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Seasonal leaf collection crews to start pickup

Seasonal leaf collection crews to start pickup

The city of Madison will begin the season's leaf collection pickup next week.

The Streets Division crew will start collecting leaves Monday and will continue as long as the weather permits through late November or early December.

There is no leaf collection schedule, according to the city news release. The crew begins in the Monday refuse collection area and continues through each district in order of the day of the week. However the collection may be on a different day than the regular refuse schedule depending on the workload.

"We always start leaf collection the first Monday in October because many residents want to get started cleaning out their gardens," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said.  "We will operate with fewer crews until the volume of material picks up," which is expected to be mid-to-late October.

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McFarland gets by Edgewood in girls swimming showdown

In a battle of two teams ranked in the top ten in the state, McFarland defeated Edgewood 86-84 in a non-conference girls swim meet at Edgewood Tuesday night.

McFarland is ranked fourth in Division two by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association this week, while Edgewood is ranked sixth.

Construction work will close near west intersection

The intersection of Haywood Drive and High Street will be closed starting Wednesday, according to a release.

S & L Underground and Trucking will be closing the intersection to complete concrete work, officials said.

The closure is expected to last until Monday afternoon.

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.

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Woman injured when SUV strikes building

A woman was injured when her SUV was struck and sent into an apartment building, according to a release from Madison police.

Police were called to the intersection of Midvale Boulevard and Nakoma Road around 9 a.m. Friday when an SUV struck another SUV that then struck an apartment at 1217 S. Midvale Blvd.

A 70-year-old woman in the car was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The exterior of the building and a gas meter were damaged. The crash also caused a gas leak.

The SUV that caused the initial crash was driven from the scene and found unoccupied on Oneida Place.

Editor's note: This story was updated after police clarified details from the original report. There were two vehicles involved in the incident.

Woman loses $750 in fake deputy scam

A 27-year-old Madison woman lost $750 to a phone scammer pretending to be a deputy threatening to arrest her.

Madison police said the near west side woman got a call from someone claiming to be from the sheriff?s office saying that there would be a warrant for her arrest if she didn?t pay off a ?quick cash? loan immediately. The woman has an outstanding loan and thought the call was legitimate.

The woman wired money and later learned it was a scam.

The phone number the scammer gave her for the fake sheriff?s office was 704-504-7670.

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.