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Memorial to drunken driving victim must be removed because of complaint

State transportation officials say a memorial for a woman killed by a drunken driver must be removed in Sun Prairie because someone complained about it.

Department of Transportation rules say that the memorial must be removed, even if just one person complains.

An elevated bronze plaque is on state-owned land about 20 feet from a road where Maureen Mengelt was hit and killed while jogging in April 2013. A former Lutheran bishop, Bruce Burnside, was sentenced to 10 years for Mengelt's death.

"I'm disappointed. I don't understand why someone would file a complaint, but I try to lead a life where I look for the positives. I would hope that we could have an open discussion with the Department of Transportation, and I would hope that the person who complained would reach out to me and explain their viewpoint," said Kevin Mengelt, Maureen's husband.

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Burglar who fled homeowner arrested, deputies say

A Beaver Dam man was arrested after a homeowner in the town of Bristol reported a burglar in his garage who fled, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

The Tam O Shanter Trail homeowner told deputies he heard noises coming from his attached garage around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and found a man in the garage and a broken door.

The burglar fled as the homeowner tried to confront him, but the homeowner got a description of the car and a license plate number.

A detective made contact with James W. Chase, 29, who later turned himself in and was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Officials look for info on dog bite incident near Sun Prairie

Department of Public Health officials are looking for information regarding a dog that bit a woman near Sun Prairie Tuesday.

The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on a path near Town Hall Drive while the woman was jogging, officials said.

The dog is described as resembling a Doberman, and was being walked on a leash along with a second white, fluffy dog by a woman in her 50s, according to a release.

Officials ask anyone with information on the incident to call 608-255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

State’s report cards show Sun Prairie exceeds expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The Sun Prairie School District exceeds expectations.

The state report cards for about 2,100 public schools show approximately 88 percent met or exceeded expectations. About 98 percent of the state's 424 districts also achieved that mark.

It's the second year the state Department of Public Instruction has issued district report cards and the third year for schools.

Both are evaluated in four main areas; student achievement in reading and math on statewide assessments, student growth in those assessments, closing achievement and graduation gaps and readiness for college or careers.

If you would like to find out how your school district did, click here.

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Police: Drunken driving suspect nearly hits police car

A woman faces drunken driving charges after she nearly drove into a Madison police squad car early Saturday morning, according to a release.

Rachel L. McCartney, 39, of Sun Prairie, was driving east in the westbound lanes of the 4300 block of East Washington Avenue just after 1 a.m., police said. There was a baby in the back seat of the vehicle and she had her bright lights on.

The officer did a U-turn and turned on the squad?s emergency lights to get McCartney?s attention and to alert oncoming vehicles of the situation, according to the release.

The driver finally stopped at the Zeier Road intersection and was arrested on a tentative charge of second-offense operating while intoxicated with a passenger under 16 years of age, and was cited for driving the wrong way on a divided highway, failure to dim high beams and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Police released the child to another adult.

Citing concussion prevention, area schools spending thousands on football helmets

In the name of curbing horrific football-related concussion complications such as seizures and the early onset of Parkinson's disease and dementia, many of south central Wisconsin's top high school football programs are paying thousands for top-rated helmets.

Athletic directors from Madison?s four high schools, Sun Prairie, Monona Grove, Brodhead, Lancaster, Fall River, Blackhawk and Potosi report averagely spending [PDF] between $2,000 - $14,000 in budget and booster dollars, buying and reconditioning some of the most expensive helmets.


Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department wins award

The Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department received the 2013 Life Safety Achievement Award this week from the National Association of Fire Marshals Fire Research & Education Foundation and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company... Read More