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18
Jan
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School to Host MLK Forum for Social Action After Teacher Accused of Racial Slur

Earlier this week, the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District received a report that a Middleton High School teacher used a racial slur during class. District and MHS administrators have been interviewing students and the teacher has been placed on leave while the investigation is being conducted.


Thu
17
Jan
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Newly Minted Lt. Governor Attends MHS Event

MIDDLETON–On one of his first day in office, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes spoke to an auditorium full of 10th graders during a mock legislature event, part of Middleton High School’s (MHS) required U.S. government and politics class. Barnes spoke on the intent of the program which teaches kids about government by acting it out and emphasizes compromise and civility. 

“Change all across the world has always been led by younger generations, so when my time is done, when I’m no longer in public life I want to be able to look back and count on you all and the work you are doing,” Barnes said. “The fact you are learning here today puts you ahead of so many other people in this state and country that have very little idea about how government is run and that’s how we get to a place that we don’t want to be.”

Thu
10
Jan
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Officers Cleared in Sept. WTS Paradigm Shooting

MADISON–State investigators have cleared two Middleton police officers and two Dane County sheriff’s deputies involved in the fatal shooting of a WTS Paradigm employee killed by law enforcement after shooting at his co-workers, District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said.

“There was no other option,” for the four responding officers after Anthony Tong, 43, refused commands to drop his weapon, Ozanne said at a Monday news conference.

Each of the four responding officers shot at Tong, Ozanne said. Tong also fired in the direction of the officers.

Tong died from a shot to his chest, however, the bullet disintegrated preventing State Crime Lab technicians from determine who fired it, said Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke.

Thu
10
Jan
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Record Number of Intervenors Turn Out for CHC Hearing

MADISON–The largest number of individuals, organizations and governmental units, ever, were accepted Thursday as parties in the state’s consideration of a power line proposed to be built between the town of Middleton and Dubuque, IA.

Public Service Commission (PSC) administrative law judge Michael Newmark approved requests from approximately 60 individuals and entities to be intervenors in the proposed Cardinal-Hickory Creek (CHC) 345-kilovolt power line project.

Used to typically working with a dozen or so intervenors in a contested case, Newmark had hoped to consolidate intervenor requests along common lines of interest to better manage the process. However, he soon acknowledged that would be impossible with two different proposed routes spread across 100 miles and five counties.

Thu
27
Dec
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Brar Awarded Moore Inventor Fellowship & National Science Grant

MIDDLETON–Former Middleton resident Victor Brar has been awarded two physics monetary grants for his work as an assistant professor of physics at UW-Madison.

The first award is the Moore Inventor Fellowship, named after physicist and Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, as is Moore’s law, an observation that transistors and processors double every 18 months while cost is cut in half.

The fellowship seeks inventions that impact the advancement of technology, and Brar’s invention involves manipulating an incandescent filament by notching it to reduce light to a single color, making it much more like a laser, but more efficient and faster. 

“You use an electron beam to cut notches in a pattern. Depending on the pattern, it will emit different colors,” said Brar. “Because the light doesn’t scatter that much, it will go a further distance.”

Thu
27
Dec
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3x Rate Increase for Storm Water Utility Fee Proposed at City Council

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Common Council discussed a storm water utility fee increase that will be voted on by the council Jan. 15, 2019. If approved, a referendum question would be put to voters in 2020 asking to triple the rate from $15 to $45 per ERU (equivalent runoff unit) for five years.

The storm water utility board made the recommendation to increase the fee to the common council after reviewing damage estimates in the Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor from the August flooding.

Council president and chair of the storm water utility board Susan West explained to the council that the board reviewed costs estimated to be roughly $3,000,000 beyond regular revenue raised by the utility. The figure includes what the city expected to recover from FEMA and be awarded through grants.

West said to finance the repairs over five years the board determined raising the ERU rate from $15 to $45 would bring in about $600,000 annually.

Tue
18
Dec
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Police Seek Tips in Attempted Robbery at Arby's

MIDDLETON–On Dec. 17 at approximately 7:13 p.m., Middleton police officers responded to an attempted armed robbery at the Arby’s restaurant at 8321 Murphy Dr.

The suspect entered the store, jumped over the counter and displayed a small, black handgun. The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, around 20 years of age, 5’4, and skinny. He was wearing a green jacket over a blue hood and jeans. The hood was pulled tight to obscure the suspect’s face. He left out the back door of the business.

Wed
05
Dec
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Man Charged with Felony Eluding

MIDDLETON–On Dec. 4, at approximately 6:12 p.m. a Middleton police officer attempted a traffic stop on a white Dodge Neon, in the 2100 block of Allen Blvd. for failing to obey a traffic sign. The vehicle failed to stop and eluded the officer. A few minutes later Ricky Warren, 27, of Madison, called 911 to report that his vehicle, the one that eluded the officer, was just stolen from the 6500 Block of University Ave. Warren advised the vehicle was stolen by three masked men that displayed handguns and pulled him from the vehicle.

Officers arrived in the 6500 Block of University Ave. and found evidence to negate Warren’s story that the car was stolen. After further investigation, and witness statements, it was determined that Warren himself was driving the Dodge Neon when it failed to stop for the stop sign. He then attempted to elude the officer trying stop him and called 911 while still driving the Dodge Neon to report it as stolen.

Thu
29
Nov
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Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto, Passes Budget

MIDDLETON–At a special common council meeting called for the purpose of overriding the mayor’s veto on the 2019 city budget, voting or deciding on an alternative budget to the one that was approved by the finance committee the council voted six to two, exactly what was needed to override the veto and approve the budget.

The property tax levy increases 2.8 percent under the adopted budget. The mill rate is estimated to be the second lowest for a city in Dane County behind Verona.

The budget includes a resolution to implement a public fire protection direct charge to residents which will appear on water utility bills. The fire protection fee was included as a revenue source, generating about $500,000 annually, in the budget approved by the finance committee and published for citizens to review. Prior to voting on the budget, the council voted against the proposed water utility fee which left a shortfall in the budget for a variety of personnel items. 

Thu
29
Nov
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Town Releases Separation Agreements, No Additional Documents Released

MIDDLETON–Former town of Middleton Administrator David Shaw last month resigned and released the town from all claims stemming from his employment as town treasurer in agreements that provided him with six months’ severance pay.

Former town Deputy Treasurer Patricia Keichinger entered into similar agreements with the town which offered her three months’ severance pay.

Shaw and Keichinger each signed a resignation agreement and a separation agreement on Oct. 23. The former employees acknowledged that the releases they offered, and the consideration provided were not given in connection with “an exit incentive or other employment termination program.”

However, the severance payments provided for in the separation agreements were contingent on each of the former employees signing their resignation agreement.

The town board has declined to discuss the reasons for their simultaneous departures.

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