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Teens suspected in home burglaries

Two Madison teens questioned by police early Thursday are suspects in recent home burglaries, according to a release from Madison police.

The 13-year-old and 14-year-old were stopped by police after a woman reported two teens popped up next to her car as she sat in a parking lot in the 6600 block of Offshore Drive. The 31-year-old woman told police she was in her car relaxing to music after a night shift. She said the teens were surprised to see the woman and took off.

Officers found the teens riding bikes in the area. One had a cellphone in his pocket which he admitted was not his, according to police. The teens claimed they were lost and denied trying to steal items from cars.

The teens were cited on suspicion of trespassing and violating curfew.

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West side fitness club closes, leaves customers out money

Customers are looking for answers and their money back from a west Madison fitness club that closed without warning last week.

Cynthia Sawatske said when she arrived for an afternoon class last Tuesday at Kosama Madison, at 7475 Mineral Point Road, the lights were off and all the gym equipment had been removed from the building. Other gym members have posted on the company's Facebook page that they arrived earlier that week to a locksmith changing the locks at the facility.

"There was no notification, no warning, anything," Sawatske said.

She had recently purchased a $2,000 life membership and was training to try out for the Mad Rollin Dolls roller derby league next month. She will now work out at home because she doesn't have enough money to join another gym.

"I think it's wrong. You can promote a life membership and then close a few months later. That's ridiculous," she said. "Two grand, it's a lot of money."

Local gyms offer assistance to members of closed gym

At least two fitness clubs in the Madison area are offering to help members of the now-closed Kosama gym, on Madison's west side.

Stephanie East, who runs Farrell's Extreme Body, said she will honor the Kosama contracts without charge. Kosama Madison closed earlier this month, leaving numerous members without a place to work out and without hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars that they'd paid for memberships.

"This is ridiculous," said East, who reported at least 15 Kosama members have found their way to her facility. "They can come to our gym and work out; if they eventually join our gym or not, it doesn't matter. They lost their workout community, and we know that support is so key. So until they figure out what they want to do, they can come here."

Condo fire causes $100K in damage, displaces family

A cooking fire in a far west side condominium has displaced a family and caused $100,000 in damage, Madison Fire Department officials said.

MFD crews responded to a report of a structure fire at 3138 Dorchester Way around 9 a.m., according to a release. A ladder crew on the way to the location reported seeing black smoke showing from McKee Road.

All occupants and pets of the condominium unit had gotten out without injuries, officials said.

The fire was contained to a single unit, and started in the kitchen area, according to the release. There was heavy smoke and fire damage throughout the unit, with very light smoke damage in an adjoining unit.

One family has been displaced as a result of the fire, authorities said. Damages are estimated at $100,000, and investigators have determined the cause to be an accidental cooking fire.

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Review: Italian restaurant serves 'well-crafted pie'

Review: Italian restaurant serves 'well-crafted pie'

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Nonno's Ristorante Italiano   

At the end of 2013, the owners of Cancun Mexican Restaurant shut down the operation and opened Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano in its place on the highly visible corner of Whitney Way and Odana Road. I like the menu and the decor, and other than a few glitches in service I experienced, I'd say it's worth dining here.

This being an Italian restaurant, I had to try the spaghetti alle polpette (spaghetti and meatballs, $10), which turned out to be my favorite dish. The capricciosa pizza ($10) was a well-crafted pie for two to share.

Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

7 schools to offer free breakfasts, lunches on school days

Seven Madison Metropolitan School District schools will start offering free, healthy school breakfasts and lunches on regular school days, according to a release.

The meals will be provided as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Community Eligibility Provision program, officials said. The program will start at the beginning of the upcoming school year.

?We are pleased that we will be able to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students in some of our schools with the highest need,? MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said in the release. ?Through the CEP, we?ll be able to reduce the administrative burden on families and ensure that every child has access to nutritious meals.?

The schools that will be offering free breakfast and lunches for all students are Allis Elementary School, Falk Elementary School, Lakeview Elementary School, Leopold Elementary School, Mendota Elementary School, Sherman Middle School and Wright Middle School.

Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.