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Officers injured, squad cars hit in incident with Madison man

Several Madison police officers were injured after a person wanted for several felony warrants fled police, hit two squad cars and fought with officers, officials said.

Officers were attempting to arrest a person wanted for several felony warrants in the area of Williamsburg Way and South Whitney Way, according to a release.

When officers attempted to contact Lucas J. Anderson, 20, of Madison, he attempted to flee in his vehicle, police said. Anderson started driving erratically and hit two squad cars before crashing nearby.

Anderson fought with officers who attempted to take him into custody, causing minor injuries to several officers, according to the release.

A passenger, Lee Scott, 19, of Madison, fled but was later apprehended, and the third person in the vehicle, Demetrius L. Smith, 19, of Madison, was also arrested.

Anderson, Scott and Smith were arrested on outstanding warrants.

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4 got out of ?fairly involved? structure fire safely, officials say

Four adults got out of a west side home after it caught fire Tuesday night, officials said.

Madison emergency crews responded to reports of a structure fire around 6 p.m., officials said.

Dane County dispatch confirmed the fire was ?fairly involved? at 7030 Parker Hill Drive. The call originally came in at 5:51 p.m.

Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis said the house sustained extensive smoke and flame damage.

?There might?ve been some type of explosion. We are trying to figure out if that?s the case,? Davis said.?It?s a pretty big fire. We?re pretty fortunate no one was injured, and we?re fortunate we had a pretty good response time.?


Woman injured in morning crash that shut down Beltline

A woman was injured in a crash that shut down the westbound Beltline briefly Tuesday morning.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said a vehicle crashed at about 7:52 a.m. between Verona Road and Whitney Way.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said a 22-year-old woman was driving west on the Beltline as traffic began to slow because of construction. The woman changed lanes to avoid rear-ending a vehicle but rear-ended car another driven by an 80-year-old woman, police said.

The 22-year-old woman?s vehicle also struck a concrete median barrier and the vehicle came to rest on its side, DeSpain said. There were construction workers on the other side of the median but they were not injured, police said.

The 22-year-old received minor injuries, DeSpain said. The 80-year-old driver was not injured.

The right lane opened at about 8:54 a.m. for traffic that was stuck after the Verona Road exit and all three lanes reopened at about 9:11 a.m.

Public health officials look for information on dog bite

Department of Public Health officials are looking for information on an incident where a dog bit a man Monday afternoon.

The man was riding a bike around 5:30 p.m. in the green space adjacent to Research Park Boulevard, officials said.

The dog is described as a black and gray German shepherd or similar-looking breed, and was not on a leash at the time of the incident, according to the release.

The dog was with two other dogs not on a leash: a gold-colored lab or retriever and a black dog, officials said. The dogs were with a white man in his 30s with dark hair.

Officials ask anyone with information on the incident to call police at 255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

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Police provide sketch of suspected home burglar

Police released a sketch of a man who reportedly forced his way into a west Madison home Tuesday morning.

The Madison Police Department said a man and woman were in their home on the 2300 block of Aspen Road at 8:28 a.m. when a man shouldered his way through the front door. The man had rung the doorbell a couple of times before he forced entry.

Police said a 70-year-old man in the home was just getting to the door as it swung open and the man was face to face with the intruder. The man yelled at the burglar and the stranger ran off.

The intruder is described as black, between 20-30 years old, weighing 200 pounds, according to the report. He had a pudgy face, wore glasses and was possibly wearing a red and black jacket.

Police shared a sketch of the burglar and asked anyone with information on the man pictured or the incident to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

A 68-year-old woman was also home during the incident, police said.

Madison water customers could see rate increase, conservation incentives

Madison Water Utility is asking the Public Service Commission for a rate increase and changes to its rate structure to incentivize users to conserve water.

The utility wants to increase revenue by 30 percent by increasing rates, on an annualized basis, 7.5 percent per year for each of the four years since the last rate increase. The utility has not decided how the increase will be distributed among residential, multi-family, commercial, industrial and public authority customers.

General manager Tom Heikkinen said the increase is needed to replace aging water mains, improve water quality and make a payment in lieu of taxes to the city.

This is the first rate increase requested in four years, according to the utility.

If approved, Madison Water Utility will be the largest water utility in Wisconsin to offer a conservation rate for residential customers.

If approved, the new rates would go into effect in the spring of 2015 at the earliest.

21-year-old charged in connection to multiple burglaries

A 21-year-old Madison man has been charged with two counts of burglary and theft in connection to two home burglaries on the west side, according to a release.

Demetrius A. Bell has been charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft as a repeat offender, officials said.

Bell was the driver for two or three of his friends who broke into two homes and stole money, gaming systems and video games during late July and early August, according to a criminal complaint. Bell was convicted of burglary in Dane County in November 2013.

Bell pawned video games and a controller at two stores that buy and sell used video games and equipment, according to the criminal complaint. Officers said they also found multiple items reported missing during the burglaries in Bell?s residence while executing a search warrant.