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Police: 5 kids on board speeding SUV, 2 unrestrained

Five children under the age of 4 were on board a SUV caught going 70 mph on Cottage Grove Road Tuesday night, according to a report from Madison police.

Police said the driver, Sholonda T. Jones, 22, told officers she needed to break the 35 mph speed limit because the engine was smoking and she needed to get coolant quickly before the SUV blew up. An officer opened the hood and found no problems.

The officer said there were three children in the backseat and two more in the cargo area that also contained a bottle of transmission fluid, a shard of glass and a bottle of prescription drugs.

Jones was arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment, felony bail jumping and operating while revoked.

The children were put in the custody of a trusted adult.

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Monday garbage, recycling pickup delayed due to holiday

Crews will not be picking up garbage or recycling in the city of Madison Monday due to the Labor Day holiday, according to a release.

Residents who have their garbage and recycling picked up on Mondays will have their material collected on Tuesday next week, officials said. All other garbage and recycling pickup will happen on normally scheduled days.

"Because of the double collection on Tuesday, it is important that residents have their material out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection," Madison Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann said in the release.

Because of the holiday, the street's division's large-item pick-up service may run a day late.

The city of Madison drop-off sites will be open Saturday and Sunday, but will not be open on Monday, according to the release.

Voice coach scammed by fake Parisian

Voice coach scammed by fake Parisian

A Madison voice coach was scammed out of more than $1,600 by a woman claiming to be from Paris and looking for voice lessons for her son.

The 29-year-old woman told police she was contacted in July by email from a woman claiming she was in Paris and looking for someone to give voice lessons to her son who would soon be coming to stay in Madison.

The woman said she got a check from the woman for $1,980 and was told to take out $360 for the first month's voice lessons. She was then supposed to buy more than $1,600 worth of Green Dot cards at a pharmacy, photograph the cards, including the numbers on them, and send them back to the woman.

The victim was told the arrival of the woman's son would be delayed by an illness, but he never turned up.

On Aug. 11, the victim's credit union told her the deposited check was no good.

Speeder flees police, crashes in cul-de-sac, police say

Speeder flees police, crashes in cul-de-sac, police say

A man who drove his van at 80 mph on East Washington Avenue and refused to stop for police crashed after turning into a cul-de-sac, according to a release from Madison police.

An officer attempted to stop the van driven by Antonio R. Gentry, 32, late Saturday night, and estimated the van was going about 80 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Police said the van turned from Portage Road onto Village Lane and crashed into a wrought-iron arbor between two homes when the road ended.

Gentry ran and was tackled while trying to climb a 7-foot fence, police said.

Gentry was arrested on suspicion of fleeing an officer, criminal damage to property, resisting an officer and on a probation hold. He was cited on suspicion of operating after revocation, imprudent speed and having no insurance.

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2 lightning strikes cause house, apartment fires

Lightning strikes from Monday morning storms caused two separate fires where no one was injured, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department.

The fires were 26 miles away from each other and happened just over an hour apart, officials said.

The first lightning strike happened just before 9 a.m. at 926 Winding Way, according to the release. The two people who were home at the time of the fire said they heard a big boom, and then saw sparks coming from the back of the home.

The residents went outside, and called 911 when they saw that their house was on fire, officials said. One of the residents attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose.

When crews arrived they noticed gray smoke coming from a charred area on the second floor, according to the release. Crews removed siding and walls to make sure the fire hadn?t gotten further into the home, and they were able to stop the fire from spreading into the attic.

Prep Mania Game of the Week fall football schedule

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school football games this fall sports season. Here's the schedule:

Thur., Aug. 21 - Waunakee at Edgewood (Breitenbach Stadium, Middleton) - 7 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 29 - Middleton at Verona - 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 - Madison West at Madison LaFollette (Lussier Stadium) - 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 - Reedsburg at Monona Grove - 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 - Middleton at Sun Prairie - 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 - DeForest at Mount Horeb - 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3 - Waunakee at DeForest - 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 - Verona at Sun Prairie - 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 - TBA

Ride the Drive will close east side streets Sunday

This Sunday?s Ride the Drive event on the east-side will close several streets for six hours, according to a release.


�The 2.2-mile route will be closed to traffic and impacts Atwood Avenue, Walter Street, Hargrove Street, Fair Oaks Avenue, Maple Avenue and Lakelane Avenue, officials said. Traffic will be allowed to cross the bike route at several intersections with police direction.

�The six streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

�Madison Metro will be detouring three routes during the event.