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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."

Suspected graffiti artist attacks employees, police say

Suspected graffiti artist attacks employees, police say

Three employees of State Street businesses were attacked after one of them confronted a man suspected of tagging several buildings with graffiti.

Police said an employee of Osaka Lounge in the 500 block of State Street noticed a man leaving purple graffiti on Pipefitters Monday night and confronted the man, who tried to punch him. Two employees of Soga Restaurant came to help, and one got kicked and the other punched in the process of holding the man until officers arrived.

"The suspect begins swinging at the victim, trying to punch him," Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said. "Two more employees from a nearby restaurant come out. Eventually one of them is kicked by the suspect and another is punched, and eventually they tackle him until police get there a few minutes later."

Officers said they found seven buildings tagged with purple spray paint.

Efforts to decrease costs at Mifflin Block Party deemed success

The Madison Police Department said efforts to decrease incidents and costs associated with past Mifflin Street Block Parties have been successful.

The Spring Student Party, formally known as the Mifflin Street Block Party, has traditionally been held on the first Saturday in May, according to a release. The party started in the 1960s as a protest against the Vietnam War, but it eventually evolved to an annual student party.

As the party became more popular, city resources were required to police the event, officials said. Since the 1990s, the number of people in attendance grew into the tens of thousands and the Dane County Sheriff?s Office and the University of Wisconsin Police Department had to supplement MPD crews.

Garbage crews will start collecting early on Johnson Street this week

Special collections for extra garbage, recycling and large items will start earlier in the Johnson Street construction area, according to a release from the Madison Streets Division.

Officials with the Streets Divison expect to haul away up to 800 tons of extra material during the next two weeks as residents change apartments in the downtown area.

Crews will be starting collection earlier because of the construction on East Johnson Street, according to the release.

“We usually start our special move-out collections at 4 a.m.,” strategic initiatives coordinator George Dreckmann said in the release. “Because of the construction on East Johnson Street our crews will be reporting for work at 3 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.”