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Construction work will close East Mifflin Street 3 days

Construction work will close the 200 block of East Mifflin Street for three days next week, according to a release.

Capitol Underground will close the street between North Webster and North Butler streets from 7 a.m. on Monday through 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, officials said.

Crews will be installing underground utilities for the new apartment building at 201 East Mifflin St., according to the release.

Access to the Capitol Square North Parking Garage will be maintained from North Butler Street at all times, officials said.

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Brotherhood group emphasizes peer support

Brotherhood group emphasizes peer support

Every Wednesday evening the Brotherhood group, founded about four years ago, meets to give teens in the Allied Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood a safe, positive environment where they can connect with peers. It grew from a safety and security report conducted by the neighborhood association.

Madison firefighters respond to 7 fires in a day

Madison firefighters responded to seven fires on Tuesday, several caused by outdoor burning.

Fire officials said the first fire was reported shortly after noon in the 800 block of Williamson Street, where firefighters put out an exterior fire before the person inside was aware of it. That fire is under investigation.

At about the same time, firefighters were also called to an outdoor fire at the Sequoya Library branch on Tokay Boulevard. That fire is also under investigation.

At 2:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of smoldering mulch under the front steps of an apartment building. A cigarette butt was found in the mulch.

Firefighters on the north side were called to a cooking fire in the 3800 block of School Road at 2:45 p.m. One person was taken to UW Hospital.

MPD reports 2nd incident of inappropriate touching involving Uber drivers

A 26-year-old woman told Madison police an Uber driver tried to kiss her when she used the ride-share company to get from downtown to the west side early Sunday morning.

The woman told police after the ride was over around 2:20 a.m., the driver reached into the back seat, took her hand and kissed it, according to a release. She said while he was still holding her hand he pulled her closer and tried to kiss her.

The woman said she left the vehicle, but then received text messages and phone calls from the driver with more unwanted contact, police said.

Madison police detectives are investigating the incident, in addition to a similar incident that reportedly happened Saturday morning.

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Woman tells police Uber driver inappropriately touched her

A 23-year-old Madison woman told police that an Uber driver touched her inappropriately early Saturday morning.

The woman told police that she was picked up near Langdon Street and Wisconsin Avenue by a driver who asked her to sit in the front seat. She said he touched her leg and arm several times while telling her he liked her and saying that he was going to take her someplace other than her apartment.

The woman said she first asked him politely to let her out, but escalated her demands when he initially refused. She told police that she believed she got out near Gorham Street.

The woman said she flagged down a marked taxi. She said the other people and the cab’s driver comforted her, and she wasn’t charged for the ride.

Police said the woman’s Uber receipt doesn’t fully identify the driver, and Uber said it would not provide driver information without a search warrant or subpoena.

The woman had two bruises on her leg, according to police.

Man with fake gun confronts, charges people near Capitol Square, police say

A man carrying a realistic-looking shotgun was swearing and charging at people near Capitol Square on Friday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said Kristopher R. Breister, 29, was frightening some people and making them run away.

A detective pulled his squad car between Breister and a group of young people in a North Butler Street parking lot. Police said Briester began yelling and cursing at the detective. As other officers responded, Briester headed into an alley. Officers said they could see that he was taking off his coat and hiding something.

Briester was safely taken into custody and arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct. Police said there was a fake shotgun in his coat.

Police: Gunman points gun at employees; teen arrested

Madison police said they've arrested a 16-year-old Madison boy accused of shattering a glass door at a downtown restaurant and pointing a gun at employees.

Police were called to Cheba Hut at 453 W. Gilman St. at 2:45 a.m. Saturday after employees asked the teen to leave when he got involved in a disturbance with another patron.

Employees told police that the teen broke the glass front door and pointed a handgun at them as they pursued him into an alleyway.

Police said they used surveillance video to identify and arrest the teen on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment, damage to property, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.