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Search warrant: Synthetic marijuana, aka Scooby snax, being sold at gas stations

Dane County drug task force search warrants show nearly 38.5 pounds, or 18,000 grams, of synthetic marijuana were seized from two East Washington Avenue gas stations.

In total, 3,000 packets of 75 types of synthetic pot were seized from Capitol Petro and the CP Mart Mobil gas stations last week.

The documents say gas station clerks sold Madison police informants $25 hits of synthetic marijuana brands called "Scooby Snax" and "Angry Birds." The documents said clerks handed the informants their purchase in black packages from under the counter, then the clerks wrote something on a notebook.

Neighbors living near Capitol Petro, in the Schenk neighborhood, said the bust does not surprise them because drug deal rumors have become more constant over the last year and a half.

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Woman reportedly pulls out knife, demands money at Subway

A 31-year-old Madison woman was chased out of a west side Subway Monday afternoon after she pulled out a knife and demanded money, Madison police said.

Emily J. Anderson reportedly went into the Subway at 7011 Watts Road around 3:10 p.m.

When she pulled out a knife and started demanding money, she was chased out of the restaurant, police said.

Officers found and arrested her on tentative charges of armed robbery, bail jumping, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said nothing was stolen, and no one was injured.

Police: Missing Madison woman found safe

Madison police were asking for the public's help Monday in finding a woman who left to go to a family cottage and never arrived.

Police said Ann E. Wiley, 77, left her west Madison home between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday for a cottage in Washington Island, but never arrived.

Officials said Wiley was reportedly seen in Menominee County Monday morning, and called off the search for her just before 6 p.m. Monday.

Wiley may suffer from confusion at times, according to a news release. Police said there is no reason to believe that foul play is involved.

MPD arrests man who allegedly attacked, injured officer

Madison police arrested a man who attacked and injured an officer responding to an incident in the area of Verona Road Saturday night, according to a release.

Alijouwon T. Watkins, 19, was reportedly involved in a domestic altercation at 4687 Verona Road around 9:10 p.m., officials said.

Madison police found Watkins in a nearby garage, but when they started talking with him he broke away from officers, and was able to attack and injure one of them before fleeing the scene, according to the release.

Police say the officer suffered a concussion but was not hospitalized.  

Watkins was taken into custody Sunday afternoon during a traffic stop. He initially provided a false name to officers, but was taken into custody without incident. 

He was transported to the Dane County Jail.

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Tony Franks closes its doors after 86 years in business

After nearly a century of business, a local tavern had to shut its doors.

Tony Frank’s Tavern was open for 86 years, but owner Jim Frank said money problems mostly caused by nearby construction forced him to close. He tried to keep his business alive by selling his home and car, but he could no longer keep the business open.

“We have a great clientele as it is. It's just I accumulated so much debt from this project out here that I can’t carry forward anymore,” he said.

The bar has been a big part of Frank’s life for a long time.

“I started working here really in eighth grade cleaning the bar before school. I'd have a couple of cheeseburgers at the end of my shift and a couple of Blatz's beers and go on to eighth grade,” he said.

Frank said his customers are also affected by the closure.

“They're sad,” he said. “They’re hoping I can implement my new business plan and go forward from there.”

Theresa Terrace residents hope neighborhood center means new beginning

West side residents are hoping a new neighborhood center will change the feel of the community around Theresa Terrace.

Dozens poured into the Theresa Terrace neighborhood center Wednesday night to celebrate a new beginning.

For the last three years, community advocates and leaders have worked tirelessly to bring the crime-plagued street a neighborhood center.

Many residents say the historic crime in the area over the years has left little to celebrate, but a new neighborhood center has them hopeful.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Alderman Matt Phair and Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jen Cheatham officially opened the center Wednesday night.

“(It’s) a place that kids can come, get tutoring, be with mentors, be with their friends,” Phair said. “Also then be connected to other services around town.”

Phair worked with city leaders over the last three years to get the community center open.

Madison Parks, city host annual Elver Park fireworks

Madison Parks and the city of Madison are holding the annual Elver Park Fireworks Celebration July 2, according to a release.

The free 30-minute event starts at 9:30 p.m., officials said. Guests can bring a picnic, but there will also be vendors at the old shelter starting at 7 p.m.

There is no rain date for the event, and the final call will be made by 8 p.m. on Facebook and Twitter.

Parking will be available on at the two lots in Elver Park, officials said. Handicapped parking will be available in the front lot near the new shelter. Cars will not be able to leave the parking lot until 30 minutes after the fireworks end.

The disc golf course and tennis courts will be closed July 1 and 2, according to the release. They will reopen July 3.