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Craigslist buyer dupes woman out of $360 camera, police say

Craigslist buyer dupes woman out of $360 camera, police say

Police said a Madison woman was duped in an in-person transaction for a purchase agreement made on Craigslist last week.

The Madison Police Department said a 33-year-old woman posted her GoPro camera for sale on Craigslist and a man who said his name was Meng responded.

He agreed to the selling price of $360, according to the report.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the two met in the parking lot of a burger restaurant just off the Beltline -- on the border of Madison's near west and south sides -- at about 10 p.m. on April 17. The man paid cash, but the woman later learned the bills were fake when she tried to deposit them into her credit union account.

The woman told police the man was Asian, drove a dark-colored BMW and had a woman and a small child with him.

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Crazylegs will close, delay many downtown streets

The Crazylegs Classic Run/Walk will close many downtown streets this Saturday morning, city officials said.

Traffic will not be able to cross Wisconsin Avenue or State Street at any intersection from 9:45-11:15 a.m., according to a release. Major streets that will also be affected include Gorham, Johnson and Dayton streets.

City officials have mapped out traffic routes that through traffic should follow.

Officials encourage people traveling downtown before noon to allow extra time.

Madison Water Utility to start flushing water mains this week

Madison Water Utility crews will be flushing water mains this week, according to a release.

Every year during the warm weather months, MWU crews complete maintenance work on the city?s water mains using a technique known as unidirectional flushing, officials said. The aggressive flushing technique moves water at a high velocity through water mains and fire hydrants to clear out sediment from naturally-occurring minerals.

Clean pipes are important for a clean, healthy water supply, and that?s why MWU works to maintain the pipes with this flushing process, according to the release.

Madison property values show first increase in recent years

Increasing Madison property values for both commercial and residential properties are a sign of an economic recovery, according to city officials.

The city announced Friday a 3.2 percent increase for the average residential property and 4 percent increase for commercial properties. The overall increase is 3.5 percent.

Property assessments are being mailed to property owners on Friday.

City officials said properties appreciated in value $345 million during 2013 compared to a $31 million drop during 2012. In 2008-2009, property values depreciated more than $1.1 billion.

New construction in 2013 was 75 percent higher than in 2012, spreading the tax burden across more properties.

Also, the tax burden continues to shift from residential to commercial properties. It has increased from 31 percent to 35 percent since 2007.

Attendance up 2 percent at Midwest Horse Fair

Attendance was up this year at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison.

Officials say despite rain and thunderstorms last weekend attendance hit nearly 55,000 people at the three-day fair, an increase of 2 percent over 2013.

According to the fair, the event's estimated economic impact on the Madison area was $8.4 million, which includes spending at local hotels, restaurants, shops and other businesses.

This year was the first time the event hosted two nights of PRCA Rodeo. Tickets nearly sold out for Friday night's rodeo and sold out on Saturday. The event also featured the world's tallest donkey and horse.

It was the third-highest attendance in the event's 35 year history. The most was in 2010 when 56,000 people attended.

Madison ranked greenest city in nation

With Earth Day just around the corner, a website has ranked Madison the greenest city in the nation.

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The website Nerd Wallet looked at the 95 largest cities in America and measured air quality, alternative modes of travel and natural attributes like lakes, biking and hiking trails and local parks.

Jessi Claringbole, community relations manager at Madison Environmental Group, a consulting firm that urges companies to build and think green, said she?s not surprised Madison made the list, but there?s even more the city can be doing.

?If we could expand the metro offerings, have it to be more available to outlying neighborhoods, and they maybe connect with other communities. Maybe starting in Dane County and then kind of expanding from there,? Claringbole said.

Madison woman returns to Boston Marathon for 15th time

A Madison woman will make her 15th trip to the Boston Marathon this year, but she said this time it will be different.

Mary Tierney first qualified for the famous race in 2000 when she was 47 years old. She has qualified and completed the marathon every year since. The only exception was in 2012 when runners received a bye for heat conditions.

Last year Tierney was ready to make it her final run, but she never made it through the finish line.

In 2013 Tierney made plans to run with her younger sister. The pair took a picture a day before the race and planned to take another one after the race, but they never got the chance.

"We didn?t get it because she finished just before, maybe 20 minutes before the bomb went off, and I was running in," Tierney said.

When the two bombs went off at the finish line, Tierney and other runners came to a stop less than a mile away.