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Man suspected of putting hands down woman’s pants

A man put his hands down the pants of a woman outside her downtown office Friday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police.

The 53-year-old woman told police the stranger approached her as she was outside at West Washington Avenue and North Henry Street when the assault occurred, and she pulled away and the man ran off after the assault.

Police said the woman and a witness provided a good description of the man.

Jeremy P. Rowan, 51, was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree sexual assault.

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Mallards ready to open 2015 season

The Madison Mallards open the 2015 Northwoods League season Tuesday night at Warner Park against Kalamazoo.

Manager Donnie Scott begins his third season with the Mallards. After winning the Northwoods League Championship in 2013, the Mallards finished in the middle of the pack last season.

Scott says he's ready to get to work and get back to that championship level.

"I know I can't wait for this thing to get started," Scott said. " I want to get out the gate. I mean I'd like to put a pretty good run together  right off the bat, try to win the first half.  And once they get comfortable with things, things really seem to start clicking."

Twilight 10K, half marathon to impact Madison traffic, police say

Two race events this weekend will impact traffic in downtown Madison, officials said.

University of Wisconsin-Madison police said the Madison Twilight 10K will wind its way through campus Saturday night. Parts of Park Street and Observatory Drive will be closed to traffic from 8 p.m. until about 9:45 p.m. Other roads will be one-way only as race participants will occupy a traffic lane for running. UWPD officers will help direct traffic.

At 7 a.m. Sunday the Madison Half Marathon will kick off, closing parts of Park Street and Observatory Drive, police said. Other campus roadways will also be one-way traffic. The course is expected to finish at about 11:30 a.m.

The city of Madison said Metro buses will detour from the downtown area and UW campus Saturday and Sunday due to the races. For a list of the detoured routes, visit Cityofmadison.com.

Langdon Street by Memorial Union to be closed through October

Langdon Street by Memorial Union to be closed through October

A portion of Langdon Street will be closed through October for the Memorial Union Reinvestment Project, according to a release.

Crews will close Langdon Street between Park and Lake streets Tuesday, officials said.

During the construction, Langdon Street will be fully closed to traffic and Memorial Union parking Lot 1 will also be closed, according to the release.

Metro Transit Route 80 will be detoured during the construction.

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WATCH: Get a first look at Arctic Passage at Henry Vilas Zoo

Mary Jo Ola was at Henry Vilas Zoo Wednesday morning to share a preview of the new Arctic Passage that opens this weekend.

The Arctic Passage is the zoo's biggest renovation in its history. Crews broke ground on the project in March 2014. The passage spans nearly two acres of land and features environments for twin polar bears Sakari and Suri; and a pair of grizzly sisters known as the Grizzly Girls; and harbor seals. 

A restaurant in the addition offers diners a look at the polar bears, who can also watch you have your meal.

For more information about the opening weekend event, visit vilaszoo.org/arcticpassagegrandopening.

Police: Man who can't remember attack was punched

Surveillance video showed that a man who couldn't remember how he was injured was punched in a public park Tuesday night, police said.

Madison police said a 44-year-old Madison man was knocked unconscious at about 9:40 p.m. following a dispute in Philosopher's Grove park at 100 N. Carroll St.

The man, who was intoxicated, was taken to a hospital for stitches, according to the report. He couldn't remember how he was hurt but believed he had fallen. Witnesses and surveillance video indicate he was punched at least twice.

Madison police are working to identify a suspect.

City will start negotiating to bring Exact Sciences downtown

The Madison Common Council has approved a recommendation to start negotiating with a developer to bring a major employer back to the city’s downtown.

On a 16-2 vote, the Madison Common Council approved a recommendation by the Judge Doyle Square negotiation committee to begin exclusive negotiations with JDS Development and Exact Sciences.

This now allows the committee to exclusively try and strike a deal on the JDS Development/Exact Sciences joint proposal to be a cornerstone of the long anticipated facelift for the part of downtown next the City-County Building. 

Alder David Ahrens was the most vocal opponent, trying unsuccessfully to get council approval try and let the other three companies, who'd submitted proposals, to compete and sway Exact Sciences to sign onto their project.

The goal is to now fast track a deal with the committee. If terms can be reached, Exact Sciences can break ground this summer and be in operation downtown by July of 2017.