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Influx of burglaries leads police to hold community meeting

Department offers tips to help prevent burglaries    

After six burglaries in Stonefield since late last year possibly linked to at least two other burglaries in the Middleton and as many as 28 in nearby Madison, police held a meeting at the Middleton Courthouse Saturday to discuss the problem with residents and alert residents to take extra precautions to avoid becoming a target.

The Middleton Times-Tribune said officers covered the following items during the meeting:

Traffic lights out at University & Deming; drivers asked to avoid area

Officers are helping direct traffic at affected intersections    

According to an e-mail alert from the City of Middleton at about 4:51 p.m. Tuesday, traffic lights on University Avenue at Deming Way are out and the eastbound U.S. Highway 12 off ramp are currently out due to a power outage.

Officers are on scene for traffic control.

According to the release, MG&E is aware of the problem and is working on a solution.

The city asked that drivers avoid the affected intersections if possible.

Org: Bus advertising policies questionable

MABA says cost-benefit analysis not only consideration in advertising wraps    

The Madison Area Bus Advocates, a non-profit group comprised of citizens who describe themselves as “pro-bus,” said when it comes to advertising policies, Metro Transit sometimes forgoes consideration of citizens' "[o]bjections, including ones having to do with respect, safety, accessibility, dignity, and justice, [are] dismissed hastily in pursuit of the almighty dollar."

The president and a board member of the advocacy organization -- Susan De Vos and Laurie Wermter -- write that the Metro's ad policy "needs to be redone."

Read more at Madison Commons

DNR to conduct aerial survey of deer through February

DNR to conduct aerial survey of deer through February

Snow-covered ground helps biologists to tally in chronic wasting disease zones    

Helicopter teams will conduct aerial deer counts throughout Dane and Iowa counties and near Baraboo from Wednesday through mid-February, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

DNR biologists are conducting aerial deer counts in portions of the chronic wasting disease management zone.

Regional spokesman Bob Manwell in Fitchburg said in a news release Wednesday that completion of the deer count operation is dependent on the presence of several inches of snow, which helps deer stand out on the landscape from the air.

Areas in western Dane and eastern Iowa counties and in the Baraboo area by Devil’s Lake State Park are scheduled for survey flights, officials said.

The DNR said about 260 square mile sections will be surveyed.

Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage

Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage


Madison-area community closures, advisories will be updated
throughout the strong winter storm affecting much of Southern Wisconsin.

After Oakhill guard kills himself, investigation of workplace leads to terminations

4 guards fired, 1 returned to a lower position

Six Oakhill Correctional Institution employees’ jobs were affected this fall after an investigation concluded that those affected had bullied co-workers for months, according to a Wisconsin State Journal newspaper article.

The report said Sgts. Justyn Witscheber and Matthew Seiler and officer Rachel Koester were fired for verbal harassment in October, as was their shift supervisor Capt. Michael Buettner for failing to report the behavior. Sgt. Sherri Mudd retired early. Another employee, Ryan Blount, was demoted.

An investigation into the behavior of other employees at the institution was initiated after former Oakhill guard Phil Otto took his own life in March. Otto had worked for the Department of Corrections for more than 20 years and had recently been transferred to work a position at Oakhill.

In the story, the employees identified in the investigation denied wrongdoing.

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

More than 15,000 books up for grabs

A library organization is hosting its annual fall book sale. Book-buyers have more than 15,000 titles to choose from at the Memorial Library in Room 116 through Saturday. Sale organizers said the used book sale is one of the largest in Wisconsin

The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries sale takes place over four days with its proceeds benefitting a variety of events, special collections and a lecture series.

The annual book-buy event began Wednesday but continues Friday from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. From 10:30 a.m.-1  p.m. Saturday, shoppers who bring a grocery-sized bag can fill it for $4. From 1:05 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, all remaining books are free, the library said.

Book prices are also reduced each day of the sale, but organizers said the books sell quickly.