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Warm weather prompts reminders about seasonal fire hazards

Warm weather prompts reminders about seasonal fire hazards

Warm weather in the 60s arrived this week, and with it, an advisory from fire officials on outdoor fire hazards that accompany the season. 

The Madison Fire Department said ordinances do not permit burning yard waste. A fire within outdoor fireplaces or pits -- with spark arresters in use and fire extinguisher or water source nearby -- are permitted as long as it is attended by a responsible adult. 

The fire department also offered reminders on other seasonal fire hazards:

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UWPD: Student who reported sexual assault knew attacker

University of Wisconsin police said they are continuing to investigate a reported sexual assault, but they are no longer looking for the alleged perpetrator.

Investigators said both people involved in the incident know each other, therefore police are no longer looking for the person involved.

UWPD originally reported that officers were dispatched to a residence hall around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, officials said.

According to the release, the assault did not happen at a residence hall, and there is not a threat to the community.

Bacon price spike linked to swine stomach bug

It?s a restaurant named for dumplings and known for burgers.

However, Dotty Dumpling?s Dowry kitchen manager Benny Roe has a no-fail philosophy for his cooks.

?Everything's good with bacon,? Roe said.

And Roe lives it. Most of the burgers are already topped with bacon, and if they?re not, they have the option to add slices.

However, putting bacon on nearly everything on the menu has a price, and that price is rising.

?Over the last couple of months, we've seen upwards of 20 percent increases on bacon and all pork products with that virus, and it's really difficult with prices right now,? Roe said.

That virus is Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, and the disease has killed millions of young pigs across the country.

Roe said the restaurant now shells out $9 to $10 a pound for its high-quality bacon, which has forced cooks to cut back on bacon on certain dishes and forced Roe to raise the price of meals.

Horse fair to cause traffic delays on Beltline Friday, officials say

Motorists might experience traffic delays on the Beltline on Friday because of increased traffic going to the Midwest Horse Fair, officials said.

The annual fair starts Friday morning at the Alliant Energy Center with hundreds of spectators and exhibitors arriving during the morning commute, according to a release. Authorities expect east and westbound lanes of the Beltline to be congested Friday morning.

Horse fair participants can use the Olin Avenue, Rusk Avenue or Rimrock Road gates to enter the Alliant Energy Center, officials said. For participants to get on to Alliant Energy grounds efficiently, one lane of outbound John Nolen Drive will be closed, as well as one south lane of Rimrock Road.

Law enforcement will be directing traffic at the main gate, Rimrock Road and Rusk Avenue intersection, and the John Nolen Drive and Rimrock Road intersection, according to the release. Signs will be up along the Beltline to direct motorists.

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Man knocked unconscious during ?heated dispute?

A 22-year-old Madison man was knocked unconscious during a ?heated dispute? in downtown Madison, according to a release from police.

Officers said the argument between two groups of men in the 400 block of West Gilman Street happened early Sunday morning.

Witnesses told police the victim was ?sucker punched? by one man and kicked in the head when he was down by another man.

The victim was taken to a hospital and diagnose with a concussion.

The man who punched the victim is described as having a lighter complexion, possibly biracial, 6 feet tall, with a medium build, a tattoo on his upper back and a ?fade? style haircut. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt over a white T-shirt and saggy blue jeans.

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UWPD concerned about alcohol-related issues during Final Four weekend

University of Wisconsin police officials said last weekend?s Final Four celebrations brought out some of the worst alcohol-related issues this year.

Before the Badgers basketball game started Saturday around 8 p.m., UW police had already transported several students to detox, according to a release.

One student had a preliminary blood alcohol content of 0.37 percent, police said. The 21-year-old was found unconscious in a bathroom at Gordon Commons. When officers woke him up, he didn?t know where he was or what day it was.

From Friday through 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, UW police took 10 people to detox, seven of them were UW-Madison students, according to the release.

?Knife-wielding man? robs pharmacy, steals Rx drugs, police say

A knife-wielding man robbed the Community Pharmacy at 341 State St., stealing several bottles of pharmaceutical drugs Monday morning, officials said.

The man concealed his identity with the help of two surgical masks and demanded drugs around 10:35 a.m., according to a release.

The robber fled the pharmacy with several bottles of drugs, including OxyContin, according to the release. Officers used a K-9 to track the man, but he was not located.

The man is described as being white, in his 40s to 60s, and looked ?rough,? officials said. He was last seen wearing two yellow surgical masks, a dark baseball cap, a baggy olive green hooded sweatshirt, baggy dark blue jail or hospital pants and sunglasses with wire, brass-colored frames.

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