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Portable toilets, vehicles damaged in overnight fire

Two vehicles were damaged and portable toilets were destroyed in an overnight fire on a University of Wisconsin-Madison parking lot, police said.

UW-Madison police said officers responded to a report of a vehicle on fire at about 4 a.m.

Police said someone lit a portable toilet on fire in Lot 51 on North Mills Street. The fire quickly spread to another portable toilet and a nearby vehicle. The vehicle was badly damaged and another nearby UW fleet vehicle sustained heat damage due to the fire. The Madison Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire.

Police said the city of Madison responded to a trash can on fire at about 3 a.m. two blocks from the North Mills Street fire. It wasn't clear if the two incidents were related.�

UWPD asked anyone with information on the fire to call 608-264-2677.

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Woman shot in hand during gun struggle, police say

A woman suffered a gunshot wound to her hand during a struggle with an armed man early Saturday, police said.�

Madison police said a caller reported hearing a woman crying followed by a gunshot, arguing and screaming at a residence on the 2100 block of University Avenue at 3:19 a.m.

A 20-year-old woman told police a 20-year-old Madison man was armed with a rifle and threatening to kill himself. Police Sgt. Ann Lehner said the man and woman knew each other.

At some point the two struggled for the rifle and the man fired the gun while the woman's right hand was over the muzzle, according to the report.

The woman was treated at a local hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, police said.

The man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and taken to Dane County Jail.

Lehner said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.

Police: Sub store employee attacked, robbed

Police said a sub store employee was attacked and robbed of cash in downtown Madison Saturday morning.

The Madison Police Department said a 27-year-old Cousin's Subs employee was walking on the 100 block of East Main Street at about 9:30 a.m. when a man grabbed her and kneed her in the stomach.

The attacker stole a bank bag containing Cousin's Subs' cash, though police did not indicate how much money was taken.

The robber fled on foot toward the Capitol, according to the report.

Police described the robber as dark-skinned, with some facial hair and an average build. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and light-colored blue jeans.

The Cousin's employee did not need medical attention, police said.

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Numerous construction projects in and around Madison are prompting state transportation officials to ask fans to expect delays getting to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.

Work on the Beltline will be on hold for five hours before and after the game, but lane shifts, ramp closures and reduced speeds are still likely to cause delays. Alternate routes are also likely to have extra game day traffic.

The game kicks off at 11 a.m.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recommends motorists plan for additional time to get to their destination.

State highway projects in the greater Madison area include:

Madison Beltline

·         Lane shifts in both directions between Middleton and I-39/90

·         US 14 ramp to westbound Beltline is open

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Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Heroin use, after steadily decreasing through the early 2000s, is becoming more common, and in the last year led to an increased number of deaths due to overdose in both Dane County and across the nation.

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Woman robbed in downtown parking ramp

Madison police said a woman was robbed of her cellphone by two people she had hoped to hang out with after work.

The incident happened in the Overture parking ramp in the 300 block of West Mifflin around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday.

According to police, the woman was walking with two men to the ramp when one of the men grabbed her purse. She snatched the purse back and tried to call police when one of the men grabbed her cellphone and fled the scene.

Police describe one of the men involved as a white man in his 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with dark brown hair, last seen wearing a T-shirt with a black and white logo on the front and the back. The other man involved is a black man in his 20s.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call Madison police.

Police release surveillance footage of Saturday morning battery

Madison police are looking for help identifying several persons of interest seen in surveillance footage of a battery incident Saturday.

A man was hospitalized after he was knocked unconscious in a fight early Saturday morning, police said.

A 24-year-old was walking with a friend when he began arguing with several men on the 400 block of West Mifflin Street at 3:30 a.m., Madison police said.

The argument turned into a physical fight and the 24-year-old was knocked unconscious, police said.

The men were between 18-23 years old. Police said there were several men involved in the fight, though it wasn't clear how many. The attackers were traveling in a Chevy Suburban, which is also visible in the surveillance footage.

Police ask anyone with information on the incident to contact the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.