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Officers nab man accused of street-corner mugging

A man was charged with robbery after an officer nabbed the alleged assailant shortly after a mugging early Thursday on a downtown Madison street corner, police said.

Madison police said a 20-year-old Middleton man was standing at the corner of North Frances Street and Langdon Street talking on his iPhone 6 at about 1:24 a.m. when he realized three men were watching him.

When he finished his call, he put his phone in a pocket. According to the report, one of the three men approached him, placing something to his neck that he believed might be a knife.

Police said the assailant made a comment to the 20-year-old about not knowing "gangster (expletive)." The robber worked his free hand through the man's pockets, taking the iPhone 6.

Madison officers in the area quickly had the alleged culprit in custody.

Stephon A. Jordan, 22, of Fitchburg, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and resisting an officer.

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Block of South Livingston will be closed 2 weeks

South Livingston Street will be closed for two weeks starting Monday for crews to repair underground utilities, according to a release.

Madison Gas and Electric will be closing South Livingston Street between East Washington Avenue and East Main Street, officials said.

On-street parking will not be allowed during the construction work, but pedestrians will still be able to use the sidewalks.

What you need to know: Saturday’s Shake the Lake

Shake the Lake, the new fireworks show on Lake Monona, will feature a couple of changes from similar fireworks events in the past, city officials said.

Saturday’s show will start at 10 p.m., instead of 9:30 p.m. like last year, according to a release. The fireworks will also be deployed from three different barges between Broom and Blair streets. There will also be more lower-level fireworks displays.

The festival starts at 5 p.m. with a variety of food vendors, events and entertainment along John Nolen Drive, officials said. John Nolen Drive will be closed from Broom Street to Williamson and Wilson streets from 6 a.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday.

The main portion of John Nolen Drive will be open all day so people will be able to get to the downtown area, according to the release.

Tenney Lock hours will be extended for upcoming events

The Tenney Lock hours will be extended Saturday for Shake the Lake and for the Fourth of July holiday, according to a release.

The Tenney Lock allows access between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona on the Yahara River and will be open later Saturday and from July 3-6, officials said.

For safety precautions, a slow-no-wake rule will be enforced on Lake Monona for Shake the Lake, officials said. The slow-no-wake rule will be enforced from 8 p.m. until midnight or until the last boat in line is through the lock on Saturday.

A no-entry area will be enforced around the staging site for Shake the Lake at the west end of Lake Monona, officials said. The area will be marked with buoys.

The Tenney Lack will be opened from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 2, 3 and 4, according to the release. The lock will also be open until 10 p.m. on July 5 and until 7 p.m. on July 6.

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Police find shell casings after reported fight downtown

Madison police are investigating a shots fired incident in downtown Madison early Sunday morning.

Officers were sent to the 100 block of North Broom Street around 2:30 a.m. for reports of shots fired and around 10 people leaving the area, according to a release.

Witnesses told police they saw a fight involving 10-15 men before hearing the shots fired.

Officers found approximately 10 handgun shell casings in the area, officials said.

Police did not find anyone near the scene that had been injured, but the incident is still under investigation.

Man injured during downtown confrontation

A 21-year-old Madison man was knocked out and suffered a broken nose and orbital fracture during a confrontation in downtown Madison, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the two groups of people were facing off in the 500 block of University Avenue at about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The injured man told police that he and his friends got into a heated discussion with several men after one of the men dumped a drink on a woman who was with the victim’s group before they left a nearby nightclub.

One of the men hit the victim, sending him to the pavement, police said.

The attacker is described as black, 22-25 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 200 to 225 pounds with shoulder-length dreadlocks and a goatee.

Olin Boat Launch to close Friday for fireworks setup

The Olin Boat Launch will be closed starting Saturday for crews to start setting up for Shake the Lake, according to a release.

Organizers for Festival Foods Shake the Lake, to take place June 27 on John Nolen Drive, said a variety of entertainment is scheduled for the new event, which is a privately funded show put on by the Madison Mallards and Festival foods.

There will be limited access to the Olin Boat Launch on Friday, but the boat launch will be completely closed starting Saturday, officials said. The boat launch will reopen June 29.