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Hit-and-run suspect flees on foot with children

A man suspected of fleeing from the scene of a crash in Cottage Grove Thursday morning was found in Madison, according to Cottage Grove police.

Police were called to County Road BB and Vilas Hope Road in the Town of Cottage Grove at 7:06 a.m. for a report of a hit-and-run crash. Officers said a westbound car trying to make a left turn onto Vilas Hope Road was struck from behind by another vehicle.

Police said the vehicle that rear-ended the car fled and was later found by Madison police behind a business on Cottage Grove Road.

A 32-year-old Sun Prairie man fled the vehicle on foot with his children and was located by police on Vernon Road, according to police.

The man was cited on suspicion of operating while suspended, hit-and-run and failure to report a crash.

Madison police are also investigating a crash the man was involved in shortly after the crash in Cottage Grove.

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Kipp contamination concerns prompt possible well shutdown

Madison water utility administrators are considering a shutdown of an east side well because of opposing reports and an ongoing investigation into nearby contamination.

City Well No. 8 is a few blocks from Madison Kipp Corp., which used the contaminant tetrachloroethylene, or PCE, for decades until the late 1980s. PCE has never been found in the well water, but the Madison Water Utility is waiting for new test results to show the severity of the contamination nearby and how the groundwater flows to the well, general manager Tom Heikkinen said.

"The science will be our guide," Heikkinen said. "The water supply is safe, we're going to continue to make sure it's safe, and we're not going to put anyone at risk."

City administrators' groundwater concerns got the attention of neighbors, some of whom already have mitigation systems installed on their homes to keep harmful vapors out.

Road salt lingers in Madison’s watersheds, drinking water

Road salt lingers in Madison’s watersheds, drinking water

Report: Decades of salt use causes chloride levels in watershed to rise   

Every winter, George Dreckmann, the public information officer for the Streets Division, faces numerous complaints from the public about bad road conditions, asking the department to use more salt in their communities.
"It is our policy to not apply salt to residential streets to protect our lakes and groundwater," responded Dreckmann to one resident's complaint via e-mail.
The road salt, also known as sodium chloride, doesn’t simply vanish after winter.

Snow cover delays Madison leaf and garden waste collection

The city of Madison is delaying collection of leaf and garden waste, citing persistent snow cover in many Madison yards.

"The vast majority of Madison yards are still covered by snow," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "It makes no sense to start collecting material is residents cannot begin cleaning up their yards."

The leaf and garden waste collection was scheduled to begin April 1, but will be delayed to April 15.

Drop off sites will open extended hours starting Saturday. The sites, located at 1501 W. Badger Rd., 4602 Sycamore Ave., and 402 South Point Rd. will be open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 8 p.m.
Regular brush collection will begin on April 1 as scheduled.

"We expect that we will see a lot of brush that resulted from last year's blizzard," Dreckmann said. "Residents can bring brush to the curb and place it on top of the snow, if necessary, and we can pick it up."

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Suspected cocaine dealer arrested in Madison

Madison police said they arrested a 31-year-old Madison woman last Thursday on a charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

Madison police were investigating a stabbing in the 2400 block of East Washington Avenue last Wednesday when officers were led to the 1600 block of Wright Street for a possible connection between the two cases.

While at the scene, officers contacted Eveatt Smith, who wanted to retrieve personal property from her residence before leaving the premises, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Officers had no issue with this request, but needed to check all items that were being removed from the apartment.

Smith selected a backpack, and after officers checked the pockets, they found approximately 39 individually packaged substances which later tested positive as cocaine, Madison police said.

Smith was taken to the Dane County Jail on the drug charge.

Webster, Doty, King St. intersection to be reconstructed

Webster, Doty, King St. intersection to be reconstructed

Months-long downtown streets project to begin next week  

The city Traffic Engineering Division has two construction projects planned for the Outer Loop that will begin next week, according to the city.

City Traffic Engineer David Dryer said in a news release that construction is projected to last about seven weeks for work on Fairchild and Mifflin streets and more than three months for work on Webster Street.

Fairchild Street & Mifflin Street 

Reconstruction of Fairchild Street between Mifflin Street and West Washington Avenue will begin on Monday, according to the city and Raymond P Cattell Inc.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane on this block until the completion of the project in mid-May.

Traffic to be rerouted off a block of Dayton

2-day closure begins Monday, city says   

The 1300 block of W. Dayton Street will be closed Monday and Tuesday due to a construction project, according to the city.

The City Traffic Engineering Division said the two-day closure downtown is due to the disassembly of a construction crane.

The city said access to the Union South parking ramp will be maintained from the east.

The traffic engineering division encouraged motorists to use alternate routes to avoid delays Monday and Tuesday.