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Two arrested after ruckus at south side grocery store

Madison police have arrested two people following a fight inside a Copps grocery store on the city's south side last week that led to a man allegedly trying to run down his ex-girlfriend with his car.

The incident happened last Friday at about 7:45 p.m. at the Copps in the 1300 block of South Park Street.

According to police, a fight erupted between Corean Donaldson, 18, of Madison, and her ex-boyfriend Lamar Bryson, 21, of Fitchburg. Bryson went to visit her at the store while she was working.

Witnesses told police that Donaldson started yelling at Bryson, demanding that he leave the store before grabbing his shirt and slapping him three to five times.

Police said the fight moved outside and Bryson got in his car and started to drive fast at Donaldson. A witness told police that Bryson nearly pinned Donaldson behind a bike rack. Bryson told police that he was only trying to scare her, not hurt her.

Madison School Board passes budget

The Madison Metropolitan School District's Board of Education passed a budget on Monday night for the 2012-2013 school year.

The $376.2 million budget passed late Monday increases overall spending by 0.8 percent, and the levy by 4.95 percent.

Taxes on the average Madison home are expected to increase by approximately $85 a year. The board also decided to dip into its "rainy day" fund to cover additional expenses.

Board members expressed frustration with the need to make cuts.

"This district has seen cut after cut after cut, millions of dollars, and they do directly impact people in Madison and they do directly impact the kids, and we're not telling that story loudly enough," said board member Maya Cole.

"I think we're sort of pushing a lot into the future that we're going to have a very hard time dealing with next year," said board member Mary Burke.

County's e-waste recycling event collects 400,000 pounds of electronics

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the county's fourth annual free e-waste recycling event this past weekend was a huge success, preventing an estimated 400,000 pounds of broken or unwanted electronics from cluttering area homes and clogging the county's landfill.

"We not only recycled hundreds of thousands of pounds of e-waste and helped families with some housecleaning, but we also kept a lot of toxic materials out of our landfill," Parisi said. "This free event is convenient for our residents and good for our lands and lakes."

People who attended Saturday's event at the Alliant Energy Center dropped off 100,000 more pounds of computers, printers, scanners, television sets, cellphones and other electronics than last year -- enough to fill 16 semi trucks.  The items were sorted quickly and efficiently by more than 100 volunteers and there were few problems with lines or waiting, according to country officials.

Fights have Allied community prepared for summer violence

Two fights and three arrests this week have Madison police and neighborhood leaders planning for summer in the Allied Dunn's Marsh community.

A street fight Wednesday led to only one arrest because the participants scattered before police could find them. An officer stopped a disturbance from happening outside a convenience store overnight Thursday before eventually arresting two men.

"With this particular fight starting to brew, it's very likely something bad could have happened had the officer not been in the vicinity," Madison Police Officer Howard Payne said. "It definitely makes it difficult to manage that type of scene when you have 10-15 people moving about in different directions."

Derrick Jones, 27, and Eron Braggs, 24, were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and possession of a firearm by a felon after officers ordered them out of a vehicle at gunpoint, according to police.

Craigslist scam targeting Madison home rentals

A Craigslist scam is targeting some Madison homeowners who have put their houses on the market.

The scam appears to be involving home rentals, WISC-TV reported.

Madison resident Jeanne Erickson said that she was on Craigslist and responded to an ad for a home for rent and things just started not adding up. She had spotted an East Side home for rent on a Craigslist ad. She said she thought her search was over.

"It's adorable. It's a cute, little home," she said. "I've been living in an apartment for many, many years. I want to get back into a home."

The rent was reasonable and the home was in a nice neighborhood, she said.

There was one big problem with the property though. The home had been abandoned and is bank owned so it's most definitely not for rent.

"It's not for rent. It's closing next week," said Karen Berg, the listing agent.

Health officials warn of blue-green algae in area lakes, ponds

This spring's warmer than usual temperatures mean blue-green algae blooms are already starting to form, according to local health officials.

Officials from Public Health -- Madison & Dane County said that the dry, hot weather for the next few days could increase blooms on area lakes.

Blue green algae can be toxic and cause serious health problems for people and pets. Officials are urging swimmers and boaters to stay away from the blooms and make sure to shower after swimming in any area lakes or ponds.

Red Cross seeks, celebrates blood donations on 'Donor Day'

Officials with the American Red Cross are appealing to the public to turnaround their declining blood supplies.

They said that they're asking people to donate blood in World Blood Donor Day on Thursday. They said the event is a chance for the organization to raise awareness about blood donation and to thank everyone for coming out to do so.

They're giving away specially designed bandages.

Officials said there's a strong need for blood types O negative and positive, B negative and A negative.

In order to give blood, donors have to be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent0 weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

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