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Afternoon News Briefs: Body pulled from Lake Mendota probably that of missing 22 year old from Madison

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Dane County authorities say the body they pulled from Lake Mendota this morning is likely that of a missing 22 year old Madison man. The identity hasn't been confirmed yet. The man was swimming with a friend early today when he went under. The friend swam to shore and called 911 for help a little before 3 a.m. The missing swimmer became distressed in an area of the lake where the water is about 12 feet deep. The Madison Fire Department's Rescue Team started the search, but had to turn it over to the Dane County Sheriff's office a little after 8 a.m. when Madison ran out of air in its divers' tanks.

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The first work on the new bridge over the St. Croix River near Stillwater involved the drilling of test shafts into the river yesterday. Load tests will be conducted there over the next two months. Bridge designers are determining just how much weight the ground below the river will bear. The new four lane bridge will have six sets of piers in the water, with a seventh set on land on the Wisconsin side. Construction work officially starts next year and should finish in 2016. The new bridge will replace the aging Stillwater Lift Bridge and will connect Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, with St. Joseph Township, Wisconsin.

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Criminal charges against several members of the basketball team at Madison Memorial High School will be dismissed. They faced misdemeanor theft charges. A jury trial was scheduled to start next Monday against Brendan Ortiz, Junior Lomomba and Jamar Morris. Electronic documents show the DA's office has told the court the charges will be dismissed. The original criminal complaint said Memorial student athlete Ortiz allegedly purchased $400.00 worth of clothing at the Boston Store for $11.00. At least one of the people charged was a store employee.

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