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Memorial Beats Sun Prairie In Boys' Basketball

Sun Prairie stayed with defending champion Madison Memorial most of the night Thursday in a boys' basketball semifinal Thursday. But the Spartans eventually took control late, getting a 68-53 win at Madison Lafollette.

Sun Prairie was down 43-41 with less than 7 minutes to go in the game. Nick Fuller, who led Sun Prairie with 20 points, got a big breakaway dunk to keep it close.

But the Cardinals couldn't stop junior point guard Brendan Ortiz of Memorial. The junior always got a basket when the Spartans needed it. Ortiz led all scorers with 29, and helped get Memorial one game away from the state championships.

Memorial plays Mukwanago in the sectional final Saturday night.

Middleton Police Arrest Man On 4th OWI

Middleton Police Arrest Man On 4th OWI

Middleton police said they have arrested a man of trying to flee an officer and his 4th offense of operating a vehicle while intoxicated following an incident on Gammon Road early Wednesday morning.

The incident started in the area around Meadowcrest Lane And South Avenue just after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

According to police, officer responded to a citizens' report of a possible drunk druver in the area. Officers located the car on Gammon Road and tried to stop it.

Police said the driver started to drive away and fast and get away from the officer. Police decided not to pursue the vehicle because of the danger of driving at high speeds.

Police said officers continued to look for the car, and found the car on Whitacre Road in the city of Madison, where the driver had apparently struck a tree and fled on foot.

Police said they found Christopher Oleson, 40, of Madison on foot, and arrested him soon after on numerous charges.

2 Arrested In Scrap Metal Theft At Sub-Zero

Madison police said they arrested two men suspected of stealing scrap metal from Sub-Zero on the city's far West Side on Friday night.

A Madison police officer, who was on routine patrol, pulled over a car at about 10 p.m. Friday after it pulled away from a Sub-Zero Inc. loading dock at 4693 W. Beltline Highway, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Police said the car was filled with scrap aluminum.

The driver, Steven L. Kading, 46, of Madison, at first denied being at the dock, but when the officer said he saw the car there, the driver changed his story, police said.

Kading said he did stop, but only to "snug up the tires" and check the lug nuts, according to the police report.

A second officer pulled aside Kading's passenger, Thomas W. McKeown, 56, of Fitchburg, in order to get his version of events.

Police said McKeown acknowledged stopping near Sub-Zero, saying he needed to urinate.

Madison Abuzz As New Ordinance Legalizes Beekeeping

Madison Abuzz As New Ordinance Legalizes Beekeeping

By Nora Hertel, Madison Commons Reporter

Until now, beekeeping in Madison was technically illegal. Nevertheless, dozens in the city have tried to keep their bees under the radar.

According to Matt Tucker, the zoning administrator for the City of Madison, keeping bees has been like stacking firewood on your property. The city does not condone the activity, but it only becomes an issue if the neighbors complain.

But a new ordinance, passed on Feb. 28, permits, even encourages, Madison residents to keep bees as part of an effort to promote local, urban agriculture.

Officially called Section 9.53, the change comes as an amendment to chapter 28 of the Madison General Ordinances of the conservancy, agriculture, and residential districts.

Proponents see the ordinance as part of a broader urban farming movement.

2 Residents Displaced After Fire On Madison's Southwest Side

A fire at an apartment complex on Madison's southwest side on Tuesday has left two people without a place to live, according to the Madison Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to the eight-unit apartment in the 100 block of South Gammon Road at around 5:20 p.m and found smoke and flames coming from the windows.

Firefighters knocked down the fire within a few minutes. No injuries were reported, but a resident who is on oxygen at home was checked out by paramedics, according to fire officials.

Damage was estimated at $100,000 and was limited to the apartment where the fire started.

Fire Damages Madison Apartment, Displaces 2 People

Two people were displaced when a fire damaged their apartment on Madison's far West Side on Tuesday night.

Firefighters were called at about 5:20 p.m. to the eight-unit apartment building at 58 S. Gammon Road, and firefighters observed smoke and flames coming from the windows.

Fire crews stretched a hose to the first-floor apartment and knocked down the fire with a few hundred gallons of water, according to a Madison Fire Department news release.

Firefighters searched each apartment to make sure everyone was safely out of the building. One resident who is on home oxygen was checked by paramedics.

No injuries were reported at the scene.

Fire damage, which is estimated at $100,000, was limited to the apartment where the fire originated.

Madison fire officials said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Memorial Basketball Players Face Theft Charges

Theft charges have been filed against four Madison teens, including two players on Madison Memorial High School's basketball team.

A criminal complaint charges Albert "Junior" Lomomba, 19, and Jamar Morris, 18, both top players on the basketball team, with misdemeanor retail theft.

Lomomba has a full-ride scholarship to play for Cleveland State.

The complaint also charges Max W. Genin, 17, and Lavell D. Nash, 18, with misdemeanor retail theft.

Prosecutors allege that Genin and Nash, as Boston Store employees at West Towne Mall, dramatically undercharged for some purchases of Polo Ralph Lauren sweatshirts, charging Lomomba and Morris only a few dollars on hundreds of dollars of store merchandise.

Police said that Genin was working at a register in the men's department at the Boston Store on the afternoon of Jan. 21 when Lomomba and Morris came to the register to purchase three Ralph Lauren sweatshirts, which sold for $95 each.