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Mallards ready to open 2015 season

The Madison Mallards open the 2015 Northwoods League season Tuesday night at Warner Park against Kalamazoo.

Manager Donnie Scott begins his third season with the Mallards. After winning the Northwoods League Championship in 2013, the Mallards finished in the middle of the pack last season.

Scott says he's ready to get to work and get back to that championship level.

"I know I can't wait for this thing to get started," Scott said. " I want to get out the gate. I mean I'd like to put a pretty good run together  right off the bat, try to win the first half.  And once they get comfortable with things, things really seem to start clicking."

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

Kelsey Johnson earns money by babysitting her neighbor's two children; it is her main source of income. She also earns a little money at home by cleaning her room, “which I hate,” she said.

Johnson just entered the sixth grade, and has had a savings account for four years. She banks through STAR (Save to Achieve Results) Credit Union, the only kids-chartered credit union in the world.

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

The Madison Metropolitan School District’s board of education delayed implementing changes Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham calls key to making the district's discipline policy, known as the Behavior Education Plan, work effectively.

Cheatham told board members based on staff, student, parent and community feedback, changes can be made to correct massive misunderstandings surrounding the BEP, such as disruptive or unsafe students being kept in classrooms and teachers being unable to ask students to leave their class.

The proposed changes include:

Restaurant employee attacked, police say

An employee at Sol Azteca Fusion Grill had several teeth pushed in, and one of them broken, while trying to remove a drunken man from the restaurant, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said Jorge Perez, 19, of Madison, was denied service early Saturday morning and tried to drink other customers’ beers. When an employee tried to remove him, the 39-year-old employee was punched a couple of times in the face and knocked to the ground, according to police.

Others helped hold Perez as police were called.

Perez was arrested on suspicion of substantial battery.

Welding machines taken during burglary

High-end welding machines were taken during a burglary of Harbor Freight Tools on Verona Road early Saturday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the front-door glass was shattered and more than $1,000 worth of merchandise was taken from the business at 4617 Verona Road.

Man attacked in McDonald’s bathroom, police say

A 39-year-old man was attacked as a teenager tried to rob him in a McDonald’s bathroom Sunday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to the McDonald’s at 2402 S. Park St. at 5:50 p.m. after the 39-year-old victim left and summoned help.

The victim told police the would-be robber was with another teen who was acting as a lookout while the other teen punched him in the face three times while trying to get his money.

Police arrested Dalvon J. Tellis, 19, of Madison, on suspicion of attempted strong armed robbery, battery and obstruction. A 17-year-old was cited on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

New ladder truck joins Madison Fire Department's fleet

New ladder truck joins Madison Fire Department's fleet

A new ladder truck has joined the city of Madison Fire Department's fleet, according to a release.

A Pierce aerial platform ladder truck with a 100-foot ladder and 1,500 gallons-per-minute fire pump will improve the working area's safety for firefighters, the release said.

The truck will be kept at Fire Station 8 on the east side of Madison.