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Investigation leads MPD to 2nd suspect in east side theft

An investigation led Madison police to identify a second suspect in a theft that happened early Thursday morning, according to a release.

A barking dog alerted a Madison resident of two people stealing tools out of his SUV early Thursday morning, Madison police said.

Around 2:15 a.m. the dog alerted the residents of something going on outside their home in the 3600 block of Johns Street, according to a release.

The resident saw two men inside his SUV that was parked in the driveway, officials said. When the resident went outside the thieves ran off with some of his work tools.

The resident tried to track the thieves in his SUV, but lost them, according to the release. Police later found 17-year-old Dylan M. Kaioula, of Mazomanie, thanks to a description from the victim.

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Police respond to shots fired on Madison's east side

Madison police responded to the 1800 block of Fordem Avenue at 4 p.m. Friday on a report of shots fired at a vehicle.

Officers located the victim, a man in his 30s, who was not injured.

Police said the man who fired the shots is described as black, chubby and wearing a gray jogging suit with a black and gray knit cap. He was last seen driving a green minivan near the intersection of East Washington Avenue and Blair Street.

It is not believed to be a random act and there is no immediate danger to the community, police said.

StartingBlock to draw, keep talent in Dane County

Madison's growing community of entrepreneurs will soon have a new place to potentially call home, StartingBlock.

The project has garnered big investors, including American Family Insurance, and the city has put aside $1.5 million for the effort in its Capital Budget.

Some say the project will help bring new life to the city's East Capitol District.

Sector67 and startup accelerator Gener8tor will move into one space on East Washington Avenue and Livingston Street. The space will be called StartingBlock.

Startingblock, a more than $30 million endeavor, would be the anchor tenant of a new mixed-use building that would include space for mentor program, collaboration and a performing art venue.

It would be a space dedicated to sparking new ideas and giving 20- to 40-year-olds more reasons to keep their talents in Dane County.

Crane removal will close West Dayton, North Henry streets 4 days

Crane removal will close West Dayton, North Henry streets 4 days

The dismantling of a tower crane in downtown Madison will close West Dayton and North Henry streets Thursday through Sunday, according to a release.

Starting Thursday at 7 a.m., contractors will be dismantling the tower crane adjacent to Madison Fire Station No. 1, officials said.

The 300 block of West Dayton Street between North Henry Street and North Broom Street and the 100 and 200 blocks of North Henry Street will be closed to through traffic through the end of the work day on Sunday, according to the release.

Local vehicle access to residences and the Overture Center parking garage in the 300 block of West Dayton Street will stay open from the west at all times, officials said. Pedestrian traffic will also be allowed on the south side of West Dayton Street and to all residences during the closure.

Officials encourage motorists and bicyclists to use alternate routes to avoid delays during the closure.

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Pedestrian struck in hit-and-run

A pedestrian was struck in a hit-and-run collision on East Washington Avenue Friday morning, according to Dane County dispatchers.

Crews were called to East Washington Avenue near Johnson Street at 6:09 a.m.

Police said a 25-year-old Madison man was not in a crosswalk when he was crossing East Washington Avenue and was struck. Witnesses told police he was struck by and older white van that could be a work vehicle with lettering on the sides.

The man suffered a broken hip and leg as well as head injuries. The injuries are not considered life threatening.

Inbound East Washington Avenue was closed until 7:07 a.m.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

MMSD students in AVID, TOPS get higher GPAs, miss less school

Students in Madison Metropolitan School District are excelling in and outside of the classroom, according to an analysis of the program completed by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.

Students who participate in the Advancement via Individual Determination and the Boys and Girls Club's Teens of Promise programs are achieving higher GPAs, enrolling in advance placement courses and missing less days of school.

"I probably won't have graduated. Because my grades they weren't the best before I got into the program," said AVID TOPS student, Terreol Hannah.

Terreol Hannah was a freshman in high school when he started the AVID TOPS program. It's a decision he says Impacted his present and future.

"No one wants to admit that they need help, but after i did it and my freshman year in the program. I was like, I did need the help," said Hannah.

Man suffers from broken hip, leg after being struck by vehicle

A 25-year-old man was struck by a hit-and-run driver will crossing E. Washington Ave. early Friday morning, according to a police report.

Police say the man was not in a crosswalk, and a witness said it was an older white van that hit him. The van appeared to be a work vehicle with possible lettering on the sides.

The 25-year-old suffered from a broken hip and leg, as well as head injuries. None of these injuries, at this point, are considered life-threatening.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers.