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Homeless property moved from CCB to storage structures

To the dismay of some of Madison's homeless population and their advocates, city and county officials made good on a promise to move all unattended property from the City-County Building to storage structures about a block away on the corner of West Wilson Street.

While some homeless advocates have called the storage units a bad idea, city and county leaders maintain it is part of an overall public safety improvement plan.

After notices were placed on the property last Thursday, some people were upset. However, Dane County Administration Director Travis Myren said Monday morning's move went without incident.

“If someone is sitting there with their property we're not going to take that from them, but if it's not attended property it will be moved to the storage structures,” Myren said.

The move is part of so-called improved CCB security upgrades, including a night security guard and modified building hours.

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Limo carrying students headed to prom goes up in flames

What was supposed to be a prom night to remember took a heated turn for some Columbus High School students when their limo started fire Saturday night.

The limo was headed down Wisconsin Avenue near the Capitol when the students noticed something was wrong.

“We were getting really hot,” says senior Maddi Hendricks. “We had the air all the way up and the fan all the way up.”

 Within minutes of pulling over, the limo was engulfed in flames.

"The girls were freaking out, and the guys were like, 'Oh this is so cool,’” Hendricks laughs.

“First time I’ve ever had a fully-engulfed limo,” Madison firefighter Zach Smith said. “It took a while to put out. It was so big.”

Firefighters said they could see the smoke from their fire station a couple miles away.

“They’ve probably got the most exciting pictures of prom night I would think,” Madison firefighter Matt Mialik said.

Armed felon found on State Street in custody, police say

An armed felon found Friday night with a handgun on State Street is facing firearm and tentative drug charges, according to a police report.

Police said they took Xavier D. Davis, 19, of Madison into custody in the 600 block of State Street when a member of the department's Gang Unit recognized the man as the subject of a warrant. Davis was uncooperative with officers, and some members of a gathering crowd yelled derogatory statements at police, according to authorities.

Police said the suspect was found with a loaded handgun in his shorts. He was arrested for possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, resisting/obstructing and on a warrant.

According to police, an officer suffered minor injuries while attempting to handcuff the Davis

Police said the arrest was part of a high-visibility and proactive patrol after a shooting two weeks ago.

Man swims to safety after car slides into lake

Madison police said a car went flying into the water off John Nolen Drive early Monday morning after the driver lost control of the vehicle when it hit a puddle.

The incident happened on John Nolen Drive east of North Shore Drive around 1:45 a.m. Monday.

According to pollce, the car was going outbound on John Nolen when it started to hydroplane after it hit the puddle. The car shot across the median into the inbound lanes of John Nolen, then spun around and shot back into the median, police said.

Police said the car then entered the water parallel between the bridges of the outbound and inbound lanes. Police said the driver had his side window down, so as the car sank into the lake, the driver quickly released his seatbelt and swam out the window. Police said the driver only sustained a minor ankle injury.

Police said neither alcohol, drugs nor speed were believed to be a factor, only road conditions.

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Police: No significant incidents at Mifflin Street Block Party, Revelry Fest

There were no significant incidents or arrests at Mifflin Street Block Party or Revelry Fest Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Madison police said the Mifflin Street Block party in the 500 and 600 blocks of West Mifflin Street Saturday “went well overall.”

Attendees stayed out of the street for the most part and no major incidents were reported, officials said. Two Madison police officers suffered minor injuries during an arrest.

According to a release, very few physical arrests were made, and officers issued about 40 citations.

Almost 7,000 tickets were sold to Revelry Arts and Music Festival on Library Mall, and police said there were also no major incidents at that event.

University of Wisconsin police said they issued three citations for underage drinking and one for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

The Madison Police Department's Burglary Crime Unit hit the streets Thursday to bring community awareness to open garage door burglaries, said police.

According to police, five detectives, one detective sergeant and two analysts went to sections of the city that have had an increase in open garage burglaries. In three hours, police contacted over 60 homes with open garage doors to bring the problem to residents' attention.

New Judge Doyle Square proposal brings Exact Sciences downtown

A new proposal for redevelopment of Judge Doyle Square would include a relocation of Exact Sciences to downtown Madison.

The proposal from the Hammes Co. and Majestic Realty was announced Friday and submitted to the city.

“The project also would strengthen Monona Terrace and the downtown as compelling destinations, and bring $125 million in private investment from the real estate developer,”

Exact Sciences would occupy 250,000 square feet in the 1 million square foot project. It’s currently located in Research Park on the west side.

The project includes an urban hotel, entertainment establishments, terraced gathering areas on Pinckney Street, a public food hall, health and wellness facilities. A conference center with multipurpose meeting space would be used by Exact Sciences and could be scheduled for use by the hotel and Monona Terrace.