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Suspicious package found near Prairie Phoenix Academy

Suspicious package found near Prairie Phoenix Academy

A suspicious package that turned out not to be an explosive device was found about 10 a.m. on Monday at the Prairie Phoenix Academy in Sun Prairie.

Sun Prairie police said the package was found in a parking lot near the Prairie Phoenix Academy at 160 South St. 

The Dane County Bomb Squad was notified. They said the package was safe, but not before the Prairie Phoenix Academy was placed in lockdown and Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School restricted students from going outside.

There were no injuries to school staff, students or responders, police said.

The incident remains under investigation by the Sun Prairie Police Department, officials said.

Sun Prairie Man Faces 5th Drunken Driving Charge

Sun Prairie Man Faces 5th Drunken Driving Charge

A 30-year-old Sun Prairie man faces his fifth drunken driving charge after he was pulled over early Saturday morning just south of the city.

Dane County Sheriff’s officials said David W. Killerlain was spotted speeding on Highway N at about 1:35 a.m.

Killerlain was pulled over, and he faces a felony charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, officials said.

He is currently being held in the Dane County Jail.

Fraudulent Inspector Targets Home Near Town Of Bristol

Fraudulent Inspector Targets Home Near Town Of Bristol

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office has cautioned citizens after a recent fraud complaint in the town of Bristol in which a man claimed to be a lightning-rod cable inspector.

The man, identifiied as Aaron A. Miller, of Arena, came to the front door of an elderly couple's home on March 29. During his "inspection," he replaced about 12 feet of cable on a cattle shed. At no time during this process did the man talk to the homeowner about performing work for pay, authorities said. After he replaced the cable, he then informed the homeowner that there would be a charge of $1,755 for the work. 

Authorities said these types of scams are commonly reported to law enforcement in the spring and fall. These are often referred to as gypsy or traveler scams, because the perpetrators are generally not from the area. The scam artists prey on unsuspecting homeowners, often times the elderly, then leave the area before they are detected by law enforcement.

Sun Prairie Police Investigate Rash Of Car Vandalism

Sun Prairie Police Investigate Rash Of Car Vandalism

The Sun Prairie Police Department is currently investigating a series of vandalism to automobiles parked in and around the Park Circle Neighborhood on the city’s near west side. 

The vandalism involved eight different vehicles and the estimated total damage amount is $6,000, police said.

The police department is interested in any information that citizens might have concerning the vandalism. Individuals that provide information leading to arrests may be eligible for a cash reward. 

People with information concerning the vandalism can call the Sun Prairie Police Department’s non-emergency line at 608-837-7336.

Police Seek Help In Locating Armed Robbery Suspect

Police Seek Help In Locating Armed Robbery Suspect

The Madison Police Department is seeking help in locating one of three men connected to an armed robbery at an O'Brien Court home on Feb. 20.

Police said there were warrants out for the arrests of Ebher E. Ruiz (right), 20, of Madison and Derrick D Shelton (left), 20.

A third suspect, Evander O. Bass, 20, of Sun Prairie, was located and arrested on armed robbery charges, police said. Ruiz was located and arrested on armed robbery charges on Thursday, police said.

The detective working the case said the incident might have been gang-related.

Shelton should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts are asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Sun Prairie Woman Pleads Guilty To Filing False Tax Return

A Sun Prairie woman pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to filling a false tax return.

Cheryl A. McNamee, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to willfully filing a 2009 tax return in which she falsely omitted $94,867 of income.

During the plea hearing, McNamee admitted that she had written 56 unauthorized checks to herself -- totaling $94,867 -- from her employer, Hexagon Title in Sun Prairie.

McNamee also agreed that her total unreported income between 2002 and 2009 was $595,473.

In her plea agreement, McNamee agreed to pay restitution of $469,413 to the owners of Hexagon Title and an additional $126,060 to First American Title Company.

McNamee will be sentenced on April 18. She faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison.

The charges followed an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division and the FBI.

DeForest Man Faces 6th OWI Charge

DeForest Man Faces 6th OWI Charge

A DeForest man faces his sixth drunken driving charge after being pulled over in the town of Bristol Tuesday night, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities said Ronald L. Jensen, 53, was speeding on Highway V at the intersection of Highway C in the town of Bristol. They said field sobriety tests were given during the traffic stop. 

Jensen was taken to the Dane County Jail and booked on a felony OWI charge and a probation hold, authorities said. They said he was also cited for speeding.