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Madison committee approves study on police body cams

Police officers in Madison are one meeting closer to wearing body cameras.

Members of the city's Board of Estimates unanimously voted to recommend a $30,000 study and ad hoc committee to take a closer look at how police body cameras would work in Madison. The proposal would also hire a project manager to oversee the process.

The proposal was put on the fast track by its authors, bypassing both the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Public Safety Review Committee to make it to the Board of Estimate Monday night. Alders said that was necessary to ensure the proposal reached City Council in a timely manner, allowing for the study to take place this summer.

While board members approved of the proposal Monday night, some voiced concern the move may be too fast for those still questioning cameras.

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Mad City Pond Hockey returns for 2nd year

This time last year, temperatures were 20 to 30 below zero, but they didn't keep hockey fans away from the Mad City Pond Championships.

The Mad City Pond Hockey Championships returned to Vilas Park Lagoon this weekend.

Organizers have prepared for months to make sure the groundwork was set by this weekend. They put the finishing touches on the nine rinks on Friday, setting up 3-foot nets and getting their homemade Zambonis ready.

"For one weekend out of the year we want to bring the whole hockey community down here and get together and have a blast," organizer Brad Mastenbrook said.

Mastenbrook, who coached hockey in the area for nearly 20 years, said the event showcases Madison's lakes and reminds hockey fans of more carefree days.

"Like it was when you were out on the ice ?til late at night and your mom told you had to be home at 10 o'clock and you're playing under the light. So it's a blast out here," Mastenbrook said.

Police: Woman duped by overseas 'fiance'

A Madison woman lost $1,600 to an overseas scam artist who wanted to ship her an engagement ring.

The woman is in her 60s and on a fixed income. She told police she was corresponding with a suitor who called himself Matt Campbell for months via Facebook. The scammer told her he needed a box to ship her an engagement ring, and she wired the money.

The scammer responded by telling her that she was now involved in a money laundering criminal syndicate and that she would be exposed to the authorities if she did not send more cash.

Police urge caution when sending money to other countries to people they have never met.

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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18-year-old uses large purse to try to steal $1.7K in clothes

A woman who tried to steal $1,700 worth of merchandise from a store in West Towne Mall told police she was going to sell it for cash on the streets, according to a release.

Elicia B. Gonzalez-Baro, 18, of Madison, fought with a security officer at Boston Store Sunday around 5:10 p.m., Madison police said. Gonzalez-Baro allegedly stuffed 18 Polo Ralph Lauren baseball caps into a large purse and grabbed 18 Polo Ralph Lauren men?s shirts.

Gonzalez-Baro then left the store, and when the security officer stopped her she struggled, became very loud and swore at the security guard, according to the release.

After Gonzalez-Baro was arrested, she told officers she did not care about being arrested because she thought her felony arrest would be dropped to a misdemeanor and be released from jail on a signature bond, authorities said.

Gonzalez-Baro faces a tentative charge of felony retail theft and was also arrested on a warrant.

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.

2 girls offered candy by person in suspicious vehicle, police say

On Friday night, two young girls were in the area of 7500 Welton Drive on Madison's west side when they saw a suspicious vehicle, according to a police report.

Madison police said the vehicle was described as a dark-colored SUV and was occupied by several people.

Lt. Kelly Donahue said one occupant, a white male in his teens with dark hair and a dark shirt, yelled to the girls at 5 p.m., asking if they wanted some candy.

"The male motioned as though throwing something," Donahue said.

The girls immediately sought safety and the vehicle has not been located.