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Multiple UW students receive threatening scam calls, police say

Multiple UW students receive threatening scam calls, police say

Police said multiple students received threatening spam phone calls Friday evening near campus.

The city of Madison and University of Wisconsin-Madison police departments said they received reports from international students of scam phone calls.

Police said the victims reported similar experiences, saying the caller, who sounded male, claimed to be a government representative trying to collect taxes. The caller threatened each victim, saying they could be arrested if they did not immediately pay the taxes.

Each victim who reported receiving a call realized it was a scam and did not give the caller money, according to the report.

Police reminded citizens to be wary of scam calls and never give out personal information over the phone. The IRS or other government agencies will not call citizens and require payment over the phone, police said.

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Mallards program places players with families

Mallards program places players with families

Meet Craig and Sherry Barnsley of Madison, who are one of several families in the area that have a Madison Mallards baseball player staying with them for a few months.

City: Movers should take furniture, electronics to donation sites

There is plenty of trash and treasure showing up on downtown streets Thursday and Fridays as the annual move out and move back in melee gets underway.

Thousands of people are coming and going from apartment leases, and they are leaving electronics and furniture behind, but sofa sleepers and electronics, like TVs or computers, cannot be left on the curb.

Crews want residents to drop off reusable items at designated donation sites, like the U-Haul on West Washington Avenue, at Mills and Spring streets and at Goodwill donation stations in numerous apartment buildings.

?We want things picked up and we want to keep the neighborhoods looking clean. We want to keep it safe for not only our staff, but for the general public as well, because there are always problems that arise with stuff stacked out at the curb,? Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said.

Mini marathon will affect traffic, bus routes Saturday

Roads through downtown Madison will experience stop-and-go delays during parts of the Madison Mini Marathon Saturday.

The race will start at 7 a.m. on Langdon Street at Lake Street, officials said.

Police will be stopping cross traffic to allow runners through along the route.

Main roads that will be affected along the route include Langdon Street, Wisconsin Avenue, Mifflin Street, State Street, Lake Street, Monroe Street, Seminole Highway, Nakoma Road, University Avenue and Park Street.

Madison Metro will be detouring multiple routes throughout during different times of the race, including routes 2, 4, 7, 80 and 13.

Witness info helps police nab suspected pipe thieves

Two people were cited in Oregon Wednesday shortly after reportedly stealing supplies from a downtown Madison construction site, according to a release.

Madison police said witnesses reported seeing a Chevy Suburban pull up to a Parisi Construction site on Chamberlain Avenue at 7:39 p.m. A man jumped out and loaded seven pieces of cast iron pipe into the SUV.

Witnesses provided the SUV's license plate information to police, which was associated with an Oregon residence.

Madison officers provided the information to Oregon police, and an officer was able to intercept the suspected thieves as they pulled into the Oregon home. The stolen cast iron pipes were found in the SUV.

Julio J.L. Sanchez, 31, was cited on suspicion of theft, according to the report. Shelia M. Sanchez, 59, was cited on suspicion of party to the crime of theft.

Report: Drivers delayed in traffic collective 7.4M hours

New statewide data released Wednesday showed that drivers in Wisconsin are delayed in traffic for several million hours collectively in a year.

The state Department of Transportation called delays for motorists and the subsequent financial cost are "significant." The delays experienced by drivers add up to 7.4 million hours in a year and the associated cost: $226.5 million. The data come from the state DOT's first "Travel Time Reliability and Delay Report."

Hippie Christmas prompts bed bug, insect discussion

Hippie Christmas prompts bed bug, insect discussion

The yearly chaos when students move out of their current apartments and into their apartments for the next year is happening in downtown Madison the next couple of days.

Leases for apartments turn over Thursday into Friday, and the massive move means Hippie Christmas on many downtown streets near campus.

Students are dumping what they don't want on the curb, which is everything from TVs and school supplies to old furniture.

Officials with the Tenant Resource Center are urging people to be mindful of bed bugs and other insects when picking up stuff off the street.

"Tenants are always very concerned they're going to be charged a thousand bucks for the heat treatment (to get rid of bed bugs)," said Anders Zanichkowsky, program director of the Tenant Resource Center. "Landlords are very concerned that if the tenant doesn't report it, it's going to spread to all their units before they even know about it."