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County building lease deal means more space for growing VANN

County building lease deal means more space for growing VANN

It's good news on the horizon for a Verona non-profit organization. 

Dane County said Thursday that it plans to lease an empty building to the Verona Area Needs Network for $20 per year for the next 15 years, if the county board approves the move. 

VANN operates out of the basement of the city's former library on North Franklin Street. In a news release, the county said VANN needs better accessibility, and with the number of people served by the organization up 180 percent, more room to expand services. 

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a news conference Thursday that the lease proposal for the Badger Prairie complex on Verona Road will be introduced to the Dane County Board Thursday night. If approved the organization would move in March 1.

VANN Board President Bob Kasieta said the new facility will help the group serve more people.

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Police: Reported impersonator is officer in Fitchburg

Police said the man reported as a possible police impersonator is a Fitchburg officer.

The Madison Police Department said a 45-year-old Danville Drive homeowner reported a suspicious person claiming to be an MPD officer came to his door on Dec. 6 at about 10:30 p.m.

Police said Thursday that a Fitchburg police officer contacted the Madison department to say he was likely the officer who stopped by the Danville Drive home earlier this month.

The officer told police he was in full uniform and identified himself to the man, Madison police said. The officer was investigating a burglary that had taken place nearby in Fitchburg.

A Madison police news release Wednesday had said a man claiming to be an officer told the homeowner he was investigating a nearby home invasion and wanted to know if the resident had seen anything. MPD officials said there were no home invasions in the neighborhood at the time of the event, but there were recent burglaries in the area.

WWII survivor recalls Battle of the Bulge 70 years later

Fitchburg resident Raymond Ray talks about his experiences serving in the Army during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium in December 1944-January 1945... Read More

Officials ID driver killed in Fitchburg wreck as Stoughton woman

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a Fitchburg crash Friday night, officials said.

The Fitchburg Police Department said officers responded to report of a two-vehicle crash on the 2500 block of County Road MM, between Irish Lane and Haight Farm Road at about 6:40 p.m.

A vehicle headed north on MM crossed the center line and struck a vehicle headed south, according to the report.

The driver of the vehicle headed south, Janet Marie Grady, 55, of Stoughton, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. A passenger in the same vehicle was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

County Road MM between Irish Lane and Haight Farm Road was closed after the crash and was reopened at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Wisconsin State Patrol assisted Fitchburg police with the crash investigation.

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Tax bills mostly drop in Fitchburg

The average home in the City of Fitchburg will pay about $45 less in taxes this year than in 2013, even though many gained in value. Most homes, in fact, will see an even larger decrease.

City residents’ taxes will vary by school district, as always, but those in the Verona and Oregon school districts will get the biggest cuts, with most homes getting more than $200 back. Most homes in the Madison Metropolitan School District will see their taxes drop by about $75... Read More

Open house meeting to discuss Verona Road project

A public meeting to discussed the years-long Verona Road construction project is scheduled later this month. 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said that on Dec. 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., an open house will be held to discuss design and construction activities for the Verona Road, Highway 18/151 project.

The meeting will take place at the City of Fitchburg Fire Station No. 2, 5415 King James Way.

Maps and exhibits showing the proposed improvements will be on display. Wisconsin Department of Transportation representatives will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis. The reconstruction includes the roadway from the Beltline to County Road PD, Mckee Road, and the Beltline between Whitney Way and Seminole Highway.

Woman sexually assaulted by stranger in car, police say

Police said a woman reported being sexually assaulted in a car on Madison's west side Wednesday night.

Madison police said a 20-year-old Fitchburg woman was in the 5600 block of Tokay Boulevard at 10:05 p.m. when a man driving a car offered her a ride home.

According to the report, the woman said the man drove her to an unknown location on the west side and sexually assaulted her inside the car.

Following the attack, she was able to get out and walk home, police said. A family member of the woman later contacted police.

The man was described as black, in his 20s, with a light complexion, a fade hair style and possibly a thin mustache, the report said.