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Man drunkenly threatens to burn down Broom Street home

Madison police said alcohol was definitely a factor in a disturbance where a man allegedly attacked a person and threatened another group of people Saturday night.

Madison police responded to the 300 block of South Broom Street just before 11:30 p.m. for reports of a fight that happened in the area, according to a release.

Randall Wittman, 32, reportedly walked up to a residence and challenged the victims to try and stop him from entering, officers said. The residents had never seen Wittman before, and got concerned when he started to make threats to burn the house down and kill everyone.

The residents told police as he was leaving Wittman walked down a nearby pathway and knocked over several mopeds.

Police: Wrong-way driver thinks he?s on different street

A Beloit man was arrested on drunken driving charges for driving the wrong way down East Gorham Street on June 22, Madison police said.

Just before 3 a.m. a Madison Police Department investigator was driving west in the 100 block of East Gorham Street when he saw headlights coming at him and another SUV that was driving next to him, according to a release. The investigator sped up and cut off all oncoming traffic.

All vehicles stopped, and the investigator stopped the white GMC that was driving down the one-way street in the wrong direction, police said.

The driver, Jason Hakim, 24, had no idea why he was being stopped, and told the investigator he thought he was on Waukesha Street on his way to pick up a friend, according to the release. The investigator smelled alcohol, and conducted field sobriety tests.

Hakim was arrested on a tentative charge of second-offense operating while intoxicated.

Bridget Maniaci announces run for Madison mayor

Former Madison city alder Bridget Maniaci said Wednesday she's officially in the race for the mayor of Madison.

The 30-year-old served four years on the Madison Common Council representing the 2nd District which includes the east side of the isthmus. She served a year in the Mayor's Office in 2006 and 2007 under Dave Cieslewicz while attending the University of Wisconsin.

"I'm ready. I'm fired up. I took a year off to really make sure that I had everything I needed to come back and really be in a position to run the city. I'm passionate about this. I've had four years on the council, a year working in the mayor's office, I've seen the day-to-day of the job, and I want to keep doing this," Maniaci said.

In her campaign announcement, she cited her work as an alder on tenants' rights, building inspection improvement and citizen voting access.

Kitchen fire causes $10,000 damage to west side apartment

A fire inside a campus area apartment caused a lot of damage Tuesday evening, but no one was injured in the blaze.

Firefighters received the call for a fire in the 2100 block of University Avenue around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.

When firefighters arrived, they saw a small glow of fire near the kitchen and heavy smoke coming from the rest of the apartment. They were able to put out the fir with a small amount of water.

Firefighters said the fire appears to be accidental in nature. The building's fire alarm did go off and helped warn other residents of the apartment complex about the fire.

Organizers take feedback on new Rhythm and Booms location

Organizers of Rhythm and Booms are reviewing how well people received this year's change in venue.

Madison Festivals said so far they received positive feedback from Saturday night's fireworks show. Many of the comments revolved around the ease of traffic from the festival. While organizers are encouraged by the feedback, they said there's always room from improvement next year.

?There's always things to change, there's always improvements to be made,? said Brodie Birkel|, Madison Festivals, Inc. ?Nothing's ever perfect, this was a very good success and we've made notes. It's the day after and so, we're kind of decompressing and figuring out what needs to change and how to make the event even better."

Madison Festivals said there weren't any reports of disturbances during the festival. Organizers are still tallying up the final number of participants and the money generated from the vendors.

Rhythm and Booms details

  • Activities start at 2 p.m.

  • Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.

  • Blankets may be put out starting on Saturday. Any earlier and the blankets will be removed.

  • Dogs, fireworks, sparklers, glass or grilling are not permitted.

  • Major roads will be closed, including John Nolen Drive, North Shore Drive and Broom Street

Additional trash and recycling containers, and in some cases additional restrooms and bike racks will be put out at these locations:

  • Olbrich Park and Beach

  • Brittingham Park

  • Olin Park

  • Esther Beach
  • Paunack Park
  • BB Clarke Beach
  • Yahara Place Park

After the fireworks, the Olbrich Park boat launch will be closed Saturday from 8-10:30 p.m., and if necessary police will be rerouting traffic on Atwood Avenue to maintain public safety and a safe pedestrian crossing.

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Final details set for big fireworks show at new location

Madison's largest fireworks display, Rhythm and Booms, is just two days away and organizers are busy making sure all the details are worked out and things go smoothly for spectators.

For the first time this event will be held on Lake Monona, and John Nolen Drive will be closed off.

"We think we are as prepared as we can be for the first time event," Madison police Lt. Dave McGaw said.

McGaw said John Nolen Drive will provide more space and better access points for the event that used to be held on the north side at Warner Park.

"For the exit plan, we are long and narrow here instead of one big clump and we have major road ways we are going to be relying on," McGaw said.