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Teen arrested in bus stop fight

A 17-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday following a fight at a Madison bus stop.

Madison police said a half-dozen young women were pushing and throwing punches at each other near the West Transfer Point just after 7 p.m.

Shaybrianna James was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting. Madison police said a 15 year-old was cited for battery.

Several witnesses told police there was an ongoing dispute among several members in the group.

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

The Madison Water Utility Board said this week that it would continue to add fluoride to the city's drinking water.

The utility board voted at its meeting Tuesday night to keep its fluoride policy. The city's been adding fluoride to water to improve dental health for 68 years since the policy was adopted in 1946.

Madison Water Utility currently aims for a target fluoride concentration of 0.7 parts per million, as recommended by county, national and international health agencies.

In a news release Wednesday, the city of Madison said it took public comments on the policy Tuesday for about two hours before the vote.

The policy will be reviewed again in 2024.

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Neighbors concerned about access at polling place

A Wisconsin Department of Transportation spokesperson said voters will be able to access a polling place surrounded by Verona Road construction by Election Day.

Right now, the work on the Verona Road frontage road is blocking three of four driveways into a polling place near Allied Drive.

"Ten days out, the construction was still looking a little bit intimidating to be able to have access to the polling place," District 10 Alderman Maurice Cheeks said.

Cheeks said neighbors started to bring accessibility concerns to him this past weekend. He visited the building in the 4700 block of Verona Road and realized something had to be done before people started casting ballots on Tuesday.

The concerns were voiced to the city clerk, and then passed along to the DOT.

Soglin says he was threatened politically if he spoke out on 911 problems

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said he was threatened politically by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi over his statements on problems at the Dane County 911 Center.

Soglin said his campaign manager received two phone calls from Parisi's Chief of Staff Josh Wescott about the mayor's criticism of the 911 Center. Madison fire and police officials have been the most outspoken about slow answer times of 911 emergency calls and slow dispatch times getting their crews out the door.

"What's been real curious is over the last year, there have been two telephone calls made to my campaign manager on this subject," Soglin said. "Telephone calls which were clearly designed to indicate that I was going to have political problems for having raised these issues. One of the things that came out of this was a reminder of how popular the county executive was, and it was not a good idea for me to challenge somebody authoritatively who was that popular."

Couple returns home to find valuables missing

Couple returns home to find valuables missing

Two west Madison residents returned home Wednesday evening to find it had been burglarized and valuables were missing, according to police.

Madison police said that shortly after 6 p.m. a 65-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman went to their home on Harwood Circle to find the front door had been forced open.

Electronics and jewelry had been stolen from the residence, according to the report.

Man charged in west side burglaries heads to trial

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

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

At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, a city of Madison police detective testified that Bell was the driver for two or three of his friends who broke into two homes on Madison?s west side and stole money, gaming systems and video games during late July and early August.

Bell was previously convicted of burglary in Dane County in November 2013.

Madison's legacy restaurants are here to stay

By Dan Curd

They stand the test of time. Their roots are deep in the community?often family-run from one generation to the next. They always respect tradition but aren't afraid to embrace change. Sometimes they're as much about their location as their current occupant. Inevitably, they're where we take out-of-towners for a real taste of the town. According to the National Restaurant Association, about sixty percent of all restaurants never see their third anniversary. Yet some manage to survive economic downturns and cutthroat competition to thrive and prosper. Their secrets to success are reliable food, personable service and genuine atmosphere. Dining fads come and go, but fortunately, the legacy restaurant is here to stay.