Our network

Walnut Grove dog park to open

Starting Monday, Walnut Grove Park, 202 N. Westfield Road, joins seven other parks in the city of Madison as locations for a fenced dog exercise area.

Everyone and their dogs are invited to join Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp and the west side neighbors and dog owners for a special unveiling.

There will be an official 'ball toss' opening at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the park.

"Madison Parks in committed to providing safe places for dogs and their owners to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The city of Madison is proud to be ranked number 6 in the nation for off-leash dog parks by the Trust for Public Lands," said Knepp.

Click here to find out the dog park rules.

The cost of the Annual Permit is $30 and the daily permit is $5.

Community Sponsors

Greek-style lunches and dinners
Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?
Beautiful and unique accessories, jewelry, and gifts.

A theft at a fraternity house on the University of Wisconsin campus left one student without his most prized possession, a family heirloom that survived the Holocaust. But Friday, he received some good news.

Man found with life-threatening head injuries outside tavern, police say

Man found with life-threatening head injuries outside tavern, police say

A 45-year-old man was found outside a downtown tavern with life-threatening injuries early Friday, police said.

The Madison Police Department said the injured man, who is not from Wisconsin, was found outside the Red Rock Saloon at 322 W. Johnson St. shortly after 2 a.m.

According to the report, officers believe the man was punched and then hit his head when he fell to the pavement.

Police said a vehicle carrying several people was pulled over a short time later on Mineral Point Road. Those individuals are being questioned by police but have not been arrested.

Police asked anyone with information about the battery to to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

Burglary victim just wants family heirloom returned

It was obvious the burglar was looking for something valuable, but when he took Martin Weiss? most prized piece of jewelry he didn?t know just how valuable it was.

?I'm hoping that 48 hours from now, somebody calls with amazing news, like I've got it back, I've got the pendant and I'm going to put it on and probably staple it to my chest,? Weiss said.

Wednesday morning, Madison police were called to the 600 block of North Henry Street. Police said a thief broke into two rooms in the Zeta Beta Tau house without anyone waking up.

The culprit was caught on surveillance cameras breaking in to the house.

?Certainly, we're going to monitoring the pawn shops because often times people try to turn an item of jewelry over,? Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain said. ?But for this individual and this individual's family, there is really no dollar value that you can put on this item. It's irreplaceable for them.?

Community Sponsors

Greek-style lunches and dinners
Beautiful and unique accessories, jewelry, and gifts.
Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?

UWPD: About 250 Union sunburst chairs stolen last year

UWPD: About 250 Union sunburst chairs stolen last year

University of Wisconsin police are asking community members to watch out for green, blue, orange or yellow Union chairs that may have been stolen, according to a release.

Each year, the Wisconsin Union has a number of the metal Union sunburst chairs stolen, officials said. The chairs come yellow, blue, green, orange, red and white, but the red and white chairs can be purchased online.

Approximately 250 Union chairs were stolen last year, officials said.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department has partnered with the Wisconsin Union in an effort to deter the theft of the chairs from the terraces, according to the release. New programs are being established to cut down on the amount of chairs that are stolen every year.

'Irreplaceable' Star of David stolen from student as he slept, police say

'Irreplaceable' Star of David stolen from student as he slept, police say

A priceless family heirloom was reportedly stolen among other valuables from a university student's bedroom as he slept overnight Wednesday, police said.

Madison police said a 20-year-old University of Wisconsin-Madison student woke in his room at a fraternity house on North Henry Street Wednesday to find his Star of David pendant had been taken.

Police said a burglar had entered two rooms at the house where two fraternity brothers were sleeping at about 2 a.m.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said that the four students -- three 19-year-old men and the 20-year-old -- discovered electronics and money were missing Wednesday morning and called police.

The student's Star of David that was snatched had survived the Holocaust, according to the report.

"The worth of such a pendant goes far beyond dollars and cents," DeSpain said.

The pendant has the Hebrew letter Shin in the center and is attached to a gold necklace, police said.

Businesses targeted by utility scam

Numerous businesses in Madison say they?ve been targeted by a phone scam.

Madison police said seven businesses report getting calls from someone claiming to be with Madison Gas and Electric telling them they?re behind on their bills. The scammer threatens to cut off service without an immediate payment.

The contacted businesses include:

? Mickies Dairy Bar, 1511 Monroe St.
? Gate and Brovi, 3502 Monroe St.
? New Orleans Take Out, 1502 Monroe St.
? Merchant, 121 S. Pinckney St.
? Green Owl Cafe, 1970 Atwood Ave.
? Shell gas station, 4821 E. Washington Ave.
? Forever Yogurt, 506 State St.

None of the businesses fell for the scam.

Several businesses told police the calls came from 855-858-2577.