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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."

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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

Syttende Mai celebration to highlight Norwegian music, parades

The Syttende Mai celebration takes place Friday through through Sunday in Stoughton, offering a variety of Norwegian events.

According to Stoughton's website, activities include a Festival Tent and various parades and music. Saturday will also feature a 17-mile walk, and a 10- and 20-mile run.

Syttende Mai brochures, buttons and coins can be found at the Stoughton Chamber and many area businesses.

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Bruesewitz back from Europe for summer

Former Badger Mike Bruesewitz has had quite a basketball journey since his Wisconsin career.

Bruesewitz has played professionally in Israel, Slovenia and Malta, and won his first championship as a professional recently in Malta.

"I've lived in three very different countries - three different cultures," Bruesewitz said. "I've learned a ton about myself as well as about the world a little bit, I feel. It's been an amazing ride.. Basketball's brought me around the world - it's been a really nice study abroad program that I'm really, really enjoying."

Bruesewitz is back in the Midwest for the summer now and will be leading four youth camps in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

He wants to apply what he's learned in his experiences to keep the game fun.

Woman injured in accidental shooting

A 22-year-old woman was injured Wednesday in an accidental shooting in Stoughton, according to a release from Stoughton police.

Police were called to 111 Chalet Drive at 12:33 a.m. on a report of a person with a gunshot wound, and found that the woman had been shot in both arms.

The woman was taken to Stoughton Hospital and was later flown to a Madison hospital.
Police said the incident was not random and there is no danger to the public.

Complaint: Teen told police he felt 'pure rage' stabbing former prom date's dad

A 17-year-old has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing in Stoughton over a canceled prom date, a court document filed this week alleged.

Tyler J. Bexson, of Madison, was charged Wednesday with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless injury, both felonies, in a violent attack against a Stoughton father on April 30.

Police responded to a report of a disturbance at a home on the 600 block of North Page Street in Stoughton at 1:06 a.m. on April 30.

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday said the resident of the home, Matthew Mclimans heard someone outside and headed to the back yard armed with a bat. Mclimans told police he found Bexson outside the home and asked him why he was at the house so late and Bexson said, "I came to see you die."