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Meeting scheduled for info on creating neighborhood watch

Dane County Sheriff’s deputies will be holding an informational meeting Wednesday on how to start a neighborhood watch program, according to a release.

Neighborhood watch is one of the oldest and most effective prevention programs in the country, organizers said. The program is sponsored by the National Sheriff’s Association and brings citizens and law enforcement together to focus on community safety.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Bristol Town Hall at 7747 Highway N, according to the release. The meeting will include a question and answer portion for residents.

Police find 7.7 grams of marijuana, arrest Sun Prairie man

Police find 7.7 grams of marijuana, arrest Sun Prairie man

A Sun Prairie man was arrested after police found 7.7 grams of marijuana in his vehicle Tuesday night on Madison's north side, according to a release.

Police responded to the area of Sheridan Drive around 10:21 p.m. for reports of people in dark clothing wearing backpacks and going through vehicles, officials said. Police found a running vehicle in the area of North Sherman Avenue and Logan Street, and made contact with the occupants.

According to the release, police smelled a strong odor of marijuana that the driver, Joshua, M. Knight, 24, claimed he didn't know anything about and that he was waiting on a friend.

Police said while searching the vehicle they found 7.7 grams of marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia and packaging materials.

Knight told police he had forgotten about the drugs in the vehicle. He was arrested on charges of manufacturing and delivering THC.

Man drives car into Sun Prairie house

Man drives car into Sun Prairie house

Sun Prairie police said no one was hurt early Thursday morning when a car crashed into a residential home.

The crash happened in the 800 block of Steven Street just after 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

Sgt. Brenda Dahlen of the Sun Prairie Police Department said that field sobriety tests showed the driver, Joseph A Kramer, 29, had not been drinking and said he hadn't fallen asleep.

At least two people were inside the home at the time of the crash, but neither was injured, according to police.

Police said Kramer was cited on suspicion of inattentive driving and failure to control his vehicle.

Family of Brayden Turnbill blocked from donating organs

Family of Brayden Turnbill blocked from donating organs

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WISC-TV has learned the family of a 5-year-old alleged child abuse victim was blocked from donating his organs.

The Dane County District Attorney's Office confirms they filed a restraining order in the matter.

Dane County Medical Examiner's Director of Operations Barry Irmen said this is the first time in the state that this has happened, and that his office and the DA's office got a judge to block the organ donation to preserve evidence.

Five-year-old Brayden Turnbill died on Oct. 24 at UW Hospital after being taken from his home with head and chest injuries that investigators say were from child abuse.

Sheriff warns of string of thefts from vehicles

Sheriff warns of string of thefts from vehicles

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is alerting residents in the towns of Bristol and Sun Prairie of a recent string of thefts from vehicles.

Deputies have responded to 10 incidents between Oct. 21 and Monday, according to a release. In seven out of the 10 incidents, the thieves broke a window to gain entry.

Eight occurred in the town of Bristol, officials said. In most cases purses, wallets, electronics and cash were taken.

Officials are asking citizens in northeast Dane County to be aware of neighborhood activity, and report anything that appears suspicious.

Deputies suggest keeping vehicles locked inside a garage when possible. They also encourage residents to keep outdoor lighting on throughout the night to help deter thieves.

State not sharing details on involvement in child abuse case

State not sharing details on involvement in child abuse case

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The state is still offering no comments on how or if county child protective services departments may have been involved with a family before the death of a 5-year-old.

Family members have told WISC-TV that Child Protective Services may have been involved with the family of 5-year-old Brayden Turnbill in more than one county.

Turnbill was taken from the Sun Prairie home he was living in to a hospital a week ago with injuries from alleged child abuse, and he later died of those injuries. His mother's boyfriend is now the named suspect in the homicide by Sun Prairie police.

Van, money taken during armed home invasion, officials say

Van, money taken during armed home invasion, officials say

Sun Prairie police are asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle that was stolen during an armed home invasion Tuesday morning.

Police said three people entered a home on Eddington Drive around 10:50 a.m., displayed a handgun, and took an undisclosed amount of money from the residents that were home at the time.

The robbers left the home in a beige 2010 Toyota Sienna van with Wisconsin license plate P8888 that was also taken from the residents, according to a release. The man living in the home was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials ask anyone who sees the van to call 911 and not approach the vehicle as the people involved in the incident should be considered armed and dangerous.