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Police to take part in OWI enforcement program

The Sun Prairie Police Department said it will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout the state in cracking down on drunken driving during the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign from Friday to Sept. 1.

In a news release, the Sun Prairie Police Department said it will urge citizens to be cautious and careful while operating a vehicle during the focused enforcement program on drunken driving. Officers are asking citizens to make good judgment calls before getting into a car and use a designated driver or another way home if impaired.

For more information on the campaign, contact Sgt. Ryan Cox at 608-825-0965.

4 injured in 2 drunken-driving crashes in Dane County

4 injured in 2 drunken-driving crashes in Dane County

Four people were injured in two separate crashes early Sunday morning in Dane County, according to a release.

Around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, a 2000 Ford Escort was driving east on Schadel Road in the town of Deerfield when the driver, Dustin M. Moreland, 19, of Marshall, failed to stop at a stop sign at County Road W, deputies said. The Ford hit a group of trees and Moreland?s passenger, Alexander C. Bower, 23, of Sun Prairie, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Moreland and Bower were admitted to UW Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash, according to the release. Moreland was arrested on a tentative charge of second-offense operating while intoxicated and causing injury. He was also cited for operating after revocation, failure to stop at a stop sign and not wearing a seat belt.

The second crash happened around 1:30 a.m. on Count Road B just west of Clear View Road in the town of Christiana, deputies said.

Police remind residents of illegal devices, fireworks safety tips

Police remind residents of illegal devices, fireworks safety tips

Police said aerial and ground fireworks are not legal in Sun Prairie and reminded residents to keep safety in mind during upcoming Fourth of July celebrations.

Sun Prairie police Lt. Brian Teasdale said in a news release Tuesday that this time of year, the department receives questions and concerns regarding the use fireworks. He shared a list of allowable and illegal fireworks plus tips on safety in advance Independence Day.

Teasdale said snakes, sparklers less than 36 inches long, cone fountains and smoke devices are legal in Sun Prairie. Any device that leaves the ground, explosives, Roman Candles, pinwheels and jumpers are not legal.

Police suggested residents discharge fireworks away from residences in outdoor areas and wet down the area prior to setting off fireworks.

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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DOJ: Man who supplied teen with heroin gets 10 years prison

DOJ: Man who supplied teen with heroin gets 10 years prison

A Sun Prairie man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for dealing heroin, according to the state Department of Justice. 

United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil's office said a 31-year-old Jasson Howell was sentenced Thursday in court to 10 years in federal prison for distributing heroin.

Howell distributed heroin in the Western District of Wisconsin from November 2006 to October 2009, according to the release. Vaudreuil's office said he was the source of the heroin that resulted in the near-fatal overdose of a 17-year-old girl in November 2008. 

Howell pleaded guilty to the charges on Dec. 17, 2013, according to the DOJ news release.

Howell has two prior state felony drug convictions and was on probation for those offenses at the time of his conduct in this case, the DOJ said. 

Police: Men robbed while attempting to buy drugs

Police: Men robbed while attempting to buy drugs

Police said two Sun Prairie men attempting to buy drugs were robbed on Madison's south side Sunday morning.

The Madison Police Department said the two men who were robbed -- both 25 years old -- were driving on the 2000 block of Post Road at 2:08 a.m. 

Two men who the Sun Prairie men believed were drug dealers got into the back of the car. One of the men entering the car had a handgun and stole one of the car occupants' cellphone, according to the report. 

The robbers also broke out one of the car's windows before fleeing, police said. 

One of the robbers was described as black, between 20-25 years old, weighing 200 pounds, the report noted. He had a goatee and mustache and wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. 

Police said the other robber was described as black, between 20-25 years old, weighing 200 pounds.He had a goatee and mustache and wore a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. 

Police: Failing to stop for school buses to result in fines, demerits

Police: Failing to stop for school buses to result in fines, demerits

Police said an ongoing issue with motorists failing to stop for school buses could result in $250 citations for violators. 

The Sun Prairie Police Department said it has received complaints that some drivers traveling near Westside Elementary School and Sacred Hearts School are not stopping their vehicles when buses activate flashing red lights.

In a news release Friday Lt. Kevin Konopacki said the police department has planned over the next month to monitor the school areas for violations to ensure "the safety and well-being of our students."

Motorists approaching the front or rear of a school bus that has activated its flashing red warning lights and stop sign arm are required to stop at least 20 feet from the bus. Motorists are required to remain stopped until the bus's warning lights are deactivated.