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Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage

Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage


Madison-area community closures, advisories will be updated
throughout the strong winter storm affecting much of Southern Wisconsin.

Madison museum shares art with Dane County schools

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is sharing its work with local schools.

It's bringing art from its permanent collection to nine public elementary and middle schools in Dane County.

A different exhibition will travel from school to school and be displayed for one month through 2015.

The first one is called "What's Going on Here? Stories in Art" and it starts circulating in January. The art is from state, regionally and nationally known artists, including Tom Uttech, Red Grooms and John Buck.

More than 8,000 students participated in a similar program in 2004 and 2005, when the museum was closed for construction. The museum was able to relaunch the program because of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Police: Drunk driver strikes building, flees scene

A concerned citizen alerted police to a man who staggered from a damaged car and was later connected to a hit-and-run crash, according to Madison police.

Officers were called to the 2600 block of Ardsley Circle at 9:06 p.m. Thursday when the citizen saw the man leave his car, which police said was parked in a traffic lane.

Police said they believe Craig D. Johnson, 42, drove his car into a nearby building causing airbags to deploy and flattening a front tire.

Johnson had a cut hand and denied being the driver, according to police.

He was arrested on suspicion of third offense operating while intoxicated, hit-and-run and operating while revoked.

Boy, 13, hit by car on South side

A 13-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after he was hit by a car just after 11 a.m. Thursday.

According to the report, the boy was struck as he was walking east to west and the car was southbound. Police said he was conscious at the scene.

A witness told News 3 the boy?s injuries were serious, though police did not specify.

Police said the accident is under investigation. The report did not indicate the hospital to which the boy had been taken.

City committee OKs lighting plan for bike trail

A city committee is moving forward with a lighting plan on a commuter artery for bikers, but some neighbors are still opposed to the plan.

The full Madison Common Council on Tuesday night will take up the lighting plan for the southwest commuter bike trail, running from Breese Terrace to the South Beltline Highway, following approval by the Pedestrian, Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Commission.

The proposal was first discussed last year at this time, when it was included in the mayor's capital budget. After some delays and work by the city, the lighting plan will now be up for a vote, much to the chagrin of some neighbors.

The path sees more than 2,000 commuters a day during peak times of the year, but it turns into a road less taken once nightfall arrives, which is why Alderman Brian Solomon has been working to get lights along the trail.

Fire departments consider consolidation

As their areas see rapid growth, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon, and Town of Madison fire chiefs are looking at consolidating the stations into one district.

The fire chiefs said the reorganization would allow them to share staff, equipment, and training resources under one name. They said there is already a significant amount of overlap and collaboration.

Verona Fire Chief Joe Giver told his staff that when and if the stations are consolidated, they will still have jobs. In fact, his research shows that in similar processes, the district would be likely to pick up a few new employees over time.

Giver said the consolidation would not likely involve any new buildings or station moves.

"In our situation, our stations are located far enough apart that we really can't close a station, or probably not even reduce a serious amount of apparatus, because of the distance between the stations," Giver said.


Stabbing on south side leaves one person injured

A stabbing on the city's south side overnight has left one person with non-life-threatening injuries, and police searching for who may be responsible, according to Madison police.

The incident happened in the 2300 block of Cypress Way around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

According to police, officers responded to a report of a person stabbed multiple times.

Police said they contacted the victim, and he was taken to the hospital with multiple stab wounds to his torso.

Police said a K-9 unit following a track north of the residence, but they were unable to find a person connected to the incident. Anyone who knows more about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.