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Portion of Marsh Road to be closed through July

Crews will be closing a portion of Marsh Road Monday for resurfacing, according to a release.

Speedway Sand and Gravel will be closing Marsh Road between Siggelkow and Voges roads, officials said.

Traffic will not be allowed through during the closure, but local vehicle access to residences, businesses, the McFarland Community Ice Arena and William McFarland Park will be maintained at all times, according to the release.

The closure is expected to last through Aug. 8, officials said.

Metro bus route 31 will be detoured during the construction.

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Woman pulls in front of van, faces drunken driving charges

A Stoughton woman faces drunken driving charges after not yielding to another vehicle when turning onto Highway 51 Tuesday morning, Dane County sheriff’s officials said.

Dane County sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-car crash at Highway 51 and Charles Lane in the town of Dunn just after 7:30 a.m., according to a release.

Syracuse J. Coughlin, 46, of Stoughton, was on Charles Lane and turning north on Highway 51, but did not yield to a Dodge Caravan going south, officials said.

Coughlin’s Mercury Grand Marquis was hit by the van, being driven by Richard L. Kotlowski, 51, of McFarland, according to the release. Both drivers suffered minor injuries.

Coughlin faces tentative charges of operating while intoxicated causing injury, failure to yield from a stop sign and not having insurance.

Highway 51 was closed in both directions for about an hour during the investigation.

County offers free life jackets through ‘Kids Don’t Float’ program

Dane County sheriff’s officials are reminding boaters of their personal flotation device loaner station in the wake of the recent drowning on Lake Mendota.

Dane County’s “Kids Don’t Float” program features a loaner station at the Babcock County Park boat launch in McFarland, according to a release. The program is a partnership between Dane County and the Department of Natural Resources.

The program allows anyone who may need a life jacket to borrow one at no cost, thanks to funding from the DNR, officials said. Babcock boat launch was chosen because it’s one of the busiest boat launches in the Madison chain of lakes.

The loaner station has life jackets and throwable PFDs for adults and children, according to the release. There is no charge, but officials ask users to hang the life jackets on the hooks at the station when they leave.

Sheriff: Truck crashes into tree after underage drinking party

A 20-year-old Edgerton man faces a drunken driving charge for crashing his truck after an underage drinking party in Edgerton Thursday night, Dane County sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies responded to reports of a truck vs. tree crash on Jacobus Road in the town of Albion around 12:45 a.m., but when they arrived, no one was in or near the vehicle, officials said.

Investigators said the crash happened after an underage drinking party at a house on Blaine Street.

Daniel P. Fern, the driver, was arrested early Friday morning on a tentative charge of causing injury by operating while intoxicated, according to the release. He was also booked on a felony probation and parole warrant.

A passenger in the truck, Tayler R. Hinchley, 19, suffered minor injuries in the crash and was treated and released from the Edgerton hospital, officials said. She was cited for underage alcohol consumption.

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Treasurer accused of stealing $86K from Stoughton wrestling club

A Stoughton athletic club treasurer bilked the group and a Stoughton resident of about $356,000, according to a release.

The Stoughton Police Department said 49-year-old Deana R. Braaten, of rural Stoughton, embezzled from the Stoughton Viking Wrestling Club from 2009 through 2015. Stoughton police said Braaten was arrested Thursday after a two-month-long investigation and the execution of numerous search warrants, Braaten depleted the club's financial accounts.

Stoughton Viking Wrestling Club president Scott Model said the club's priority is staying focused on providing for kids.

"We're trying to ensure the tradition of the club continues," Model said. "And part of that moving forward includes focusing on future fundraisers to make sure we continue to take care of our kids as we always have."

Stoughton man faces 7th OWI charge

Janesville Police said a Stoughton man faces his seventh charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicate after he was pulled over early Friday morning.

The incident happened near the corner of North Wright Road and Randolph Road just after 2:30 a.m. Friday.

According to police, Jonathan Seeliger, 35, was driving on North Wright Road when an officer observed him running into the bike lane. He also noticed that Seeliger’s car had expired registration tags.

Police said the officer pulled Seeliger over and he showed signs of impairment. Police said Seeliger admitted to using marijuana earlier in the day, and marijuana was also found in his possession.

Police arrested Seeliger and took him to Mercy Hospital in Janesville for a blood draw, before taking him to the Rock County Jail.

Memoir explores community through Northwoods experience

Longtime Stoughton residents Steve Fortney and Richard Fendrick are the respective author and illustrator of "The Cabin A North Woods Memoir," which was published in March.

Fortney’s latest book centers on the relationship of four local men and the community they created over more than 40 years, some 350 miles north of their Stoughton home... Read More