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Stoughton fire chief: Radio failures could jeopardize lives

Stoughton?s fire chief said repeated radio failures are putting his 39 volunteer firefighters? lives in danger.

?If we get paged to an incident we can?t communicate back and forth with the 911 Center, and at times we can?t communicate with each other,? Chief Martin Lamers said. ?Because if our firefighters are entering a burning building, and they lose radio communication their lives are in jeopardy.?

Lamers said the Dane County 911 system worked for decades and was dependable until a few months ago when it stopped working.

?We don?t know why,? Lamers said. ?Was it the turning on of the DaneCom system at that time? Or is it just the system's age that?s making it the problem? But it?s coming to the point we don?t have communication. That?s a real problem for us in emergency service.?

Police cite crash as example of texting while driving dangers

Middleton police are pointing to a crash early Sunday morning as an example of the dangers of texting while driving.

Officers were called to Nursery Drive near Forsythia Street at 12:10 a.m. for a report of a car that crashed into a tree.

Police said an 18-year-old Milton woman was driving north on Nursery Drive when she looked down at her phone to send a text message, crossed into the oncoming traffic lane, went off the road and crashed into a tree. The woman was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, but the car was severely damaged.

She was cited for texting while driving and driving without insurance.

Police ask for help identifying theft suspects

Police ask for help identifying theft suspects

Police are asking the public's help in identifying two men in connection with a theft at a local drug store Monday afternoon. 

The Middleton Police Department provided two surveillance images depicting two men inside the Middleton Walgreens at about 3:30 p.m. 

Sgt. Don Mueller said diapers were stolen from the store. The total worth of the merchandise taken was not immediately clear. 

Police asked anyone who recognizes the men pictured or with information in the theft to call or text 608-824-7300 and mention case number 14-6811. 

Prep Mania Game of the Week winter schedule released

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school sports this winter sports season.

The games will air live on Channel3000.com.

Here's the schedule:

Thurs., Dec. 18 -- Madison Memorial at Madison West - boys hockey - 8 p.m., Madison Ice Arena

Tues., Jan. 6 ? DeForest at Mt. Horeb boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 8 ? Reedsburg at DeForest girls basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 16 ? Poynette at Lodi boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 29 ? Madison Memorial at Sun Prairie boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 30 ? Janesville Parker at Verona girls basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 6 ? Sun Prairie at Middleton boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 10 ? Middleton at Madison West boys hockey ? 8 p.m. (Madison Ice Arena)

Tues., Feb. 17 ? Stoughton at Monona Grove boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

County to contribute $600K to cleaning up waterways

More than $600,000 in county funds will help pay for water pollution-reduction projects across local communities in Dane County, according to a release.

County Executive Joe Parisi announced Monday that Dane County and Middleton, Monona and DeForest will work together on projects that will stop tens of thousands of pounds of sediment from getting into local waterways.

The three projects will cost over $1 million and will construct systems to capture runoff that gets into lakes Mendota and Monona, the Yahara River and the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, according to the release. The communities participating in the projects will cover the remaining costs of the projects.

Info on 2014 tax bills

The 2014 tax bills are being mailed out Thursday. The City's online tax payment capability through Payment Services Network will be activated Friday... Read More

MHS performers to showcase music before overseas trip

MHS performers to showcase music before overseas trip

The Middleton High School fine arts tour group will showcase this weekend the music they will be performing in London at the end of the month.

The Open Tour Rehearsal will be held at the Middleton Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The open rehearsal provides an opportunity for parents and the Middleton community to hear the fine music that the MHS students will be bringing to London. The public is invited to attend.  

Members of the MHS band, orchestra, choir and drama departments will be traveling to London on a fine arts tour from Dec. 27 through Jan. 3. The MHS tour band will be marching in the prestigious London New Year’s Day parade.

The MHS tour band and orchestra will be performing at London’s Cadogan Hall on Monday, Dec. 29. The MHS tour orchestra and choir will perform at the London New Year’s Day Parade Festival Concert at St. John’s Smiths Square on Dec. 30.