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15-year-olds flee burglary, police arrest 3

Three 15-year-old boys were arrested Monday after allegedly robbing a house on Madison?s south side, according to a release.

Madison police responded to the 700 block of Engelhart Drive around 1:35 p.m. for reports of a residential burglary, officials said.

Officers saw a vehicle in the area and three of the four occupants fled, according to the release.

Two of the boys who fled were found and arrested on various charges, police said.

Community court helps teens, community deal with minor offenses

Dane County officials are looking at a new way to deal with minor offenses to keep young people on the straight and narrow.

Monday the county announced a community restorative court on Madison?s south side. The goal of the court is to reduce long-term consequences so that a mistake at 18, 19 or 20 doesn?t prohibit offenders from getting a job and leading a productive life years down the road.

?A year ago you heard me stand and say, ?Less talk, more action.? And so today I?m excited to say this is exactly what we?re doing,? District 23 Supervisor Shelia Stubbs said. ?This is an action plan, this is an action process and Dane County is moving forward.?

The court will use a restorative justice model, which is designed to repair harm, reduce risk and rebuild community for young people ages 17-25, according to a release.

Madison debuts online water tracking tool

A new online tool is helping Madison residents keep better track of their water usage.

Madison is the first city in the state to launch an online tool that allows residents to check their monthly, daily and even hourly water use. The tool lets you compare month-to-month usage and set up email notifications to warn you of higher-than-normal usage, among other services.

"What we're talking about for us is really the ultimate conservation tool when it comes to water conservation," says Amy Barrilleaux, spokesperson for the Madison Water Utility.

Prior to the online option, residents could only track their usage by checking their monthly water bill or constantly comparing the water meter before and after use.

"This is just night and day from having to go into the basement and look at your meter to see how much water you're using every day," Barrilleaux said.

The goal is to help conserve water and dollars for Madison's residents.

Suspected drunken driver crashes into creek, flees

A Madison man was eventually arrested Saturday night after police found his vehicle partially submerged in a creek on the near east side, officials said.

Madison police officers were sent to reports of a vehicle crash that ended with the vehicle going off the roadway and into Starkweather Creek around 10 p.m., according to a release.

When officers arrived they found the vehicle partially submerged in water but no driver, police said.

The vehicle was registered to an address on Madison?s southeast side, and officers eventually made contact with Juan A. Sabino-Severiano, 18, in the area of Vernon Avenue, according to the release.

Sabino-Severiano resisted officers? attempts to handcuff him and take him into custody, but he was eventually arrested on tentative charges of resisting an officer and first-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, police said.

2014 Halloween event at zoo features costume contest

2014 Halloween event at zoo features costume contest

A free costume contest is just one event at a Halloween celebration at Henry Vilas Zoo next weekend.

Halloween at the Zoo is a free event to the public with a suggested donation of $2, and features free trick-or-treating and an activity tent, according to a release.

There will be five categories for the costume contest and the top three contestants will win prizes. The contest will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the center of the zoo. To enter the costume contest, participants will need to go to the costume contest stage across from the seals and fill out an entry form.

Organizers said the contest will end promptly at noon, but they will accept as many entries as they can. Participants will be judged on creativity, originality and authenticity.

The winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. at the costume contest stage.

Costume contest prizes:

Madison fire officials lay out Ebola response plan

Officials with the Madison Fire Department said Thursday they are working to ensure they have a safe and effective Ebola virus response plan in place.

Madison Fire Chief Steve Davis said in a blog post Thursday the department is actively working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dane County Emergency Management, local hospitals and the 911 Center.

?We recognize the significance of our role in safely transporting possibly infected patients to local hospitals while protecting our community from the spread of the Ebola virus,? Davis said in the release.

The Ebola response process starts with the 911 Center, according to the post. If a 911 caller complains of any symptoms similar to those of an Ebola virus infection, the 911 dispatcher will ask follow-up questions regarding travel locations and contact with any persons who have traveled. The questions are based on the most current CDC recommendations for location and time of travel.

Most area districts get increase in aid; Middleton gets 7th largest cut

Most area school districts will receive a small increase in general state aid, but the Middleton-Cross Plains School District will get the seventh biggest cut in the state, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the Oct. 15 certified amount each school district will receive from the $4.476 billion available under current law for general state aid.

General state aid for school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, but the actual amount of aid that the state?s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than last school year, according to the release. That is due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.