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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.

Police ID man taken into custody during Sun Prairie incident

Police ID man taken into custody during Sun Prairie incident

Sun Prairie police said a 43-year-old suicidal man was detained after a short foot pursuit Wednesday night.

Police responded to a home in the 200 block of North Bristol Street at 12:10 p.m. to check the welfare of the man. Lt. Kevin Konopacki told News 3 they believe Douglas Crossen had a rifle and a handgun.

Crossen was taken to the police station to be evaluated by EMS after the incident ended around 6 p.m., officials said. He did not have any weapons on him when he came out of the house.

He was then arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and intoxicated use of a firearm.

Police searched the home for evidence and weapons Wednesday night.

Dane County dispatch said an automated call to residents in the area was sent out asking anyone within a six-block radius to stay away from their homes and away from the area.

9 arrested in domestic violence warrant sweep

9 arrested in domestic violence warrant sweep

A sweep for people with outstanding family violence warrants yielded nine arrests, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday's sweep was part of the 11th annual Family Violence Apprehension Detail spanning 20 states. Sixteen Dane County deputies worked in teams throughout the day making 94 attempts to locate those with outstanding warrants.

Deputies arrested the following people based on the warrants listed:


  • Obed Sargento-Cruz, 21, of Fitchburg, on suspicion of domestic disorderly conduct
  • Pedro Xelhua Meza, 32, of Fitchburg, on suspicion of contempt of court and non-support


Police: Simple steps can prevent thefts from vehicles

The Sun Prairie Police Department is asking residents to take a some extra precautions following a recent increase in vehicle break-ins in the last few weeks according to a release from police.

Police ask drivers to park in well lit areas when possible. They also said drivers should always lock vehicles and keeps the windows closed. The same goes for garage doors at hoom as well.

According to the release large problem is the theft of small items like phones or purses are often the targets of vehice break-ins. Police ask residents to reomove valuables from their cars or put them in the trunk and out of sight from thieves.

Sun Prairie man faces 5th OWI

Sun Prairie man faces 5th OWI

The Wisconsin State Patrol said they have charged a Sun Prairie man with his fifth charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence following a traffic stop in Columbia County Tuesday night.

The State Patrol said a trooper stopped Alex Jurovic, 27, for speeding on I-39/90/94 eastbound near mile marker 115 Tuesday just after 10 p.m.

The State Patrol said the trooper smelled intoxicants when he approached the car, and noticed open intoxicants when he got there.

The State Patrol said the driver failed field sobriety tests and was arrested.