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Road salt continues to affect Madison?s water

This winter has demanded more salt than most. Over the course of this season, Madison plows and salt trucks have been out treating the roads 58 times compared with 34 times last year.

Chris Kelley with the Madison Streets Division said this winter, in one word, has been brutal.

?They've been smaller events, which means you use a little bit more salt than normal,? Kelley said.

That only adds to growing concerns about that salt?s effect on the surface water and well water in Madison.

Steve Fix, the chairman of Madison?s Committee on the Environment, has watched levels of sodium and chloride rise in the city?s water supply over the years.

?The levels are still way below the federal requirements where the city would have to take action,? Fix said.

Still, Fix said if the trend continues, it could be a problem.

According to data presented to the committee Monday, the amount of sodium and chloride in city water is increasing.

Police: Drunken driver struck house

A DeForest woman was cited for operating while intoxicated after her car struck a house Saturday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Police were called to a house in the 2900 block of Portage Road at 12:21 a.m. where a car had struck a house owned by a 79-year-old woman.

Diana L. Price, 48, told police she was talking on the phone at the time of the crash. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

No one inside the home was injured.

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Police target speeders on Beltline, 2 other locations

Madison police are putting special attention on traffic enforcement in three areas of the city this week.

The traffic enforcement safety team will be in the following locations enforcing speed limits:

  • Tuesday at 600 John Nolen Drive

  • Wednesday on the Beltline on the east side of the city

  • Thursday on Mineral Point Road

The traffic enforcement safety team regularly conducts special enforcement to promote safe driving.

MPD issues missing, endangered adult alert; Man returns home

A 34-year-old man with developmental disabilities returned home early Sunday morning, several hours after police asked for the public's help locating him, according to a release.

Police issued a missing adult alert for Frank E. Scheel around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, asking for the public?s help in finding him.

Officials reported that he was last seen in the 800 block of North Thompson Drive on Madison?s east side late Friday night, but he returned home around 4:40 a.m. on Sunday.

Police asked for the public?s help in locating Scheel because he has limited verbal communication skills.

According to the release, no foul play is suspected.

Noble Wray to head Urban League

Former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray will be the new interim leader of the Urban League of Greater Madison.

The announcement was made during a news conference Friday afternoon.

Wray said he plans to start Wednesday. He said he would serve for about six months and would not be the permanent president.

Wray said he has several goals, including ensuring fiscal stability and delivering on core expectations.

Kaleem Caire announced his resignation March 3, but he and the Urban League said it didn?t have to do with concerns about how Caire used the nonprofit?s credit cards.

Urban League?s Chairman Wade Harrison said Caire didn?t do anything illegal, but he did make mistakes. Harrison wouldn?t elaborate, saying the human resources matter was being handled internally.

MPD to increase patrols for holiday weekend

The Madison Police Department will be increasing patrols on and around this holiday weekend, according to a release.

Officers will be focusing on impaired driving, speeding and seat belt violations, authorities said.

Traditionally, St. Patrick?s Day weekend is a time of increased alcohol-impaired driving and alcohol-impaired crashes, according to the release. Alcohol-impaired driving is listed as a contributing factor in nearly 5 percent of all crashes and nearly 33 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in the state.

In an effort to increase traffic safety this weekend, MPD officers will be focusing on high-traffic areas and roadways with high crash frequency, officials said. Some of the areas drivers might see more officers include East Washington Avenue, John Nolen Drive, University Avenue, Stoughton Road, Packers Avenue and Northport Drive.

Alleged identity thieves lead police on pursuit

Two Chicago residents were arrested Friday afternoon after leading police on a vehicle pursuit when they tried to stop them for complaints of fraudulent activity, according to a release.

Police responded to Sears in East Towne Mall around 3:50 p.m. for reports of a man attempting to buy merchandise fraudulently, officials said. As officers arrived, the man got into a U-Haul truck, which officers tried to stop.

The truck refused to stop and led police on a pursuit heading outbound on East Washington Avenue and then onto westbound Interstate 39/90, according to the release. Dane County Sheriff?s Office deputies and State Patrol troopers took over the pursuit, which ended near DeForest.

Albert J. Gordon, 48, and Ralph Williams, 49, both of Chicago, were taken into custody without any additional incident. Gordon faces a tentative charge of identity theft. Williams faces tentative charges of identity theft and eluding officers.