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17-year-old mugged on Madison's north side

According to a police report, a teenager was mugged Friday morning while walking in the 2200 block of Calypso Road.

The 17-year-old said three other young men jumped out of a SUV, battered him and took his backpack, police said.

The early investigation indicates the victim was targeted by the criminals and that this was not a random robbery.

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MPD: More than 30 packages stolen following deliveries

Madison police say that since November, more than 30 packages have been stolen following deliveries throughout the city.

Police reported on Dec. 8 that there were similar reports in the Isthmus area, but now say that there have been 10 thefts in the Central District, seven in the West District, six in the South District, five in the East District and three in the North District.

All the thefts took place during daylight hours after deliveries by USPS, UPS and FedEx.

Anyone expecting deliveries might want to have packages routed to places of work or other locations where someone is present.

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Madison Metro will have reduced service hours next week due to the holidays.

The city of Madison posted a reminder Thursday that the buses will follow regular weekday schedules on Wednesday, Christmas Eve, but service will end early with the last trips of the day between 5 and 6:30 p.m. 

Buses will follow the holiday schedule Christmas Day, Thursday. 

For online guides, visit www.cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules/Holidays/index.cfm

More information is also available through the Metro customer service center at 608-266-4466.

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

The Madison Metropolitan School District will ask voters for $41 million school facilities referendum in April.

A school district official said the school board finalized a project list involving 16 schools during a Monday meeting.

If approved, the money would be used to improve accessibility in 10 schools, add classroom space to five schools and renovate four schools in need of upgrades.

The biggest projects include $8 million in renovations at Jefferson Middle School and $4 million to redo the theater at East High School.

If approved, taxpayers owning an average $237,000 home would pay an additional $62.95 a year in property taxes for 10 years.

"If we can get these addressed not only will we create stronger schools and learning environments for our students, but we will set ourselves up for some long-term facilities planning that will really help bring our vision as a school district to life," MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said.

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Robbers order 2 to basement, 3rd escapes home to call police

Robbers order 2 to basement, 3rd escapes home to call police

Two robbers were able to get away with cash and electronics after ordering two roommates into their basement during a robbery early Sunday morning, according to a news release.

Three men were sleeping in the home in the 1400 block of Huxley Street around 3:40 a.m. when two men entered the home and ordered two of the roommates to the basement, police said.

A third roommate got out of the house, and was able to call police from a neighbor?s house a little while later, according to the release.

The robbers left in an unknown direction before police got to the house.

The only description of the men that is available is that they were wearing masks and may have been armed with a revolver.

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

According to the city of Madison, there will be no refuse or recycling on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. If your material is normally collected on Thursday, it will be collected on Friday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 2.

Residents should be sure to get material out to the curb by 7 a.m., as Street Division crews will be collecting in both the Thursday and Friday refuse districts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Because of the double collection, large item collection will be reduced. Residents are asked to hold large items until after the holidays if possible.

The Streets Division's offices and drop-off sites will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. They will conduct regular refuse and recycling collection on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Their offices will also be open on those dates.

For additional information, visit the Streets Division's web page.

Shop these 9 great local (and locally made) gift ideas

Shop these 9 great local (and locally made) gift ideas

Holiday shopping locally this year doesn't limit you. Here are some locally made gift ideas:

Artterro is a fabulous company based right downtown that makes arts and crafts kits for kids ages 8 and up. All of the kits are assembled by hand and contain artist-quality supplies like high-quality paper, beads and fabrics. Families can spend time unplugging and doing a craft together. There are 11 kits to choose from, and prices range from $22-$29. Available at Playthings and Willy Street Co-op East & West. Online: www.artterro.com