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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.

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.

Puppy lover scammed out of $2,000

A Madison woman hoping to buy a Pomeranian puppy was scammed out of $2,000, according to a release from Madison police.

The 32-year-old told police Tuesday she had been communicating via text message with an out-of-state breeder named Albert who sent her photos and information about a puppy she wanted to buy.

The north side woman said she sent the man a money order for $650, and another man named Anthony Saunders contacted her about flight insurance and an airline ticket for the dog. She said she sent him $1,435. She showed police documentation of her transaction with a company named City Xpress Pet Carrier Delivery Services.

Police said they can?t find any evidence that the company exists.

The woman has also been asked for another $1,000 to pay for insurance when police told her the deal was a scam.

Voter ID efforts focus on students, seniors

Preparations continue for a November election with voter ID, with special efforts focused on University of Wisconsin students and senior citizens.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said Monday that a number of ideas are on the table to try to make sure city residents can vote and don't have to stand in long lines on Election Day.

Soglin was joined by the Madison city clerk and other city staff for a news conference letting city residents know about 34 locations they can register to vote Tuesday on National Voter Registration Day.

Soglin also told reporters he's considering busing senior citizens to DMV locations to get IDs and having city staff spend part of Election Day working at the polls.

New housing unit aims to reduce young-adult homelessness

Some young adults are getting help in ways they?ve never seen before with new housing that will help them avoid homelessness.

Experts on the issue say young adults often get overlooked or lumped into adult services, which doesn?t always help them.

The Briarpatch Transitional Housing Cooperative, on Madison?s north side, will now be available to help young people get on their feet and get a job.

?It?s just kind of an overwhelming feeling of, ?I have a place that I might not have had before, and I?m surrounded by people who care about my future and care about my well-being,?? said Tyler Schueffner, who will be staying in the new housing unit.

Several groups are helping make the 10-bedroom home a reality. A grant is helping pay for the home, and Dane County will be leasing the land for $1 a year.