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Verona girls soccer falls in Cardinal Classic

Despite the cold weather the Cardinal Classic girls soccer tournament is under way in Middleton.

The Verona girls soccer team played the first game of the two day tournament.

In the 73rd minute Verona's Felicia Retrum scores to tie the game at 1 on a miss play by the Pius goalie.

In the 75th minute the Lady Popes Ashley Pitrof scores the game winner.

Verona falls 2-1.

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Bi-annual flush of water main scheduled

Water may appear slightly discolored, OK to drink  

The City of Middleton said it plans to flush water mains beginning April 29.

Water Utility Foreman Ryan Madigan said the flush is common practice for the department and is done twice a year, in the spring and the fall.

"It's a standard thing we do to ensure that our system is operating correctly [and] to ensure quality of the water," Madigan said.

In a public notice sent Tuesday, the city's Water Utility said residents can expect to see a slight discoloration of water during the week as it clears out water mains.

Madigan said this does not affect the potability of water and it is safe to use and drink per normal.

4-month Middleton St. construction project begins Monday

Project to affect parking, bus routes through summer, city says   

The city said its street reconstruction project is scheduled to begin Monday, which will limit parking on Middleton Street and could affect bus routes and access to driveways through mid-August.

The Middleton Street Reconstruction Project will include a complete street reconstruction of Middleton Street from South Avenue to 1,200 feet south of Voss Parkway, the city said. The project scope includes street, curb and gutter, sidewalk, driveway apron and storm sewer improvements and is scheduled to be finished on Aug. 20, 2013, the city said.

For the duration of the project, street parking along Middleton Street will be unavailable Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., or until construction activity is completed for the day, city officials said in a news release Thursday.

Police: Motorist attacked in road rage incident

A motorist's car was struck by another motorist in traffic and then he was attacked in a road rage incident during Tuesday morning's commute, according to the Middleton Police Department.

Police said Theodore H. Melchert, 40, of Poynette, became angry about the driving of another motorist, followed the car east on U.S. Highway 12, and cut in front of the car deliberately striking the car's front quarter panel. The victim lost control of his car and spun out between Parmenter Street and Airport Road. Police said the victim's car came to rest facing the other direction of traffic.

Melchert drove his car into the victim's car twice more before exiting his car and throwing a cup of coffee against the victim's car, according to police. The victim told police Melchert then forced his car door open and assaulted him.

Four men in masks rob home; victims arrested

Four armed men wearing masks forced entry into a Middleton home, beat a man, and robbed the home Thursday, according to Middleton police.

Police were called to the home in the 6400 block of Century Avenue at 1:30 a.m. for a report of an armed robbery home invasion. The victims, a man and a woman, told police the men were armed with handguns and one had a baseball bat. The men took items from the home and fled in an unknown direction, according to police.

After an investigation, police said the occupants were arrested. Latik Williams, 31, was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation. Martha Salazar, 21, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Middleton Police Department at 608-824-7300.

Head-on crash injures woman, man arrested

A Madison man was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated use of a vehicle after a head-on crash that injured a 45-year-old woman Tuesday.

Middleton police were called to the 1500 block of North Gammon Road at 5:52 p.m for a report of a head-on crash. A woman traveling south of North Gammon Road was taken to University of Wisconsin Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators said Charles A. Butler, 32, intentionally let go of his steering wheel and allowed it to travel into oncoming traffic.

Butler was also arrested on suspicion of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and obstructing an officer.

Man, 27, arrested on 4th-offense drunken driving

Police arrested a Middleton man on fourth-offense drunken driving early Saturday morning after witnesses said he engaged in road rage.

According to a Madison Police Department statement, an officer monitoring traffic on John Nolen Drive saw two vehicles appearing to race each other. The officer stopped both vehicles and was informed by individuals in one car that the other driver had cut him off and rammed into his vehicle. The individuals also said the other driver appeared to be drunk.

The officer arrested Lester Rodriguez, 27, on a charge of fourth offense of operating while intoxicated, the statement said. Rodriguez was also cited for speeding.