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Crews planning for possible messy commute

The city of Madison Streets Division is preparing the streets in anticipation of a potentially slippery afternoon commute.

Crews are applying salt brine to major streets in anticipation of the potential for freezing rain turning to snow Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Thirty-two trucks will stay on at the end of their regular shift at 3 p.m. They will be on standby if they are needed to salt and plow salt routes.

Streets officials said that depending upon the timing of the precipitation, the evening commute could be slow, so plan accordingly.

The city is prepared to bring in another shift of 32 crews members at midnight if conditions warrant.

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Zoo to welcome baby orangutan

Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison is holding a baby shower this weekend to allow the public to celebrate the first ape birth at the zoo since 2001.

Bornean orangutans Kawan and Datu are expecting a baby in 6-8 weeks.

The gestation period for an orangutan is 8-9 months. The zoo has partnered with local medical professionals to help make sure Kawan and her baby are cared for. UW and Meriter hospitals donated an ultrasound machine that is no longer used for human health care.

?This upcoming birth is so important and thrilling for both the zoo and the national species survival efforts as a whole, and we couldn?t be happier to make this announcement and share our excitement with our very supportive community,? Zoo Director Ronda Schwetz said.

The zoo will host a celebration starting at noon Saturday in the Primate Building. Kawan and Datu will open specially made wrapped presents in their indoor holding area in front of zoo guests in honor of the new arrival.

UW student accused of sexually assaulting woman outside

A University of Wisconsin-Madison student was accused of sexually assaulting another student last fall.

The UW Police Department said a 22-year-old UW student was driven to the department by a local food delivery driver on Oct. 25. The woman had asked the worker for a ride saying she needed help. She had been sexually assault outside.

Officers assisted the student with medical attention and began an investigation, police said.

UWPD said investigators worked with the delivery driver, the victim, Madison police and other community members to piece together the events of the evening and identify a suspect.

Kenneth M. Plaisted, 20, of Cedarburg, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, UWPD said Friday.

UWPD said DNA samples from the evidence connected Plaisted to the case.

Wizard World takes weekend residence in Madison

Wizard World Comic Con is in Madison this weekend offering a variety of pop culture-related entertainment.

The event takes place at the Alliant Energy Center Friday through Sunday.

Wizard World brings together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Wizard World Comic Con Madison show hours are from 3-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Lou Ferrigno of “The Incredible Hulk” and Jason David Frank of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” are among several celebrities expected to attend Wizard World.

For more information, visit www.wizardworld.com.

WATCH Ferrigno on News 3's Live at Five Thursday: channel3000.com/entertainment/31123558

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Madison police, firefighters face off in hockey match

Madison police officers and firefighters are suiting up for a charity hockey game called the "Battle of the Badges."

The first responder teams will face off Friday at 5pm at the Coliseum. Tickets are $10 and cover both the police-versus-fire game and The Capitols game at 7:05 p.m.

Visit madisonfirehockey.com for more information. 

Man wearing gray mask robs bank near UW campus; image released

Madison police are looking for a person who robbed a bank near the University of Wisconsin campus Wednesday afternoon.

The robber entered the U.S. Bank at 389 East Campus Mall around 4 p.m. and demanded the clerk put money into a bag, police said.

The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of money on foot toward University Avenue, according to the release.

No weapon was seen, and no one was injured, officials said.

The robber is described as a white man in his 20s, 6 feet 4 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, gray mask, dark gloves and dark sweatpants.

Woodpecker activity leads to discovery of EAB at Madison park

An invasive species has made its way into another Madison-area park, an official said Tuesday.

The Madison Parks said the city of Madison Forestry Section confirmed an Emerald Ash Borer investations on Madison's south side at Doncaster Park.

According to a release, the EAB infestation at Doncaster Park is the first on Madison?s south side. EAB was previously confirmed on Madison's north side at Warner Park, in multiple areas through the east side following closely along Interstate 90, and on Madison's west side along the border with Middleton.

"While it's disappointing to have found EAB in a new location within the city it is not surprising, given the ease with which this pest can hitchhike with the help of humans," said Eric Knepp, superintendent of Parks Division.