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City warns residents to take precautions in bitter cold

City warns residents to take precautions in bitter cold

Amid forecasts of extreme cold in the next few days, the city of Madison said residents should take precautions to stay safe and be vigilant for the well-being of others. 

News 3 Chief Meteorologist Gary Cannalte said low temperatures Thursday will fall into the teens below zero with wind chills as cold as minus 30. Wind chill advisories go into effect Thursday evening and continue through Friday morning.

Friday will be partly sunny and windy with high temperatures in the mid-teens and wind chills as cold as minus 15.

The city suggested several precautions residents should take during the extreme cold, including:

Madison shelters near capacity as bitter cold hits


On a night where the wind chills in Madison were expected to drop to -25 degrees, newly homeless Brian Currie found himself on line at the men's drop-in shelter at Grace Episcopal Church.

He wasn't alone: Waiting with him was about 170 other homeless men.

"Trying to stay as warm as you can, and it's hard to do," Currie said.

Currie lost his home just days ago, and while he?s waiting to have a new permanent roof over his head, he had no choice but to turn to shelters to keep him out of the cold.

Cane in hand, Currie and the others lined up for the drop-in shelter. The cold makes it harder for Currie to walk, but he knew the alternative would be staying outside for the night.

"This is actually the coldest day that we've had, but it's supposed to be like this for the next four or five days," Currie said. "So it's going to be rough, but I think we'll all make it."

Left-behind bumper leads police to hit-and-run suspect

A Madison man was arrested after police found his license plate at the scene of a hit-and-run crash, according to a release.

Police were dispatched to a hit-and-run on Anderson Street near the intersection with Stoughton Road around 8:10 p.m. on Friday, officials said.

The bumper to an SUV with a license plate attached was found at the scene, according to the release. Police used the information associated with the license plate to find Thomas C. Skoyen, 40, at his Memphis Avenue home.

Witnesses told police Skoyen ran a red light and hit another vehicle, according to the release.

Skoyen was arrested on tentative charges of hit and run involving an injury, sixth-offense operating while intoxicated, and he was also cited for violating a traffic signal.

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YMCA receives anonymous donation, year-end grant

The YMCA of Dane County announced Monday that it received year-end contributions and a large grant to support a new collaboration, according to a release.

In December, an anonymous donor dropped off a $25,000 check to support the Lussier East and Lussier West YMCA branches, and the Cremer Foundation sent a contribution for $20,000 to support the Northeast Branch and the YMCA Sun Prairie Youth Center, officials said.

The YMCA of Dane County received the summer learning loss prevention pilot program grant for $30,000 in late December from the YMCA of the USA and will be implementing the program in collaboration with Leopold Elementary School, according to the release. The program will be offered to low-income first- and second-graders to help students learn throughout the summer.

Police: Madison car thief caught after grabbing purse

Madison police said a thief who took a purse from a woman?s truck and left behind a stolen car was spotted by a concerned citizen and arrested.

Police said a 36-year-old Madison woman left her car running outside her Londonderry Drive home to warm up Christmas morning, and it was stolen.

The same car was later used in a gas drive-off, police said.

On Saturday night, a 49-year-old Madison woman was pumping gas into her truck at a station on Pflaum Road when her purse was taken from the front seat. The thief fled on foot, leaving behind the car stolen on Christmas Day. The gas station clerk was able to provide police with the thief?s description.

A short time later, a concerned citizen reported a suspicious man lurking around vehicles parked in the 1300 block of Tompkins Drive. Police said the man was attempting to get someone to give him a ride, and he matched the description of the thief at the gas station.

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Two websites will be available throughout the season to update residents on ski trail and ice skating rink conditions at Madison parks.

There are thirty-two kilometers of signed and groomed trails available for cross-country skiers in six Madison parks. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced.

Three park trails require a cross-country ski permit, but the rest offer free ski trails that are groomed less often.

For daily updates on cross country ski trail conditions, go online.

As of this week, most ice rinks in Madison are open. Ice skate rentals and concessions are available at Elver, Tenney and Vilas parks.

For daily updates on outdoor ice skating rink conditions, go online.

Man charged with throwing grill through window

A 27-year-old Madison man was taken into custody for allegedly throwing a barbecue grill through a window after an argument on the 2900 block of Hoard Street on Madison's east side.

According to a release from Madison police, Maurice Rodriguez Smith was inside the home of a 25-year-old male when an argument erupted. He was asked to leave a resident and left.

The victim told police he was awakened by the sound of breaking glass and found his grill had been thrown through his window into the residence.�

According to the release, an officer located Smith and noticed he was bleeding from his hand. Smith denied the incident, but was taken into custody.

Smith was charged with criminal damage to property and violating probation.