August 2022

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Jason Sanftleben

ARENA–Jason J. Sanftleben, 48, of Arena, passed away on July 23, 2022, after heart surgery complications at St. Mary’s and UW hospitals. He was surrounded by his family.

Jason was born to Jim and Debbie Sanftleben and grew up in the countryside of Cross Plains. He graduated from Middleton High School in 1992 then started a 30-year career in the elevator trade, first with Northwestern and ending with Schindler, recently taking a job with UW-Madison in elevator service and repair.

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Mehring Changes Plea

MADISON–Nodding his head in response to Judge Ellen Berz, Eric Mehring entered guilty pleas for three counts of intoxicated use of a vehicle last week, stemming from an October 2021 accident that killed three teenage boys. 

The incident occurred in the Town of Middleton when Mehring was speeding down Mineral Point Road in the Town of Middleton and rear-ended a Chevy Cruze that contained John “Jack” Miller and Evan Kratochwill, Middleton High School students, and Simon Bilessi, a West Madision High School student. All three teens were killed in the crash. Merhing’s blood alcohol content was 0.24 percent, three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

He was driving his Jaguar an estimated 35-40 mph over the 45 mph posted speed limit at the time of the crash. At the time, a sheriff’s deputy asked Mehring how fast he was going and he estimated 75 mph. When asked why he was traveling at such a high speed he replied, “over confidence.” 

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Blankenheim Sentenced in Child Pornography Case

MADISON–A Cross Plains man who viewed child pornography on the Internet for several years, was sentenced last week in federal court to seven years in prison to be followed by 12 years of supervised release for sharing it.

Jake Blankenheim, 48, had pled guilty to distributing child pornography in April.

According to court documents:

Blankenheim used the Gigatribe computer software, more commonly used in Eastern Europe, to share photos and videos, including child pornography, with others.

He began communicating with a Swiss undercover agent who “rebuked” Blankenheim in August 2019 for looking for child pornography but not sharing any.

Soon, Blankenheim sent six images that the Swiss undercover agent transmitted to the FBI alleging that were child pornography.

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City of Middleton Awarded $1 Million Grant for North Mendota Trail

MIDDLETON–Local officials joined at a bike/pedestrian bridge on Century Avenue in Middleton last week to announce a $1 million dollar county grant for the construction of the next segment of the North Mendota Trail. The section will run from Highland Way/Century Avenue traffic signal to the eastern city limits just past Signature Drive.

Middleton Mayor Gurdip Brar and District 7 Alder Dan Ramsey joined Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and County Board Supervisors Alex Joers, District 9, Holly Hatcher, District 26 and April Kigeya, District 15 in announcing the grant on July 27.

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