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Blooming Grove considers closing fire department

Town of Blooming Grove officials are exploring the option of getting rid of its fire department and contracting service calls out to Madison.

Town Administrator Mike Wolf said the town's 1,800 residents will be getting something in the mail in the next couple of days inviting them to an Oct. 14 Town Board meeting about the issue. At that meeting, residents will hear a presentation and will be allowed to ask questions and comment on the idea.

Blooming Grove is already set to become part of the city of Madison on Nov. 1, 2027. The town decided in 2005 to officially merge all of its services with its larger neighbor.

"Our goal is for residents interested in this issue to come to that Oct. 14 meeting where we can disseminate the information efficiently and effectively," Wolf said in an email.

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MSCR hosts superhero training camp

A training camp for little Madison residents to become superheroes and save the city is scheduled for Oct. 4, according to a release.

A participating adult needs to attend with each hero-in-training, organizers said. Participants will work with their adult partner to try challenges, training trials and activities to become a superhero.

Each youth and adult helper will receive a cape and special super powers.

Madison School and Community Recreation will be holding the Superhero Training Camp at the Kennedy Elementary School playground at 221 Meadowlark Drive. The rain date is Oct. 5.

The program is for children ages 4-10, and runs from 1-3 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. Participants must register online.

Man threatens teen with loaded gun over parking spot

A Madison man threatened an 18-year-old with a loaded gun after the teenager confronted him about a parking spot Friday afternoon, Madison police said.

Madison police were sent to the area of Atwood Avenue and Winnebago Street around 4:24 p.m. for a report of a man threatening another man with a gun, according to a release.

The 18-year-old victim told police he confronted Joseph P. Piscitello, 38, of Madison, because his car was parked in an illegal parking spot, police said. Piscitello took offense, so he allegedly took a loaded handgun from his truck and threatened the 18-year-old with it.

Piscitello left the area, but then decided to come back, according to the release. As he was returning to the scene, he hit an uninvolved vehicle, but did not injure the driver.

Police found the loaded gun in the trunk of Piscitello?s vehicle.

Chief Koval talks pot after massive marijuana bust

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said the massive marijuana bust announced Thursday was so significant in scope that it ?couldn?t be denied or overlooked?.� In that situation, drug investigators uncovered $1 million in pot and more than 1100 pounds of marijuana plants.

?At the end of the day, even those of us who look at the legalization or regulation of marijuana for casual possession, it?s not contrary or inconsistent with this massive drug arrest that we made over the course of the last 24 hours,? Koval said.

Koval said while he is not in the business of promoting drug and alcohol use to youth, he said it?s time for Wisconsin to seriously look at legalizing marijuana across the state.

?Perhaps it?s time to reopen a vigorous public policy discussion on what it could do to legalize the causal possession effects of marijuana,? Koval said.

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Man robbed after riding bike through east side park

A man who was riding his bike through Demetral Park late Thursday was kicked to the ground and had his wallet stolen by two men, according to Madison police.

The incident happened around 10 p.m. Thursday in the park near the 500 block of North Fifth Street.

According to police, the 25-year-old man had interaction with the two men before taking off on his bicycle heading south on the bike path.

The men caught up with him and knocked him off his bicycle, before beating him up and taking his wallet. The men then took off on their own bicycles.

The victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Police are looking for two men, One of the men is described as a black man, between 17 and 22 year old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a slender build, last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white print on the front.

1,124 pot plants found in Dane County bust

Hundreds of marijuana plants worth over $1 million were found at four different locations in a bust being called one of the largest ever found in Dane County, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

Search warrants were carried out Wednesday at three addresses in Madison and one in the town of Sun Prairie and a total of 1,124 plants were seized, according to the release. The plans were in different stages of growth.

Police said a tip from a confidential informant in July led to the bust.

The address were:

  • 1838 Boyd Ave., Madison

  • 4201 Sycamore Ave., Madison
  • 4810 Retana Dr., Madison
  • 3088 Burke Rd., town of Sun Prairie

A loaded, 12-gauge shotgun and drug paraphernalia were also found. All properties had basements with space converted to grow rooms, according to police.

Deputies: Couple trading seats both suspected of OWI

A man and woman suspected of trading seats while their vehicle was traveling on Highway 30 are also suspected of operating while intoxicated, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

A deputy said the vehicle was spotted driving erratically on eastbound Highway 30 near Stoughton Road just before 2 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies said the initial driver, Lessie E. Stewart, 47, of Sun Prairie, traded seats with Wendolyn M. McCartney, 47, of Waunakee, who was driving when they were pulled over.

Stewart was arrested on suspicion of fourth-offense OWI and McCartney was cited on suspicion of first-offense OWI. Deputies said McCartney was also arrested on suspicion of obstructing for giving a false name. She was also wanted on a parole hold and bench warrant.