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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.

Madison libraries, streets division to host composting classes

Madison Public Library will be hosting a series of home composting classes led by the city of Madison Streets Division at four locations, according to a release.

The classes, being taught by Madison?s Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann, cover home composting basics, an introduction to compostable materials, where to put your compost bin and how to tend to your compost, according to the release. Plans for building a compost bin will be available, and information about leaf management will be presented.

All classes are free of charge:

Madison Water Utility ends running water order

Hundreds of water customers in Madison who were asked to keep their water running this winter can finally turn their water off.

Madison Water Utility announced Monday the frost line has receded to the point where the more than 650 customers in high-risk areas can stop running a constant stream of water to avoid frozen laterals.

The request to run water started in February, and the utility thawed 300 frozen laterals. There are only a handful of frozen laterals during a typical winter, according to the utility.

Many of the high-risk areas are dead ends and cul-de-sacs.

Customers who were asked to run water will receive a credit on their next bill based on average water use over the last three years. The credit might extend beyond one billing cycle.

Other communities in southern Wisconsin have also been lifting running water orders as the ground thaws.

Officers, worker hit with man?s urine at detox facility, police say

Madison police said an incident reported last week involving a 60-year-old man who allegedly threw urine at police happened at a detox center.

Julius A. Wilson, 60, of Madison, is accused of throwing urine at two police officers and a treatment facility worker, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the incident occurred at 1:27 a.m. on April 7, while the officers and a worker were trying to subdue Wilson at the facility on Industrial Drive. One of the officers and the facility worker said they were hit in the face with urine when the man threw a plastic receptacle at them. The other officer got urine on his uniform.

Wilson tried to punch the officers and grabbed the collar of one of the officers, damaging the officer's uniform, police said.

The officer and the staff member were treated at a local hospital for exposure to the urine, officials said.

Police: Alcohol, disagreement likely causes of south side attack

Madison police said alcohol and a disagreement led to a fight and physical disturbance on Madison?s south side April 7.

Police responded to the 500 block of Bram Street near Baird Street around 5:45 p.m. for reports of a robbery, according to a release.

Officers talked with a 56-year-old man who had abrasions and minor injuries about whether he had been attacked, authorities said. The man did not want to answer questions, but witnesses told police they saw the 56-year-old being pushed, punched and kicked on the ground by Noah Carpino, 22, of Madison.

Witnesses did not have details about what happened between the 56-year-old and Carpino that led to the fight, but they believed alcohol and a disagreement contributed to the attack, police said.

Carpino was arrested on tentative charges of disorderly conduct.

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Madison announces Koval as new police chief

Madison police Sgt. Mike Koval will be Madison?s next police chief. Koval was named to the position by the city's Police and Fire Commission on Friday.

He was one of two internal candidates who became finalists. Koval was chosen over Capt. Carl Gloede.

The city's police department has been without a permanent police chief since the end of September, when Chief Noble Wray retired after 29 years.

Sgt. Mike Koval has been with the Madison police department since 1983. Koval said becoming chief concludes his two biggest career goals.

"There's only two positions I ever wanted in the Madison police department the Sargent of training, where you get to select the talent and train the talent and then the chief of police because the chief then gets to take that same experience and create it district wide", Koval said.

Soglin: Ride-sharing companies refuse to meet standards

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said ride-sharing companies operating in the city refuse to meet standards, and to date, refuse to respect Madison ordinances.

Lyft and Uber, which launched in Madison in recent months, allow customers to order a ride from drivers using a downloadable phone application. The drivers are then paid a fee based on how far the trip was.

Soglin is adding his voice to other city officials and local cab companies who are speaking out against the companies that Madison police and the city attorney are calling illegal taxi services.