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Craigslist buyer dupes woman out of $360 camera, police say

Craigslist buyer dupes woman out of $360 camera, police say

Police said a Madison woman was duped in an in-person transaction for a purchase agreement made on Craigslist last week.

The Madison Police Department said a 33-year-old woman posted her GoPro camera for sale on Craigslist and a man who said his name was Meng responded.

He agreed to the selling price of $360, according to the report.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the two met in the parking lot of a burger restaurant just off the Beltline -- on the border of Madison's near west and south sides -- at about 10 p.m. on April 17. The man paid cash, but the woman later learned the bills were fake when she tried to deposit them into her credit union account.

The woman told police the man was Asian, drove a dark-colored BMW and had a woman and a small child with him.

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Crazylegs will close, delay many downtown streets

The Crazylegs Classic Run/Walk will close many downtown streets this Saturday morning, city officials said.

Traffic will not be able to cross Wisconsin Avenue or State Street at any intersection from 9:45-11:15 a.m., according to a release. Major streets that will also be affected include Gorham, Johnson and Dayton streets.

City officials have mapped out traffic routes that through traffic should follow.

Officials encourage people traveling downtown before noon to allow extra time.

Officials seek leashed dog suspected of biting jogger

Officials seek leashed dog suspected of biting jogger

Public health officials are looking for a dog they said bit a jogger on Madison's west side Tuesday. 

The Department of Public Health said a woman was running  near the 4000 block of Paunack Avenue when a leashed dog bit her. 

The dog was a chocolate colored Cocker Spaniel on a "flexi leash" and it was accompanied by a blonde woman in her 30s who is possibly pregnant, according to a news release.

Anyone with information on the dog bite is asked to call Dane County dispatch at 255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer. 

According to the Department of Public Health, if the dog is not located the victim may have to complete a series of painful and costly injections to prevent rabies.

Prep Mania Game of the Week spring schedule released

Prep Mania Game of the Week spring schedule released

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school baseball and softball games this spring sports season. Here's the schedule:

Tues., May 6- Wisconsin Heights at Lodi baseball (Dane Baseball Field) - 4:45 p.m.

Thurs., May 8 - Middleton at LaFollette softball (Olbrich Park) - 4:30 p.m.

Wed., May 14 - Edgewood at Memorial baseball (Mansfield Stadium) - 5 p.m.

Thurs., May 22 - Sun Prairie at Middleton baseball (Middleton HS) - 5 p.m.

Tues., May 27 - Waunakee at Stoughton baseball (Stoughton HS) - 5 p.m.

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Chase suspect tossed debris at police in hopes of stopping them

A man suspected of leading a police chase through Madison neighborhoods on Monday told police he and his passenger were throwing debris in hopes of stopping police.

Police said they arrested Tyler B. McIntosh, 25, of Madison, and Chelsea M. Schwaegerl, 23, after the high-speed pursuit involving University of Wisconsin and Madison police Monday afternoon.

Police said McIntosh took his van over a curb and onto the Lake Shore Path near campus during the pursuit.

Dane County dispatchers said police started pursuing the vehicle around 3:30 p.m. and ended the pursuit just before 4 p.m. Police suspected the driver was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant.

The vehicle was originally found by police in the area of the 2500 block of Chamberlin Avenue, and the pursuit continued for several minutes through the near west and southwest sides of Madison, officials said.

Madison Water Utility to start flushing water mains this week

Madison Water Utility crews will be flushing water mains this week, according to a release.

Every year during the warm weather months, MWU crews complete maintenance work on the city?s water mains using a technique known as unidirectional flushing, officials said. The aggressive flushing technique moves water at a high velocity through water mains and fire hydrants to clear out sediment from naturally-occurring minerals.

Clean pipes are important for a clean, healthy water supply, and that?s why MWU works to maintain the pipes with this flushing process, according to the release.

Madison property values show first increase in recent years

Increasing Madison property values for both commercial and residential properties are a sign of an economic recovery, according to city officials.

The city announced Friday a 3.2 percent increase for the average residential property and 4 percent increase for commercial properties. The overall increase is 3.5 percent.

Property assessments are being mailed to property owners on Friday.

City officials said properties appreciated in value $345 million during 2013 compared to a $31 million drop during 2012. In 2008-2009, property values depreciated more than $1.1 billion.

New construction in 2013 was 75 percent higher than in 2012, spreading the tax burden across more properties.

Also, the tax burden continues to shift from residential to commercial properties. It has increased from 31 percent to 35 percent since 2007.