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Phosphorous reduction initiative announced

Dane County will work to clean up county lakes with a new system designed to reduce phosphorous runoff.

County Executive Joe Parisi announced the "Clean Lakes, Clean Energy" program Thursday. It will be introduced in the 2013 budget Monday.

"Cleaning up our lakes, preserving our lands, and investing in green energy like solar, wind, and alternative fuels are shared values that enhance our quality of life we enjoy in Dane County," Parisi said.

The $300,000 system as part of the new manure digester will open next year in the Town of Springfield. It will successfully remove 100 percent of the phosphorous from animal waste, said Parisi. It is the first system of its kind in Wisconsin.

"It?s our focus because phosphorus is the main cause of smelly, murky green lakes," said Parisi. "In fact, preventing one pound of phosphorus from entering our water prevents 500 pounds of algae growth."

Distinctive neck tattoo, Cadillac lead police to theft suspect

Madison police said a distinctive neck tattoo and an abandoned Cadillac led officers to a man suspected of stealing a woman's wallet.

Police said Jason A. Natcone, 37, of Madison, is accused of stealing a 58-year-old Madison woman's wallet Sunday afternoon.

The wallet was left inside her car while she was socializing inside the South Bay Lounge at 5404 Raywood Rd.�

A witness saw a man with an Asian tattoo on his neck take something from the victim's car and then speed away in a white Cadillac about 2:40 p.m. Sunday, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Police said the car was found a short time later, damaged, steaming and empty alongside the West Beltline Highway near Rimrock Road. The keys were in the ignition and the Cadillac had significant front-end damage. In plain view, inside the car, was a debit card belonging to the victim, police said.

Police: Burglary suspect found hiding under desk

A security officer?s decision to call police helped officers find a burglary suspect hiding under a desk in an office Wednesday night, according to police.

Police were called to Villager Mall on South Park Street at 6:19 p.m. to a report of a break-in in progress.

Officers said they found Perry M. Coleman, 18, of Madison, hiding under a desk inside an office he had broken into using a screwdriver.

Police also suspect Coleman in a burglary at the same office Sept. 20. Cash was taken during the burglary.

Coleman was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of burglary tools and criminal damage to property.

Search begins for Madison's top teacher

Search begins for Madison's top teacher

Nominations are being accepted for the top teacher or professor in Madison.

Panera Bread will accept nominations until Sunday for deserving educators ranging from preschool to graduate school.

Nominations can be sent to www.panerabread.com/topteacher.  The winner of the top teacher honor will receive breakfast for their classroom, a $200 Panera gift card and $100 in office supplies.

Panera will also donate $1 to the Kids Café Program at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin for each nomination received, said a press release.

The top teacher will be announced on Oct. 5, World Teachers' Day.  Madison bakeries and cafes will also celebrate local teachers on Oct. 5 with a free coffee for teachers from open to 11 a.m.

Dogs get half-price microchip during National Dog Week

Dogs get half-price microchip during National Dog Week


In honor of National Dog Week, the Dane County Humane Society will reduce microchip fees for dogs.

National Dog Week began Monday and will continue through Saturday, Sept. 30.  This week, microchips will cost $15, 50 percent off its original price.

Dane County Humane Society emphasized the importance of having dogs wear collars with ID tags in addition to a microchip, said a press release.  This provides multiple formed of identification if owners and pets are separated.

"Pet owners don’t expect their pets to be lost or stolen and they hope that leashes, fences and doors will be enough to keep them safe at home," said Gayle Viney, DCHS Spokeswoman.  The reality is that accidents do happen, and when they do, many owners are unprepared.  "The ID tag provides immediate owner information and the microchip provides back up information if the ID tag is separated from the animal," said Viney.

Habitat for Humanity and Wipfli build walls for local family home


Wipfli LLP volunteers and Habitat for Humanity will build interior and exterior walls for two future homeowners Thursday.

About 75 volunteers will build walls for the Stuntebeck and Juok-Riak families.  The build will begin at 8 a.m. in the Bonfyre American Grille overflow parking lot west of Wipfli, located at 2501 W. Beltline Highway.

The event is expected to be over around noon.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, visit www.habitatdane.org. To learn about Wipfli LLP, visit www.wipfli.com.

Madison parks offers hayrides

Madison parks offers hayrides


Four Madison parks will offer hayrides beginning Thursday.

Hayrides will take place in Cherokee Marsh, Elver, Warner, and Olin Parks from Sept. 27 through Nov. 21.

Locals can enjoy special event hayrides on four separate occasions.  For $2 per person, attendees receive a hayride, campfire and s'mores.  No reservation is necessary.

Special event hayrides will take place on Sept. 29 in Elver Park, Oct. 20 in Cherokee Marsh, Oct. 26 for Downtown Madison Family Halloween and Nov. 17 at Olin Park. Popular event Fantasy Holiday in Lights in Olin Park will also return this year from Nov. 12 to 23.

Personal hayride trips are also available and include a 30 minute ride and 30 minute campfire and s'mores.

For more information about hayride locations and times or to reserve a personal hayride, visit their website here or call 608-266-4711.