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Woman makes 3 drive-thru purchases using 3 fake $20s, police say

Woman makes 3 drive-thru purchases using 3 fake $20s, police say

A woman went through an east Madison fast-food drive-thru paying with counterfeit bills three times in the same day, according to police. 

The Madison Police Department said a woman used fake $20 bills to purchase inexpensive food items at Wendy's on East Washington Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The woman, driving an older red SUV, made three separate purchases within an hour.

The manager going through the cash from the till found the fake bills and called police, according to the report. The manager said the restaurant's protocol is to ink test large bills, but the three bills that were accepted were not tested.

The woman is described as white, in her 20s to 30s, with long dirty blonde hair and a tattoo on her upper right chest.

Two of the fake $20s had the serial number JE58590236C; the other bill had the number JD95368601C, police said.

Most area districts get increase in aid; Middleton gets 7th largest cut

Most area school districts will receive a small increase in general state aid, but the Middleton-Cross Plains School District will get the seventh biggest cut in the state, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the Oct. 15 certified amount each school district will receive from the $4.476 billion available under current law for general state aid.

General state aid for school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, but the actual amount of aid that the state?s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than last school year, according to the release. That is due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.

$400K needed to keep Rhythm & Booms going

The organizers of Rhythm & Booms say they need $400,000 in donations and sponsorships by Dec. 1 to put on the fireworks show next year.

A statement released Tuesday states that Madison Festivals Inc. invested $345,000 from its reserves to keep the festival going the last two years, but can?t continue to keep it going without more money.

"Financially we did not get the type of funding from either corporations or the public that we hoped to get this year,? Madison Festivals President Rita Kelliher said.

Kelliher pointed to two main reasons for the funding shortage. When the event was moved from Warner Park to the downtown area in 2014, organizers had to pay significantly more for the barges, crane and tugboat necessary to shoot fireworks from Lake Monona. Also new in 2014 was the lack of funding from the city of Madison.

Police: Foul play may be involved in missing-woman case

It has been a month since 63-year-old Nejay Redd went missing from her Madison apartment, and authorities suspect there may be foul play involved in her disappearance.

Madison police said they have received many tips on possible sightings, but they still have no leads as to where Redd could be.

Redd went missing from her apartment on Madison?s east side Sept. 15. She disappeared leaving her shoes and purse behind, which is something family members said she would have never done.

Police said they are concerned that foul play could be involved.

?Did somebody do something or is it something that she did on her own? So we are still at that stage, but we seem to be leaning toward the, 'did somebody do something?'? Madison Police Department Detective Julie Rortvedt said.

Armed burglar enters apartment through patio door

An armed burglar was frightened off when a woman sleeping in her apartment woke up and began screaming.

Madison police said the burglar entered the Woodridge Court apartment through a patio door at about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday. A 37-year-old woman was sleeping in the living room and her screams woke others in the apartment who came to her aid.

The woman told police the burglar pointed his handgun at her, and there was another man lurking outside. The burglars left empty-handed. She said she didn?t know why anyone would target her apartment.

The burglar is described as white or possibly Hispanic, in his early 20s, 6 feet 1 inch to 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a dark hooded-sweatshirt and jeans.

Officials address crumbling city landmark

Serious safety concerns are spurring Madison officials to take a look at a century-old city landmark and what its future holds.

One hundred and 10 years after the Garver Feed Mill first opened, it stands empty and deteriorated. The brickwork on the building in Olbrich Park on Atwood Avenue is crumbling, and taggers have targeted its walls and even its roof with graffiti over the past several years. Safety concerns for the taggers and for others who may frequent the publicly owned building, are growing.

"We're lucky that the whole thing or most of it remains standing, and we're lucky that some kids climbing up a wall, that we haven't had a problem with the wall falling down," said David Ahrens, alder for the 15th District, where the building is located.

5th offense OWI arrest made near East Towne Mall

A Fort Atkinson man was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated near East Towne Mall early Monday morning, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

A deputy spotted a pick-up with an expired registration just after 1 a.m. on East Towne Boulevard and started a traffic stop.

The deputy said Claude K. Gorn, 48, smelled of intoxicants and failed a field sobriety test. Gorn was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense OWI.