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Police: Employee admits to stealing $14,500 from Kohl’s

A Sun Prairie woman admitted to stealing $14,500 from the Madison department store at which she worked, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said Rebecca A. Onstad, 27, said she stole merchandise and faked returns for store credit to support her family during some tough times in the past year.

Onstad worked at Kohl’s at 2602 East Springs Drive.

She was arrested Monday on suspicion of felony theft.

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Man and woman steal over $2,000 worth of high-end liquor, police say

Madison police say a man and a woman walked out of an east side store without paying for more than $2,000 worth of high-end alcohol Sunday afternoon.

Police said the suspects covered bottles of liquor with large packs of paper towels and pushed the shopping cart out of Hy-Vee on East Washington Avenue about 1 p.m.

Police said liquor brand names included in the theft were Midleton Barry Crockett, Tullemore Dew, Glenrothes, Power John Lane, Compass Box Lost, Glenlivet Nadorra, Peat Monster and Blanton's Original.

According to police, the couple also stole the paper towels used to conceal the liquor.

Trivia night to raise money for Dane County libraries

Trivia night at Madison’s Central Library will help raise money for Dane County libraries, according to a release.

The 4th annual Team Trivia Night Fundraiser is Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors at the central library at 201 W. Mifflin St. open at 5:30 p.m.

Entrance fees for teams are $250 ahead of time or $300 at the door, organizers said. Teams can be up to 10 people.

Teams should register online.

2 suffer burns in 'out-of-control' grill fire

Two people suffered burns in a grill fire Friday night, police said. 

Madison police said officers responded to a residence on the 1600 block of Rowland Avenue for a possible structure fire at about 9 p.m.

Two people were taken to the hospital to treat burns, according to the report.

A grill fire had gotten "out of control," police said.

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Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

The Madison Police Department's Burglary Crime Unit hit the streets Thursday to bring community awareness to open garage door burglaries, said police.

According to police, five detectives, one detective sergeant and two analysts went to sections of the city that have had an increase in open garage burglaries. In three hours, police contacted over 60 homes with open garage doors to bring the problem to residents' attention.

Madison firefighters respond to 7 fires in a day

Madison firefighters responded to seven fires on Tuesday, several caused by outdoor burning.

Fire officials said the first fire was reported shortly after noon in the 800 block of Williamson Street, where firefighters put out an exterior fire before the person inside was aware of it. That fire is under investigation.

At about the same time, firefighters were also called to an outdoor fire at the Sequoya Library branch on Tokay Boulevard. That fire is also under investigation.

At 2:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of smoldering mulch under the front steps of an apartment building. A cigarette butt was found in the mulch.

Firefighters on the north side were called to a cooking fire in the 3800 block of School Road at 2:45 p.m. One person was taken to UW Hospital.

Brat Fest adds zero waste initiative to 2015 event

The 2015 Brat Fest will not only feature the traditional brats, brews and bands, but the organizers are implementing a zero waste initiative this year, according to a release.

Brat Fest organizers said they plan on improving their current recycling program and will also be composting during the event, with the goal of reducing the amount of garbage in an effort to protect the environment.

“The zero-waste movement is all about creating waste management procedures with the ultimate goal that everything be recycled, reused or composted, with as little as possible remaining for disposal, the release said.

According to the release, Brat Fest organizers are proactively working with food vendors to choose compostable supplies so that more of the trash generated will be diverted from the landfill.

There will also be volunteers to help event-goers know which containers to put their waste into, organizers said.