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Burglar targets businesses in smash-and-grab break-ins

Several businesses on Mineral Point were targets of smash-and-grab style break-ins Monday overnight, Madison police said.

Madison police responded to a cold scene business burglary in the 7400 block of Mineral Point Road around 6:15 a.m. Monday, according to a release.

Once officers responded, they found there had been four smash-and-grab style break-ins in the area, officials said.

Glass front doors were shattered at Avada Audiology and Hearing Care, Catura?s Art and Framing and Weight Watchers, according to the release. All of the businesses are in a complex at 7475 Mineral Point Road.

Cookies by Design, at 7414 Mineral Point Road, was also similarly targeted, police said.

Officials said the burglar appeared to only be looking for cash because other items of value were not taken.

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Voter ID efforts focus on students, seniors

Preparations continue for a November election with voter ID, with special efforts focused on University of Wisconsin students and senior citizens.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said Monday that a number of ideas are on the table to try to make sure city residents can vote and don't have to stand in long lines on Election Day.

Soglin was joined by the Madison city clerk and other city staff for a news conference letting city residents know about 34 locations they can register to vote Tuesday on National Voter Registration Day.

Soglin also told reporters he's considering busing senior citizens to DMV locations to get IDs and having city staff spend part of Election Day working at the polls.

New traffic pattern starts Tuesday on Verona Road

Verona Road drivers will see a new traffic pattern Tuesday morning between the Beltline and Raymond Road, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

The change will be similar to the first phase of construction in February and March, officials said.

The traffic pattern change will combine traffic signals and movements to one intersection in order to access east and west area businesses and neighborhoods, according to the release. The change will also allow left turns, right turns and through movements to and from Verona Road and the frontage roads at one intersection with traffic signals.

The traffic pattern change will also restore two-way traffic on the West Frontage Road, officials said.

Access to area businesses and neighborhoods will stay open with the new traffic pattern, according to the release.

Construction detours interstate to Beltline traffic overnight

Beltline construction projects will cause several new traffic patterns starting this week, including a detour for northbound interstate traffic heading to the Beltline.

The northbound Interstate 39/90 exit to the westbound Beltline will be closed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly through Thursday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

Signs will direct drivers to the detour route, which will use Highway 30 to Highway 51/Stoughton Road, officials said.

The eastbound Beltline exit ramp to Greenway Boulevard will be closed starting Wednesday for approximately a week, according to the release.

And Monday morning, the Old Sauk Road ramp to the eastbound Beltline reopened.

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Teen injured with padlocks in ?mutual combat?

A 13-year-old was taken to a hospital after being hit in the head with padlocks during what the victim said was ?mutual combat,? according to a release from Madison police.

The teenager was hanging out in the courtyard of an apartment complex in the 6700 block of Schroeder Road Saturday night, police said. She was with a large group of young people when the other teen arrived just before 10 p.m.

The 13-year-old said she had an ongoing feud with the other girl, and there was going to be a planned fight, according to the release.

Police said the 13-year-old was injured fast in the fight when the second teen pulled out a pair of padlocks and different girl got involved in the fight.

There was an ensuing fight between many other girls as they joined side with their respective friends, according to the release. Some teenage boys also started fighting nearby.

Man suspected of 5th OWI told police he drank ?too much?

A Madison man is suspected of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated after leaving a domestic disturbance Sunday night, according to a report from Madison police.

A 24-year-old woman told police her ex-boyfriend was at an address on East Valley Ridge Road and refusing to leave. The man drove off when police arrived and was pulled over in the 700 block of Kottke Drive.

Officers said they found alcohol inside the car of 29-year-old Darnell L. Mansfield, and determined he had been drinking. When asked how much he drank, he told officers ?too much," according to the report.

Mansfield was also arrested on suspicion of bail jumping and on an escape warrant from Walworth County.

Madison man faces 6th OWI

Madison police charged a 34-year-old Madison man with his sixth offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated Sunday.

The man was pulled over in the 2200 block of Rosenberry Road just before 7 p.m. Sunday.

According to police, a concerned citizen called police about the possibility of an intoxicated driver, which led police to pick up Edwin Reyes on OWI charges.

Reyes was taken to Dane County Jail following the incident.

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