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Group says progress being made on heroin epidemic

City of Madison leaders on Tuesday received an update on how local agencies are handling the recent heroin epidemic.

The group Safe Communities gave a presentation at the Madison Common Council meeting. Its executive director said a huge part of reducing the number of injuries and overdoses starts with reducing access to medicines, especially opiates found at home.

Safe Communities said local agencies are slowly making progress.

"I think every indication is that we're making progress," said Cheryl Wittke, Safe Communities executive director. "And it's not something that's going to happen overnight in terms of reducing hospitalizations and overdoses, but we're certainly making progress."

Part of that progress includes the expansion of Med Drop boxes. Dane County leaders increased the number of boxes from four to 10, and the boxes have collected more than 5 tons of opiates.

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Domino's Pizza owners win prestigious award


Two local Domino’s Pizza franchise owners were awarded the International Franchise Association Gold Franny Award for operational excellence.

Doug Baretz and John Theisen own 11 stores in Milwaukee and Madison.  Two of their franchises are located at 409 W. Gorham St. and 4680 Cottage Grove Rd.

The Gold Franny Award is the most prestigious honor on a Domino’s franchise owner, said a press release.  Theisen and Baretz were selected from over 1,000 store owners for the award.

The award was chosen based on operational audit scores, community involvement, store safety and security and team member morale, a press release said.  The Domino’s Pizza Leadership Team selected the award recipients.

Man in underwear arrested, accused of battery

A Madison man was arrested after police said he had a man in a headlock and struggled with police Monday morning.

An officer said she used pepper spray on Peter D. Robbins, 28, when refused to release a 22-year-old man from a headlock in the 300 block of State Street at 2:30 a.m. Robbins was wearing only underwear, police said. He told police the victim called him a derogatory name and that he wanted to kill the man because of what he was called.

The victim denied using a derogatory name and said he told the man to put some clothes on.

Robbins was arrested on suspicion of battery, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.

Police: Two student muggings might be connected

Madison police said two muggings in the same area of the city Saturday morning might be connected.

A 20-year-old University of Wisconsin-Madison student told police he was walking in the 200 block of Langdon Street at 3:26 a.m. when 3 men, 20-25 years old, emerged from a dark alley and demanded money. He said he was knocked to the ground and might have also been punched.

The men fled with his wallet.

In the same area at 3:34 a.m., another 20-year-old student told police he was mugged by two men. He said he was pinned against a parked car while one mugger grabbed at his throat. The robbers demanded and took money from the victim.

The suspects in the second incident are described as black, 25 to 29 years old. One man was 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall with a slender build, hair worn in dreads and wearing a V-neck T-shirt.

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Madison man thwarts would-be robber

A Madison man told police he was able to maintain possession of his bike after a would-be robber threatened to take the bicycle and punched the victim in the face.

The 50-year-old man said he was approached by a group of young men at 3:10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of North Frances Street and University Avenue. One of the men grabbed the victim?s bike and got into a tug-of-war with the victim while punching him in the face multiple times.

The group fled when the man said he was calling police.

The attempted robber is described as black, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing a white T-shirt.

Cheryl Bentyne – lead singer with The Manhattan Transfer in Concert at The Brink Lounge

Cheryl Bentyne – lead singer with The Manhattan Transfer in Concert at The Brink Lounge

As part of the Jazz at Five Concert Series, nine-time Grammy winner, The Manhattan Transfer's lead vocalist, Cheryl Bentyne, along with her performing partner, Mark Winkler, present their  "West Coast Cool" performance on Thursday, September 6th. at The Brink Lounge.  701 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI 

This amazingly talented duo is joined by the Dave Stoler Trio for an entertaining and rare Madison concert.

A Madison favorite jazz vocalist, Gerri DiMaggio Trio, opens the evening with a selection of her favorites.

Concert at 7 pm /  Doors at 6:45 pm 
$10 Advance tickets /  $12 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at:    www.thebrinklounge.com  or by calling Elizabeth, 608-661-8589.

1 killed, 3 injured in 3-vehicle crash

Officials have identified a man who was killed in a three-vehicle crash early Saturday morning.

The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office said Evan J. Dewan, 24, of Madison, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Madison fire officials said they responded to the three-vehicle crash at John Nolen Drive and Lakeside Street at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

Three other people were injured in the crash and were transported to Madison hospitals.

Firefighters used extrication equipment to gain access to the damaged vehicles and safely remove the injured occupants.

Madison police said the cause of the crash is currently under investigation.�