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Photo equipment reported stolen in smash-and-grab burglary

Photography equipment was reported stolen from an east Madison store in a smash-and-grab burglary Monday morning, police said.

The Madison Police Department said police responded to an alarm at 2:20 a.m. at The Camera Company, 4232 East Towne Blvd. Officers found glass from the front window and several display cases shattered.

Surveillance video shows a person in dark clothing using a hammer to gain access to cameras and merchandise, according to the report.

A store manager told police that inventory would need to be reviewed, but an estimated $15,000 worth of merchandise was missing.

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Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

The Madison Metropolitan School District will ask voters for $41 million school facilities referendum in April.

A school district official said the school board finalized a project list involving 16 schools during a Monday meeting.

If approved, the money would be used to improve accessibility in 10 schools, add classroom space to five schools and renovate four schools in need of upgrades.

The biggest projects include $8 million in renovations at Jefferson Middle School and $4 million to redo the theater at East High School.

If approved, taxpayers owning an average $237,000 home would pay an additional $62.95 a year in property taxes for 10 years.

"If we can get these addressed not only will we create stronger schools and learning environments for our students, but we will set ourselves up for some long-term facilities planning that will really help bring our vision as a school district to life," MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said.

Man finds his stolen books at used bookstore

A Madison man who did his own detective work after his packages were stolen helped police track down a man suspected of selling the books in the packages to a used bookstore.

The Old Camden Square resident told police two of his packages containing three books were stolen from a common area of the apartment building after they were delivered on Dec. 6.

The 29-year-old resident said he visited Half Price Books at 4250 East Towne Blvd. on Sunday and found the titles of his stolen books on the floor. He said the copies looked brand new.

The bookstore provided police with the records showing who sold the books to the store.

Brian R. Holst, 22, of Madison, told police that he found the books but later acknowledged that he had taken from the mail area in the apartment. He was cited on suspicion of theft.

Officials release name of man killed in Highway 151 crash

A Sun Prairie man was killed when he was struck by a truck while investigating damage to his SUV.

The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the victim as Miguel A. Julian, 71.

Madison police said the incident happened at 7 a.m. Friday on Highway 151 at American Parkway, when Julian fishtailed his southbound� SUV on the slippery bridge and struck a cement barrier.

Julian got out of his SUV to inspect the damage. A man driving a pickup also lost control on the bridge and struck the SUV and Julian, according to police.

Julian was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the SUV and the driver of the pickup were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

An MPD traffic specialist and Wisconsin State Patrol crash reconstruction team are investigating the crash.

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Person flees business as police respond to alarm

A person was seen fleeing an east Madison business when police arrived early Saturday, according to a report.

Madison police said officers responded to an an industrial gas supply business at 4101 Robertson Road at 12:57 a.m. for an alarm.

Officers arriving at Airgas said a person fled out the back door. Officers and K-9 Josh attempted to track the person but weren't successful.

Police said the person was wearing dark clothing.

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

According to the city of Madison, there will be no refuse or recycling on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. If your material is normally collected on Thursday, it will be collected on Friday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 2.

Residents should be sure to get material out to the curb by 7 a.m., as Street Division crews will be collecting in both the Thursday and Friday refuse districts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Because of the double collection, large item collection will be reduced. Residents are asked to hold large items until after the holidays if possible.

The Streets Division's offices and drop-off sites will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. They will conduct regular refuse and recycling collection on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Their offices will also be open on those dates.

For additional information, visit the Streets Division's web page.

Sheriff: Thousands of dollars in stolen property found at suspect's home

Sheriff: Thousands of dollars in stolen property found at suspect's home

Thousands of dollars worth of stolen property was found at the home of a Madison man suspected in multiple burglaries, officials said.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said detectives searched 20-year-old Kyle R. Trace's home on Madison's east side Thursday.

According to the report, detectives recovered stolen jewelry, electronics, tools, collectible coins, collectible cards and sports equipment worth thousands of dollars in the Mill Bluff Drive residence. Detectives were still processing the large amount of suspected stolen property Friday.

Trace was arrested in connection with multiple burglaries in western Dane County, the sheriff's office said.

Trace was taken to Dane County Jail.

The sheriff's office said 24-year-old Joseph Estremera, of Madison, was also arrested as part of the investigation. He was booked into Dane County Jail on a receiving stolen property charge.