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UW police make arrest in sexual assault case

The UW-Madison Police Department announced it's made a break in a sexual assault case from August.

On Friday, police arrested 21-year-old Amory Waters of Fond du Lac on charges of second-degree sexual assault in connection to the case.�

On Aug. 22 at around 1:30 a.m., a 21-year-old woman told authorities she was sexually assaulted by a stranger in the alleyway near 21 N. Park St.� The victim said she has been out with friends in the State Street area and was walking home by herself when the assault happened.

The investigation led officers to Waters and after an interview with him on Friday evening, they placed him under arrest.� Waters has been booked into the Dane County jail with recommended charges of sexual assault.

If you have more information about the case, you're urged to call 608-264-COPS.

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Orchard St. to close for storm sewer installation

Orchard St. to close for storm sewer installation

On Sept. 8 and Sept. 9, Badgerland Excavating will be installing a storm sewer connection in the 200 block of S. Orchard St.

This will require closing through-traffic on the block between Mound St. and Chandler St. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. The roadway will be reopened at 5 p.m. on Monday for the overnight hours.

Local vehicles and pedestrian traffic will be maintained to all residences and businesses on the 200 block of S. Orchard St. at all times during this street closure.

Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays during this closure.

Police: Man held by one assailant, beat unconscious by another

Police: Man held by one assailant, beat unconscious by another

A man was beaten until he was unconscious in downtown Madison early Friday, police said.

A witness told police a 22-year-old man was held by one man while another punched and kicked him, according to a Madison police news release. 

Police responded to North Frances Street at Langdon Street at 1:50 a.m. and found the man unconscious. Shortly after police arrived, the man regained consciousness.

Police said the man did not want to provide any information about the fight and refused medical treatment.

St. Mary’s Hospital to hold emergency preparedness drill

St. Mary’s Hospital to hold emergency preparedness drill

 Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital on Park Street will be participating in an emergency evacuation drill Friday.

The drill, being held from 9-11:30 a.m., will focus on hospital evacuation procedures in the event of a power outage or other major emergency, according to a release. Staff members will practice patient evacuation procedures with volunteers acting as patients.

Area EMS and fire department crews will also be participating in the drill, organizers said.

“We’re always looking at ways to practice so that we’re prepared for the real thing,” said Jonathan Lewis, St. Mary’s vice president of operations. “This gives us an opportunity to see how our process works and where we can improve.”

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Madison ranked 9th snobbiest city in U.S.

A real estate blog has named Madison one of the country?s snobbiest cities.

According to the top 10 list released by Movoto, snobby cities are full of people who think they?re better than everyone else, and Madison ranks No. 9 on that list.

The No. 1 spot went to San Francisco, followed by Washington, D.C.; Seattle; Scottsdale, Arizona; Oakland, California; Portland, Oregon; Irvine, California, Honolulu, Hawaii; Madison; and Atlanta.

For the rankings Movoto compiled a list of the top 100 largest cities in the country and then looked at median home price, median household income, percent of population with a college degree, private schools per capita, performing arts per capita, art galleries per capita and fast food restaurants per capita.

2.6K athletes descend to Madison for Ironman

2.6K athletes descend to Madison for Ironman

Approximately 2,600 athletes will be descending on Madison over the weekend to compete in the 2014 Ironman triathlon.

The triathlon routes feature Madison and its surrounding scenic areas, organizers said.

Ironman Wisconsin offers a $25,000 professional prize and 50 age-group qualifying slots for the 2015 Ironman, according to a release.

The triathlon starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Monona, followed by a 112-mile bike ride through rural Dane County and a 26.2-mile run through downtown Madison.

According to the release, 17 countries and 48 states will be represented in the triathlon, with 818 participants coming from Wisconsin.

Many University of Wisconsin campus and downtown streets will be closed to accommodate the biking and running portion of the race, organizers said.

Henry Vilas Zoo announces 2 new residents coming to zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo announces 2 new residents coming to zoo

Madison?s Henry Vilas Zoo announced Wednesday that two new residents will be moving in as soon as their home in the zoo?s new Arctic Passage Exhibit is finished.

Zoo Director Ronda Schwetz said the new residents are two grizzly bears who are currently at the Bismark?s Dakota Zoo, in North Dakota.

The bears were born in the wild, and their mother and grandmother were nuisance bears, which mean they were too comfortable being around people. They broke into campsites, and the grandmother had to be relocated 11 times to keep her away from people.

Then the grandmother broke into and raided a pig farm and became too dangerous. Officials euthanized the mother and grandmother, leaving four cubs behind.

Madison will be helping the zoo in North Dakota out by taking two of the cubs. The bears don?t have names yet, but zoo officials hope the community will help them out with that.