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Crews won’t collect garbage, recycling Monday

Madison Streets Division crews will not be collecting garbage or recycling on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, according to a release.

Residents who normally have their garbage and recycling collected on Monday will have their material collected on Tuesday, officials said. On Tuesday, crews will collect garbage from residents in both the Monday and Tuesday garbage collection districts.

The Streets Division’s offices and self-help drop off sites will also be closed on Monday, according to the release. The final round of Christmas tree collection will also start back up on Tuesday.

Residents should have their trees, storm-damaged wood debris and garbage and recycling out at the curb for collection by 7 a.m. on Tuesday to ensure collection.

Official: UW employee struck by delivery truck, killed

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Police said a woman died after she was struck by a delivery truck Thursday morning in downtown Madison.�

Madison police said a University of Wisconsin System delivery truck was backing up at North Lake Street and Mendota Court when it struck a 60-year-old woman walking behind the vehicle around 10:30 a.m.

The woman, a UW-Madison employee, was taken to a hospital but police confirmed she has died.

?We have a traffic specialist who is investigating this, but the woman was struck by the truck and knocked to the ground, and then injuries that occurred after she was on the ground are what killed her,? Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

The driver told police he was pulling out slowly, and police said it wasn?t the impact that led to the woman?s death.

Woman catches man carrying her stolen computer

Police said a brazen thief was busted by the victim as he was walking in a downtown law office carrying her stolen computer.�

The Madison Police Department said a 24-year-old employee of Axley law firm on East Mifflin Street was walking back to her office from a meeting Tuesday morning when she saw a man carrying multiple items.�

The laptop, iPhone and makeup bag Adrian D. Jamison, 21, of Madison, was holding belonged to her, police said.�

Police said the victim confronted the man saying he had her things, and he told her another man had dropped the items and he was returning them.�

Another laptop was found in Jamison's possession, which he said he bought; however, he wasn't familiar with the video and calling software, Skype, used by the computer owner.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the laptop belonged to a 76-year-old woman -- who does use Skype -- and has an office down the block from Axley.

Man killed in construction site fall identified

Officials have identified the man killed in a fall at the Edgewater Hotel construction site Monday.

The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office said 40-year-old Robert Lund died from injuries he sustained in the fall.�

Additional testing is underway, the medical examiner said.�

The death is under investigation by the City of Madison Police, OSHA and the medical examiner's office.�

Proposal would give tablet, laptop to each student in MMSD

Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jen Cheatham said it?s time for the district to catch up when it comes to technology.

She?s proposing a massive plan to put a tablet or laptop computer in the hands of every student in the district.

District officials are looking at similar models that have worked and even a pilot program at Sandburg Elementary School in Madison.

"We've seen wonderful results in those classrooms, and I think that gave us a lot of insight into how to do this well and how technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning," Cheatham said.

The upgrade would increase the technology budget in the district from about $1.5 million to $7 million a year by the 2018-2019 school year.

Offer accepted for tiny house village location

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After 36 years living in the same house off of East Johnson Street, Linda and Ben Brown are used to change in their neighborhood.

Yet, they can?t quite wrap their minds around the village of tiny houses that could be built across the street this summer.

"I just don't like the idea of having one clustered village and saying, now we've solved the problem," Linda said.

Brenda Konkel, a leader with Occupy Madison, Inc., and homeless advocate, said the group?s offer for the property at 2050 E. Johnson St. was accepted earlier this month. Occupy Madison plans to pay the $110,000 through donations and partial bank loans, pending approval.

Occupy Madison started construction on the 96-square-foot homes last year with the goal of building a village for the homeless.

Bond set for man facing child porn charges

Bond for town of Madison man facing child pornography charges was set at $1,000 Monday.

Investigators said they served a warrant at 39-year-old James Shempert?s Deer Valley Road apartment Thursday and found child porn on his computer hard drive.

Shempert admitted he downloaded five or 10 videos and then deleted the files, police said.