an armed robbery at a sandwich shop on Middleton's east side Thursday, according to Middleton police.

Police said the Subway in the 2500 block of Allen Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint about 9 p.m. Thursday.

Police said a man entered the store armed with a black handgun and demanded money from the cash register. He left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, according to police.


Police said the suspect is a white man with blue eyes, last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded jacket, blue jeans, a black winter mask and white tennis shoes. He was last seen running south from the store and may have been in the parking lot of the Harbor Athletic Club before or after the robbery.