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MPD: More than 30 packages stolen following deliveries

Madison police say that since November, more than 30 packages have been stolen following deliveries throughout the city.

Police reported on Dec. 8 that there were similar reports in the Isthmus area, but now say that there have been 10 thefts in the Central District, seven in the West District, six in the South District, five in the East District and three in the North District.

All the thefts took place during daylight hours after deliveries by USPS, UPS and FedEx.

Anyone expecting deliveries might want to have packages routed to places of work or other locations where someone is present.

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Madison Metro will have reduced service hours next week due to the holidays.

The city of Madison posted a reminder Thursday that the buses will follow regular weekday schedules on Wednesday, Christmas Eve, but service will end early with the last trips of the day between 5 and 6:30 p.m. 

Buses will follow the holiday schedule Christmas Day, Thursday. 

For online guides, visit www.cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules/Holidays/index.cfm

More information is also available through the Metro customer service center at 608-266-4466.

Photo equipment reported stolen in smash-and-grab burglary

Photography equipment was reported stolen from an east Madison store in a smash-and-grab burglary Monday morning, police said.

The Madison Police Department said police responded to an alarm at 2:20 a.m. at The Camera Company, 4232 East Towne Blvd. Officers found glass from the front window and several display cases shattered.

Surveillance video shows a person in dark clothing using a hammer to gain access to cameras and merchandise, according to the report.

A store manager told police that inventory would need to be reviewed, but an estimated $15,000 worth of merchandise was missing.

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

The Madison Metropolitan School District will ask voters for $41 million school facilities referendum in April.

A school district official said the school board finalized a project list involving 16 schools during a Monday meeting.

If approved, the money would be used to improve accessibility in 10 schools, add classroom space to five schools and renovate four schools in need of upgrades.

The biggest projects include $8 million in renovations at Jefferson Middle School and $4 million to redo the theater at East High School.

If approved, taxpayers owning an average $237,000 home would pay an additional $62.95 a year in property taxes for 10 years.

"If we can get these addressed not only will we create stronger schools and learning environments for our students, but we will set ourselves up for some long-term facilities planning that will really help bring our vision as a school district to life," MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said.

Man finds his stolen books at used bookstore

A Madison man who did his own detective work after his packages were stolen helped police track down a man suspected of selling the books in the packages to a used bookstore.

The Old Camden Square resident told police two of his packages containing three books were stolen from a common area of the apartment building after they were delivered on Dec. 6.

The 29-year-old resident said he visited Half Price Books at 4250 East Towne Blvd. on Sunday and found the titles of his stolen books on the floor. He said the copies looked brand new.

The bookstore provided police with the records showing who sold the books to the store.

Brian R. Holst, 22, of Madison, told police that he found the books but later acknowledged that he had taken from the mail area in the apartment. He was cited on suspicion of theft.

Officials release name of man killed in Highway 151 crash

A Sun Prairie man was killed when he was struck by a truck while investigating damage to his SUV.

The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the victim as Miguel A. Julian, 71.

Madison police said the incident happened at 7 a.m. Friday on Highway 151 at American Parkway, when Julian fishtailed his southbound� SUV on the slippery bridge and struck a cement barrier.

Julian got out of his SUV to inspect the damage. A man driving a pickup also lost control on the bridge and struck the SUV and Julian, according to police.

Julian was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the SUV and the driver of the pickup were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

An MPD traffic specialist and Wisconsin State Patrol crash reconstruction team are investigating the crash.

Person flees business as police respond to alarm

A person was seen fleeing an east Madison business when police arrived early Saturday, according to a report.

Madison police said officers responded to an an industrial gas supply business at 4101 Robertson Road at 12:57 a.m. for an alarm.

Officers arriving at Airgas said a person fled out the back door. Officers and K-9 Josh attempted to track the person but weren't successful.

Police said the person was wearing dark clothing.