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City plans redesign of State Street park causing major issues

The City of Madison is looking to redesign Philosopher?s Grove Park, located at the end of State St. on the Capitol Square, to push crime out of the area.

Anthony Rineer and his sister Karima, recently bought Teddywedgers, one of Madison?s favorite restaurants. They have been excited to share their love for the restaurant with locals and visitors but are facing problems with the homeless.

?Working down here even with Ray, the previous owner, it was really intense. There were a lot of people who kept to themselves, but then there were four or five of them that would just be constantly at it, which made it an unsafe area,? said Rineer.

The restaurant is adjacent to Philosopher?s Grove Park, an area that has become a haven for illegal activity and fights. There are so many problems that surrounding businesses said that they are losing customers to intimidation.

Tory Miller's new restaurant Sujeo bursts with flavor

Rock-star restaurateur Tory Miller?s third dining concept is proof that comfort food doesn?t have to be boring. Sujeo (pro-nounced ?sue-joe?)?the customary Korean table setting of chopsticks and a spoon?is as much about his mastery of flavors as it is about his Asian heritage. Instead of a tome of dishes, Chef Miller focuses on getting favorites right, from egg rolls and pho to fried rice and spicy noodles. The KBC?Korean broasted chicken?and pineapple soft serve will never be dismissed as junk food! The noodle bar is ground zero in the contemporary diner space and the place to be late night.

10 N. Livingston St., (608) 630-9400

This article appears in the December 2014 issue of Madison Magazine.

Water utility board to consider monthly base charge increase of $2.62

Representatives with Madison Water Utility will be holding a meeting to get input on a proposed rate increase from the public, according to a release.

MWU submitted a rate application last month with the Public Service Commission, asking for a 30 percent revenue increase, officials said.

Base charges would increase for most customers by $2.62 a month, officials said. Usage charges would transition to a conservation rate, which means they would vary depending on the time of year and the amount used.

Customers currently pay $2.81 per 1,000 gallons of water used, but under the conservation rate plan customers would pay $2.96 per 1,000 gallons used during the off-peak season from October to May regardless of how much water is used.

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.

City offers property tax payers installment option

Officials with the city of Madison announced Tuesday that property owners will have the option of paying their taxes over four installments starting in December.

Madison joins most of the larger communities in the state, like Kenosha, Racine, La Crosse and most of Milwaukee County?s municipalities that offer taxpayers more than two installments, according to the release.

There will be no effect for the majority of property owners who pay all of their taxes in December, so that they can itemize the deduction on their federal income tax, officials said. All payments on current taxes will be made to the city treasurer, so taxpayers will not have to pay the city for one installment and the county for the other.

Woman struck with chair at State Street restaurant

A 21-year-old Madison woman was struck with a chair during a confrontation at the Wendy?s on State Street Sunday afternoon.

The woman told Madison police she and a friend were speaking loudly inside the restaurant at 534 State St. around 1 p.m. when a man entered. She said she and her friend were not arguing, but were using vulgar language, and the man who entered asked if the language was directed at him.

Witnesses told police the man picked up a chair, threw it, and it hit the woman?s head.

The woman needed multiple stitches.

Rodney L. Jenkins, 45, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of substantial battery and disorderly conduct.

Bartender beaten by ?unruly? woman, police say

A bartender was beaten by a woman who was stealing drinks and refusing to leave, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the bartender at The Alchemy, at 1980 Atwood Ave., was punched in the face and stomach during the confrontation at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday.

Witnesses told police Heidi L. Williams, 41, was dancing around and stealing drinks off tables. When bar staff asked her to leave, she sat on the floor, police said.

Williams was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and two counts of disorderly conduct.