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City's yard waste drop-off sites to close for season

City's yard waste drop-off sites to close for season

The city of Madison said a yard waste drop off site will close for the season this week. 

The sites close every year on the first weekend in December, the city's streets and recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said in a news release Tuesday. This year the sites close for the winter on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. 

"We staff the sites with seasonal employees whose term of employment ends at that time," Dreckmann said. 

The Streets Division will continue to collect leaves and yard waste at the curb as long as weather permits, he added. 

Two of the city's sites are self-service drop offs and will be open through the winter starting Monday. The sites are at 1501 W. Badger Road and 4602 Sycamore Ave. and residents can bring a variety of materials including brush, electronics, recyclables, and mixed rigid plastic Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Police: Drunken driver drove wrong way on one-way street

A Madison man is accused of driving several blocks down a one-way street in downtown Madison early Thursday morning.

Madison police said Amir Hudson, 27, drove the wrong way down West Gorham Street at about 2 a.m. and failed to pull over for officers for several blocks. He eventually stopped.

Hudson was cited on suspicion of third-offense operating while intoxicated, resisting/obstructing, fleeing/eluding and driving against traffic.

Madison council moves police body cameras forward

During a debate that carried well into early Wednesday morning, the Madison Common Council unanimously approved accepting a Madison Police Department report concluding equipping arming officers with police body cameras would cost nearly $1 million.

"There's been a call to action by our president to implement a body-camera program," District 8 Alderman Scott Resnick said. "We've seen other cities implement it in their own communities. I think we can take the best lessons learned in Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and implement them here in Madison."

The decision came after a majority of the five citizens offering public testimony spoke in favor of the department eventually using cameras, while a majority of those who registered were opposed to implementation.

Black church leaders: Ferguson will not happen in Madison

Black church leaders representing 20 Madison congregations stood united Wednesday inside the Madison Pentecostal Church to send the African American community the message that they are determined to prevent another Ferguson.

"We're looking beyond Ferguson. And we're also looking at our community to make sure that we are proactive in a way, that what has happened in New York, what happened in Ferguson, won't happen here," African American Council of Churches President Bishop Harold Rayford said.

"There's an old African proverb that says it takes a village to raise a child. I want to say today the village of Ferguson has failed the Brown family and we do not want that to happen in Madison, Wisconsin," Faith Community Baptist Church Pastor David Smith said. "So we vow and commit in covenant together that we will work and see to it that these incidents across the county will not happen in our backyard."

Man suspected of throwing teen to ground, stealing purse

Man suspected of throwing teen to ground, stealing purse

Police said a man who attacked a teen and stole her purse in downtown Madison Tuesday afternoon was arrested Wednesday night.

Madison police said a 19-year-old Cottage Grove teen was walking on the 300 block of Wisconsin Avenue at 1:34 p.m.

The robber threw the teen to the ground and took her purse, according to the report.

Police said the teen's face hit the pavement as she went down, but she was not seriously injured.

Mondre D. Hegwood, 30, was arrested in the 100 block of South Henry Street on Wednesday on suspicion of robbery with the use of force.

Community donates $11K to zoo on Giving Tuesday

The community donated over $11,000 to the Henry Vilas Zoo on Giving Tuesday, which means the zoo will be able to bring three new animals to the zoo, according to a release.

Grizzly bears, Somali wild asses and red pandas will be coming to the zoo this coming year, officials said.

The two new red pandas will be paired with the zoo?s current two red pandas, according to the release. Somali wild asses are critically endangered, so their new safe home at the Henry Vilas Zoo will be one crucial part of the worldwide effort to save the species.

The grizzly bear sisters coming to the zoo were orphaned in the wild, officials said.

Zoo officials thanked the community for its support on Giving Tuesday that will help bring the animals to Madison.

W. Gilman St. bar avoids phone call scam

W. Gilman St. bar avoids phone call scam

A scam-savvy business owner was able to detect a caller's fraud attempt last week, Madison police said. 

Madison police said a person called the Blue Velvet Lounge on West Gilman Street at 6:19 p.m. Friday claiming to be with MG&E. The caller told the bar owner that the business was behind on payments and that the owner must pay $745 immediately or service would be cut off in 2 hours.

The bar owner called the real MG&E and a company representative told him to contact police. 

A Madison officer called the scammer's number, 888-681-5444, and spoke to a person who identified himself as Larry Anderson. The suspected scammer claimed to be with MG&E's "billing interruption service," police said. 

The Madison officer identified himself and asked to speak with the suspected scammer's supervisor, but when the officer's call was transferred to another line, it rang several times and disconnected, according to the report.