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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:

Wheaties champ meets fans at Sun Prairie store

Wheaties champ meets fans at Sun Prairie store

An Olympic gold medalist signed autographs at a local grocery store after the store won a national contest through Wheaties, the General Mills brand.

Cereal box cover model and volleyball Olympian Misty May-Treanor was at the Woodman’s in Sun Prairie Feb. 7 to sign autographs and meet with fans.

2 SPPD officers promoted to sergeant

2 SPPD officers promoted to sergeant

Commendable work on force, community involvement cited for advancement    

Sun Prairie Police Department official said two officers will be promoted to sergeant this year.

Sun Prairie Police Lt. Brian Teasdale said officers Raymond Thomson and Ryan Cox were recommended for promotion by Chief Patrick Anhalt.

The Sun Prairie Police and Fire Commission approved the appointment on Jan. 13, according to a news release.

Teasdale said officers in consideration for a promotion go through an extensive process including internal interviewing and examination of their work on the force.

“We take into consideration … work ethic and drive [and] sort of a review of their career with us up to this point,” Teasdale said. “We take into account all of their extra-curricular activities, anything they do to benefit our community and our agency.”

Sun Prairie stylists lauded for service at hospice

Cosmetologists donate time to Agrace patients in Fitchburg 

Five Cost Cutters hair salon stylists were recently honored for their volunteer service at The Ellen and Peter Johnson Agrace HospiceCare Residence in Fitchburg.

Stylists included Ashton Newell, a stylist at  Cost Cutters in Sun Prairie; and Angela Aymond, Jennifer Vivian, Mary Paffel, Sarah Uhen, representing the Cost Cutters salon on University Avenue in Madison.

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Sun Prairie man shares what it’s like to be Santa

More than meets the eye to be the jolly guy; holiday helper provides a peek

Being Santa

Disclaimer: To preserve the Christmas magic, we recommend small children do not watch this story.

Ask 7-year-old Trey Hernandez what he wants for Christmas this year and he’ll say a skateboard. Neveah Stanford, age 6, wants an American Girl doll. Seven-year-old Blare Woods and his sister Tessah, 4, want jet packs. But these children are going above their parents, to the ultimate Christmas wish-giver: Santa.

“Santa” Glenn Unzicker, from Sun Prairie, Wis., has been playing the role since 2001. He was initially approached during his family vacation by a hotel employee asking if he would be willing to play Santa. Unzicker initially declined, but later changed his mind.

In 2003, Unzicker graduated from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich. There he learned how to care for his hair and beard, how to sit a child on Santa’s knee, and how to talk with older and younger children, as well as those with special needs.