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Missing west side teen found Wednesday night

Madison police were looking for a missing 17-year-old girl who is without her necessary medication, according to a release.

Madeline Radtke was last seen at her Radcliffe Drive home on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Dane County sheriff's deputies found Radtke Wednesday night in the town of Blooming Grove, officials said.

Radtke appeared to be in good physical condition, but she was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

There is no evidence Radtke was the victim of a crime, according to the release. But police said Radtke has a medical condition and her family was concerned for her well-being.

Dane County sheriff's officials said they wanted to thank the community for their efforts in helping find Radtke.

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Seasonal leaf collection crews to start pickup

Seasonal leaf collection crews to start pickup

The city of Madison will begin the season's leaf collection pickup next week.

The Streets Division crew will start collecting leaves Monday and will continue as long as the weather permits through late November or early December.

There is no leaf collection schedule, according to the city news release. The crew begins in the Monday refuse collection area and continues through each district in order of the day of the week. However the collection may be on a different day than the regular refuse schedule depending on the workload.

"We always start leaf collection the first Monday in October because many residents want to get started cleaning out their gardens," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said.  "We will operate with fewer crews until the volume of material picks up," which is expected to be mid-to-late October.

UW midwives mark 25 years 'catching' babies

At UW Health's West Clinic, there are a group of women who have given the phrase "good catch" new meaning.

"We catch babies, we don't deliver them. Mamas deliver them, we catch," explained Melissa Kaminsky, a certified nurse midwife.

Before her interview, Kaminsky met with mom Emily Johnson and 6-week-old Miles, part of post partum care.

"How are you doing now? Are you getting much sleep?" Kaminsky asked Johnson. She replied, "About as much as you can get."

Kaminsky is one of eight midwives with the UW Nurse Midwifery Service, a program marking its 25th year of service, the profession has been going on for ages.

"Because it is such an old profession I think some people think it's based on having been taught or learned from mothers and grandmothers. All of us are nurses who have masters degrees or doctorate degrees.

Two men charged in west side armed robbery

Madison police said two teenagers have been charged with armed robbery after they allegedly robbed a west side convenience store late Monday night.

Police said the incident happened at the PDQ store in the 7700 block of Mineral Point Road around 10:15 p.m. Monday.

According to police, the two men entered the store with their faces covered and the hoods of their sweatshirts pulled up over their heads. Police said one of the men pointed a silver semi-automatic handgun at the clerk and ordered her to stand against the wall. The man then accessed the drop safe and grabbed an undetermined amount of cash, according to police. Police said the men took off on foot down South High Point Road.

Soon after, a Madison police officer found two men consistent with the description of the men involved in the robbery near Sears at the West Towne Mall and stopped them. Police said both men were taken into custody and eventually gave full confessions.

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2-year-old falls from 2nd-floor balcony

A 2-year-old boy was taken to a hospital after falling from a second-floor apartment balcony Sunday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police.

Witnesses told police the child slid between railing slats and tumbled to the ground shortly after noon in the 5800 block of Raymond Road. An officer in the area on another call came to help.

The boy?s mother was found and went to the emergency room.

The boy suffered apparent minor injuries.

MSCR hosts superhero training camp

A training camp for little Madison residents to become superheroes and save the city is scheduled for Oct. 4, according to a release.

A participating adult needs to attend with each hero-in-training, organizers said. Participants will work with their adult partner to try challenges, training trials and activities to become a superhero.

Each youth and adult helper will receive a cape and special super powers.

Madison School and Community Recreation will be holding the Superhero Training Camp at the Kennedy Elementary School playground at 221 Meadowlark Drive. The rain date is Oct. 5.

The program is for children ages 4-10, and runs from 1-3 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. Participants must register online.

Police: Man flashes gun at woman who honked

A Middleton man was arrested Friday for flashing a gun at a woman who honked at him near Mineral Point Road and the Beltline, Madison police said.

Robert Conner, 52, allegedly flashed a gun at another driver when she honked her horn at him because he cut her off during a turning maneuver around 4:15 p.m., according to a release.

Conner allegedly followed the victim and flashed a gun while driving, police said. He was later found at his home, and the gun used in the incident was recovered.

Conner was arrested on a tentative disorderly conduct while armed charge.