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Dry cleaning business robbed at gunpoint, police say

Police said a downtown Madison dry cleaning business was robbed at gunpoint Friday night.

Madison police said officers responded to a report of a robbery at Klinke Cleaners at 6698 Odana Road shortly before 7 p.m.

A man entered the store with a handgun and ordered an employee to the ground, according to the report. The robber fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

A K-9 team attempted to track the suspect but was not successful, police said.

The robber was described as black, 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing a black jacket, dark jeans, black shoes and a black mask.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Madison Police Department or Madison Area Crime Stoppers.

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23 new Madison restaurants you'll love

Each year brings with it a swath of new eateries, and with new eateries comes excitement. We love what?s fresh and untested but also untainted. Sure, some are more hyped than others (we?re looking at you, Sujeo, Cento, Rare and the Edgewater), but even the low-key taco joints and quaint caf�s offer intrigue?maybe this is the place we?ve been waiting for. Whether it?s a go-to date night spot, an equal parts convenient and tasty takeout joint on the way home from work or the perfect neighborhood bar, the following twenty-three places offer something in the way of excitement, many for more reasons than one, and we couldn?t be happier to welcome them to town.

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City plans redesign of State Street park causing major issues

The City of Madison is looking to redesign Philosopher's Grove Park, located at the end of State St. on the Capitol Square, to push crime out of the area.

Anthony Rineer and his sister Karima, recently bought Teddywedgers, one of Madison's favorite restaurants. They have been excited to share their love for the restaurant with locals and visitors but are facing problems with the homeless.

"Working down here even with Ray, the previous owner, it was really intense," ," Rineer said. "There were a lot of people who kept to themselves, but then there were four or five of them that would just be constantly at it, which made it an unsafe area."

The restaurant is adjacent to Philosopher's Grove Park, an area that has become a haven for illegal activity and fights. There are so many problems that surrounding businesses said that they are losing customers to intimidation.

Police: Wando's bouncer injured by patron

A downtown bouncer needed stitches after being punched in the face by a man trying to get into Wando's on University Avenue early Friday morning.

Police said officers were called to the bar at 602 University Ave. at about 1 a.m. after the confrontation that resulted when the man who had been kicked out of the bar tried to get back in while smoking a cigarette.

After being punched, the bouncer was able to hold the man until police arrived.

Michael J. Heard, 21, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of substantial battery and disorderly conduct.

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Tory Miller's new restaurant Sujeo bursts with flavor

Tory Miller's new restaurant Sujeo bursts with flavor

Rock-star restaurateur Tory Miller's third dining concept is proof that comfort food doesn't have to be boring. Sujeo (pronounced "sue-joe") -- the customary Korean table setting of chopsticks and a spoon -- is as much about his mastery of flavors as it is about his Asian heritage. Instead of a tome of dishes, Chef Miller focuses on getting favorites right, from egg rolls and pho to fried rice and spicy noodles. The KBC -- Korean broasted chicken -- and pineapple soft serve will never be dismissed as junk food! The noodle bar is ground zero in the contemporary diner space and the place to be late night.

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This article appears in the December 2014 issue of Madison Magazine.

Water utility board to consider monthly base charge increase of $2.62

Representatives with Madison Water Utility will be holding a meeting to get input on a proposed rate increase from the public, according to a release.

MWU submitted a rate application last month with the Public Service Commission, asking for a 30 percent revenue increase, officials said.

Base charges would increase for most customers by $2.62 a month, officials said. Usage charges would transition to a conservation rate, which means they would vary depending on the time of year and the amount used.

Customers currently pay $2.81 per 1,000 gallons of water used, but under the conservation rate plan customers would pay $2.96 per 1,000 gallons used during the off-peak season from October to May regardless of how much water is used.

Robber orders employee at State Street store onto ground

Robber orders employee at State Street store onto ground

A masked and armed robber is still at large after robbing a store on State Street on Tuesday night, Madison police said.

Officers were sent to a report of an armed robbery at the Life is Good Store at 514 State St. just before 7:30 p.m., according to a release.

The robber ordered the store clerk onto the floor at gunpoint, reached into the till, took an undisclosed amount of money and fled in an unknown direction, officials said.

The female store clerk was not injured.

The robber is described as a black man in his 30s, 5 feet 7 inches tall with a chubby build. He was wearing a dark coat, dark jeans, dark shoes and a dark scarf covering his face.