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Dane County to expand snow-plowing operations

As the population in Dane County continues to grow, the amount of roads that will receive 24-hour plowing attention this winter grows with it.

County officials said they will be adding 46 miles of county roads to the 24-hour routes. Those roads include large and heavily traveled stretches of county roads M, Q and PD.

?What we find is as the community grows, county roads which used to be more rural end up being either right in urban areas or linking various urban areas,? Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said.

The added 46 miles of road to be plowed 24 hours a day during snowy conditions impacts the county budget, but also increases public safety.

?The very fundamental job of government is public safety and it doesn?t get much more basic than plowing the roads,? Parisi said.

The added hours of plowing county roads also reflects the changing traffic patterns the county is seeing.

Man sought after gas station robbery attempt

Middleton police are looking for a man who tried to rob a gas station Wednesday night.

Officers were called to the PDQ store at 7508 Century Avenue at 11:27 p.m. for a report of an attempted robbery.

Police said a man entered the store, purchased an item and told the clerk that this was a robbery and asked for money before walking out of the store. No cash was taken. He was last seen walking east on foot. No weapon was displayed or implied.

The man might have left the area in an older white boxy 4-door car with a missing passenger side hubcap, police said.

The man is described as white, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall with a skinny build and wearing sunglasses. He was wearing a blue coat, blue stocking hat and light-colored pants. He also had dirty hands.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call or text the Middleton Police Department at 608-824-7300.�

Neighbors chase, help nab suspected daytime burglar

Police said a pair of neighbors chased and helped officers track down a man suspected of trying to enter a west Madison home Tuesday afternoon.

Police said a man and woman living near a home on the 4900 block of Tokay Boulevard at 4:20 p.m. saw a man attempting to enter their neighbor's side door. The woman called 911 while her husband went outside.

Police said the man, who they identified as 49-year-old Roosevelt Price, of Middleton, realized he'd been spotted and took off running through residential backyards. The neighbor man followed Price on foot while the neighbor woman got in the car to keep tabs on the fleeing suspect as police responded.

Officers took Price into custody near the intersection of Odana Road and Charles Lane. He was carrying a black bag that contained a cell phone and Kindle electronic reading device that police said was taken from a home on East Johnson Street earlier Tuesday.

Veterans support organization relocates to impact homeless problem

To directly combat factors often contributing to veterans becoming homeless, like drug use, alcoholism and PTSD, veteran support organization Dryhootch Madison has moved locations.

The organization has moved from its Middleton coffee shop to a more counseling-like setting next the Willy St. Veteran?s Center.

?We have a great deal of homeless veterans in this area, and I think we can do a lot more good for a larger group," Dryhootch Madison Director Calvin Tucker said.

Tucker said about 150 homeless veterans are in southern Wisconsin.

On Nov. 1, Dryhootch Madison transported 87 of those homeless veterans to the Wright St. National Guard Armory, where they received haircuts, meals, showers, new clothes and lots of resources.

"It's important to honor their service, and doing the things that are necessary to make them whole again," Tucker said.

Vet surprises sister with homecoming at middle school

For many families, Veterans Day can be a bittersweet holiday with their loved ones away from home as they serve overseas, but one Middleton family received a special Veterans Day surprise Tuesday.

Kassondra Wieser has spent the last eight months stationed in the Pacific on a Navy deployment.

During that time, she hasn?t had a lot of opportunity to keep in touch with her family, and she hasn?t seen her 14-year-old sister, Jennali, since January.

Jennali was planning on a visit from her older sister sometime next spring at the earliest, until she received a special surprise at school Tuesday.

After months of service in the Pacific, Wieser said she isn?t quite used to the weather here in Wisconsin.

?It?s been really hot everywhere we?ve been, so it?s still a shock to come home because I?ve been in hot weather for the past eight or nine months now,? Wieser said.

Study shows northern route would not help Beltline

A Department of Transportation study about the future of the Beltline shows a north route through the Waunakee area wouldn't help traffic congestion on the busy highway.

The Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of public involvement meetings to discuss preliminary findings of a study working on safety and mobility issues along the Beltline.

A copy of the study [PDF] shows a southern alternative route might help ease congestion on the Beltline, but it would come at great cost and impact.

The Planning and Environment Linkages corridor study is also looking into bus rapid transit, potential rail options and additional Beltline buses. The presentation released Monday states that transit improvements are not expected to do much to ease Beltline congestion.

DOT to hold meetings on Beltline safety, mobility study

The Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of public involvement meetings to discuss preliminary findings of a study working on safety and mobility issues along the Beltline.

The Planning and Environment Linkages corridor study is looking into bus rapid transit, potential rail options, additional Beltline buses, a north Mendota corridor, a south reliever corridor and Beltline improvements, according to a release.

Many of the strategies have been investigated in the past 10 years by the city, county and state, officials said. The new study looks at how well strategies address current regional transportation and Beltline challenges.