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Neighborhood residents seek council's approval for plans

Residents in two Madison neighborhoods, dealing with crime and transportation problems, are asking for help from the Madison Common Council.

While students on the southeast side told the council Tuesday to approve a bus route extension to the Owl Creek neighborhood, Mayor Paul Soglin said a neighborhood center in the troubled southwest side Theresa Terrace community is a "high priority."

A group of LaFollette High School students from Owl Creek said they felt stuck and isolated, because there are no buses other than the ones they catch to and from school. They said they can't get to jobs or do after-school activities, and said they were envious of classmates with easy access to the bus.

"It makes me feel like they're more lucky than I am," said Julie Vue, a 17-year-old senior from the neighborhood. "I feel left out, -- they have more things to do, they can volunteer, they can do all this stuff."

Police: Cars were racing at 80 mph in 30 mph zone

Madison police said two drivers were racing neck-in-neck at speeds of about 80 mph down a street on Madison's far west side where the speed limit is 30 mph.

Police said a Pontiac G6 and the Chevy Camaro were speeding in the 5300 block of Raymond Road at about 6 p.m. on Sept. 29.

A Madison police officer was using a laser gun, conducting traffic enforcement, at that very moment as the cars traveled his way, at high speeds, quickly outpacing other cars on the well-traveled thoroughfare.

At first the Camaro was in front by a couple of car lengths, but the driver of the G6 was determined, pushing the accelerator down, until he and the Camaro were side-by-side, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Police said the officer locked in on the G6 as it hit 81 mph. The Camaro was estimated to be going slightly slower.

Police: Masked men knock on resident's door, shoot him in struggle

A 33-year-old Madison man was shot twice during a struggle with two men who knocked on his door Monday night.

Police said the victim responded to a knock at his door at about 9:45 p.m. and was confronted by two men who he said were both wearing bandanas -- one handkerchief red and the other white -- to cover their faces. The man said he reached for the gun and began wrestling with the intruder when the gun fired. The Flower Lane resident was shot in the back and the elbow, police said.

The victim told police the intruders were both black males in their 20s wearing black hoodies, jeans and the bandanas.

This is the second time this Madison resident has been the victim of violence at his home in five months. Police said he reported an attempted burglary at his apartment in May. The man claimed four or five teens kicked in his door late at night, but fled when he grabbed a baseball bat.

Police: Crash kills man, driver arrested

A single-car crash early Saturday morning killed one man and significantly injured a woman, Madison police said.

The driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Police said a car going west on Odana Road just before 5:30 a.m. went off the road and struck a tree.

Two passengers, Richie R. Christie, 21, of Waukesha, and a 20-year-old woman with addresses in Madison and DeForest, were transported to a hospital with significant injuries, police said.

Christie survived a short time before dying at a hospital, according to a Madison Police Department incident report. A forensic autopsy is scheduled.

The woman remains hospitalized with serious head injuries.

The driver, Lawrence Montgomery, 21, of Madison, was also transported to the hospital and arrested on suspicion of intoxicated use of a vehicle and operating after revocation.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Meadowood garden grows community closer

Madison mayor Paul Soglin hosted the city?s annual neighborhood conference Saturday, filling the rooms of the Monona Terrace with discussions centered on "placemaking."

The concept, Soglin said, is about seeing city space in a new way and creating places where the community can come together. Soglin added the ideas should come from the creativity of those communities.

"The community grows it and embraces it, then we've got something," Soglin said.

The conference conversations focused on individual neighborhood destinations and public places where residents can go and feel further connected to and invested in the community.

"We want everyone participating in the growth of their neighborhood, so we work on the household, as well as the public places," Soglin explained.

Police: Women used teens to steal from department store

Two women used a 14-year-old girl and 16-year-old girl to move merchandise at a Madison department store Saturday, according to police.

Police said Shayne L. Roth, 37, of Arena and Katlyn M. Lange, 20, of Madison, used an empty baby stroller and purses to steal more than $800 worth of clothes from the JC Penney store at West Towne Mall Saturday afternoon.

Roth and Lange were arrested on suspicion of retail theft and two count each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

First annual race benefits local wildlife center

First annual race benefits local wildlife center

 

A new race Saturday will benefit the Dane County Humane Society's Four Lakes Wildlife Center.

The 5K cross country run and walk will take place at Elver Parks' Shelter 1 at 1250 McKenna Blvd.  The race begins at 9 a.m.

Attendees can register the day of the race for $25 without a race shirt and $15 for a shirt only.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

A bib raffle drawing will follow the race.

"This is our first event of this kind to help raise money for much needed improvements to our wildlife rehab facilities, equipment, supplies, and staffing needs as the demand and our patient base grows," said Gayle Viney, DCHS Public Relations Coordinator.

The Wisconsin Bat Project and the Bat Monitoring Program from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will follow the race, said a press release.  The demonstration will feature live bats and a myth-busting introduction to the winged mammals.