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Organization gives wildlife second chance at life

Every year, since 2002, the Four Lakes Wildlife Center has taken in injured birds and animals, and has literally given them a second chance at life.

?It feels good to be able to give a little bit back. It is like having a second chance at life,? said Brooke Lewis, the center?s wildlife rehabilitation supervisor.

The wildlife center operates out of the Dane County Humane Society and each year provides care and rehabilitation for nearly 2,000 birds and animals. While it is fully licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin DNR, it receives no federal or state funding. It cares for the injured birds and animals through donations from the community.

The goal for every creature brought to the wildlife center is for them to be released back into the area where they were found.

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CARPC votes against Northeast Neighborhood

A regional planning body voted against a City of Fitchburg neighborhood proposal, leaving the final decision up to the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

Commissioners on the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC), which advises the state on expansions to sewer service, voted 6-5 against the Northeast Neighborhood at the commission’s meeting last Thursday.

Two commissioners voting against the proposal cited concerns over how development could affect the nearby Waubesa Wetlands and the possibility of engineered protections failing, said deputy director Kamran Mesbah. That issue previously came up throughout the city’s own approval process late last year and earlier in 2014. The other four commissioners voting against did not provide their reasoning at the meeting, Mesbah said... Read More

Police: Dept. of Treasury scam call hits Madison area Monday

The Dane County Sheriff?s Office and Fitchburg Police Department are warning residents of a phone scam that hit the area Monday.

Officials with the Dane County Sheriff?s Office said they received numerous reports Monday of a phone scam involving residents owing back taxes.

The caller reportedly identifies himself as an agent with the United States Treasury Department and says the resident owes back taxes, according to a release. The caller says a warrant will be issued for their arrest if they do not wire money to cover the amount.

The calls appear to be coming from area code 321, which is in Brevard County, Florida, officials said.

Officials with the Dane County Sheriff?s Office said back taxes are not collected over the phone, and there is no validity to the calls.

Officials with the Fitchburg Police Department sent out an alert Monday about the same type of scam calls hitting their community.

23 new Madison restaurants you'll love

Each year brings with it a swath of new eateries, and with new eateries comes excitement. We love what?s fresh and untested but also untainted. Sure, some are more hyped than others (we?re looking at you, Sujeo, Cento, Rare and the Edgewater), but even the low-key taco joints and quaint caf�s offer intrigue?maybe this is the place we?ve been waiting for. Whether it?s a go-to date night spot, an equal parts convenient and tasty takeout joint on the way home from work or the perfect neighborhood bar, the following twenty-three places offer something in the way of excitement, many for more reasons than one, and we couldn?t be happier to welcome them to town.

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Girls on the Run founder visits, inspires Leopold group

Girls on the Run, which just completed its sixth season, is part of a national organization founded in 1996 that aims to empower young girls while also instilling physical fitness into the lessons. ... Read More

2 injured in head-on crash on Hwy. 14

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday night on Highway 14, according to a release.

Fitchburg police responded to Highway 14 just north of McCoy Road around 6:10 p.m. for reports of a crash, officials said.

A 62-year-old woman from Illinois was driving a sedan west and crossed the median, investigators said. The vehicle entered the eastbound lanes of traffic and hit a truck, being driven by a 59-year-old Waunakee man, head on.

Both drivers were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but investigators believe alcohol was a factor.

Westbound Highway 14 was closed from 6:10 p.m. until about 7:30 p.m., according to the release.

Car crashes into bus in Fitchburg

A car slid into the back of a stopped school bus in Fitchburg Tuesday morning.

Fitchburg police were called to Kilkenny Place and Edenberry Street around 7:15 a.m. for a report of a crash.

Police at the scene said the car, driven by a high school student, was damaged when it slid into the back of the stopped bus. The bus suffered little damage.

There were no injuries. About 30 students were on the bus at the time of the crash.

The students were taken to school and the school principals were informed of the crash.
The driver was not cited.