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Forequarter, Heritage Tavern chefs finalists for national award

Restaurants in Madison are receiving nationwide recognition for their culinary creations this week.

Chef Dan Fox of downtown Madison's Heritage Tavern and Chef Jonny Hunter of Forequarter on the near east side are in the running for the prestigious James Beard Best in the Midwest Award. 

WATCH as Fox and Hunter describe what makes their cuisine award-worthy.

Area Girl Scouts ready for cookie sales season

Friday marks the first day of Girl Scout cookie sales.

News 3 Reporter Mary Jo Ola was at the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland Council Center on Madison's south side Friday to talk to the budding entrepreneurs, a group of Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and a Cadette Girl Scout, about the coming sales season.

Visit gsbadgerland.org for more information.

City wants to expand car-sharing options

City wants to expand car-sharing options

The city of Madison is exploring options for expanding car-sharing options for residents.

City Parking Utility Interim Parking Operations Manager Bill Putnam told News 3 there is one car-sharing company operating in Madison and another on the University of Wisconsin campus, but neither operation rents spaces from the city.

A public meeting scheduled for Jan. 28 will include presentations from car-sharing companies.

Putnam said they are early in the process of coming up with ideas to bring more companies to Madison and support the concept of car-sharing in the city.

One outcome is the city could request proposals from companies to rent spaces in city lots and garages.

A release from the city states that car-sharing reduces the need for car ownership and can replace as many as nine to 13 individually-owned vehicles, leading the less congestion, demand for parking and emissions.

W. Gilman St. bar avoids phone call scam

W. Gilman St. bar avoids phone call scam

A scam-savvy business owner was able to detect a caller's fraud attempt last week, Madison police said. 

Madison police said a person called the Blue Velvet Lounge on West Gilman Street at 6:19 p.m. Friday claiming to be with MG&E. The caller told the bar owner that the business was behind on payments and that the owner must pay $745 immediately or service would be cut off in 2 hours.

The bar owner called the real MG&E and a company representative told him to contact police. 

A Madison officer called the scammer's number, 888-681-5444, and spoke to a person who identified himself as Larry Anderson. The suspected scammer claimed to be with MG&E's "billing interruption service," police said. 

The Madison officer identified himself and asked to speak with the suspected scammer's supervisor, but when the officer's call was transferred to another line, it rang several times and disconnected, according to the report. 

Badgers game brings potential shoppers to Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday in Madison saw an extra several thousand potential shoppers on the streets, thanks to the Badgers' final home game.

Whether that additional foot traffic benefits local shops, though, is up in the air.

Mary Carbine, executive director for Madison Central Business Improvement District, says every home game brings big business to small shops in the State Street area.

"What is so much a part of the Badger game experience for many people is visiting State Street and the Capitol square," Carbine said. "Badger athletics is terrific for downtown business and downtown shopping."

The outlook is a little different several blocks away, on Monroe Street. Carol 'Orange' Schroeder, the owner of Orange Tree Imports, says she would prefer home games don't fall on the same Saturday as the first big shopping weekend of the holiday season.

Robber orders employee at State Street store onto ground

Robber orders employee at State Street store onto ground

A masked and armed robber is still at large after robbing a store on State Street on Tuesday night, Madison police said.

Officers were sent to a report of an armed robbery at the Life is Good Store at 514 State St. just before 7:30 p.m., according to a release.

The robber ordered the store clerk onto the floor at gunpoint, reached into the till, took an undisclosed amount of money and fled in an unknown direction, officials said.

The female store clerk was not injured.

The robber is described as a black man in his 30s, 5 feet 7 inches tall with a chubby build. He was wearing a dark coat, dark jeans, dark shoes and a dark scarf covering his face.