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Rookie K-9 sniffs out escaped mental health patient

Rookie K-9 sniffs out escaped mental health patient

It was a rookie K-9 officer that helped police track down an escaped mental health patient in north Madison Wednesday night, police said Friday.

Wednesday at about 10 p.m., Madison officers were called to help Mendota Mental Health Institute staff find a patient who ran off while being escorted to a building on the MMHI campus.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said K-9 Frees and his partner Officer Nicholas Eull were part of the responding teams at the north Madison facility.

DeSpain said Eull used a sterile gauze pad to pick up the escapee's scent from the back of the vehicle in which the patient was transferred.

West side dog park opens with official 'ball toss'

West side dog park opens with official 'ball toss'

West side residents have a new place to play with their pups.

Walnut Grove Park officially opened Monday afternoon with an opening ball toss ceremony. The park at 202 N. Westfield Road is the eighth Dane County dog park. 

Madison Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp said buying a pass for the park extends throughout the county.

 

Walnut Grove dog park to open

Starting Monday, Walnut Grove Park, 202 N. Westfield Road, joins seven other parks in the city of Madison as locations for a fenced dog exercise area.

Everyone and their dogs are invited to join Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp and the west side neighbors and dog owners for a special unveiling.

There will be an official 'ball toss' opening at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the park.

"Madison Parks in committed to providing safe places for dogs and their owners to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The city of Madison is proud to be ranked number 6 in the nation for off-leash dog parks by the Trust for Public Lands," said Knepp.

Click here to find out the dog park rules.

The cost of the Annual Permit is $30 and the daily permit is $5.

Annual fire trucks parade this Sunday

The annual Dane County Fire Chiefs Association Fire Truck Parade will take place Sunday, Oct. 5.

This popular event is held each year to mark the beginning of Fire Prevention Week in Dane County. The parade includes more than 30 fire trucks from many of the fire departments serving communities in Dane County.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the end of State St. near the Library Mall. The trucks, adorned with plenty of chrome and flashing red lights, will travel up State St. to the Capitol Square.

Once at the square, the fire trucks will be on display until 3 p.m. for children of all ages to see up close. Firefighters will be available to answer questions about fire safety. This year, the fire trucks on the square will be joined by the newly-rebuilt Fire Safety House, which has been visiting area schools as part of Fire Prevention Month activities.

A message from the MPD's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team

With the school year right around the corner, the Madison Police Department would like to remind Madison residents to slow down and obey school zone speed limits.

Watch for crossing guards and please follow their directions. Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street and be aware of children present in the area.

Obey posted parking restrictions and park your vehicle accordingly.

The MPD considers School Zone safety a top priority and will be enforcing School Zone violations throughout the school year, to help keep children safe.

They also want to remind the public of Wisconsin State Statute 346.46 (2m) when approaching a crossing guard.

To read more about MPD rules and regulations, click here for more information.

Pavement painting on Madison's north side

On Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m to 6 p.m., the Northside Planning Council will be hosting a pavement painting at Knutson Cir. on Madison's north side.

The council is working with Northside Youth Council and community members, along with the Madison Art Commission and the Madison Mural Program, to create one of Madison's first legal street paintings.

Lend a hand or watch as this Northside design comes to life.

The rain date for this event will be Sept. 7.

For more information, contact Sharon Kilfoy at (608) 658-3736.