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Elver Park splash pad project starts

The city of Madison broke ground on a new splash park Wednesday.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and several area leaders were at a ceremony for the start of the Elver Park project.

The new splash park will feature modern and eco-friendly water attractions, including spray toys and fountains.

The Elver Park project is one of two new splash parks. The other is at Reindahl Park.

Both parks are set to open in August.

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An opportunity to talk, with an emphasis on second chances

An opportunity to talk, with an emphasis on second chances

For many people, a room filled with retired senior citizens and teenagers from all walks of life is an unfamiliar sight. The two generations rarely interact outside of family gatherings, but when they do, something special can happen.

"Dialogue Across the Ages," a program run through the Work and Learn Center on the east side of Madison, brings high school students and older adults together for four sessions in the fall semester.

The Work and Learn Center is an alternative program in the Madison Metropolitan School District for students at risk of not graduating that combines academics and vocational placement and allows the students to attain their high school diploma. Dialogue Across the Ages provides a forum at Madison’s Senior Center for these students, who have often faced many struggles early in life, and senior volunteers to simply … talk.

Prep Mania Game of the Week spring schedule released

Prep Mania Game of the Week spring schedule released

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school baseball and softball games this spring sports season. Here's the schedule:

Tues., May 6- Wisconsin Heights at Lodi baseball (Dane Baseball Field) - 4:45 p.m.

Thurs., May 8 - Middleton at LaFollette softball (Olbrich Park) - 4:30 p.m.

Wed., May 14 - Edgewood at Memorial baseball (Mansfield Stadium) - 5 p.m.

Thurs., May 22 - Sun Prairie at Middleton baseball (Middleton HS) - 5 p.m.

Tues., May 27 - Waunakee at Stoughton baseball (Stoughton HS) - 5 p.m.

Metal pipe used to attack fellow construction worker, police say

Police said a worker at a construction site attacked a coworker with a metal pipe after an argument Tuesday afternoon.

The Madison Police Department said 41-year-old Armando Flores of Beloit was working on Kinsman Boulevard at about 3 p.m. and was arguing with a 34-year-old Janesville man also working at the site.

The 34-year-old told police Flores hit him in the head and the leg with a 2-foot pipe.

The alleged assault took place at the end of the work day and Flores left the construction site before police arrived.

Flores was later arrested by Beloit police.

Flores told police the 34-year-old punched him multiple times and that he was also injured in the fight.

The 34-year-old was taken to the hospital but was not seriously injured, police said.

Flores was tentatively charged with second-degree reckless endangerment.

East tops LaFollette in girls soccer

Madison East's Jamie Rozell scored three goals as the Purgolders defeated Madison LaFollette 7-2 in a girls soccer game at Warner Park Tuesday night.

The Lancers' Leah Smith tied the game 1-1 with a goal at the 10 minute mark of the first period, but the Purgolders offense exploded for the final six goals of the night.

East moves to 2-0 in the Big Eight Conference. LaFollette is 0-1 in conference play.

Half-eaten cinnamon roll leads police to vehicle thief

A half-eaten cinnamon roll led a State Department of Corrections officer to the man who stole his vehicle early Monday morning, Madison police said.

A Wisconsin correctional officer got to Madison around 4:25 a.m. for training, and parked his car, with the keys still in the ignition, just outside of a hotel in the 4800 block of East Washington Avenue, according to a release.

When the officer went into the hotel, he heard his car starting up and saw it leaving the lot, officials said. The officer didn?t see the person stealing his vehicle, but the hotel?s surveillance cameras led him to a partially-consumed cinnamon roll in the parking lot.

The officer could see the man on the surveillance footage eating the cinnamon roll before he got into the car and drove away, according to the release.

Police: Men with bandanas on faces flee apartment

Witnesses saw three men running from an apartment building with two men chasing them, but the victims aren?t saying much to police, according to a release from Madison police.

The victims? neighbor called police Monday at 8:10 a.m. after hearing a neighbor yelling about people stealing his things. The witness told police she then saw men running away from the apartment building in the 1700 block of Onsgard Road. They were wearing bandanas and one was carrying a backpack and two men were chasing them.

She said one of the men giving chase was bleeding from the face.

Police said the 21-year-old man and his friend refused to come out of their apartment and said the man?s injury was from tripping and falling into a lamp.