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UWPD: Student reports 4th-degree sex assault in dorm

University disciplinary procedures have been initiated against a person who allegedly touched a University of Wisconsin student inappropriately in a dorm, according to a release from UW police.

A UW student reported to a campus official Sunday that she was touched inappropriately, without consent, in a campus residence hall, police said.

The victim told police the inappropriate touching had happened before, and may have happened to other people.

At the request of the victim, law enforcement is not involved in the fourth-degree sexual assault report, police said. But university officials are investigating the incident.

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Package causes evacuation near LaBahn arena

A suspicious package caused a brief evacuation near LaBahn arena on the University of Wisconsin campus Monday morning.

An alert was sent around 8 a.m. about the suspicious package and people were asked to avoid the area. The bike trail in the area was also closed.

The package was determined to be something a truck driver left by a loading dock overnight.

City?s organics pilot program will continue

A pilot program geared toward recycling organic material in Madison will move forward after city officials approved funding for a new piece of equipment.

The Madison Streets Division has been given the funding to purchase a screen that will be used to remove non-compostable plastics from material being collected in the organics pilot program, according to a release.

?We are extremely grateful for the support of the common council and the mayor in approving the funds we need to purchase a screen,? Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said in the release. ?The screen will enable us to continue the current program and move forward with our expansion plans.?

The Streets Division previously announced plans to suspend the pilot program on Sept. 30 because of problems with non-compostable plastics.

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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.

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 intoxicated and 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.

Jeffrey C. Zhou 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.

Same woman first in line for iPhone 6 as last year's iPhone 5S launch

People lined up outside stores like AT&T, Best Buy and Apple around Madison, waiting to get their hands on a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The phones were made available in stores Friday.

Edna Miller was first in line at AT&T on the city's west side. She arrived at 9 p.m. Thursday.

"Because I want to leave right away. I want to be done. I don't know, maybe because I just want to be first in line," said Miller, laughing when asked why she stayed overnight.

This was Miller's second time being first in line for the newest iPhone at this location. She started the line last year when the iPhone 5S hit stores.

Employees underwent multiple practice sessions to prepare for this day. Many stores opened early at 8 a.m.

A spokesperson with AT&T said this year's enhancements include size, a faster processing chip and improved HD camera are some of the reasons why consumers were anxious to purchase the new smartphones.