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Man used machete during attack, police say

Middleton police are investigating a Sunday attack involving a machete, according to a release.

Officers were called to the 6300 block of Pheasant Lane at 5:44 p.m. for a report of a physical disturbance.

Police said Brandon C. Green, 27, of Stoughton, forced his way into the apartment, confronted and beat a woman and other people inside the apartment. One of the people was knocked out.

During the disturbance, Green armed himself with a machete, police said.

Those involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Green was arrested on suspicion of burglary, disorderly conduct while armed, battery, damage to property and substantial battery.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call or text Middleton police at 608-824-7300.

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TIF creation put on hold

The Common Council last week unanimously decided to table a developer’s request that city staff begin working to create a tax-increment financing district for Kettle Park West.

The council followed Mayor Donna Olson’s suggestion to hold off on creating a KPW project plan and TIF district until more progress has been made on the required economic impact analysis... Read More

Nonprofit fills low-income transportation need

Social service nonprofit organization Stoughton United Ministries has been gaining momentum since 2012 with its growing transportation services.

SUM's two main functions are focusing on low-income transportation and helping families who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness, according to the Stoughton Courier Hub.

The Affordable Transport Program transports Stoughton Area School District residents from Stoughton to Madison for health appointments and job interviews or to a local food pantry, and the Pathways program connects people in need with a social worker... Read More

Fair, music festival offer variety of weekend entertainment

Fair, music festival offer variety of weekend entertainment

Two local events will offer area entertainment beginning Thursday with a carnival and free music through the weekend.

The Stoughton Fair at Mandt Park will open the carnival from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday. The fair will have various activities through Sunday including two fireworks shows. The fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Friday are sponsored by Stoughton businesses and a second round of fireworks sponsored by the fair itself will take place at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Other events at the fair at Mandt Park include tractor pulls at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, horse pull a 2 p.m. Saturday and pig wrestling at 7:30 p.m Saturday. Various music acts will perform at the iV Mandt Center Thursday, Friday and Saturday from about 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Less than a mile away at the Stoughton Opera House, another festival begins Thursday and continues daily through Sunday.

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Festival features live music, raises money for opera house

The 2014 Catfish River Music Festival will be held July 3-6 featuring free live music at the Rotary Park gazebo, according to a release.

The event will also feature ticketed headliner performances from Gillian Welch, Greg Brown and Iris DeMent in the Opera House, organizers said. Food vendors will be open at the festival.

There will also be artists, merchants and local nonprofit organizations at the event, according to the release. Non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine will be for sale to raise money for the Stoughton Opera House.

The festival will be held at the Stoughton Opera House at 381 East Main Street.

Relay For Life hits $100K mark, still fundraising

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Officials to host meeting on sex offender's release

Authorities will host a meeting Thursday to notify the community that a convicted sex offender is scheduled to live in the area. 

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said citizens from the town of Dunkirk and the city of Stoughton are encouraged to attend the meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Stoughton Fire Department Training Room, 401 E. Main St. in Stoughton.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said a team will provide information about 50-year-old Alfred Riley, who is scheduled to be released in the area. During the meeting Thursday evening, officials plan to share a photo of Riley.