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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.

Lemonade stand raises money for charity meal

A lemonade stand in Sun Prairie raises money for Sunshine Supper.

96 employees to lose jobs when Sentry Foods closes in fall

Nearly 100 people will be out of work when a local grocery store closes its doors later this year.

Conrads Sentry Foods said 96 employees will lose their jobs when the store closes this fall.

In a letter addressed to Mayor John Murray, Conrads Sentry president Penny Pederson said the company expects to begin eliminating positions on Sept. 10.

The layoffs will continue in phases until the store's closing about four weeks later, Pederson wrote.

According to the letter, none of the store employees are in a union. Five of the employees losing their jobs are salaried positions and the remainder are hourly, Pederson said.

In a statement, the Department of Workforce Development said it will work with the business and employees with assistance in the transition.

Conrads Sentry is at 1052 W. Main St. in Sun Prairie.

Token Creek July 4th celebration brings back Hiney Run, parade

The annual Fourth of July celebration in Token Creek will include a parade, the Hiney Run, food, a bike decoration contest and more.

Token Creek Lion's Club, which organizes the event, said the 2013 theme is "A Salute to Service."

See a rundown of events for the celebration as well as start times and details through the Token Creek
Independence Day 2013 website at www.tokencreeklions.org/4july/eventschedule.htm.

Sunshine Suppers in Sun Prairie

Sunshine Supper at Sunshine Place in Sun Prairie gives people a place to go for food and fellowship on Monday nights.




Sun Prairie Police Department launches enhanced tip program

Sun Prairie Police Department is launching a new internet tool to enhance its anonymous tip program.

The program, called tip411, is an interactive way for people to anonymously text tips to police, who will be able to respond back.

A Sun Prairie Police Department statement said the goal is to give cell phone users an efficient way to anonymously send in tips. Anyone with a cell phone can now send a tip by texting the word “SunPrairie” and the tip information to the number 847411.

A national version of the program is currently used by more than 1,000 communities, according to the statement.

Tip411 will be reserved only for public safety purposes. 

Retail theft, damaged property top city's reported crime in 2012

Sun Prairie crime data presented at dinner    

The most common crime incident in Sun Prairie last year was retail theft, according to numbers released at a Crime Prevention Dinner held at the Cannery Grill Feb. 20.

During a dinner and gathering focused on local law enforcement efforts and crime prevention, Sun Prairie Police Officer Ben Pluim provided crime data for the last year.

The Sun Prairie Star reported that according to numbers provided at the meeting, in 2012 the Sun Prairie PD handled:

  • 323 retail theft incidents
  • 80 damaged property incidents
  • 76 theft incidents
  • 42 fraud incidents
  • 21 trespass ban incidents
  • 7 burglary incidents
  • 3 robbery incidents

Pluim also provided information about rising crimes: