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Madison teacher receives national educator award

A Madison elementary school teacher was announced as the state?s recipient of the 2014 Milken Educator Award Wednesday.

Josie Guiney Igielski, a fourth-grade teacher and motivating force behind Lincoln Elementary School?s outdoor learning space, was recognized at a school assembly, according to a release. The award includes $25,000 cash and is one of up to 40 that will be given by the Milken Family Foundation nationwide.

?Josie?s passion for getting it right for her students and incorporating hands-on and outdoor learning into the school day are such valuable assets to students and the community,? State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release. ?She exemplifies what it means to go beyond the expected. Josie is among the top education leaders in our state and nation and a deserving recipient of the Milken Educator Award.?

Police look for discarded drugs, weapons

Madison police are looking for drugs, weapons and other evidence that might have been left behind by suspected drug dealers while fleeing police.

Officers said they were looking to apprehend Quentin D. Spears, 26, of Madison, on suspicion of several count of heroin delivery. As part of that investigation, an SUV he was traveling in was spotted on Fish Hatchery Road near Ann Street Tuesday afternoon. Police said the SUV would not pull over and police cut off their pursuit out of concern for citizen safety.

The SUV was spotted found empty in the 600 block of Pine Street. Police said Spears, Von A. Hamilton, 24, and Nicholas M. Moore, 23, both of Madison, were found and arrested a short time later.

Madison's legacy restaurants are here to stay

By Dan Curd

They stand the test of time. Their roots are deep in the community?often family-run from one generation to the next. They always respect tradition but aren't afraid to embrace change. Sometimes they're as much about their location as their current occupant. Inevitably, they're where we take out-of-towners for a real taste of the town. According to the National Restaurant Association, about sixty percent of all restaurants never see their third anniversary. Yet some manage to survive economic downturns and cutthroat competition to thrive and prosper. Their secrets to success are reliable food, personable service and genuine atmosphere. Dining fads come and go, but fortunately, the legacy restaurant is here to stay.

MPD investigates shots fired outside party

No one was injured in a shooting outside a party just off Verona Road just after midnight Sunday, Madison police said.

Madison police were dispatched to a residence in the 4700 block of Crescent Road around 12:30 a.m. for reports of shots fired, according to a release.

A large number of people were attending a party at 4706 Crescent Road when unknown persons began exchanging gunfire outside the home, police said.

Officers found a number of empty casings, but did not find anyone injured, according to the release.

While assisting with the call, Fitchburg police stopped a vehicle nearby that had bullet holes in it, officials said. When police attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

An investigation is ongoing.

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

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2 Beltline construction projects nearing completion

Two road construction projects tying up Beltline traffic should be finished soon.

Officials with Wisconsin Department of Transportation said they hope the projects will be wrapped up in November.

One Beltline project stretches from Fish Hatchery Road to the interstate. DOT officials said crews are replacing six miles of concrete and making repairs to five bridges. The old pavement was 25 years old. DOT officials hope the new concrete will last at least 12 years.

This project started in April and the DOT hopes to finish it by early November.

The second project is on the Beltline from Midvale Road to University Avenue. Road crews are installing a noise wall, widening ramps and doing some electrical work. DOT officials said work is mostly complete with an end date at the end of November.

Task force will research ways to protect Madison's honeybees

A task force will research the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, which directly affects honeybees and other pollinators, in the Madison area, according to a release.

The Madison Common Council adopted a resolution earlier this month directing the Madison Food Policy Council to lead the task force, which will be composed mainly of city staff, officials said. The task force will provide recommendations to departments and the common council on local solutions to protect pollinators.

Madison?s Pollinator Protection Task Force will monitor the progress of the federal task force, use best practices to inform its work and review relevant recommendations from the federal government, according to the release.