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Vandalism affects neighborhood?s rebranding progress

The Meadowood neighborhood's rebranding suffered a setback last week when vandals tagged a building in the neighborhood with graffiti.

Last week, a business on Raymond Road was tagged and it has some wondering if the improvements in the neighborhood are working.

News 3 talked with neighbors about safety, and some said the recent vandalism is a bad sign, while others said it?s a setback, but hope is not lost.

"I think the neighborhood needs to just stay strong," said Lisa Veldran, board member of the neighborhood association for the past 17 years, and she has lived in the southwest Madison community for 21 years."I'm really shocked because we didn't have that type of tagging in a long time.?

She said the recent acts of vandalism are likely from people who don't live in the area, and points out the positive things like the Meadow Ridge Library expansion and the building of a community center.

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2 arrested on drug charges on Madison?s west side

A lengthy drug investigation into the sale and distribution of crack cocaine ended with police arresting two people on drug charges Tuesday morning, Madison police said.

Around 11 a.m. the Dane County Narcotics Task Force and Madison police officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 6800 block of Park Ridge Drive on Madison?s west side, according to a police report.

Julius Ento was arrested on three tentative charges of delivering crack cocaine, police said. James Bloodsaw was arrested on a tentative charge of delivering marijuana.

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Controversial restaurant looks to open in Madison

A controversial fast food restaurant is setting its sights on Madison.

A proposal to build a Chick-fil-A is going to the Urban Design Commission on Wednesday.

The possible site would be in the parking lot of West Towne Mall.

Two years ago the company took a very public stance against gay marriage. Since then, it has changed its approach, but the local LGBT community isn?t buying it.

?Because of their national presence, they are trying to appear more appealing and broadminded, but the owner certainly hasn?t changed his religious viewpoint,? said Steve Starkey, with the Outreach LGBT Community Center.

Chick-fil-A has one other Wisconsin location in Racine, but they?ve added 27 new stores this year. Company officials said they look forward to Madison expansion later this year or early next year.

Chase suspect tossed debris at police in hopes of stopping them

A man suspected of leading a police chase through Madison neighborhoods on Monday told police he and his passenger were throwing debris in hopes of stopping police.

Police said they arrested Tyler B. McIntosh, 25, of Madison, and Chelsea M. Schwaegerl, 23, after the high-speed pursuit involving University of Wisconsin and Madison police Monday afternoon.

Police said McIntosh took his van over a curb and onto the Lake Shore Path near campus during the pursuit.

Dane County dispatchers said police started pursuing the vehicle around 3:30 p.m. and ended the pursuit just before 4 p.m. Police suspected the driver was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant.

The vehicle was originally found by police in the area of the 2500 block of Chamberlin Avenue, and the pursuit continued for several minutes through the near west and southwest sides of Madison, officials said.

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Madison Water Utility to start flushing water mains this week

Madison Water Utility crews will be flushing water mains this week, according to a release.

Every year during the warm weather months, MWU crews complete maintenance work on the city?s water mains using a technique known as unidirectional flushing, officials said. The aggressive flushing technique moves water at a high velocity through water mains and fire hydrants to clear out sediment from naturally-occurring minerals.

Clean pipes are important for a clean, healthy water supply, and that?s why MWU works to maintain the pipes with this flushing process, according to the release.

Beltline lane closures scheduled near west side, Middleton

Beltline lanes will be closed for construction near Middleton and Madison?s west side starting Wednesday, Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials said.

Construction on the Beltline between Mineral Point Road and Terrace Avenue will start Wednesday, and the construction zone will be extended from Mineral Point Road to University Avenue on Thursday, according to a release.

The project includes pavement rehabilitation, working on auxiliary lanes and making ramp improvements at the Greenway Boulevard interchange, according to the release.

Lane closures are scheduled in the area from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly, officials said.

The project is scheduled to be completed by November 2014.

Officer hears 6 gunshots, window damaged

Six gunshots were heard and damage was found to a business on Madison?s west side Sunday morning, according to a report from Madison police.

A police sergeant reported hearing six shots at 12:44 a.m. to Grand Canyon Drive near Odana Road.

No shell casings were found, but officers found a window that appeared to have been damaged by a bullet in the Market Square shopping center.

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