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Wet hay might have started barn fire

Firefighters battled a blaze in a barn north of Middleton that might have started because of wet hay, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Firefighters were called out to the farm at 6969 Riles Road in the town of Springfield at 5:52 a.m. on Friday.

The owner of the farm discovered the fire. No people or animals were hurt because of the fire. The barn is considered a total loss.

Riles Road west of U.S. Highway 12 was closed during the fire.

Deputies said the fire remains under investigation but doesn't appear suspicious.

Firefighters from Middleton, Cross Plains, Waunakee, Black Earth, Dane, and Sauk Prairie assisted at the scene.

Pedestrian struck when driver runs red light, police say

A woman was sent to the hospital following a crash in Middleton early Friday morning.

According to Middleton police, an 87-year-old Richland Center man driving eastbound on University Avenue ran a red light at the intersection with Bristol Street just before 8 a.m. A female pedestrian was taken to the hospital by ambulance with a number of broken bones.

Police are asking anyone that witnessed the collision to call police at 608-824-7300.

The driver was cited for failure to stop for a traffic signal.

12-year-old boy, man arrested in connection with knife incident

Police said a man and a boy were both in custody Friday night after a report of a domestic disturbance involving a knife in Blue Mounds.

The Blue Mounds Police Department said officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of Mounds View Road at 5:24 p.m. The report indicated someone was being held at knife point and the victim was being advised not to provide information to dispatchers.

Blue Mounds police Chief Andrew Rose said officers found a suspect who "was resisting and failing to obey lawful orders." With the help of Mt. Horeb police, officers took a 12-year-old boy into custody.

About 20 minutes later, a Dane County SHeriff's deputy and two Mt. Horeb officers found another person who told police he was armed with a knife, Rose said.

The man attempted to flee after he was handcuffed and injured himself while running, according to the report. The man was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel.

Driver complaints force changes in Beltline construction

Driver complaints force changes in Beltline construction

The Department of Transportation will make changes to Beltline construction after drivers complained that on-ramps were unsafe.

The DOT has been doing resurfacing work and building sound barriers along the Beltline for the last few months, but after a number of crashes and complaints from drivers, they're working with a contractor to change the ramp design.

Ramps at Old Sauk and Mineral Point Roads have been using yield signs causing slower merging in places with poor visibility, and the merge lanes have been drastically shortened.

Marty Caban drives the Beltline day and night for his two jobs, and he said drivers don't know how to respond at the on-ramps.

FLUSHING OF WATER MAINS

The City of Middleton Water Utility will be flushing mains in the Bishop's Bay and Northlake neighborhoods, beginning on Monday, August 4, from 10 am to 2 pm. A slight discoloration of the water may be noticed during this time period... Read More

New business to offer free massages at ribbon-cutting

New business to offer free massages at ribbon-cutting

A Sun Prairie business will offer food and free massages at its official grand opening next week. 

Elements Massage's open house will take place from 3-7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the business, 2804 Prairie Lakes Drive, Suite 102. 

The company said it will offer free 15-minute chair massages and serve light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees can get tours of the facilities and information about massage and overall wellness. 

The Sun Prairie Chamber of commerce will also hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Elements Massage of Sun Prairie is located across from Costco. There are two other Elements Massage business in the Madison area including Fitchburg at 6317 McKee Road and in Middleton at 1950 Cayuga St., according to the company website. 

Protesting pirates demand change from local company

Pirate costumes are not what you would expect to see at a protest, but it's something Texas protest organizer Andrew Dobbs hopes will help get a message across.

"We want people to have fun with it always, but we also hope that people know even down in Texas we are working to make sure that Madison-area companies are held accountable," Dobbs said.

Over two dozen environmental protesters from Texas and Madison came together to bring a message to Spectrum Brands. The company is a sponsor of Madison's Clean Lakes Festival and the parent company of Rayovac, a Middleton-based battery company.

"Rayovac admits themselves overseas that throwing batteries in the trash is harmful to the environment and a waste of resources. Over here they tell people to throw their batteries in the trash. We want them to be consistent," he said.

It's a message other protesters want the Clean Lakes Alliance to support.