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New Dane County emergency communication network breaks ground

New Dane County emergency communication network breaks ground

DaneCom, a new $18 million emergency communications network, broke ground Wednesday near Verona.

County Executive Joe Parisi led the ground-breaking at the site of several radio tower sites that will comprise the new DaneCom system.  The system will link emergency responders and public work officials on one radio network.

“Whether it’s a car crash or fire, tornado, flood, or blizzard, responders from across our county work together everyday to keep us safe and this new radio system will help ensure a seamless, well-coordinated response,” Parisi said. “By partnering with communities throughout the county, we are able to make a significant investment in public safety despite historically difficult economic times. Despite the boundaries that divide our cities, villages, and towns DaneCom will make it easier for public safety responders to work together and save lives.”

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Picnic provides students with back-to-school supplies

All Dane County elementary and middle school students could have a free backpack full of school supplies this fall.

New backpacks filled with school supplies will be given, free of charge, to all students who attend the 16th annual Backpacks for Success Picnic. Students and parents will also receive all beef hot dogs. Entertainment and educational activities will take place throughout the day.

Nonprofit group 100 Black Men of Madison will host the event. According to their website, 100 Black Men of Madison hopes to enhance the African American Community by conducting and promoting programs and activities on academic achievement, economic development, health and wellness, and self-esteem of Madison youth through mentoring.

Goodwill holds free computer collection drives


Goodwill is holding free computer collection drives from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19.

The drives will be held at the following Goodwill donation centers:

  • Madison East -- 2127 East Springs Drive
  • Madison West -- 4530 Verona Road
  • Middleton -- 6661 University Ave.
  • Monona -- 2501 Royal Ave.

Goodwill accepts working and nonworking computers, hard drives, monitors, keyboards and mice and just about anything that can be attached to a computer (e.g., printers, speakers, cords), regardless of brand. It also accepts Microsoft Xbox and Zune systems and peripherals.

Donors are asked to:

East Washington Ave., Eagan Road intersection closes


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said East Washington Avenue (US 151) and Eagan Road intersection will be closed starting 5 a.m. Monday (Aug. 13) until 5 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 19).

Motorists can use Thierer Road or Zeier Road to access the East Towne Mall area.

Access to all businesses in the area will be maintained and access to Continental Lane will remain open.

For real-time traffic information dial 511 or log on to www.511wi.gov

Enrollment days approach for 2012-13 school year

Enrollment days approach for 2012-13 school year

As the 2012-13 school year quickly approaches, it's almost time for enrollment in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

This year, families can save time at their school enrollment day by enrolling online ahead of time.

"We are excited to begin a new school year and advance learning for all of our students," Superintendent Jane Belmore said in a news release. "As the enrollment process begins, we encourage families to use our online system to save time on enrollment day."

All families must attend enrollment day at their child's school, but they can save time by first using the district's online enrollment system, available starting Monday, Aug. 6, at www.mmsd.org/enroll. The district is also offering online payment for the first time this year.

Madison police investigate child enticement

Madison police are looking for a driver who approached a 4-year-old toddler on Sunday evening.

The child's mother said she was walking to her parked car when a man drove up to her child, who was standing in front of their apartment building in the 3100 block of Ridgeway Avenue.

The mother said she grabbed the child after witnessing the driver whisper to the child to approach him.

The driver is described as a white man about 40 years old with a slender build and standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall, police said. He was wearing a white T-shirt and a black hat.

Police said the man was driving a green, four-door sedan that's possibly an older model Honda with a white hood. �

Roommate arrested, accused of installing bathroom spy cam

A 24-year-old Madison man has been arrested and faces charges for spying on a female roommate while she was in the bathroom.

The 22-year-old victim said she first noticed a reflecting lens on the floor, and then found a digital video camera duct taped to the bathroom rug.

The 22-year-old woman immediately left the residence in the 200 block of North Thompson Drive and reported the incident to police.

The two had been roommates for one year, police said.

Investigators arrested Kevin Andrew Klatt, who now faces disorderly conduct and invasion of privacy charges.

Police also said Klatt confessed and expressed remorse about the recordings.