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Man suspected of 7th OWI had minors on board, police say

A Marshall man suspected of seventh-offense operating while intoxicated had minors in his vehicle when he was pulled over, according to a release from Sun Prairie police.

Police were called at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a man who appeared intoxicated in a store. Officers said a witness followed the man’s vehicle and said he was all over the roadway.

An officer stopped Fausto R. Herrera, 50, and arrested him on suspicion of seventh-offense OWI. He was also cited for operating without a license and for having open intoxicants in the vehicle.

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43-year-old sent photos of genitals to teen, police say

A 43-year-old man was charged with exposing his genitals to a child in connection with explicit online chats with a teen, police said.

The Beaver Dam Police Department said officers searched a home in the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue Wednesday connected with an investigation into sexually explicit online communication between a 16-year-old girl and a Beaver Dam man.

Police said Frederick R. Grignon was arrested and taken to Dodge County Jail on numerous charges including exposing genitals to a child.

Det. Ryan Klavekoske said the teen and Grignon had conversationsa nd exchanged photographs through Facebook over the course of a couple weeks.

On Friday, police said Grignon remained in custody on a $5,000 cash bond.

1 dead in Sun Prairie motorcycle crash identified

A 28-year-old motorcyclist killed when he collided with a car in Sun Prairie Sunday afternoon is identified as a Marshall man.

Robert C. Devine died from injuries suffered in the crash, according to a release from the Dane County medical examiner.

Officers were called to the crash at 3:27 p.m. at the intersection of North Grand Avenue and Ironwood Drive.

Devine was taken to a hospital and was later pronounced dead. Authorities did not say if the 81-year-old driver was hurt in the crash.

Sun Prairie police are investigating the accident, with toxicology tests pending.

Sun Prairie looks for new groundhog after biting incident

Sun Prairie calls itself the groundhog capital of the world, but after a biting incident in February the city doesn’t have its furry symbol.

The world watched Jimmy the groundhog bite the city’s mayor at the time during this year’s Groundhog Day prediction.

The chomping incident went viral on TV and online, but all of that attention may have caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources.

Jimmy’s caretaker mistakenly thought he had to release him back into the wild after the incident.

“We still see a groundhog running in our yard every now and then,” Jimmy’s caretaker, Jeff Gauguer, said. “We have a burrow just down in the meadow down there. I think he’s pretty happy honestly.”

Sun Prairie city officials will work on getting another groundhog for the event.

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Public education ‘pep rally’ takes aim at budget proposal

Many of the 200 southern Wisconsin educators, administrators, parents and students attending a so-called pro-education 'pep rally' at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School Monday took direct aim at the current legislative public education package proposal.

The most pressing issue for many is using public tax dollars to fund private school vouchers.

“It makes me worried, sad, mostly,” Stoughton Board of Education Member Yolibeth Fitzgibbon said. “It means less money for the teachers, for hiring good teachers. And for keeping good teachers in our school district.”

Madison Board of Education Member Anna Moffit, whose son Felix has autism, calls the proposal discriminatory.

“These schools continue to exclude and discriminate against students like (Felix) who just happen to have a disability,” Moffit said.

Pedestrian struck by car; driver took off, police say

A 24-year-old Madison man was struck by a car while walking across University Avenue at Frances Street early Sunday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the man had a walk light when he was struck, and the driver of the car took off after the collision, which occurred about 2:20 a.m.

A police officer and several witnesses in the area got the license plate number, and another officer pulled the car over on North Park Street, according to the release.

Xavier D. White, 20, of Sun Prairie, was arrested on suspicion of hit and run involving injury, failure to render aid, second-offense operating after suspension, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

The victim was treated for leg and head injuries.

Fire reportedly caused by smoldering log from fire pit damages Sun Prairie home

A smoldering log from a fire pit is believed to be the cause of a fire that damaged a Sun Prairie home late Saturday night, police said.

Sun Prairie emergency crews received a report of a structure fire around 11:35 p.m. at 1033 Ring St., according to a release. The fire reportedly started on the porch of the single-family home, and damaged one side of the house.

Residents and pets inside the home were able to get out of the home without being injured, officials said.

According to the release, the fire appears to have been accidentally started when a smoldering log from a fire pit was left near the porch.

Officials did not have an estimated cost of the damage.