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Fitchburg company makes latest 'Weird Al' video

A Fitchburg company created the latest music video release from "Weird Al" Yankovic.

A release from TruScribe said Yankovic contacted the company in July 2013 about producing "Mission Statement" and met with an artist and producer who worked closely with Yankovic to concept and storyboard the video.


Monday's video release is part of a series of music video released to promote Yankovic's recently released album Mandatory Fun. As described by the release, the video "takes a humorous jab at clich�d language and expressions often used by businesses and corporations in their messaging?think words like 'next generation,' 'paradigm shift,' and 'synergy.'"

TruScribe released it's first video in 2011 and employs 18 people full time.

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Elderly man missing 3 days found safe, official says

An elderly Fitchburg man who was missing for three days was found safe Saturday, an official said.

The Fitchburg Police Department said Saturday afternoon that 82-year-old Guillermo "Gill" DeVenecia was found at about 1 p.m. by volunteer searchers.

Police said DeVenecia was found standing in a bean field near Whalen and Mutchler roads in Fitchburg. He was responsive but dehydrated and was reunited with family.

"It is unclear how DeVenecia ended up in the field or if he had been continuing to walk in the area since going missing," police wrote in an alert Saturday.

Police said Wednesday that DeVenecia had last been seen at 2 p.m. on the 2100 block of Heywood Circle in Fitchburg. Authorities and volunteers searched for multiple days to locate the man, who suffers from dementia and it was believed he'd wandered away from home.

Search for missing Fitchburg man continues Friday

The search continues for a missing elderly Fitchburg man, who has not been seen since Wednesday.

Police said 82-year-old Guillermo DeVenecia left his home off Heywood Circle about 2 p.m.

Heywood Circle is not far from the intersection of Fish Hatchery and Whalen roads. That's where Fitchburg police and volunteers have focused their search efforts.

Thirty volunteers searched for Gill Friday along with Madison Police Department's mounted patrols. The family said the search effort is what's keeping them going.

"Staying active and doing this stuff keeps our minds off of what might be happening," Guillermo's son, Kurt DeVenecia, said.

The 82-year-old was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. The family, which is in the process of moving homes, is now searching the 15-mile radius between the two homes for clues.

Police: Gunfire exchanged in Fitchburg disturbance, man shot in foot

Police said a man suffered a foot injury after numerous calls of shots fired in Fitchburg on Friday afternoon.

Police from Fitchburg and Madison were called to the 2600 block of Post Road at about 1:40 p.m.

The Fitchburg Police Department said responding officers stopped a vehicle leaving the scene with a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his foot inside.

Two other men in the vehicle were detained for questioning, police said.

The man with the injured foot was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report.

Police said two groups of men were fighting and both sides fired shots during the disturbance, then fled in opposite directions.

Multiple shell casings from different caliber handguns were found at the scene, the report said.

Police asked anyone with information regarding the incident to call 608-270-4300.


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Fitchburg police look for missing 82-year-old

The Fitchburg Police Department is asking for the public?s help in finding a missing and endangered 82-year-old, according to an alert.

Guillermo B. DeVenecia was last seen around 2 p.m. on Wednesday at his home on Heywood Circle, officials said. DeVenecia suffers from dementia, is hard of hearing and is believed to have wandered away from his home.

DeVenecia is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 148 pounds and has gray hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants, a blue or brown shirt and leather sandals. He also goes by the name, Gill.

Police ask anyone with information on DeVenecia?s whereabouts to contact the Fitchburg Police Department at 608-270-4300.

Verona Road traffic shifts

Verona Road traffic shifts

Whether drivers are fine with construction or cannot wait for it to end, traffic on Verona Road is shifting Wednesday into Thursday, entering the project?s next phase of construction.

It takes Amanda Hippensteel longer to drive from her apartment to the Beltline than it does to walk.

?The biggest problem is how backed up the construction is making traffic. It takes 20 minutes to go two blocks, usually if you're coming at rush hour,? Hippensteel said.

Atlas Rogers is training to be a bus driver and rides the stretch of road under construction every day, and he?s impressed with the progress.

?It has not really been that bad over here, you know, it's been kind of smooth,? Rogers said. ?Except for the few people that haven't adjusted or want to make a quick turn here or there, but otherwise everybody's been following direction and instructions and going the proper way.?

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu.