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Seven People Arrested Following Fight On Bus

Seven people were cited or arrested late Saturday night on Madison's southwest side after a fight between some teenagers on a bus resulted in others trying to get revenge.

The incident ended just after 9 p.m. in the 5800 block of Raymond Road.

According to police, the incident started as an argument between some teenage girls on a Madison Metro bus earlier in the evening. Police said one of the teens told an adult, Debra Griffin, 39, of Madison, she was "jumped."

Police said Griffin then got some others together to find the two girls allegedly responsible for the battery.

The group first went to a home in the 1800 block of Camden Road and confronted residents there, according to police. Police said they pushed their way in to the home, but didn't find the people they were looking for.

Police: 2 Arrested Following Suspected Drug Deal

A getaway car ran over a Madison police officer's foot as it fled from a gas station on the city's far West Side following a suspected drug deal Sunday night, Madison police said.

Madison police were called to the Speedway gas station at 4902 Verona Road about 8:30 p.m. Sunday after someone reported seeing a drug deal in progress.

Police said Curtis D. Mallory, 28, of Baraboo, was a passenger in a parked van. He was arrested on charges of possessing heroin and drug paraphernalia, police said.

After Mallory was handcuffed, another man who was wanted for questioning refused to stop for officers and got into a Lexus, police said.

Police said the officer who had handcuffed Mallory walked toward the Lexus, escorting Mallory with him, while yelling at the driver to stop. As this was happening, Mallory tripped and his head hit the side of the Lexus, police said.

Robber Hits Woman, Steals Jewelry On West Side

Madison police are looking for a man who allegedly hit and kicked a woman and then stole her jewelry.

Police said a woman was letting her dog out of her apartment in the 2200 block of Fish Hatchery Road on Sunday around 4:18 a.m. That's when a man dressed in dark clothes asked the woman for a cigarette, then hit her in the face, knocked her to the ground and kicked her. Police said he stole her jewelry and got away.

Police described the suspect as being about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with an average build. He had his face covered and was wearing a black jacket, baseball cap and blue jeans.

Woman Accused Of Stealing Salvation Army Kettle

Police are looking for a woman who stole a Salvation Army kettle at a grocery store on Madison's West Side on Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at about 3:37 p.m. at the Copps store on Whitney Way. Salvation Army of Dane County Director of Major Gifts Ruth Ann Schoer said a woman was ringing a bell when another woman approached the bell-ringer and stood in the area.

When the bell-ringer looked away, the woman took off with the kettle and jumped into a getaway car, Schoer said.

Police are looking at surveillance video to try to find a photo of the thief.

Schoer said said Salvation Army officials had picked up donations from that kettle about 15 minutes before the theft. The bell ringer thought only about $30 was taken, she said.

Some Residents Are Homeless After 2-Alarm Blaze On West Side

About 15 people, including children, are without a home on Friday night after a fire at a condominium complex on the city's far West Side.

For about two hours on Friday afternoon, Madison fire crews battled freezing temperatures and a blaze that billowed smoke into the air. The complex is located at 1132 Morraine View Drive, near Elver Park.

Madison fire spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said the fire spread through the attic of the condominium.

"The fire did get up into the attic area. That's why you see the ladder raised up," Galvez said.

A Madison firefighter received a minor injury and was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital.

The fire and smoke also attracted curious neighbors like Joseph Whitley.

“When I came over, I saw flames shooting out from the far end," Whitley said.

It also brought concerned parents to the scene.

"I just got a call, my heart was pounding," said Kathy Li. "It's scary. When I got the call, I called my son immediately and made sure he wasn't in there."

Redevelopment Projects Proposed Near UW Campus

With apartment vacancy rates at the lowest level in 16 years, Madison developers said now is the time to act.

From studios to five-bedroom apartments, redevelopment projects are targeting University of Wisconsin-Madison students.

Nick Garcia, a UW-Madison junior, lives at 1323 W. Dayton St., and he said the location was a big reason he wanted to live there.

"I definitely like the location," Garcia said. "That was one of the really big selling points for my roommate when we decided to choose this place. They are pretty old, however."

The apartment building just steps from Camp Randall Stadium and the new Union South is considered by many to be a prime location.

A developer could soon turn Garcia's home into an

eight-story apartment building

with 73 units.

"I don't know if I would personally live there, mainly because of the price. But I definitely think replacing it is a good idea just because of the age," Garcia said.

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

The Salvation Army of Dane County said more people are ringing bells and giving this holiday season.

Preliminary retail numbers show more people are shopping this holiday season, and it looks like Dane County's shoppers are giving more to those famous red kettles.

The Salvation Army of Dane County said its current kettle donation total of $156,000 is up $10,000 from last year at this time. And bringing technology to the forefront of its Red Kettle campaign, the Salvation Army is hoping QR codes help recruit volunteers and prompt shoppers to make credit card donations.

"We have worked very hard this season to get the coverage," said Maj. Loren Carter. "Because we figured that each shift represents about a $100 of income at each location. And so the coverage is very important."

Out of 12,000 total bell ringing shifts, 7,000 shifts are left for the season. The goal for this year's campaign is set at $715,000.