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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 Madison Parks Foundation received at $50,000 grant from Madison Community Foundation for the splash park project, according to a release.

MPF has received other contributions for the project, including a $50,000 grant from the Evjue Foundation, a $50,000 grant from the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation and $10,000 from American Family Insurance.

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.

Madison Water Utility to start flushing water mains this week

Madison Water Utility crews will be flushing water mains this week, according to a release.

Every year during the warm weather months, MWU crews complete maintenance work on the city?s water mains using a technique known as unidirectional flushing, officials said. The aggressive flushing technique moves water at a high velocity through water mains and fire hydrants to clear out sediment from naturally-occurring minerals.

Clean pipes are important for a clean, healthy water supply, and that?s why MWU works to maintain the pipes with this flushing process, according to the release.