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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.

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Fitchburg Farms opens greenhouse off Hwy. 14

Floral and garden enthusiasts will have another option in Fitchburg beginning this month.

Fitchburg Farms, located just off the intersection of Hwys. 14 and MM, will open its 20,000-square-foot greenhouse and office April 18 just a few weeks ahead of Mother’s Day.

Fitchburg Farms general manager Josh Wall said in March the business will be “community-oriented,” from where they have gotten the construction supplies to plans for future fundraisers once the business is up and running... Read More

Fitchburg resident awarded Lakeland College 'Outstanding Student'

 Lakeland College announced their Outstanding Student Award winner recently.

Jennifer Kjin of Fitchburg received the Outstanding Student in Communication Award, the Residence Life Staff Member of the Year Award, and the President’s Choice Award at the Lakeland College annual Honors banquet... Read More

Decision nears on future of Nine Spring Golf Course

The Nine Spring Golf Course has been a part of the City of Fitchburg for more than 30 years. The city has grown up around the 9-hole course, but on May 13 city council will decide on whether it will continue as a golf course or become a park.
Three years ago Fitchburg began subsidizing the golf course operation by contributing $20,000 a year.
?When the city started doing that 3 years ago council members and me as mayor had questions to say what is the best use of this. Is it a golf course, but since we?re putting in public assistance tax payers have the right to know what else should be up there,? says Shawn Pfaff, Mayor of the City of Fitchburg.
The city has spent the last 18 months reviewing the operation of the golf course and considering other possible uses.
?Now we have a survey out throughout the community. More than 250 people have already responded asking them that question,?

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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. 

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.


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.