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Madison leaf pickup routes starting

As the weather gets cooler and leaves continue to fall, city workers are hitting the streets for leaf pickup.

The city started routes Monday with limited staff.

The Streets Division said it will add staff members as leaves start to fall. Right now, city crews are two weeks behind where they were last year, thanks to the warmer weather.

?The trees are not stressed. They?re not losing leaves. Last year at this time we had 18 crews out. Right now, we have four crews on each side of town, so we have eight,? said Chris Kelly, Madison Streets Division superintendent.

Leaf drop-off sites are now open at several Streets Division locations or residents can leave them on the side of the road for cleanup crews to collect.

East side fire causes more than $340K in damage

A fire on Madison?s east side caused approximately $325,000 in damage to a home and $20,000 in damage to a neighboring home Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Crews responded to reports of a structure fire around 2 p.m. at 22 La Crescenta Circle, according to a release. Smoke could be seen from more than a mile away.

When crews arrived, they reported a fully involved garage fire that was extending into the single-story home. The wall of a neighboring home was also starting to burn, officials said.

An adult and two children were home at the time of the fire but got out safely, according to a release. Crews searched both homes to make sure everyone had gotten out safely.

The fire is still under investigation.

Police ID bank robbery suspects

Madison Police Department officials have identified the two men who allegedly robbed the Anchor Bank at 216 Cottage Grove Road Monday morning.

Officials said Juan L. Plunkett, 40, approached the teller at the Anchor Bank before 9 a.m. while Walter L. Johnson, 25, sat nearby inside the bank.

No weapons were seen.

Johnson has been arrested on a probation hold and MPD will be recommending he be charged with party to a robbery crime, according to a release.

Anyone with information on Plunkett?s whereabouts is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

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Enrollment up slightly in Madison schools

The number of students in the Madison Metropolitan School District is up slightly from the last school year, according to the district?s official enrollment counts.

Kindergarten through grade 12 enrollment is 25,107, up slightly from 25,011 in 2012-13.

Four-year-old kindergarten enrollment is also up slightly from 1,914 in 2012-13 to 1,962. Total enrollment, including pre-kindergarten and 4-year-old kindergarten is 27,186.

"As we work hard to launch this new era in MMSD, we're pleased that enrollment in Madison public schools continues to be incredibly stable," said Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham.

Official enrollment counts are conducted on the third Friday in September.

Stoughton man charged in Madison cut-screen burglary

Stoughton man charged in Madison cut-screen burglary

Police arrested a Stoughton man investigators said broke into a Madison east side home early Tuesday and later pawned items he took.

The Madison Police Department said it used pawn shop records to track down 36-year-old Todd R. Pink. Investigators said Pink sold a stolen computer gaming system on Tuesday to Pawn America, at 2301 East Springs Drive. The Xbox 360 had been taken from a Commercial Avenue home in a cut-screen burglary Tuesday morning.

According to the report, a witness saw the crime taking place and contacted police. The witness gave a description of the suspect and a getaway car that police said were beneficial to the investigation.

Police said Pink told officers he is struggling with heroin addiction.

Pink was charged with burglary and fraudulent writings.

Hiestand Park meeting leads to armed robbery, police say

Hiestand Park meeting leads to armed robbery, police say

Police said an east-side man's stolen electronics were recovered and a Madison teen was arrested after a robbery late Tuesday.

The Madison Police Department said a Cottage Grove K-9 team helped officers track down an armed robbery suspect at about 11:22 p.m.

Terry J. Jennings Jr., 19, was found hiding inside a shed behind a home on Milo Lane in an east side neighborhood, police said. A duffel bag containing property stolen during the holdup was recovered.

It all started when the victim, a 34-year-old man, met two teens at Hiestand Park, 4302 Milwaukee St., according to the report. He invited them back to his home on the 4600 block of Stein Avenue to socialize. The victim told police the teens pulled a knife on him and robbed him, taking his laptop, camera and cellphone.

A second suspect has not yet been positively identified, police said.

Jennings was charged with armed robbery, party to a crime and disorderly conduct while armed.