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North side embraces new Fourth of July fireworks tradition

Madison?s north side embraced a new Fourth of July tradition Saturday night.

A few changes were made to this year?s fireworks show at Warner Park that organizers said they set up to keep the north side Fourth of July festivities going.

Saturday night?s fireworks show started at 9:40 p.m. following a day filled with baseball and live music. The fireworks show hosted by the Madison Mallards is a new Fourth of July celebration.

Mallards organizers said they want to continue to offer Madison?s north side community the show for years to come.

?It just felt like the right thing to do. I think it took us all of an hour to consider it last year when the word came down that Rhythm and Booms was moving,? Madison Mallards President Vern Stenman said.

After years of Madison north side residents having front-row seats to the city?s fireworks show, Stenman said they wanted to keep the tradition alive, but this year added their own twist.

Summer program feeds kids who might not have access to healthy food

The YMCA of Dane County will be offering its free Summer Food Program thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, according to a release.

The program provides nutritious meals and snacks with fun learning enrichment activities to keep youth healthy, active and well-nourished throughout the summer, officials said.

According to the release, research shows that more than 30 million children in low-income communities receive free or reduced-cost meals during the school year, but only 2.3 million of those kids have access to free meals when school is out.

To help fill the summertime gap and ensure fewer children go hungry, the YMCA of Dane County will feed over 700 kids, officials said.

Man, 18, seriously injured in rollover crash

Police said an 18-year-old was seriously injured in a rollover accident on Highway 30 in Madison Saturday morning.

The Madison Police Department said the Madison man was driving on Highway 30 near East Washington Avenue just before 3 a.m. when he lost control and the vehicle rolled over.

The driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and remained in critical condition Saturday morning, police said.

According to the report, it wasn't clear if the man was wearing a seat belt. Speed and alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash, police said.

Scam calls claim to be from Madison police

More than 25 people have reported getting calls from someone claiming to be working for Madison police and threatening arrest if the call recipient doesn?t send money.

Police said the calls have come in recent days and come from a phone number that appears to be connected to the Madison Police Department. The caller is usually a man with a heavy foreign accent who says there?s a warrant for the person?s arrest. The caller tells the call recipient they can avoid arrest by getting preloaded money pack cards from a convenience store and using it to send funds to the caller.

Police ask anyone else who receives a call like this to report the call immediately to police. Financial information related to bank accounts or credit cards should never be given to any individual over the phone.

Trash collection suspended Friday, returns Monday

Trash collection suspended Friday, returns Monday

There will be no refuse or recycling collection in the city of Madison on Friday due to the Independence Day holiday, officials said.

Residents who have their refuse and recycling collected on Fridays will have their material collected on Monday, according to a notice from the city Streets Division. Residents in Monday’s trash collection district will also have their material collected on the Monday.

Madison Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann said that residents should have their material out for pickup by 7 a.m.

Dreckmann also said the holiday may cause large item service to run a day late next week.

Madison's yard waste drop off sites will also be closed on Friday. They will reopen Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., officials said.

More information about waste services is available online at www.cityofmadison.com/streets or by phone at 246-4532 (east) or 266-4681 (west).

Man involved in crash throws things at, threatens police

A Sun Prairie man was arrested after throwing things at and threatening Madison police officers who responded to a crash he was involved in, officials said.

Madison police officers responded to the area of East Washington Avenue and East Springs Drive around 11:50 p.m. Sunday for reports of a crash, according to a release. Officers found a vehicle with extensive damage, and an orange construction barrel was also down.

Police believe alcohol was a contributing factor in causing the driver, Evan Jensen, 21, to scream at and threaten officers who responded to the crash.

When officers tried to check on Jensen?s welfare he told them he hated police and said they needed to get away from him, according to the release. Jensen started violently throwing things and punching the car as police approached him.

Apartment fire causes estimated $35K in damage

A fire in a four-unit apartment building caused an estimated $35,000 in damage to one unit, but the other three unites were not damaged, officials said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the 5000 block of Camden Road around 1:45 p.m. Thursday after a resident in the apartment building saw smoke coming from a first floor apartment, according to a release.

Heavy black smoke was coming from the front window of the apartment when crews arrived, and firefighters had the fire out a couple minutes later, officials said.

The fire was contained to the room it started in, and there was smoke and heat damage to the front room of the apartment, according to the release. Residents of the apartment were not home when the fire started.

Investigators are still determining the cause of the fire.