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Man suspected to three robberies arrested following pursuit

A Madison man faces numerous charges following a series of robberies Tuesday night and Wednesday morning around the city.

The incidents started with a robbery at a PDQ on North Stoughton Road just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.

Police said two other robberies happened at a Hy-Vee on Whitney Way and a Walgreens on the corner of Stoughton and E. Washington about an hour later. Police said in each case, a man entered a store and stole money out of the cash register after it opened. In one of the incidents, a cashier was able to get a vehicle description and a plate number and pass it on to police.

Soon after the incident at Walgreens, Capitol Police spotted a vehicle matching that description headed eastbound on East Washington Avenue. Madison police joined the pursuit and followed the car to Tenney Park.

Police said the man stopped the car and fled on foot, where he was caught by Madison police officers.

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Men reportedly armed with gun chasing teen

Police said a west Madison teen was being chased Friday by an armed group of men.

Madison police said a concerned North Wickham Court resident called for police Friday at 4:28 p.m. after spotting a neighborhood teenager being chased by four young men, one of whom was reportedly armed with a "short shotgun," according to the witness.

Officers arrived to learn the four men had driven off, but they found the 17-year-old who had been chased. He said he was being pursued, though he didn't know why, by people he believed to be gang affiliated.

The teen said he was too busy running to notice any weapons. He was not caught and not injured.

First read of Madison Public Market plan met with praise

About 60 public market enthusiasts appeared to like the city’s $9 million-$15 million idea to turn the East Johnson city garage into an indoor public market that would include selling prepared foods, local produce and arts and crafts.

“A lot still needs to be worked out on these operational questions. Like how many days a week is the public market open,” Madison project manager Dan Kennelly said. “Things like hours of operation. And days of the week. And months of the year. How does this place really become the epicenter of the food system in southern Wisconsin.”

Public members viewing the draft business plan Tuesday at the Goodman Community Center gave their input by working in small groups to fill out worksheets.

Work-release inmate missing from custody

A work-release Dane County inmate was declared missing from custody Tuesday evening, officials said.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said 25-year-old Thomas D. Brooks, of Madison, was released from the Ferris Center on Rimrock Road at 5:52 a.m. to volunteer as part of his Huber sentence. He did not return as scheduled and is declared absent without leave, or AWOL.

Brooks is 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 145 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black undershirt, dark gray pants and black boots.

The sheriff's office said Brooks is serving a sentence for strangulation, battery, violation of a domestic no contact order and resisting or obstructing.

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Tune in to Madison's music scene

As soon as Tony Castañeda’s palms hit the congas, as soon as his bandmates join in with trumpet, bass and keyboard, the energy inside the Cardinal shifts. Friends stop chatting about the workweek, grab their drinks and hurry to seats inside the wood-walled downtown bar. Toes begin tapping and heads start bobbing as full, rhythmic sound expands across the packed room. Soon, a silver-haired woman can hold back no longer; she swivels her hips, her arms slowly rising above her head to meet the beat. The music is infectious, the crowd eager and it feels so good to be part of it. This is only 5:30 on a Friday evening in one corner of Madison. At the same moment over on the Capitol Square, the Currach is cranking out Irish music at Brocach, and in an hour, blues, jazz and Cajun tunes will heat up Louisianne’s, Liliana’s and the Bayou.

Bank robbery causes lockdown at Madison high school, college campuses

A reported bank robbery at a west Madison bank put a west Madison college and high school on lockdown briefly Tuesday afternoon as police checked the area for a robber.

Madison College sent a WolfPack alert to its students at 3:24 p.m. advising students and staff to stay inside the building due to a bank robbery nearby the west campus on South Gammon Road.

Madison police said a man entered the Anchor Bank branch on South Westfield Road at about 3:05 p.m. He passed a note and fled with cash; no weapon was seen.

Madison Metropolitan School District spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said Memorial High School was also locked down briefly Tuesday. School normally ends at 3:35 p.m., and students and staff were allowed to leave at 3:57 p.m. after police informed school officials it was safe. The school said the lockdown began about 3 p.m.

The Madison College lockdown was also lifted at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to an alert.

Burglary, vandalism at Legends bar cancels veterans' benefit

Legends Bar & Grill owner says he is angry burglars were brazen enough to break in on Memorial Day, and force him to cancel a veterans’ benefit.

“Disappointed.  Taken advantage of,” David Ajdini said.  “I feel like, how do I say this, maybe like I let people down. Our veterans down.”

In an effort to give back, Ajdini and his staff planned to both remember service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and raise funds for the veterans' peer support group Dryhootch Madison.

“Vets mean a lot to us here. Vets are our legends,” Ajdini said.

However, overnight, as Legends’ staff took a break from preparing, Madison police say burglars went to work. Responding to a 5:27 a.m. alarm call, officers found a shattered glass door. Thieves had destroyed several gaming machines and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.