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Water main break leaves 2 UW buildings without water

Two University of Wisconsin buildings will be without water until Monday after a water main broke Sunday morning, according to a campus alert.

UW police said the water main break happened in the 1500 block of Linden Drive near the Meat Science Lab, Stock Pavilion and Science House.

The pipe will not be repaired until Monday morning, according to the alert. Facilities crews will salt and sand the area to keep it from getting to slippery, but officials urged extra caution walking or driving in the area.

The Science House and the east side of the Meat Science Lab will be without water until the pipe is fixed, officials said.

Bystanders rescue unresponsive driver from burning car

Bystanders braved thin ice to pull a Lake Mills man from his burning vehicle early Saturday, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a 41-year-old was driving south on John Nolen Drive at 2:32 a.m. when the vehicle crossed the median, traveled into oncoming traffic and went off the roadway striking a tree. The vehicle came to rest on the ice on Lake Monona.

Lt. Eric Tripke said the collision with the tree ruptured the vehicle's fuel tank, causing it to burst into flames.

Mitch Speigle and Drew Hanson just happened to be driving by.

?I haven?t experienced anything like that before in my life,? Hanson says.

The men immediately turned their car around to help.

?There was no time to think,? Hanson said. ?You just have to help someone, because he was in dire need of it. His life was at risk for sure.?

Speigle and Hanson attempted to pull the driver from his burning car, at first in vain.

Police searching for Madison Craigslist scammer

Madison police received a complaint on Dec. 5, from a resident in Greenbrier, Tennessee, of a Craigslist scam involving an individual in the Madison area, according to a report.

The Tennessee man posted jewelry on Craigslist, and using PayPal to secure funds to be transferred from one party to another. The victim said that a seemingly legitimate PayPal page had been created by the suspect so that the victim could receive his funds for the items.

He received notification that the payment was in process, and that the transaction could take up to 24 hours to be completed.

The man immediately mailed the jewelry to the buyer and waited for the financial transaction to be finalized, which never happened.

This incident continues to be investigated by the Madison Police Department.

Police: 14-year-old shot while playing with gun

An 18-year-old man, Madison police say, shot his 14-year-old cousin in the chest as the two family members played a dangerous game with a loaded gun Friday afternoon at an apartment at 914 W. Badger Road.

The 14-year-old remained in critical-but-stable condition Friday night at the UW Hospital?s Trauma Center.

Police say five young males were in the apartment shortly after 1 p.m. when the two cousins began playing with a loaded .22-caliber revolver.

While passing the gun back and forth, the 18-year-old, who police identify as Elliot Johnson, fired a single shot that hit his 14-year-old cousin in the front upper chest area.

Madison Fire Rescue personnel quickly arrived and stabilized the young victim.

?I can say the person was conscious and talking as a result of the trip to the hospital. So that's very good information for us. Family members also went down to the hospital,? Madison Police Lt. Mike Hanson said.

1 injured in rollover on Campus Drive

One person was injured in a rollover crash on Campus Drive when another vehicle ran a red light.

Madison police said the crash at the intersection of Campus Drive and Randall Avenue happened at about 5:10 p.m. Thursday when a vehicle traveling east on Campus Drive struck a vehicle that ran a red light.

The driver of the rolled vehicle was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said they don?t believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Teen killed in fall from apartment building identified

The 18-year-old Madison man killed when he fell from a downtown apartment building Saturday has been identified as Jaden McRaven.

The Dane County Medical Examiner released a statement Tuesday stating McRaven died from injuries he sustained in the fall. The death has been ruled accidental.

McRaven's obituary states that he was a senior at East High School and attending a MATC youth apprenticeship program.

Madison police said end-of-semester celebrations that started Friday night in a downtown apartment building ended with McRaven's fall.

The Madison Police Department said officers and the fire department responded to a report of a person jumping or falling from an apartment balcony at the Equinox Apartments, 409 W. Gorham St., at about 12:17 a.m.

Board passes tiered rate structure to encourage water conservation

The city?s Water Utility Board approved a new year-round conservation rate for residential customers that will now head to the Public Service Commission for approval.

If accepted, the plan will increase fixed charges by $1.73 per month for most customers. It also asks for a tiered system that will increase a customer?s rate if they use more water.

White the latest proposal scales down the increase in fixed charges, some residents said the new tiered system is what will hurt customers.

?Low income users, for example, people on relatively modest, fixed incomes, apartment dwellers, they?ll all relatively pay much more than they?re paying now,? resident Melanie Foxcroft said.

The utility board said the tiered structure will not apply to those living in multi-unit housing.

Water Utility officials said the requested 30 percent revenue increase is needed to pay for infrastructure improvements, like replacing water mains.