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Thefts from cars spike in Madison

Madison police are urging residents to look out for a ?Grinch? who might be breaking into vehicles in parts of Madison.

Numerous thefts from cars were reported in the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood Monday, and police said that so far this month they?ve had more than 30 theft from auto complaints, and 50 since Nov. 1.

Police are asking residents to look out for suspicious people in your neighborhood during all hours of the day. They said usually just one or two people are responsible for dozens of thefts.

Residents are also asked to lock their cars and to not leave gifts in plain view.

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MPD: More than 30 packages stolen following deliveries

Madison police say that since November, more than 30 packages have been stolen following deliveries throughout the city.

Police reported on Dec. 8 that there were similar reports in the Isthmus area, but now say that there have been 10 thefts in the Central District, seven in the West District, six in the South District, five in the East District and three in the North District.

All the thefts took place during daylight hours after deliveries by USPS, UPS and FedEx.

Anyone expecting deliveries might want to have packages routed to places of work or other locations where someone is present.

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Madison Metro will have reduced service hours next week due to the holidays.

The city of Madison posted a reminder Thursday that the buses will follow regular weekday schedules on Wednesday, Christmas Eve, but service will end early with the last trips of the day between 5 and 6:30 p.m. 

Buses will follow the holiday schedule Christmas Day, Thursday. 

For online guides, visit www.cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules/Holidays/index.cfm

More information is also available through the Metro customer service center at 608-266-4466.

Aggressive dog shot during drug investigation, officials say

An aggressive dog was shot by police during a drug investigation on Madison?s west side Thursday morning, officials with the Madison Police Department said.

The MPD SWAT team executed a high-risk search warrant in the 4300 block of Britta Drive around noon, according to a release. The warrant was part of a drug investigation conducted by the Dane County Narcotics Task Force.

Police said several people fled as SWAT members approached the residence.

Officers searched the surrounding neighborhood on foot, and it is believed that all who were sought are in custody, according to the release. The aggressive dog was shot during the search of the residence.

No officers or suspects were injured during the incident, officials said.

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Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

The Madison Metropolitan School District will ask voters for $41 million school facilities referendum in April.

A school district official said the school board finalized a project list involving 16 schools during a Monday meeting.

If approved, the money would be used to improve accessibility in 10 schools, add classroom space to five schools and renovate four schools in need of upgrades.

The biggest projects include $8 million in renovations at Jefferson Middle School and $4 million to redo the theater at East High School.

If approved, taxpayers owning an average $237,000 home would pay an additional $62.95 a year in property taxes for 10 years.

"If we can get these addressed not only will we create stronger schools and learning environments for our students, but we will set ourselves up for some long-term facilities planning that will really help bring our vision as a school district to life," MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said.

Prep Mania Game of the Week winter schedule released

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school sports this winter sports season.

The games will air live on Channel3000.com.

Here's the schedule:

Thurs., Dec. 18 -- Madison Memorial at Madison West - boys hockey - 8 p.m., Madison Ice Arena

Tues., Jan. 6 ? DeForest at Mt. Horeb boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 8 ? Reedsburg at DeForest girls basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 16 ? Poynette at Lodi boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 29 ? Madison Memorial at Sun Prairie boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 30 ? Janesville Parker at Verona girls basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 6 ? Sun Prairie at Middleton boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 10 ? Middleton at Madison West boys hockey ? 8 p.m. (Madison Ice Arena)

Tues., Feb. 17 ? Stoughton at Monona Grove boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

According to the city of Madison, there will be no refuse or recycling on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. If your material is normally collected on Thursday, it will be collected on Friday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 2.

Residents should be sure to get material out to the curb by 7 a.m., as Street Division crews will be collecting in both the Thursday and Friday refuse districts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Because of the double collection, large item collection will be reduced. Residents are asked to hold large items until after the holidays if possible.

The Streets Division's offices and drop-off sites will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. They will conduct regular refuse and recycling collection on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Their offices will also be open on those dates.

For additional information, visit the Streets Division's web page.