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Mom, three daughters all work at Stoughton Hospital

Tracy Wurtzler jokes that visitors can’t “turn a corner at the hospital without running into one of us.”

That’s because the Stoughton Hospital surgical services manager is one of four people in her immediate family – along with her three daughters, Sheri, Erin and Stephanie Hillis – who work at the hospital.

Most employees at the hospital have become accustomed to the four family members all working there and don’t make much of it, said Sheri, 27, the last of the four to settle there... Read More

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Stoughton Fire Chief to retire

Stoughton Fire Chief Martin Lamers is retiring Feb. 1.

In a video on Stoughton’s official website, Lamers expressed his gratitude to his family and members of the department.

“You can’t do this by yourself, and it’s all of us working together that gets things done,” said Lamers.

Click here to see photos from Lamers’ retirement party.

Former teacher banned from social media in explicit Snapchat photo case

Former teacher banned from social media in explicit Snapchat photo case

A former teacher was banned from social media for two years after pleading guilty to sending nude pictures to students.

Brandon Amato got emotional in court Tuesday when the judge also sentenced him to six months in jail.

He sent illicit Snapchats to two Stoughton High School students last summer. Amato worked at Stoughton High School as a teacher and coach between 2013 and 2014.

Amato apologized during his hearing Tuesday.

"I can promise you, you will never come across a more remorseful person in your lives. I have had a lot of time to think about things I've done, and I take full responsibility for my actions," Amato said.

The judge is withholding the full sentence as long as Amato stays off social media and the Internet during a two-year probation.

2 Stoughton men involved in crash face heroin-related charges

Two Stoughton men face heroin-related charges after crashing into a taxi cab near Chazen Art Museum Monday night, Madison police said.

Madison police responded to reports of a three-vehicle crash in the 700 block of University Avenue around 5:10 p.m., according to a release.

A car, being driven by Kyle Moore, 22, of Stoughton, was stopped in traffic when a car behind Moore honked its horn, investigators said. Moore accelerated suddenly across lanes of traffic, sideswiped a vehicle, and went into the driveway of the Chazen Museum where the car hit a taxi cab.

The cab driver and passenger suffered minor injuries, police said. Moore was not injured in the crash, but he was unconscious when authorities arrived.

After crews revived Moore, they found drug paraphernalia in his vehicle, according to the release.

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Elvis at the Senior Center photos

The Stoughton Senior Center celebrated Elvis’ birthday this week with impersonator Alan Graveen and his “Strictly Elvis” show on Tuesday. With around 75 people in attendance, the show featured Graveen singing classic Elvis songs and getting the audience involved with his act. ... Read More

District has protocols for closing, delaying school

When you live in Wisconsin, it’s fair to expect cold, snowy spells that can make life difficult.

But when severe winter weather makes things downright dangerous, school districts tasked with the care of hundreds of children have the responsibility to keep them safe by making the right call on canceling or delaying schools. In Stoughton, those decisions are made in the early morning on the day school is scheduled, after consulting both with local weather reports and other area schools.

Last week, Stoughton joined many other school districts around the state in closing its doors, but others in the area, including Madison, did not. ... Read More

Judge rejects plea agreement in explicit Snapchat photo case

A judge rejected the plea agreement Friday in a case that accused a former Stoughton teacher with sending explicit images to students through a messaging app.

Brandon M. Amato, 24, of Madison, was in court at 10 a.m. on felony charges of exposing genitals to a child. Amato is accused of sending two Stoughton High School girls Snapchat images of his penis.

Amato was a temporary teacher and coached for the Stoughton Area School District for about 10 months, an SASD spokesman said. The alleged inappropriate images were sent after Amato left SASD employment. Amato was briefly working in the Oregon School District but was terminated after the inappropriate Snapchat allegations arose, the superintendent said.

On Friday, the Judge William Hanrahan rejected a deal in court and ordered another hearing Tuesday to approach a new plea deal.