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Man grabbed handful of cash from tip jar, police say

Man grabbed handful of cash from tip jar, police say

A homeless man stole cash from a State Street restaurant's tip jar Monday night after the store refused him free food, police said.

The Madison police department said 60-year-old Ray A. Wallace was at the Five Guys Burgers and Fries at 517 State St. shortly before 8 p.m.

Wallace reportedly asked the Five Guys manager for a "burger for credit," but the manager said that wasn't possible. Wallace then reached into the tip jar and grabbed a handful of money, about $10, according to the report.

The manager yelled, but Wallace walked out, police said. The manager provided police with a description of the thief, and officers found Wallace with a bottle of alcohol and tip jar money.

Wallace was arrested on suspicion of theft and unlawful possession or consumption of an open intoxicant on a public street.

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

The Madison Metropolitan School District will ask voters for $41 million school facilities referendum in April.

A school district official said the school board finalized a project list involving 16 schools during a Monday meeting.

If approved, the money would be used to improve accessibility in 10 schools, add classroom space to five schools and renovate four schools in need of upgrades.

The biggest projects include $8 million in renovations at Jefferson Middle School and $4 million to redo the theater at East High School.

If approved, taxpayers owning an average $237,000 home would pay an additional $62.95 a year in property taxes for 10 years.

"If we can get these addressed not only will we create stronger schools and learning environments for our students, but we will set ourselves up for some long-term facilities planning that will really help bring our vision as a school district to life," MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said.

Private security coming for City-County Building

After multiple incidents over the last two months where individuals have broken into the City-County Building overnight, the city of Madison and Dane County are expected to start private security patrols of the building as soon as Wednesday.

City and county officials met Monday afternoon to work out dates, times and the type of security needed for the building, according to Dan Lowndes, the county's risk manager. He said the county is negotiating an amendment with JBM Security, which currently provides security for other county facilities.

Police: Man smashes Starbucks window, blames Joan of Arc

A man who?s suspected of throwing a 3-pound chunk of concrete through the window of a Starbucks on State Street said Joan of Arc made him do it, according to a release from Madison police.

Starbucks employees told police the man was asked to leave after he harassed other customers and created a disturbance inside the shop at 661 State St. at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. They said he yelled at employees and made vulgar comments as he was escorted out.

Police said the man, Martin J. Donagy, 40, went outside, picked up a piece of concrete and threw it through a front window. Two men outside witnessed the incident and watched him head to a nearby parking ramp where bystanders directed police to his location. He was arrested after a short foot chase.

The concrete and glass shards just missed customers inside the shop, according to police.

Woman claims she used stolen credit card with permission

A woman accused of using a University of Wisconsin student?s stolen credit card to pay for a hotel stay told police she was using the student?s card with his permission.

The student told police he noticed his wallet missing Sunday morning but knew that he had it when he was at a bar the night before. His credit card reported suspicious activity Sunday morning, including a charge for a week?s stay at a Madison-area hotel.

Police said they found the woman who used the stolen card and that she insisted the student is an old acquaintance who she had met at the bar the night before. She said he agreed to let her use his card.

An officer said he found her story lacked credibility. Heather M. DuBeau, 40, was arrested on suspicion of misappropriation of personal identifying materials and bail jumping. A man who was also staying in her room was arrested on a parole hold.

Man suspected of stealing purse off wheelchair

Madison police say surveillance video helped them find and identify a man suspected of taking a purse off of a wheelchair tray.

A 54-year-old woman told police she was riding an elevator with a man at the Madison Public Library at 201 W. Mifflin St. on Saturday when he grabbed the purse and ran out of the building.

Thomas E. Winter, 33, was found in a park off State Street and denied being at the library. Police said surveillance video showed he was there.

Officers found the woman?s purse in an alley off Doty Street.

Winter was arrested on suspicion of theft, carrying a concealed weapon and two counts of possession of a synthetic cannabinoid.

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

According to the city of Madison, there will be no refuse or recycling on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. If your material is normally collected on Thursday, it will be collected on Friday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 2.

Residents should be sure to get material out to the curb by 7 a.m., as Street Division crews will be collecting in both the Thursday and Friday refuse districts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Because of the double collection, large item collection will be reduced. Residents are asked to hold large items until after the holidays if possible.

The Streets Division's offices and drop-off sites will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. They will conduct regular refuse and recycling collection on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Their offices will also be open on those dates.

For additional information, visit the Streets Division's web page.