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Farmer's market returns May 1

The Fitchburg Farmer's Market returns in two weeks with produce, fruits, flowers, cheese, meats, organic options, baked goods and more.

The market will be open Thursdays from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. May 1 through Oct. 30 at the Agora Pavilion, 5511 E. Cheryl Parkway. 

The Fitchburg Chamber Visitor & Business Bureau said new for 2014 is a new series called Kids Can Cook at the Market where children ages 6-12 will create nutritious dishes , under the direction of Chef Dave from Liliana's. 

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Med Flight takes 1 person to hospital following crash

A person was taken to the hospital by helicopter Tuesday morning after suffering injuries in a Fitchburg crash.

The Fitchburg Police Department said officers responded to a report of a two-car crash on Highway 14 north of Byrne Road.

A northbound vehicle lost control due to black ice on the roadway, according to police. The vehicle was then hit by another vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that initially lost control received head injuries and was transported by Med Flight to an area hospital.

Officials closed the southbound lanes of Highway 14 at Lacy Road for about 30 minutes. Northbound traffic was restricted to one lane. The lanes reopened at 8:22 a.m.

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Lane closures on Verona Road scheduled for Monday

Two southbound lanes on Verona Road at the Beltline interchange will be closed Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release. One lane will remain open on Verona Road southbound.

Officials expect delays and backups during the closure, and urge motorists to use the signed alternate route of Highway 14 and Highway M to access Verona Road.

Crews will continue to inspect the damage and evaluate ways to safely repair the damage that was caused by an oversize and overweight truck hitting the Beltline bridge over Verona Road Wednesday morning, officials said.

The truck caused significant damage to one of the bridge beams. But the bridge remains safe for traffic on the Beltline and Verona Road, officials said.

According to the release, the outside shoulder of the westbound Beltline at the Verona interchange will be closed long term due to the incident.

Traffic signals out at Verona Rd. intersection

Traffic signals out at Verona Rd. intersection

A broken signal light at Verona Road and Williamsburg Way Friday morning is expected to add to the woes of commuters using one of the area's major thoroughfares.

Commuters are already facing delays on Verona Road due to road construction.

Fitchburg police said they don't expect the signal lights to be fixed until at least noon Friday. Because of this, they are warning drivers to expect long delays, and to avoid the area if it at all possible.

The lights haven't worked since a car crashed into a control box for the traffic lights. The single vehicle crash led the driver to be charged for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. No injuries were reported from the accident.

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Madison Metro pitches west side route changes

Madison Metro is looking for feedback on its proposed changes to routes in southwest Madison, Middleton and Fitchburg.

Madison Metro spokesperson Nick Rusch said the adjustments this year aren?t as sweeping as they have been in years past. The changes are part of an annual reallocation of services to better serve riders.

?If people don't mention it to us or we don't see a lot of ridership on it, that's what we try to do is try to adjust things with the lowest ridership on it,? Rusch said.

One of the original proposals to eliminate service to the Nobel Drive loop and Gilson Street/Olin Avenue loop has already been reversed, Rusch said. He said even before a public hearing Wednesday night, Madison Metro had received numerous comments pushing to maintain those routes.

Business expo offers freebies, chance to win prizes

A business expo is scheduled Thursday evening that's free for attendees. 

The Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce 2014 Spring Business Expo will take place at the Fitchburg Community Center from 4-7 p.m. 

Organizers said prizes are given away and there are free food and beverages. More than 50 businesses are expected to showcase at the expo. 

For more information, visit the Chamber website

Fitchburg man who ran over son abandons insanity defense in plea deal

A Wisconsin man accused of fatally running over his 2-year-old son and stabbing the boy's mother has entered a plea deal just as his trial was to begin.

Thirty-two-year-old Jesus Castillo-Dimas pleaded no contest to first-degree reckless homicide Monday for the 2012 death of his son, Yandel Castillo-Castillo.

Castillo-Dimas also pleaded no contest to attempted first-degree intentional homicide for trying to kill his ex-girlfriend, Maria Castillo-Castillo, who was the boy's mother. She survived the attack.

He was facing one count of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and a charge of stalking resulting in bodily harm.

Fitchburg police said the woman was in a long-term relationship with Castillo-Dimas that had ended. Castillo-Dimas was the father of the child who died in the incident.