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Free workshop offers wealth of parenting support

Free workshop offers wealth of parenting support

Area families are invited to take part in workshops on topics from puberty to online safety this week at a free event presented by medical providers, local educators and community leaders.

Dean Clinic Oregon is joining forces with area educators and community leaders for Parent University on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at Rome Corners Intermediate School, 1111 S. Perry Parkway in Oregon.

Parent University, for families with kids of all ages, will begin with a light supper and will include workshops and lectures on:

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Dairy expo expected to bring 300K visitors to area

One of Madison?s largest events will open its doors Tuesday.

The World Dairy Expo is celebrating 48 years at the Alliant Energy Center, and exhibitors put the finishing touches together Monday.

Event organizers are anticipating over 300,000 visitors throughout the week. The expo runs Tuesday through Saturday.

Around 90 different countries will be represented, and each will display their dairy expertise to cattle farmers and other dairy companies attending.

The show grows each year creating a need for new additions.

?We do have a sell-out show. We?ve had a waiting list now for a number of years, and that?s very exciting to see this event prosper and grown,? said Janet Keller, the expo?s public relations and communications manager. ?The addition of the New Holland pavilions here at the Alliant Energy Center is part of that growing story.?

The expo is open to the public. Admission to the grounds is $10 per day and $30 for a five-day pass.

Car windows shot out by gunfire

Three windows were shot out of a car parked in an apartment building parking lot Sunday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police.

Witnesses told police they saw two men get out of a black car and run between some apartment buildings near the intersection of Ashford Lane and McDivitt Road just before they heard gunfire.

The men got back into their car and fled.

The 30-year-old owner of the damaged car told police he?s not aware of anyone who might be out to get him or send him a message.

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.

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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.

Police: Teen crashes into pole, says he heard gunfire

A teenager who drove into a light pole and traffic light said someone was shooting at his car, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the teen was driving north on South Midvale Boulevard near the Beltline around 1 a.m. on Monday when the incident occurred. The teen fled and was hiding when police arrived. A 20-year-old passenger was getting out of the car when police arrived and told police he had not been in the car.

The driver told police the shots came from a dark-colored vehicle with heavily tinted windows. Police said no shell casings were found.

Witnesses told police they heard the crash but didn?t hear gunshots.

Police: South side business robbed Monday night

A Klinke Cleaners on Madison?s south side was robbed Monday night, according to a release from the Madison Police Department.

Around 6:10 p.m. a man entered the Klinke Cleaners at 939 S. Park St. and demanded the employee empty the register, police said. The robber then told the employee to wait in the restroom.

The robber left the store with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the release.

No weapon was displayed during the incident.

A K-9 track was conducted, but a suspect was not found when the track ended at Erin Street and Westshore Drive, police said.

The robber is described as a black man, approximately 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, and was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.