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4 teens beat 16-year-old over phone

A group of four teenagers beat a 16-year-old over an allegation of a stolen phone.

Madison police said the incident started with a disturbance on a Madison Metro bus on the afternoon of Feb. 18. The five teens got off the bus at Speedway Road and Hillcrest Drive where the four teens, ages 15-17, repeatedly punched and kicked the 16-year-old, according to the report.

One of the teens told police he believed the victim had stolen his phone. The victim denied the allegation.

The four teens were arrested on suspicion of battery.

Zoo announces new polar bears

The Henry Vilas Zoo announced the addition of two polar bears to the new "Arctic Passage" exhibit set to open this summer.

Suka and Sakari are 2 1/2-year-old twins that will come from the Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Once they arrive, the Henry Vilas Zoo will house two of only 60 polar bears in Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos in North America.

A release from the zoo states that the new exhibit is designed to meet or exceed "the most stringent standards in bear care."

The Arctic Passage exhibit is on schedule to open Memorial Day weekend.  About $270,000 is still needed to pay for the project.

Woman crossing Monroe Street hit by Jeep, police say

A 65-year-old woman was injured after being hit by a Jeep while crossing Monroe Street Wednesday afternoon, Madison police said.

The woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by the Jeep as she tried to cross Monroe Street and Commonwealth Avenue around 3:20 p.m., according to a release.

The driver of the Jeep, Wednesday E. Reich-Jacoby, 47, of Madison, suffered minor injuries and was transported to a hospital, officials said.

Reich-Jacoby was cited for operating while intoxicated causing injury, operating without a valid license and violating a red traffic signal.

Student with Down syndrome thrives at Edgewood College

A video of a Little Chute high school student with Down syndrome went viral when he received his acceptance to Edgewood College last year.

Noah Van Vooren is now in his second semester at Edgewood and thriving.

"I love it," Van Vooren told News 3. "I love going to Madison."

But his college experience hasn't been without challenges.

"Our whole life changed forever when we got that letter," Noah's mom, Kara Van Vooren, said of his Edgewood admission. "[We were] excited, scared and frantic, all at the same time and just so happy for him."

Over the first several weeks, both parents and son missed each other greatly.

"It's been a bumpy ride," Kara Van Vooren said. "To say it's a roller coaster maybe isn't fair because there are an equal number of highs and lows on a roller coaster, and we feel the first semester was maybe more lows than highs."

"I miss my parents a lot," Noah Van Vooren said.

Madison Water Utility crews brace for broken water mains

With temperatures set to drop below zero midweek, Madison Water Utility repair crews are preparing for a long and cold week.

"I'm going to pack a bigger lunch and probably hope that we're going to be here a little bit longer than an average eight-hour day," said Troy Coogan, an MWU employee.

While this week will likely be a busy one for repair crews, this year has been a relatively slow one so far.

"Last year we had something like 250 main breaks in the first three months of 2014. This year we're sitting right around three dozen," said Amy Barrilleaux, public information officer for MWU.

Repair crews responded to three water main breaks Monday and were investigating a possible fourth. With temperatures expected to fall below zero by midweek, MWU crews are asking for help from the public.

"The biggest thing is if people come across water running down the road they need to call our phone number," Coogan said.

Soglin, Resnick come out swinging after winning primary

Current Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Madison Alder Scott Resnick came out swinging Tuesday night, as the race to be the next mayor of Madison entered a new phase.

Soglin and Resnick beat out former Alder Bridget Maniaci, Richard Brown and Christopher Daly in Tuesday's primary election. Soglin got 53 percent of the votes, and Resnick got 23 percent.

"While all of us deserve to celebrate tonight, come tomorrow it's going to be time to get back to work because I have news for you, we are in striking distance and we're going to make sure I will be elected the next mayor of Madison, Wisconsin," Resnick said Tuesday night.

Soglin said he expects a very tough campaign, and immediately went on the offensive Tuesday. He accused Resnick of supporting the Koch brothers agenda by supporting Uber's push into Madison.

Rash of anti-Semitic graffiti includes at least 30 complaints

More than two dozen Madison families woke up to vulgar language and ethnic and racial slurs spray-painted on their property Saturday.


At least 30 west side homes ? including garage doors, driveways and vehicles - were vandalized overnight, according to Madison Police Officer David Dexheimer. The complaints came from areas west of Gammon Road, including Colony Drive, Millstone Road, Harvest Hill Road and others. The damage is estimated at well over $10,000.

?I think we're talking about felony types of damage,? Dexheimer said.

While most of the damage included profane language and explicit drawings, several contained racially-based and anti-Semitic slurs and swastikas. Some of that property damage, located on Brule Circle, has neighbors in the community calling the incident a hate crime.