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Masked, gloved, armed man robs gas station

A gloved, masked and armed man robbed a gas station in the town of Burke Tuesday morning, Dane County deputies said.

Around 3:50 a.m. deputies responded to reports of an armed robbery at the TA Travel Center on Highway 51, according to a release.

Two employees were approached by a gloved and masked man who had a handgun and demanded money, officials said. The man fled with an undisclosed amount of money to a pickup truck waiting outside with a second man in the driver seat.

Just before 8 a.m. a resident of the town of Windsor reported their truck stolen, according to the release. Detectives believe the robbers stole the truck from the town of Windsor before robbing the gas station.

Deputies said the stolen vehicle has been recovered and returned to its owner.

The robbery remains under investigation, and officials ask anyone with information to call 608-284-6900.

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Man arrested after report of vehicle 'all over the road'

A Washington state man was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated after a motorist reported a vehicle "all over the road" early Saturday morning, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

The motorist described the vehicle and got a partial license plate number and called 911. A deputy found the vehicle on Highway 51 in the town of Burke.

Curtin H. Nelson, 41, of Elk, Wash., refused to complete a field sobriety test, according to deputies. A warrant was issued for a blood sample.

Nelson was also arrested on suspicion of operating after revocation and failure to install an ignition interlock.

Sun Prairie police conduct death investigation of 52-year-old

The Sun Prairie Police Department is conducting a death investigation after crews responded to a report of a person who was not breathing and was unresponsive, according to a release.

Crews responded to 921 Vandenburg St. around 3:30 Thursday afternoon, officials said.

When officers arrived on the scene, the person was dead.

The person was a 52-year-old female, according to Sun Prairie Department press release.

Efforts by the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office revealed that the death is not suspicious in nature and the department is waiting for toxicology results, officials said.

The Dane County medical examiner is investigating the death with Sun Prairie police, officials said.

Officials to hold online safety session for grown-ups

Officials to hold online safety session for grown-ups

Local police will help host an adults-only presentation on online safety next week. 

Sun Prairie police Lt. Brian Teasdale said the department is working with the Dane County Sheriff's Office on an event scheduled Monday at 6 p.m. called "Internet and Technology Safety."

The event will be held at Sacred Hearts church, 221 Columbus St., on the lower level in the gathering room, organizers said.

The session will include discussion on topics like how to be safe online, dangers of apps kids commonly use, online predators, sexting and more. 

Deputies Josalyn Longley and John Nelson and Officer Jon Lothe will present, according to the police department. 


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Local educators appointed to achievement-gap task force

State Superintendent Tony Evers named 17 educators to a task force that will identify classroom-centered best practices to address the state?s achievement gap, according to a release.

Evers said the task force, which will use a school-level data review, is the most important work he will do this spring.

The teachers and principals serving on the Promoting Excellence for All: State Superintendent?s Task Force on Wisconsin?s Achievement Gap were chosen because their schools show increased academic achievement, according to the release. Their schools are also closing achievement gaps, and the achievement of non-white students in their schools is improving.

Task force members are from public, charter and choice schools throughout Wisconsin?s urban, suburban and rural areas, officials said.