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'A Fierce Green Fire' to be shown at library's Green Thursday

'A Fierce Green Fire' to be shown at library's Green Thursday

The next film to be shown as part of the city's Green Thursdays will be a documentary about the history of the environmental movement. 

Fitchburg Green Thursday Film will show "A Fierce Green Fire" on March 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Fitchburg Public Library in Room A/B.

Not to be confused with the film about Aldo Leopold called "Green Fire," the documentary "A Fierce Green Fire" offers a look back covering environmentalism from conservation to climate change and explores how disparate environmental issues built into the largest and perhaps most crucial movement the world has ever seen, according to the Green Thursday group.

Organizers said a discussion and refreshments will follow the showing.

Visit afiercegreenfire.com for more on the documentary. 

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2-month-old dies; Boyfriend of mother arrested

A 24-year-old man is suspected in the death of a 2-month-old in Fitchburg.

Fitchburg police were called to the 3600 block of Breckenridge Court Monday for a report of an unresponsive 2-month-old. The infant was breathing when first responders arrived, but later died at a hospital.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday, but officials said they could not disclose the nature of the infant's injuries.

“It was after the child had been pronounced dead that there was additional evaluation done by medical personnel, which indicated the death may have been due to a criminal act,” Fitchburg police Lt. Chad Brecklin said.

Corey L. Holly, 24, of Fitchburg, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree reckless homicide. Police said Holly is the boyfriend of the infant’s mother and lived with both of them.

Brecklin said Holly is not the child's father.

School district to hold open door sessions in March

The Verona Area School District will offer six sessions open to the public at the district administration building and other public locales throughout March to offer information an a ballot referendum question ahead of the April 7 election... Read More

Fitchburg day care reopens after smoking furnace prompts evacuation

A Fitchburg day care reopened Tuesday after a smoking furnace prompted the evacuation of 70 children and adults Monday morning.

One person was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after officials received a report of a furnace on fire at the La Petite Academy at 5574 Lacy Road around 11:06 a.m.

Firefighters said there was smoke coming from a faulty furnace when they arrived. There was no active fire.

A maintenance person on-scene was transported to a hospital to be treated for exposure to the chemicals from a fire extinguisher, according to a release. The maintenance worker was treated and released Monday.

Madison Metro was asked to bring buses to the scene to help keep the kids warm. The children were taken to a nearby library, where they were picked up by their guardians.

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1 taken to hospital after furnace problem at child care center

One person was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after a report of a fire at a Fitchburg child care center Monday morning.

Firefighters were called to La Petite Academy at 5574 Lacy Road at about 11:06 a.m. for a report of a furnace on fire, according to Dane County dispatch.

Firefighters said there was smoke coming from a faulty furnace when they arrived. There was no active fire.

A maintenance person on-scene was transported to a hospital for smoke inhalation, according to a statement from the city.

Madison Metro was asked to bring buses to the scene to help keep the kids warm. The children were taken to a nearby library where they were picked up by their guardians.

There were about 70 children at the center.

It is not clear when the center will reopen.

The Verona Fire Department, town of Madison Fire Department, FitchRona EMS and Madison Metro assisted at the scene.

Steele to plead not guilty by reason of mental disease in double homicide

Court records indicate a former Dane County sheriff?s deputy will plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in a double homicide last August.

Andrew Steele was charged in August in the deaths of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol, who were shot in the Steeles' Fitchburg home on Aug. 22. Steele was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and pleaded not guilty to the crimes in September.

During a court hearing in November, Steele appeared in court in a wheelchair. Steele was diagnosed with ALS the summer before the crimes. His family had been trying to raise money for his medical care at the time of the killings.

According to court documents filed Wednesday, Steele?s ALS progression has affected the emotional response center of his brain, which can cause poor impulse control and loss of memory.

Arnold wins primary, Pfaff 2nd; 2 will face off in April election

District 4 Ald. Steve Arnold won the city's primary election with a total of 1,257 votes over incumbent Mayor Shawn Pfaff, who garnered 982. 

Another candidate, Janell Rice, received 373 votes and former Mayor Jay Allen received only 164 votes.  

Arnold and Pfaff will face off in the general election on April 7... Read More