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Thu
07
Feb
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Middleton Man Arrested in Homicide Case

A man wanted in connection with a homicide near Wisconsin Dells has been taken into custody.

Robert M. Pulvermacher, 68, of Middleton, is the primary suspect in the death of an 88-year-old Portage man. According to the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, Pulvermacher was arrested on Jan. 23 by the Madison Police Department.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a plow driver spotted Pulvermacher being dropped off near Pulvermacher Cartage on Manufacturer’s Drive in Madison. The driver immediately notified authorities.

Madison Police responded and found a set of fresh footprints in the snow leading to the business door. The trail proceeded to a row of bushes, where police found the suspect. Pulvermacher was arrested without incident, according to the report.

He was medically cleared through a Madison hospital and taken to jail to be transferred to Sauk County on the outstanding homicide arrest warrant.

Fri
01
Feb
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Cold Weather Doesn’t Deter Thefts

DANE COUNTY–Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney would like to remind all citizens to keep their vehicles and home doors locked following a theft of three vehicles and a burglary during the afternoon and evening hours of Jan. 30, in the Town of Middleton.

In the afternoon, a citizen left his vehicle running in his driveway, and it was stolen in the little time it took him to walk into the house and look out the front window.

The second incident occurred in the evening when the suspect(s) entered an unlocked, non- running, vehicle parked in the driveway. Using the garage door opener in that vehicle, the suspect(s) accessed the garage and home through an unlocked interior door. Several personal items of value and their two vehicles were stolen. This also occurred while the residents were awake and inside their home.

Thu
31
Jan
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SPARK to Host Workshop to Discuss Hiring Teens & Young Adults with Special Needs

MIDDLETON–SPARK, a parent run group for those whose children have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or a 504 Plan (for children with disabilities) in the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District, will be hosting a community conversation called Finding Workforce Solutions on Feb. 6.

The event is designed to offer an opportunity for businesses in the area to discuss, support and learn about hiring students and young adults with special needs.

Liza Hellenbrand, who founded of the group with Kristin Voss in 2016, said Employment First (EF) was one of two grants that SPARK recently received through the Wisconsin Board for People with Disabilities. It will fund the Finding Workforce Solutions event.

“They offer direct training and grant programs, and connect people in the community,” Hellenbrand said. 

EF ambassadors will be on hand to speak about what is it like for people with disabilities to work. 

Thu
31
Jan
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Towns Ignore Fire District Invoices, Billing Misunderstanding Cited

MIDDLETON–An invoice that didn’t look like an invoice is the explanation given why the towns of Middleton, Springfield and Westport didn’t pay their 2017 capital assessment to the Middleton Fire District.

The town of Middleton will consider paying their $248,083 assessment at a town board meeting next month.

Each year the Fire District sends its member municipalities a bill for their share of the capital equipment the district has purchased that year. In 2017, that included the property at Century Ave. and CTH M for Fire Station #3, a vehicle and self-contained breathing apparatus.

Each municipality is assessed a portion of the cost based on the equalized value of the property within the municipality. The town of Middleton is responsible for 25 percent of the district’s expenses. 

In 2017, the three towns were assessed a combined $358,870.

Thu
24
Jan
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Mollie B Lands Singing & Acting Parts in ‘The Mule’

WISCONSIN–Many people dream of acting in a Hollywood film is, and for Mollie B, a Cross Plains’ favorite, her dream come true.

In March of 2018, Mollie B and her band were asked to be in “The Mule,” a Warner Bros. film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, to be released in December of 2018. Mollie B, a frequent visitor to Cross Plains, led a music workshop last November for the students at Park Elementary and then provided a polka party for the school to raise funds for special needs programs. Mollie B tours the country leading polka parties with the Jim Busta Band and SqueezeBox.

After returning from a performance, Mollie B had voicemail messages from a number in California. It turned out, it was Hollywood calling.

Thu
24
Jan
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Staff Member Uses Racial Slur at High School

MIDDLETON–A Middleton High School staff member was put on paid leave last week after being accused of using a racial slur not once, but twice, in front of students. The incident, which came just days before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, may have surprised some in the district, but not Percy Brown, Director of Equity & Student Achievement in the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD), who noted incidents have been occurring in the neighboring Madison Metropolitan School District in the last few months. 

Thu
24
Jan
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MLK Jr. Forum on Social Action Held Saturday

MIDDLETON–The MHS Performing Arts Center was home to a celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Jan. 19. On a cold afternoon, hundreds of people of a diverse background warmed themselves to music provided by Tamera Stanley and the Mount Zion Baptist Church music ministry and dance by the #GK4LIFE dance troupe, a group of Glacier Creek and Kromrey Middle School students who provided a powerful hip hop expression for the forum. Dom Ricks, Dean of Students, moved the crowd with spoken word poetry which expressed a need for understanding in our community and how the movie, “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse,” offered the rare pleasure of seeing a black superhero as a model to whom young men of color can look up to. 

Wed
23
Jan
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WisDOT Urges Extra Caution on All Roadways Today

WisDOT Urges Extra Caution on All Roadways Today 

WISCONSIN–As snow continues to fall across most of Wisconsin, with total accumulations predicted between five to 10 inches and dangerous winds and temperatures to follow, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation urges motorists to take extra precautions if travel is necessary.

WisDOT’s 511wi.gov winter road condition map is showing most roads are snow covered and slippery ice-covered highways in northern Wisconsin. Hazardous conditions will continue and will impact the evening commute.

Preparation before winter travel:

• Know the current road conditions, check 511wi.gov for the latest updates

• Clear snow and ice from vehicles prior to traveling

• Ensure full tank of gas and windshield washer fluid

• Inform others about your route and expected travel time 

Precautions while driving:

Mon
21
Jan
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UPDATE: Escapee Turns Self In at Jail

UPDATE: Shannon Owen, who escaped on Jan. 20 from a Dane County jail aversion program has turned himself in approimately 24 hours after he walked away from a hotel he was staying. Owen gat himself up at the Dane County Jail at :20 p.m. Jan 21.

MADISON–Law enforcement officials in Dane County are asking the public’s help in locating and inmate that escaped January 20 at around 5:30 p.m.

Shannon M. Owen of Madison was going through the county’s jail diversion program, Dane County Custody Alternative Monitoring Program (CAMP),when he walked away from the Grand Stay Hotel, 5317 High Crossing Blvd., on the east side of Madison. He was serving a 60-day Huber sentence for possession of cocaine. 

Authorities say Owen was had a disagreement with management at the hotel before he left. His GPS tracking bracelet showed that he left on foot but was picked up by someone in a vehicle right before the ankle bracelet was removed. It was later recovered.

Fri
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.


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