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Senior Reporter — Wisconsin State Journal

A reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, WI. Interested in the curiosities, flaws and follies in life.

Holiday loan offer can hide tax swindle — Errors in financial judgment made by cash-strapped shoppers during the holiday season might come back to bite them at income tax time, state consumer protection officials warned this week. They were referring to the practices similar to those used by a Milwaukee tax preparation company recently targeted by state authorities for gathering information for holiday loans and then using that information to file income tax returns without the consumers' knowledge.

Gunfire from cars on Gammon Road — One car sped into an oncoming traffic lane on North Gammon Road at midnight Monday, drew even with another car headed in the same direction, then muzzle flashes lighted up each car. The incident was witnessed by an off-duty Madison police officer, who tried to catch up to the cars.

Fire destroys Muscoda's Castle Rock Inn — A fire of as-yet undetermined origin destroyed a nearly century-old building housing the Castle Rock Inn near Muscoda Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The popular buffet and social event business, which includes a busy catering service, is located at the intersection of Highway G and Shemak Road, between Montfort, Fennimore and Muscoda.

Camera shop window smashed, cameras grabbed — An estimated $15,000 worth of camera equipment was missing after a smash-and-grab burglary at The Camera Company Monday morning, according to Madison Police Department reports. An alarm alerted police at about 2:20 a.m. Monday to the incident. The front window was shattered in the storefront business located at 4232 East Town Blvd.

Medicaid fraud alleged in Lake Geneva case — A private registered nurse in Lake Geneva has been accused of collecting Medicaid for services that were not provided, according to a state Department of Justice report from its Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse units. Linda J. Turner, a certified state Wisconsin Medicaid provider of private duty nurse services since 1995, was charged with three counts of medical assistance fraud.

Dane County deputy nabs Portage man with fifth OMVWI-related arrest — A Portage man, Ryan F. Mountford, was arrested Wednesday morning in the town of Blooming Grove for operating his vehicle while intoxicated, his fifth such arrest since 2002. A Dane Count Sheriff's deputy reportedly saw a car driven by Mountford roll through a stop sign, then drive at speeds over the limit on Highway 51.

SOS: Why can't I reactivate my TracFone? — When Jeanette Rupnow from New Glarus called, SOS had to admit the holiday spirit was on the wane. There were three telephone service complaints already on the waiting list and, next to consumer gripes about Social Security, child support payments, roofers, and Illinois Tollway screwups, the telephone category has one of the lowest solution rates.

The Story of Vesper: The Holiday Quest — Vesper was counting his whiskers one day and noticed he was one short. That left him with 27 whiskers, 13 on one side and 14 on the other. All day long he felt like he was overloaded on the 14-side.

The Story of Vesper: The Holiday Quest (copy) — Vesper was counting his whiskers one day and noticed he was one short. That left him with 27 whiskers, 13 on one side and 14 on the other. All day long he felt like he was overloaded on the 14-side.

Mayor Paul Soglin wants to protect State Street from becoming a 'megasaloon' — Mayor Paul Soglin, worried that beverage-related businesses may turn State Street into a "megasaloon," has floated a proposal that would shelter the retail businesses of Madison's signature street. Soglin is suggesting "a conversation" about a formal curtailment of places that sell food, booze, beer and coffee, such as an "overlay zone" for which regulations or incentives are attached to protect a specific resource.
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Dec 04, 2014

Still waiting to hear from all those companies announcing price cuts because gas prices have fallen by a buck a gallon.

Nov 19, 2014

Lot of back-patting going on over "Best City for Successful Aging." Might want to consider we are aging all the time.

Nov 04, 2014

@DougEricksonWSJ Do you know if poll workers have been asking voters if they moved recently? They were doing that in Fitchburg.

Nov 04, 2014

@PropTrax temerity:excessive confidence; "no one had the temerity to question his conclusions:" effrontery, impudence, cheek, gall;

Nov 04, 2014

Thursdays at 5 p.m. on Madison's West Side: interesting stats from Madison Police…

Nov 04, 2014

RT @DougEricksonWSJ: Volunteer poll worker Jason Van Pelt tells people "Congratulations" after voting. These are his socks.

Nov 04, 2014

Fitchburg polls at 10 a.m. line at the Oregon district (probably because of referendum) but all moving smoothly.

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