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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.

Edgewood bats too much for Madison West

After starting the baseball season 0-3, the Edgewood Crusaders were tired of losing. That was never more obvious than Monday at Warner Park when they beat Madison West 11-0.�

The Crusaders came out swinging. A four run first inning was sparked by an Aaron Mack triple. In all, Edgewod tallied four hits in the first.�

In the second, they continued the onslaught. Four more hits and four more runs, highlighted by a Bobby Dunn lead-off double, opened up an 8-0 Edgewood lead.�

The Crusaders added three more to win 11-0 and improve to 1-3 on the season.�

Zoo to host fun, free Earth Day event

The Henry Vilas Zoo will be celebrating Earth Day on Saturday with fun, free, family-friendly events geared toward educating everyone about the importance of biodiversity, according to a release.

Children will have the opportunity to learn about biodiversity with a free MG&E Earth Day Fun Book, organizers said. The book includes information on the saolas, a species similar to an antelope. The saolas was only recently discovered, and are critically endangered due to poaching.

Children will also be able to protect biodiversity in their own backyard by picking up a free tree seedling to plant at home, courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

?The Henry Vilas Zoo is a leader in environmental education and conservation,? Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in the release. ?We hope visitors will join the zoo this Saturday and learn how they can help in their own way through free, family-friendly Earth Day events.?

Madison ranked greenest city in nation

With Earth Day just around the corner, a website has ranked Madison the greenest city in the nation.

VIEW GALLERY OF TOP 25 GREEN CITIES

The website Nerd Wallet looked at the 95 largest cities in America and measured air quality, alternative modes of travel and natural attributes like lakes, biking and hiking trails and local parks.

Jessi Claringbole, community relations manager at Madison Environmental Group, a consulting firm that urges companies to build and think green, said she?s not surprised Madison made the list, but there?s even more the city can be doing.

?If we could expand the metro offerings, have it to be more available to outlying neighborhoods, and they maybe connect with other communities. Maybe starting in Dane County and then kind of expanding from there,? Claringbole said.

Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Police said officers are focusing on three areas of Madison this week to reduce traffic violations.

The Madison Police Department's traffic enforcement safety team will enforce speed limits on the eastbound Beltline Highway on Madison's west side and on the north side on Wright Street, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Officers will also be enforcing restrictions on East Washington Avenue in areas where right turns at red lights are restricted.

The special enforcement team regularly conducts targeted patrols to promote compliance with traffic laws.