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Elver Park splash pad project starts

The city of Madison broke ground on a new splash park Wednesday.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and several area leaders were at a ceremony for the start of the Elver Park project.

The new splash park will feature modern and eco-friendly water attractions, including spray toys and fountains.

The Madison Parks Foundation received at $50,000 grant from Madison Community Foundation for the splash park project, according to a release.

MPF has received other contributions for the project, including a $50,000 grant from the Evjue Foundation, a $50,000 grant from the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation and $10,000 from American Family Insurance.

Police: Teen arrested after striking 2 vehicles, fleeing

Police: Teen arrested after striking 2 vehicles, fleeing

A teenage driver was arrested Wednesday night after striking two vehicles and trying to flee police, according to a release from Madison police.

An officer watching traffic on Hammersley Road at around 9:30 p.m. said a vehicle sped past and struck another vehicle as the officer started following it. The vehicle continued and struck a parked car on Loreen Drive.

The officer said the 17-year-old driver climbed through the window and fled before being taken into custody.

The driver and his 18-year-old passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of eluding and second-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing injury.

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Prep Mania Game of the Week spring schedule released

Prep Mania Game of the Week spring schedule released

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school baseball and softball games this spring sports season. Here's the schedule:

Tues., May 6- Wisconsin Heights at Lodi baseball (Dane Baseball Field) - 4:45 p.m.

Thurs., May 8 - Middleton at LaFollette softball (Olbrich Park) - 4:30 p.m.

Wed., May 14 - Edgewood at Memorial baseball (Mansfield Stadium) - 5 p.m.

Thurs., May 22 - Sun Prairie at Middleton baseball (Middleton HS) - 5 p.m.

Tues., May 27 - Waunakee at Stoughton baseball (Stoughton HS) - 5 p.m.

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.

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

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.