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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.

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Police: Couple beaten by man invited into home

A stranger invited into a couple?s home ended up beating the man who invited him in and his girlfriend, according to a release from Madison police.

A 37-year-old Webb Avenue resident told police he was out for a walk in a park when he met the man who came home with him. He said they socialized for a few hours early Tuesday morning before an argument started. He told police he thought the man was getting romantically interested in his 32-year-old girlfriend.

Police said the Isaac M. Tillman, 41, of Madison, punched the man until he was on the ground, and then began stomping him. The girlfriend threw herself onto her boyfriend and was kicked several times, according to the report. The man was taken to a hospital with cuts, bumps, bruises and a possibly broken nose.

Police said the man and woman gave them a good description and found the Tillman walking in the area a short time later.

Motorist follows suspected drunken hit-and-run driver nearly 4 miles

Motorist follows suspected drunken hit-and-run driver nearly 4 miles

A concerned driver followed a vehicle nearly four miles in Madison after he told police he saw the vehicle strike a car and a van Monday night, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a person driving near the 2300 block of Calypso Road on Madison's north side followed a suspected drunken driver beginning at 8:27 p.m.

According to the report, the uninvolved driver and passenger saw a vehicle rear end an occupied car and a parked van and drive off. The concerned driver followed the vehicle, suspecting the driver was intoxicated, about four miles southeast where the alleged hit-and-run driver pulled into a West Corporate Drive parking lot.

The car was seriously damaged, police said. One tire was gone and the vehicle had been driving on a rim. The driver walked away and the two citizens followed on foot, staying with the suspected drunken driver until police arrived.

Moped crashes; driver suspected of 5th OWI

A man who crashed his moped is suspected of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated.

Madison police said Warren G. Whitelightning, 43, of Madison, crashed while turning from East Washington Avenue onto Continental Lane around 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Whitelightning suffered a cut to the head and tried to pass himself off as his brother, according to police.

He was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense OWI, operating while revoked and obstructing.

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Man with cloth over face robs tavern at gunpoint, deputies say

A robber with a blue cloth over his head robbed a tavern at gunpoint Sunday morning, Dane County sheriff?s deputies said.

Around 7 a.m. Dane County sheriff?s deputies, along with police officers from Waunakee and Madison, responded to reports of an armed robbery at Willows Tavern at 5485 Willow Road, according to a release.

The robber entered the tavern through the unlocked front door, pointed a black handgun at an employee and demanded he open the cash registers, police said.

The robber took cash from the tavern and fled on foot toward the east, according to the release.

The robber is described as a man in his 20s or early 30s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a slender build and brown hair. He was wearing a blue cloth over his face, a dark colored plain hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. He also had a dark backpack.

Officials ask anyone with information on the incident to call 608-284-6900.

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.

Chief Koval talks pot after massive marijuana bust

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said the massive marijuana bust announced Thursday was so significant in scope that it ?couldn?t be denied or overlooked?.� In that situation, drug investigators uncovered $1 million in pot and more than 1100 pounds of marijuana plants.

?At the end of the day, even those of us who look at the legalization or regulation of marijuana for casual possession, it?s not contrary or inconsistent with this massive drug arrest that we made over the course of the last 24 hours,? Koval said.

Koval said while he is not in the business of promoting drug and alcohol use to youth, he said it?s time for Wisconsin to seriously look at legalizing marijuana across the state.

?Perhaps it?s time to reopen a vigorous public policy discussion on what it could do to legalize the causal possession effects of marijuana,? Koval said.