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Steele ordered to stay in institution; says 'I caused their death'

A judge has ruled that a former deputy found not guilty by reason of mental defect in a homicide case should remain in an institution.

Andrew Steele, 40, pleaded insanity in the killings of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol, and will be committed to the Department of Health Services. A judge said he would pose a risk of bodily harm to himself or others if he was released. Steele was found not guilty by reason of mental defect on two homicide charges April 23.

The judge said Steele's commitment order must be reconsidered from time to time.

Steele told the court he doesn't object to institutionalization. He told the court, "Ashlee and Kacee are two of the greatest people to ever walk this earth." He said, "Kacee was among the best friends that I've ever had and they're both gone because I caused their death."

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VAHS grad tops record-setting poker tourney

Last month, the 2000 Verona Area High School grad Jason Mirza scored a huge win in the game he’s played competitively for more than a decade: poker. 

Mirza, a Fitchburg native, beat a field of 635 players at the 2015 Mid-States Poker Tour Potawatomi Casino Main Event, a Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament held in Milwaukee... Read More

Mayoral appointments create early tension

ess than 30 minutes after Steve Arnold was sworn in as mayor, the tension between the City of Fitchburg’s new leader and the old council already needed some tempering.

At the city’s organizational meeting April 21, the city attorney had to step in and remind Arnold and Ald. Dan Carpenter (D-3) about Robert’s Rules of Order... Read More

Whalen Road to be closed from S. Fish Hatchery Road to Mutchler Road

Whalen Road from S. Fish Hatchery Road to Mutchler Road will be closed from May 19 to May 21, according to Fitchburg's website.

A storm sewer culvert will be replaced during the closure. Detour signs will be posted.

Those with questions can contact Streets Supervisor Mark Hodel at 608-729-1720 or mark.hodel@fitchburgwi.gov.

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Fitchburg man charged with robbing 3 gas stations

A Fitchburg man has been charged in federal court with robbing three Madison-area gas stations within four days.

Prosecutors said Raequon Allen, 20, robbed a Mobile gas station on Junction Road in Madison on Jan. 29, a Stop-N-Go gas station on Schroeder Road in Madison on Jan. 30 and a PDQ gas station on Century Avenue in Middleton on Feb. 1.

He is accused of brandishing a firearm during the first two robberies.
Allen faces up to 20 years in federal prison on each robbery count if convicted. He faces a mandatory penalty of seven years in federal prison on the first brandishing a firearm count, to be served consecutively to any prison sentence imposed for that robbery, and a mandatory minimum penalty of 25 years on the second brandishing a firearm count, to be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed.

Police make arrest in bank robbery

Fitchburg police arrested a man who they believe is responsible for three recent bank robberies.

Police said they believe the Archie M. Kissee, 60, of Beaver Dam, is responsible for robbing a bank on Madison's west side Tuesday afternoon and two other recent robberies at Associated Bank branches -- one on April 21 in Fitchburg and one on May 5 on East Towne Boulevard.

Madison police said Kissee entered the Associated Bank at 448 S. Gammon Road at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, robbed the bank and ran to the south side of the building.

Fitchburg mayor hosts bike-to-work event

Fitchburg Mayor Steve Arnold will be hosting a bike-to-work event Thursday morning.

The 1.5-mile bike ride will start at the Gorman Wayside Memorial Park on South Fish Hatchery Road and head north to the Fitchburg City Hall, organizers said.

Participants will have the opportunity to stop at city hall for a light breakfast or continue biking to their commuting destination, according to a release.

The ride will leave the park at 7:15 a.m., and all Fitchburg community members and city employees are invited, organizers said.

The event is part of National Bike to Work Week.