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Lodger Allegedly Killed 82-Year-Old Middleton Woman

On Wednesday of last week, 82-year-old Agnes Bram was at the Middleton Senior Center, playing euchre with her friends, as she often did. It was the last time she was seen alive.

Also at the senior center that day was a man named John “Jack” Hamann, who investigators believe later murdered Bram, from whom he was renting a room.

While police say the motive was unclear, news of the alleged homicide sent shockwaves through a community that is, both in terms of perception and crime statistics, usually remarkably safe.

While the story pieced together by authorities seemed ripped from the opening pages of Crime and Punishment, those who knew the victim were quick to share fond memories about the friendly woman known to her friends simply as “Aggie.”

The woman, whose body was discovered in her garage by a family member, was remembered for being active in the community, for enjoying and telling jokes, and for caring for others.

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Reward Offered For Help Finding Missing Middleton Man

A REWARD is now being offered by the family of MISSING ENDANGERED 74-year old Mark Hoover, who left his Middleton residence in the overnight hours of 04/07/17. He is described as 5'11" 180 pounds with gray hair & green eyes. He was driving a gray Dodge Durango with Wisconsin license plate 115SWZ. We do not know where Mr. Hoover may be headed, but he likes to frequent Starbucks coffee shops. If you find Mr. Hoover or have any information, please contact the Middleton Police Department at 608-824-7300.

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Middletonian Jason Compton, a producer and performer for Madison Shakespeare Company, talks about the very modern implications of ‘Richard II’

Middleton Times-Tribune: For starters, tell us about yourself:
Jason Compton: I’m a 13-year resident of Middleton, and a producer for Madison Shakespeare Company.
MTT: Can you tell us a bit about the founding of Madison Shakespeare Company? Has the experience matched expectations so far?
Compton: Madison Shakespeare Company was started in 2011 by John Varda, Warren Hansen, and Steve Cover to present affordable, high-quality theater classics in Dane County. MSC staged Julius Caesar in 2012 and Antony and Cleopatra in 2013, but then went dormant. Our initial performing space, Breese Stevens Field, was an interesting venue and a lot of fun to play, but very expensive. And not very intimate. During this time I appeared in supporting roles in both productions.
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Q and A with author (and Middleton Times-Tribune sports editor) Rob Reischel

Q: What made Wayne Larrivee a choice for one of your books? Why do you think he resonates with the Packers fan base?


A: Triumph Books, the publisher of the majority of my books, has a nationwide series going right now in which many national play-by-play men are telling their stories. Having Wayne give his thoughts from the booth after nearly 20 years of calling Packers games was a natural fit.

Wayne is the ultimate pros-pro. He does his homework. He’s thorough. He’s smooth. He misses next to nothing. I think Packers fans really appreciate how lucky they are to have him.


Q: What sort of access does Wayne have that others may not? Is he treated like a journalist around the team?


A: Wayne flies on the team plane and stays in the team hotel. He certainly sees and hears things most others don’t.

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Suspects Flee after Pursuit

November 4th, 2016 – At approximately 12:30 am, a Dane County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted a traffic stop on a Ford Focus traveling 85mph in a 45 mph zone on County M near Signature Rd in City of Middleton.  When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, it sped up and a pursuit ensued lasting approximately one minute.  The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle struck a stoplight at County Highway M at County Highway Q.  Three people fled the vehicle on foot; one passenger was taken into custody by a Dane County Sheriff’s Office deputy.  The City of Middleton Police, a Town of Madison K9 Officer, and a Maple Bluff K9 Officer responded to establish a perimeter and search for the remaining two suspects, but no one else was located. 

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office investigation to identify the driver and remaining passenger is ongoing.

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A Quest For Justice

In late 2004, a shy young man involved in a vast marijuana ring vanished. He left behind a beloved dog, a heartbroken mother and countless questions about the bizarre circumstances surrounding his disappearance.

Today, 12 years later, a group of journalists, filmmakers, friends and family are still doggedly pursuing answers in the mysterious case of Amos Mortier.

Their latest effort is “What Happened to Amos?” It is a hard-hitting foray into the life of Mortier, his puzzling disappearance, and the multiple investigations that followed. They believe they have solved the case, locking together clues the authorities in Fitchburg and Dane County chose to ignore. And now they want to be heard.

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The Good Life: Kirby Nelson on making beer, having fun and staying young at heart

“I’ve never grown up,” says Kirby Nelson, overlooking a glistening pond on which he recently blew up a fairly large dragon. “And honestly, I can’t think of anything I would hate more.”

Today the pond is more serene. Nelson is sitting on a hulking slab of limestone, sipping a powerful beer and watching a flock of geese as they float quiet laps on the water’s glasslike surface. His white hair is blowing in the late summer breeze. He is talking candidly – it’s the only way he can talk, those who know him are well aware – about his past, his present and, most importantly, his future.

Nelson is 60. He is one of the founding fathers of craft beer in the Midwest. And he believes firmly that his best years are yet to come.

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A conversation with Author Jennifer Chiaverini

Jennifer Chiaverini’s new novel starts with a bang. Literally.

John Wilkes Booth has just shot history’s most beloved U.S. president in the back of the head. Booth, convinced he has rid the world of a brutal tyrant, is on the run, hiding in a tobacco barn while the authorities doggedly pursue him. It’s a rip-roaring scene, full of action and almost biblical undertones. As the posse closes in on him, Booth is still convinced he is working as “an instrument of [God’s] perfect wrath.”

It is violent and tragic, but perhaps the most surprising thing about the beginning to this story is the fact that, through some kind of literary alchemy, Chiaverini has managed to humanize Booth. He’s a villain, obviously. But he is also a human being.

It’s an impressive feat, and it’s one only possible for a novelist who, after 25 prior books, is at the height of her powers as a writer.

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A conversation with Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser

2015-2016 Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser is a Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literatures. She is the author of three collections of poetry:  Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians and Other Poems, and Trailing You. Blaeser is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, and grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. She is the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. She is currently at work on a collection of “Picto-Poems,” which combines her photographs and poetry.

MTT: How did you initially become interested in poetry?

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The Sound of Music: A local woman's lifelong love of classical Indian music

It started with a little girl in southern India, riding in a car with her father and listening to classical music on cassette.

“I would go on long car rides with my parents,” says Vanitha Suresh, who has her own children today and lives 8,000 miles away in Middleton, Wisconsin. “I remember singing along with the great masters on tape.”

Suresh’s father died when she was only nine years old, but during their too-short time together, he left what she describes as an “indelible” impact on her life.

“My father worked a lot, and he traveled for work, but whenever he was with us he was completely with us,” she says tenderly as she drizzles honey from a plastic bear into a cup of spicy Chai tea in her kitchen.

The music – primarily classical Indian music, as well as some classical Western – started in those early days with family, and she has never stopped learning about it, loving its beauty and its vastness, as well as teaching it.


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