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15-year-old accused of residential burglary

A 15-year-old Madison boy was arrested on suspicion of burglary after a homeowner found jewelry and alcohol missing from her home.

The 57-year-old owner of the home in the 5200 block of Piccadilly Drive told police hundreds of dollars worth of jewelry and alcohol was taken from her home. She contacted police Sunday.

The teen was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center.

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Weather cancels girls' regional b-ball games Tuesday

Weather cancels girls' regional b-ball games Tuesday

Games rescheduled to Wednesday night

According to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, 13 girls' basketball regional games scheduled for Tuesday evening were postponed due to bad weather.

WIAA noted the games will be played Wednesday at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted (see list below):

Public health officials launch new website

Public Health Madison and Dane County and four Dane County hospitals launched a new website to display countywide population health data.

HealthyDane.org will display publicly-available data and will compare local health data against existing indicators of health. Organizers hope that the website will encourage visitors to find solutions to existing health needs.

The website has drawn praise from executives of Madison and Dane County.

The public-private partnership is created with assistance from the Healthy Communities Institute, a Berkely, Calif.-based company. The hospitals involved are Meriter Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, Stoughton Hospital and UW Hospital and Clinics.

The cost is shared by the participating hospitals. Madison and Dane County public health officials provide staff support to the website.

Postal Service considers consolidation of Madison, Milwaukee operations

The U.S. Postal Service is considering consolidation of its Madison and Milwaukee processing and distribution operations to increase efficiency.

The Postal Service is down $16 billion this past year, and a study at the Madison processing and distribution center will focus on the possible consolidation of some Madison operations to the Milwaukee Processing and Distribution Center.

Postal Service officials cite declining mail volumes and the large financial deficits the decline has created as the reason for the study.

"And then we have catalogs -- it's almost all third-class, fourth-class mail," said mail carrier Jim Stonestreet. "And as far as cards go, for this generation, it's either email or Facebook."

Through an Area Mail Processing study, the Postal Service said it's examining the Madison plant's efficiency in order to decide whether the center should consolidate.

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Authorities seek cat after woman bitten

Bite victim handling stray early Tuesday when incident occurred  

The Department of Public Health is looking for information regarding a cat that bit a woman on early Tuesday.

According to a news release, the incident occurred at about midnight at the 700 block of Dempsey Road in Madison while the woman was handling a stray cat.

The cat was described as a calico with short hair.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the animal services officer at 255-2345. 

If the animal is not located, public health authorities said the victim may be required to complete a series of painful, costly injections to prevent rabies.

Man sees his stolen BMW out on the road

A Madison man driving around downtown early Sunday morning spotted his stolen car out on the road, although at first he didn't know his car had been stolen.

The 38-year-old Madison man's BMW X5 was in an auto repair shop in the 2300 block of South Stoughton Road -- or so he thought, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

While driving, the man noticed a BMW X5, which looked very similar to one he owns. It even had the same tree-style air freshener hanging from the rear-view mirror.

Police said the man pulled up alongside and could see two men in the front seat and two women in the back. They were listening to loud music, and the man could feel the thumping bass.

Police said the man next noticed the license plate on the BMW X5, and realized that this was in fact his car, which had been stolen.

Teen attacked outside Madison mall

An 18-year-old Madison teen was attacked by five teenagers outside East Towne Mall Saturday, according to Madison police.

The victim told police he was walking with his girlfriend at about 6 p.m. when he thought he heard someone from a group say something to him. He said when he responded he was punched in the face.

There were five attackers with one main aggressor, according to the victim.

He told police the attackers fled in a gray Chevrolet Impala.

All the attackers are described as being in their late teens. One of the attackers had long dreadlocks and was wearing a white T-shirt. Another had short hair and was wearing a gray zip-up sweatshirt. A third was wearing a black hooded-sweatshirt and a gray hat.

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