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Construction project on Stoughton Road starts Monday

Construction project on Stoughton Road starts Monday

Construction at the intersection of Stoughton, Pflaum and Buckeye roads is expected to start Monday, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

The planned improvements include pavement repairs and replacing traffic signals, officials said. Overhead traffic signals and sign structures will be installed during the project.

Through traffic will be maintained at all times on Stoughton Road with lane restricts on Pflaum and Buckeye roads, according to the release. Nightly lane closures on Stoughton Road will go from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Aug. 25.

The estimated $1.7 million project is expected to be completed by mid-October, officials said.

Person of interest questioned in wedding crasher theft case

A person of interest is being questioned by police after a Madison Catholic church was hit by a thief for the second time in the last year, when a robber struck during a wedding.

A suspect in the case has been arrested. Michael J. McDonald, a 57-year-old Madison man, has been charged with possession of stolen property. Additional tentative charges are pending.

Amanda and Ryan Kartos were married at St. Bernard's Catholic Church on Atwood Avenue on July 26, and say that during the ceremony someone stole wallets and a phone out of the room in the basement where the women of the wedding party had stored their personal items.

"I know a couple people talked about setting purses aside, but you just forget about it," said Amanda Kartos. "You just forget about it. And we felt comfortable, it was all our friends and family, and it was a church."

A number of bridesmaids had their wallets stolen, and Kartos' phone was also taken from the church hall.

Heat from fire damages 14 nearby homes, fire engine

The fire department said the "powerful" fire the took down a large apartment building last week on damaged more than a dozen nearby homes and melted parts of the fire engine.

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Madison Fire spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said Thursday that crews responding to the fire last Friday night worked to wet down homes near the four-floor structure that was emitting heat hot enough to melt parts of a fire engine and cracking windows in adjacent buildings. The fire at a building under construction on the 500 block of Apollo Way was initially reported by drivers seeing smoke and flames from Interstate 90 at about 7:30 p.m., officials said last week.

City: Movers should take furniture, electronics to donation sites

There is plenty of trash and treasure showing up on downtown streets Thursday and Fridays as the annual move out and move back in melee gets underway.

Thousands of people are coming and going from apartment leases, and they are leaving electronics and furniture behind, but sofa sleepers and electronics, like TVs or computers, cannot be left on the curb.

Crews want residents to drop off reusable items at designated donation sites, like the U-Haul on West Washington Avenue, at Mills and Spring streets and at Goodwill donation stations in numerous apartment buildings.

?We want things picked up and we want to keep the neighborhoods looking clean. We want to keep it safe for not only our staff, but for the general public as well, because there are always problems that arise with stuff stacked out at the curb,? Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said.

Report: Drivers delayed in traffic collective 7.4M hours

New statewide data released Wednesday showed that drivers in Wisconsin are delayed in traffic for several million hours collectively in a year.

The state Department of Transportation called delays for motorists and the subsequent financial cost are "significant." The delays experienced by drivers add up to 7.4 million hours in a year and the associated cost: $226.5 million. The data come from the state DOT's first "Travel Time Reliability and Delay Report."

Wedding crasher steals bridesmaids' wallets during ceremony

A Madison Catholic Church was hit by a thief for the second time in the last year, when a robber struck during a wedding.

Amanda and Ryan Kartos were married at St. Bernard's Catholic Church on Atwood Avenue on July 26, and say that during the ceremony someone stole wallets and a phone out of the room in the basement where the women of the wedding party had stored their personal items.

"I know a couple people talked about setting purses aside, but you just forget about it," said Amanda Kartos. "You just forget about it. And we felt comfortable, it was all our friends and family, and it was a church."

A number of bridesmaids had their wallet stolen, and Kartos' phone was also taken from the church hall.

Madison police keyed in on a photo from after the wedding that shows a man dressed in coat and tie leaving the Nekoosa Trail Walmart after a bridesmaid's credit card was used. Cameras also caught an image of his maroon SUV.

Hippie Christmas prompts bed bug, insect discussion

Hippie Christmas prompts bed bug, insect discussion

The yearly chaos when students move out of their current apartments and into their apartments for the next year is happening in downtown Madison the next couple of days.

Leases for apartments turn over Thursday into Friday, and the massive move means Hippie Christmas on many downtown streets near campus.

Students are dumping what they don't want on the curb, which is everything from TVs and school supplies to old furniture.

Officials with the Tenant Resource Center are urging people to be mindful of bed bugs and other insects when picking up stuff off the street.

"Tenants are always very concerned they're going to be charged a thousand bucks for the heat treatment (to get rid of bed bugs)," said Anders Zanichkowsky, program director of the Tenant Resource Center. "Landlords are very concerned that if the tenant doesn't report it, it's going to spread to all their units before they even know about it."