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Farmers’ market SNAP/FoodShare program continues in 2015

SNAP/FoodShare participants will once again have the opportunity to participate in the MadMarket Double Dollars program at area farmers markets this summer, according to a release.

The program, which allows users to get a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $25 per person at participating farmers’ markets, starts Sunday.

Four area markets are participating this year:

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MPD: Man threatens to kill officer during short chase from scene of disturbance

A Madison man threatened to kill a police officer during a short foot chase after police responded to reports of a disturbance in a north side neighborhood Tuesday night, officials said.

Madison police responded to the 2200 block of Coolidge Street for reports of a disturbance just after 9:10 p.m., according to a release.

Witnesses told police Aileen R. Sigg, 25, of Madison, approached the front of a residence in the area and started yelling, swearing, screaming and threatening to beat up a woman she thought was at the residence.

Sigg was pulled away from the residence, and was standing nearby when police arrived, according to the release. She and Marcus N. Longino, 21, of Madison, told police they hadn’t seen a disturbance.

Longino started making phone calls and walking away from the area when they arrived, police said. They eventually determined he had an outstanding warrant, and when they went to arrest him, he tried to run away from the officer.

Crews clean up chlorine from crash involving pool-chemical truck

A crash involving a car and a truck filled with pool chemicals on Madison’s north side led to a chlorine spill Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The crash at the corner of Sherman Avenue and Northport Drive just before 1 p.m. caused a lid to fly off a chlorine tank on the truck, according to a release.

The chemical truck also had two other tanks on board containing sulfuric and muriatic acids, but those lids remained intact and no chemicals mixed during the impact, officials said.

Fire crews hosed down the area to dilute the chlorine based on advice from the Madison Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team, according to the release.

Traffic was diverted around the crash area about 30 minutes, but the intersection is back open, officials said.

One driver suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Police: Pair steals wallets, cologne as they 'shop through cars'

A man and woman accused of stealing from cars on Madison's north side reportedly told police they had come to the city early Tuesday to "shop through cars."

Madison police said a 36-year-old man was outside his home on the 2000 block of Northport Drive with his wife early at 12:13 a.m. to take out the trash when he spotted two people inside his parked car. The resident confronted them and chased them when they ran away. He caught the woman in the nearby fast food restaurant parking lot, according to the report.

Police said someone called to report a man was attacking a woman, but officers responding to the call learned the woman, 19-year-old Megan M. Frydenlund, was suspected of stealing from cars.

A short time later, police found the second suspect, 22-year-old Drew J. Kennan, walking in the area. He told police he and Frydenlund had come to Madison from Sauk City to "shop" in people's cars.

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Toxic algae closes 3 Madison beaches

Toxic blue-green algae prompted Madison and Dane County Public Health officials to close James Madison, Tenny and Warner beaches, all along Lake Mendota, Monday.

"While we see this algae in the lake every year, it's unusually abundant this year," Center for Limnology Director Steve Carpenter said. "So we are seeing an unusual, a somewhat unusual event this year."

Health officials said the algae has to be considered contaminated because it's likely phosphate pollution coming from farm manure and soil runoff.

"Now with this bloom under way, the main thing is for people to be careful about their health," Carpenter said. "Don't let your pets drink the stuff, if you happen to come in contact with the lake wash your hands."

Carpenter said compounding the problem is what is being called an invasive species killing most of the tiny algae-eating water fleas. So there's virtually nothing on the water to naturally bring the algae under control.

Man arrested after altercation with woman, police say

A Madison man was arrested after an altercation with a woman involving a gun, according to a release from Madison police.

Police were called to the 1100 block of Sherman Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on a report of a dispute.

Officers said Terry J. Rice, 33, was in an altercation with a 23-year-old woman from Sun Prairie. Officers were initially told a gun was pointed at the woman, but the woman told police that didn’t happen.

Rice was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a felon, bail jumping and on a parole violation.

Man cut in neck, arm during fight, police say

A 50-year-old homeless man suffered cuts to his neck and arm during a fight with another man early Monday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the fight took place in some woods near the 1000 block of North Sherman Avenue after the men were out socializing and drinking.

The victim told police Terry J. Buttke, 33, pulled out a box cutter during a disagreement and slashed him. Police said the cuts were not deep, and he was treated at a hospital. He also suffered head injuries from being punched.

Buttke was arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct while armed and carrying a concealed weapon.