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Theft of smartphone by passing cyclist prompts property security reminder

Theft of smartphone by passing cyclist prompts property security reminder

A bicyclist grabbed a woman's cell phone from her hand as she stood in downtown Madison Wednesday night, according to a release. The reported theft prompted Madison police to remind residents to be aware of their surroundings to prevent similar thefts.

Police said a 34-year-old Sun Prairie woman was looking down at her iPhone while standing on Wisconsin Avenue and East Dayton Street at 8:44 p.m. A young bicyclist pedaling past the woman grabbed the phone from her hand.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said citizens should be cautious of losing touch with their surroundings when using small, expensive electronics.

"One veteran MPD sergeant likes to compare holding an iPhone ... to clutching a stack of $100 bills in your hand," DeSpain said. "You would not nonchalantly walk around holding those -- or leave them sitting somewhere -- and similar precautions are advised for protecting pricey electronics."

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Committee chooses East Washington Ave. location for public market

After some passionate arguments for each option, Madison?s Local Food Committee unanimously recommended the city start a public market on the east side.

In a vote Tuesday night, committee members passed a resolution asking the council to move forward with the public market planning process on the site at East Washington Avenue and First Street.

Alder Marsha Rummel said market development would likely start with the city-owned fleet service garage behind the shopping center that faces East Washington Avenue.

?We spent 10 years planning, talking about food and all of the other synergies of the Capitol east district,? Rummel said. ?And it does take a long time to get these things in place so something like this then seems obvious.?

Two Madison homes visited by burglar

According to a police report, a downtown Madison resident was awakened early Sunday morning as a burglar reached into her home through a window screen he cut.

The victim had left a window cracked for fresh air, and grabbed onto the criminal's arm. The intruder pulled his arm back and fled from the home. He was reported as being white; around 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slender build.

A short time later the same morning, another building resident returned home to find his unit burglarized. Electronics and money were among items taken. He told police that he had left a door unlocked. A police dog arrived to track the burglar, but no suspect was found.

Protesting pirates demand change from local company

Pirate costumes are not what you would expect to see at a protest, but it's something Texas protest organizer Andrew Dobbs hopes will help get a message across.

"We want people to have fun with it always, but we also hope that people know even down in Texas we are working to make sure that Madison-area companies are held accountable," Dobbs said.

Over two dozen environmental protesters from Texas and Madison came together to bring a message to Spectrum Brands. The company is a sponsor of Madison's Clean Lakes Festival and the parent company of Rayovac, a Middleton-based battery company.

"Rayovac admits themselves overseas that throwing batteries in the trash is harmful to the environment and a waste of resources. Over here they tell people to throw their batteries in the trash. We want them to be consistent," he said.

It's a message other protesters want the Clean Lakes Alliance to support.

John Roach: The curse of Nail's Tales

By John Roach

Fall is calling.

In Madison and Wisconsin it will begin with a shot of drama for Badger fans when our football homeboys take on LSU in their season opener.

Interestingly the big game will take place at the neutral site of Houston, Texas, at NRG Stadium.

This will be a wonderful showcase for Coach Gary Andersen's squad, and if things go well, it will make an early case for Melvin Gordon's claim to the Heisman Trophy. It also allows the football Badgers to pick up on the national stage where Bo's basketball Badgers left us in the spring.

Report ranks Madison 7th best swim city

Report ranks Madison 7th best swim city

USA Swimming and Speedo has ranked Madison as the seventh top swimming city in America, according to a release from All City Swim and Dive.

Categories evaluated for the listing include percentage of active swimmers and swim clubs, number of accessible pools, number of masters swimmers and volume of top-level swimmers from the area, according to the release.

The study said that Madison ranks second in members of USA Swimming, the sport?s national governing body, and is among the top communities for swimming facilities within city limits.

The cities ranked ahead of Madison were Ann Arbor, Michigan; San Jose-Santa Clara, California; Raleigh Durham, North Carolina; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut; San Francisco-Oakland, California; and Fort Collins, Colorado.

Monona Terrace jumper fined more than $700

Monona Terrace jumper fined more than $700

A man who was seen jumping off Monona Terrace into Lake Monona in a YouTube video is facing citations and fines.

Madison police said Steven A. Hoeg, 25, of Madison, was mailed citations for trespassing and drinking alcohol on public property. An officer investigated the man?s identity after the video was posted and Monona Terrace staff contacted police last week.

The fines for the citations total $732, according to a release from Monona Terrace. A release from Monona Terrace said Hoeg admitted to the charges.

Monona Terrace spokesperson Fran Puleo said there is a city ordinance that makes standing on the ledge a finable offense, because it is trespassing to go past the railing on the rooftop.