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Police: Scammer posts as east business on classified car sales website

Police: Scammer posts as east business on classified car sales website

An east side business told police someone was using the business's identity online without its permission. 

The Madison Police Department said Wednesday that a sales representative from Wilde Honda East reported a scam Saturday. The employee told police that it appeared criminals were creating listings on Cars.com as the dealership. 

Potential customers started contacting the employee about vehicles that were being advertised online that were supposedly at Wilde Honda East. After checking the photos posted online, the employee said he knew immediately the were of vehicles not on his lot; someone had hacked into Wilde Honda East's Cars.com account, used Wilde's logo, but indicated buyers should contact a private seller by email, according to the report.

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

In November, a pipe ruptured on Dane County's community manure digester, which converts cow waste into power. About 360,000 gallons of manure flowed through a dry ravine, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Bob Manwell. The spill entered a creek and reached the village of Waunakee, located more than two miles away, bringing with it an odor.

"As far as environmental damages, there was no immediate fish kill, which is a good sign," Manwell said. About 90 percent of the spill was cleaned up within a week, he said, but some of the spill, located in areas unreachable by equipment, remains.

"We're not saying there were no damages," Manwell said. "This is going to take some time, and we'll continue to monitor to see what impacts there may be."

YMCA to permanently offer day care during school closures

 YMCA to permanently offer day care during school closures

The cold weather left schools empty Tuesday, but there were still plenty of children at the east side YMCA.

The YMCA of Dane County offered a solution to parents looking for reliable child care after schools in the area closed Tuesday. Three YMCA branches in Madison offered drop-in child care.

YMCA employee Jason McColl said while the program gives parents peace of mind, kids are excited to spend the day in a new environment.

"They're excited about not having to go to school today, and they're enjoying themselves, getting to meet children they don't normally get to play with," McColl said.

This is the third time the YMCA has opened up for day care this year and they're planning to make it a permanent option during school cancellations.

Police ready for annual kids' Christmas shopping event

Police ready for annual kids' Christmas shopping event

They protect and serve, and this time of year, Dane County law enforcement officers give back. To make sure that kids in the community have a happy holiday season, police from area agencies get together to help children shop for Christmas gifts for their families.

On Dec. 8, the 12th annual Shop with a Cop program will be take place at Target East in Madison. Police team up one-on-one with financially disadvantaged children from Dane County communities and

Monona Officer James Reiter has taking part in Shop with a Cop for nine years.

"It's really nice to be able to give something back to our community (and) show something positive as law enforcement officers," Reiter said. 

After the officers and kids buy the gifts at Target, they take them to the VFW where they eat pizza, wrap presents and visit with Santa and Bucky Badger.

$24M pavilions to replace Alliant Energy Center's barns

$24M pavilions to replace Alliant Energy Center's barns

Dane County will replace the Alliant Energy Center’s barns with multi-use pavilions in a $24 million project set to begin early next year.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Tuesday that the county will award a Middleton construction company a nearly $20.7 million contract to build the pavilions. 

The project is pending funding approval from the Wisconsin State Building Commission and the Dane County Board of Supervisors.

Middleton-based Miron Construction will build the pavilions that will create 290,000 square feet of multi-use space on the footprint of the Alliant Energy Center’s existing barns, according to a news release from Parisi’s office.

Demolition of the barns is expected to begin next year, with the project’s estimated completion in time for the 2014 World Dairy Expo.

Closing of Madison Fur Shop causes customer frustrations

Closing of Madison Fur Shop causes customer frustrations

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Madison?s last fur shop is calling it quits after 90 years. Savidusky's Fur Shop has been around since 1924, selling new furs and other items on consignment.

Now the owners are closing shop and friends in Indiana are taking over, but it has left some Madison customers frustrated.

Sisters Diane Romary and Barbara Infield are longtime Madison residents, who say Savidusky's closing has led to a stressful few weeks. They called News 3 Call For Action.

"They have this fabulous reputation and they are respected, so this is just disappointing,? Romary said.

The sisters have three coats on consignment which were shipped to the company Day Furs in Carmel, Indiana. They are frustrated because they say they've gotten no answers, and don't know how to get their furs back.

Local food options open in Dane County Airport

Local food options open in Dane County Airport

Local options to grab a bite to eat have grown at the Dane County Airport.

The new Metcalfe's "Local To Go" Market opened Monday alongside the Great Dane and a recently re-branded and expanded Ancora Coffee as food options at the airport.

"It's important to have these here. This introduces people to the personality of our county with some of our restaurants and one of our themed coffee shops. It also is a nice place for people either leaving or coming who live here," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

The additions are part of a $250,000 investment.

The market and the second-floor Ancora can be found near gates 7 and 8. There's also an Ancora before the security check.