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Chasing the Dream: Local Olympian inspires future generations of speedskaters

In 2002, Verona native Casey Fitzrandolph won a gold medal in the 500m in speedskating. He's the first man in Olympic history to skate under 36 seconds in that event. But now he's passing the torch onto the next generation of skaters at the Madison Speedskating Club.

One of those skaters is Joel Foster, who is a senior at Madison West -- and according to Fitzrandolph -- has the goods.

"He has the ability in my opinion to be -- I'll say Olympic level," he said. "You never know whether someone's going to make it or not but to compete with those guys, but you have to do it full time."

Fitzrandolph knows that sacrifice. His parents drove him to Milwaukee at least three times a week when he was a student at Verona High School.

"I truly believe that my talent was more along the lines of -- let's call it all-conference versus all-world and so I had to figure out a way to be successful -- given the tools that I was given. A lot of that's hard work, a lot of that's up here, wanting it more than anybody else," he said.

No doubt that Fitzrandolph sees a little bit of that in Joel, but knows it's going to take hard work.

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Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:39 am


Attempted murder suspect uncooperative, not allowed in court at hearing

A DeForest man accused of shooting his wife in the head was not allowed to appear in court at a hearing Tuesday because he was uncooperative, officials said.

Kory M. Brown, 53, is facing two counts of attempted homicide and one count of intimidating a victim in connection with a shooting that happenedFriday.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County court Tuesday, Brown shot his wife on the side of her head Friday in their DeForest home while she was in bed.

According to the complaint, the 49-year-old woman woke up to Brown yelling at her and he put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger. The woman had plans to leave Brown after three years of marriage and had told her attorney on Monday to file the divorce papers. She claimed Brown has become "jealous and angry."

Brown told police he shot her because he thought she was cheating on him and wanted to teach her a lesson. His wife claims she never cheated on Brown.

"I purposely pulled the trigger," Brown told authorities, according to court records.

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Brown didn't appear in court Tuesday for his initial hearing. His attorney, Luis Cueva, claimed he was unresponsive and combative. Cuevas requested the court commissioner to order a competency exam.

"It's my understanding he was less than cooperative and wasn't in a situation where it would necessarily be safe for the bailiffs to try to transport him here," Court Commissioner Brian Asmus said.

Asuma ordered Brown to go through a competency hearing before a judge can set bail.

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After the shooting, a neighbor found Brown's wife and had a confrontation with Brown, according to the complaint. Brown claimed he was going to kill his wife. The neighbor who drove the wife to the DeForest Fire Department said the woman had come out of the house, asking for help.

The neighbor claimed Brown ran after her, holding two guns, and said, "I am going to get her" or "I am going to kill her," according to the criminal complaint. According to court records, Brown pointed two guns at the neighbor and pulled the trigger twice, but the gun did not fire.

The neighbor drove the injured woman to the DeForest Public Safety Building for help. She was taken to the hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services received more than 19,000 calls on their help hotline in 2017, according to executive director Shannon Barry.

"One in four women and one in seven men will experience physical or sexual assault by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime," she said.

Abuse is not always physical. Jealousy, isolation, and mental abuse are all warning signs, according to Barry. She encourages victims and their friends and families members to find support services as soon as they first have concerns.

"It's six times more likely to be killed when trying to leave than any other time in the relationship," she said. "Trying to work with people as far upstream as possible can help them with the safety plan. Those tend to be the cases where people are more likely to be more successful in ending their relationship and have long-term safety"

Brown's competency hearing is scheduled for March 5.

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Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:35 am


Columbia County: Pay attention to freezing on flooded roads

While flooding concerns sweep across southern Wisconsin, officials in Columbia County are worried about what is to come next as wet roads freeze overnight.

Culverts in the county are flooded, leading to water rushing into the roads. That poses a problem for hydroplaning during the daytime.

Several roads in Columbia Co look like this - inches of rain covering the pavement, causing hydroplaning problems. This spot is along Goose Pond Rd outside Lodi. #news3 #wiwx pic.twitter.com/1UTjmAeNlt-- Leah Linscheid (@news3leah) February 20, 2018

"[Drivers] are used to driving on wet pavement, then they hit an inch or two of water, that car can lose control," said Highway Commissioner Chris Hardy.

Hardy adds the real issue will come once that water freezes.

"You can hit a lot of slippery spots on curves, low spots, shady areas, things like that," Hardy said. "We're trying to get signs and barricades out at night, so when everything freezes up, drivers can be aware of those problems."

Crews are warning drivers to take it slow and avoid cruise control as wet spots may turn to black ice overnight.

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Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:24 am


Flooding at Little Sugar River leaves Monticello underwater

Little Sugar River isn't so little anymore after extreme flooding in the Village of Monticello.

People in the area told News 3 that the water is getting into the basements of nearby businesses and homes.

M&M Cafe is right next door to the river and there is a 5-foot berm protecting the structure, but the water still gets in. The owner of the cafe is upset because there are 8 feet of water in the basement and climbing.

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Monticello Chief of Police Szvon Conway has worked in the area for nearly two decades and said the area has seen flooding before, but not like Tuesday's.

"If you are dealing with heavy flooding, evacuate your home. Many roads are covered in water. Please be safe and turn around," Conway said.

Officials say, if you do see flooding, reach out to the Green County Emergency Management at 608-328-9416, but if you are in danger call 911.

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Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:24 am


'Significant amount' of rainfall causes flooding issues across Rock County, officials say

A significant amount of rainfall mixed with recent snowfalls in the Janesville area is causing flooding issues across Rock County, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's deputies have responded to several reports of standing water, which can be hazardous to drivers, according to a news release.

Officials urge drivers not to drive through floodwaters or around barricades. Janesville city officials said police and fire crews have had to rescue several people stuck in high water.

"It only takes about a foot of water at about 5 miles an hour to move a car across the roadway," said Beloit Fire Chief Bradley Liggett. "So we need to be very careful and make sure folks aren't going through those flooded areas."

Major flooding on Ford Street, just off the interstate in #Beloit #news3 pic.twitter.com/jsYDfPzkD0-- Jenna Middaugh (@JennaMiddaugh) February 20, 2018

In Beloit, the city closed several roads and parks because of flooding. The Shell gas station on Ford Street, just off the interstate, was also closed because of high water.

"When water goes over the roadway, it may not seem like an issue, but it softens the ground under the road," Liggett said. "If you drive over it, then there could be some pretty severe damage to the roadway."

Sandbags are available at several Rock County locations:

Rock Town Hall: Sand and sandbags will be available at the Rock Town Hall at 5102 S CTH D, Afton WI. Residents will need to fill and transport their own bags. Newville Park and Ride: Sand and sandbags will be available at the Newville Park and Ride located off I-39/90 at Exit 163. Residents will need to fill and transport their own bags. City of Janesville: The City of Janesville is providing sandbags for Rock County residents at 900 N. Parker Drive. Please call the City Services Center at 608-755-3110 for instructions for pickup. City of Beloit: The City of Beloit is providing sandbags at 2351 Springbrook Court. Residents can pick up at this location

Officials ask anyone who sees hazardous conditions related to flooding to call the Rock County Communications Center at 608-757-2244.

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Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:23 am


Consumer Reports: So you got a drone - Now what?

You finally got that drone you've wanted - now that lightweight, affordable models are everywhere. But you still have so many questions, like what are the laws and regulations?

For a long time, drones were used mostly by professional photographers and flying enthusiasts. But lower priced, user-friendly models are flooding the market, allowing consumers to get in on the action. That sales growth has raised safety concerns as more drones take to the skies. Consumer Reports says if you're planning to buy a drone, it's important to learn the rules.

You don't need a license to fly a drone as long as you're flying for fun and you're not being paid to do it. But, you do have to register a drone if it weighs more than a half pound and less than 55 lbs. You need to go the FAA's website and register there. It only takes a few minutes to do it, it costs $5 and it's good for 3 years.

When it comes to where you can fly the drone there are a few clear cut restrictions. You can't fly it higher than 400 feet and it must be in your line of sight at all times. The FAA insists that you stay away from prisons, power plants, government buildings and military bases, airports, stadiums and national parks.

Consumer Reports recommends starting with an inexpensive toy drone before investing in a more expensive one. The outdoor drone that tops its first-ever drone ratings is DJI's 900-dollar Mavic Pro. It's top-rated lightweight selfie drone is the 400-dollar DJI Spark.

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Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:19 am


Waterloo School District cancels all classes, activities due to threat investigation

The Waterloo School District has canceled classes for Wednesday following a threatening post that was circulating on a student's social media account.

School officials launched an investigation into the post and have taken one person into custody, according to district administrator Brian C. Henning.

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Officials with the school district say many of the details of the threat remain unknown, and because the investigation is ongoing, law enforcement has recommended that the Waterloo School District close.

All classes, after-school conferences and activities, are canceled.

Parents, students and community members are encouraged to contact the Waterloo Police Department with any information that could help in the investigation.

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Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:17 am


Man detained after potentially explosive chemicals found in an apartment

A person of interest has been detained after a suspicious smell led investigators to chemicals that could be explosive in a man's apartment on Madison's west side, according to multiple law enforcement officers.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office, Madison Police Department and Madison Fire Department hosted a joint press conference Tuesday night to announce that while the situation on the 7400 block of Timber Lake Trail is contained, the investigation is ongoing.

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Madison fire officials were called to the apartment around 10:30 a.m. for concern about an odor of chemicals. What they found was what Madison Police Chief Mike Koval described as looking as "the morning after a college party."

Koval said the chemicals found in the apartment were concluded by experts to be highly flammable, but that law enforcement officers have "not settled on one theory or motive," listing drugs and other possibilities for why the chemicals could have been there.

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There is only one person who lives in the apartment, a 30-year-old white man, who has been detained. Officials from multiple departments are working to obtain a search warrant for the home.

"There was enough sophistication with the mechanical parts and numerous chemicals and other unknown substances. There may have been some suggestion it had all of the potential flammable or combustible or something that could be converted to a bomb," Koval said.

About 25 households have been evacuated as a result of the discovery. Officials said police, fire, military and national law enforcement -- including ATF and FBI -- are assisting in the investigation.

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News 3 has obtained a communication a resident says was sent from property managers to residents of the apartment complex. The message says management was told by law enforcement officials that "during their inspection they came across a situation of concern and have notified us that until they can determine exactly what it is and deem it safe they cannot allow anyone to enter the building."

The message also tells residents to "consider alternate housing for the night" and lists local hotels.

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Published on 21 February 2018 | 4:42 am


Fire officials help secure floating propane tanks in Milton

Milton firefighters helped secure more than 200 propane tanks Tuesday after flooding caused some of them to begin to float away, according to fire officials.

Deputy Chief Jeremy Parker told News 3 there was flooding in a low-lying area at Milton Propane on East Vincent Street and propane tanks stored in the area began floating away.

Fire officials from Milton and Janesville assisted in rescue boats securing more than a couple hundred propane tanks of various sizes, according to Parker.

A satellite image of the area shows the propane tanks housed in an area of County Highway Y in Milton.

An employee with Milton Propane told News 3 the general manager was still on scene Tuesday night and was not available for comment.

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Parker said the water had not yet subsided but had not reached buildings on the property.

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Published on 21 February 2018 | 4:23 am


Ex-Milwaukee officer sentenced to 3 years for sex crimes

A former Milwaukee police officer who was acquitted last year in a fatal shooting that sparked two nights of riots will serve three years in prison for unrelated sex crimes.

Twenty-six-year-old Dominique Heaggan-Brown was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty last month to three counts of soliciting prostitution and two counts of obtaining someone's image without their consent. He also pleaded no contest to false imprisonment.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the judge also ordered Heaggan-Brown to serve three years of extended supervision after serving his prison sentence.

Under a plea deal, prosecutors dropped the most serious charges of second-degree sexual assault.

In June, a jury acquitted Heaggan-Brown for killing 23-year-old Sylville Smith after a brief foot chase on Aug. 13, 2016.

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Published on 20 February 2018 | 11:59 pm


DOT: Highway 69 south of Verona shut down due to flooding

Highway 69 south of Verona is closed due to flooding, according to the Verona Police Department.

The highway is closed between County Road PB and Highway 151, according to the DOT.
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The highway is almost entirely covered in water and drivers of smaller cars are having to turn around.

There is also serious flooding in Rock County and other counties throughout Wisconsin. Multiple counties are providing free sand bags.

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Published on 20 February 2018 | 10:46 pm


LIST: Sandbags available in multiple areas where flooding continues

Free sand is available in multiple southern Wisconsin areas affected by flooding this week.

COLUMBIA COUNTY

Sandbags and sand will be available to the public at the Columbia County Highway Shop at 338 West Old Highway 16, Wyocena, (southeast side of highway shop building in the parking lot). You will need to bring your own equipment to fill bags and a truck or trailer to haul them. People in need of assistance should contact the Columbia County Sheriff's Office dispatch at 608-742-4166, extension 1.

FITCHBURG

Fitchburg residents and business owners can obtain free sand and sandbags at the public works recycling center at 2373 S. Fish Hatchery Road. Shovels, sand and bags will be provided, but residents are required to fill and transport their own bags.

ROCK COUNTY

Sand and sandbags are available for Rock County residents at the following locations:

Rock Town Hall: Rock County will Sand and sandbags will be available at the Rock Town Hall at 5102 S County Road D, Afton. Residents will need to fill and transport their own bags. Newville Park and Ride: Sand and sandbags will be available at the Newville Park and Ride located off I-39/90 at exit 163. Residents will need to fill and transport their own bags. City of Janesville: The City of Janesville is providing sandbags for Rock County residents at 900 N. Parker Drive. Please call the City Services Center at 608-755-3110 for instructions for pickup. City of Beloit: The City of Beloit is providing sandbags at 2351 Springbrook Court. Residents can pick up at this location.

Please report any immediate, hazardous conditions related to the flooding to Rock County Communications at 608-757-2244. All other concerns related to the current flood situation should be reported to the respective townships or through the Rock County Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management Bureau at 608-758-8440.

SAUK COUNTY

Free sand and bags are available at the West Baraboo garage at 614 Highway 136. You will need to fill the bags, officials said.

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Published on 20 February 2018 | 10:36 pm


Supreme Court asked to review 'Making a Murderer' confession

Lawyers for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision that held his confession was voluntary.

Brendan Dassey's legal team on Tuesday petitioned the nation's highest court to hear their appeal, saying the case raises crucial issues that extend far beyond Dassey's case alone and that long have divided state and federal courts.

Dassey's lawyers claims investigators took advantage of his youth and learning disabilities to coerce him into confessing that he helped his uncle rape and kill photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. He was 16 at the time.

A federal court in Wisconsin overturned Dassey's conviction in 2016, but a divided appeals court in December reversed the lower court's decision to grant him a new trial.

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Published on 20 February 2018 | 10:03 pm


MPD: Man accused of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise arrested

The man accused of stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise from Burnie's Rock Shop was arrested Tuesday afternoon, police officials said.

Richard A. Lynch, 53, was already in custody for a parole violation and now faces tentative charges of burglary, possession of burglarious tools and felony theft, according to a release from the Madison Police Department.

Officials are still working to recover the stolen merchandise. They ask that anyone with information contact the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Police responded to Burnie's Rock Shop, in the 900 block of East Johnson Street, around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 28.

Officers found the front window and a display case smashed. A blood trail leaving the business was also discovered, police said.

Officials report tens of thousands of dollars of merchandise was stolen from the shop.

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Published on 20 February 2018 | 8:47 pm


Teen reported missing from Palmyra

A 16-year-old Palmyra girl was reported missing this week from Jefferson County, according to police.

Public safety officials in Palmyra posted a missing person alert Wednesday for Aubrey Ann Mueller. She was last seen at a residence in Palmyra Monday and was listed as missing and endangered.

Anyone with information about her location is asked to contact Palmyra police at 262-495-4200.

It is unknown who she may be traveling with, where she may be headed or if she's in a vehicle, officials said.

Aubrey sometimes uses the last name of Terland, police said.

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Published on 20 February 2018 | 8:00 pm








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