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Small, white, shaggy dog bites man on west side

A dog bit a man on Madison?s west side Tuesday afternoon, according to a release from the Department of Public Health.

The dog bit the man around 5 p.m. in the 1100 block of Merrill Springs Road, officials said. The man was jogging when the incident happened.

The dog is described as small, white and shaggy, according to the release.

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

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Beata Nelson continues her swimming domination

Verona-Mount Horeb's Beata Nelson is one of the top girls swimmers in the state and Tuesday night, she showed it again in a 96-74 dual meet win at Madison West.

Nelson won the 100 yard butterfly (55.99 seconds) and the 100 yard backstroke (57.52 seconds) - the only two individual events she swam.

Nelson also was part of the Wildcats' winning 400 yard freestyle relay.

Nelson currently holds the top times in the state in five different individual events.

Woman injured in crash that shut down Beltline Tuesday

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 another car 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.

Two people injured in west side fire

A Madison firefighter and another person were injured Tuesday night after a major blaze destroyed a home on the city's southwest side.

Madison emergency crews responded to reports of a structure fire around 6 p.m. at 7030 Parker Hill Drive. The fire department said home owners heard a loud bang and were able to escape the fire safely.

When firefighters arrived, they found a structure where fire was coming out from all four sides, and was causing siding to melt on neighboring houses.

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.?

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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.

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.

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.