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Gun pulled on downtown bar employees

The friend of a man escorted out of a State Street bar pulled a gun on two bar employees, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the two employees of the Tiki Shack at 126 State St. brought the man to the sidewalk after a disturbance early Sunday morning. A friend of the man pulled a gun and pointed it at the employees while grabbing his friend before leaving with a group.

The employees told police they last saw the group near a parking ramp on West Dayton Street.

The man with the gun is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build, dirty blond hair and scruffy blond beard. He was wearing a black North Face jacket.

Witnesses said there were 15 to 20 people in the area when the gun was brandished.

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Employees raise money to buy popular video store

A Madison institution is asking for help from the community to stay in business.

Four Star Video Heaven has been renting movies downtown for decades. The store's current owner wants to move on, and now five employees have banded together to try to buy the store.

The group has started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise $50,000 by the end of April, when the lease on the State Street building must be renegotiated.

For employees familiar with movies, they realize their plight could be the plot of a film itself.

"'Empire Records' is almost the exact situation we're in," said Lewis Peterson, one of the five trying to buy the business. "Doom is coming down from the sky, and you have to get some amount of money somehow."

Police: Materials, documents to make explosive found at apartment

Police said a Wauwatosa man is in custody after officers found materials to make an explosive device at a Madison residence.

The Madison Police Department said it received a report of suspicious material in an apartment on the 10 block of North Brooks Street at 2:02 p.m. Saturday.

Officers found items and documents indicating the manufacturing of an explosive device.

Police arrested 20-year-old Andrew T. Cockerham on suspicion of possession of an explosive device.

Police seized the explosive manufacturing materials and stabilized them, according to the report.

Madison police said there is no ongoing threat to the community and the investigation continues.

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Zoo welcomes 16-month-old lion Pelo

Zoo welcomes 16-month-old lion Pelo

Madison's Henry Vilas Zoo welcomed a new lion to its pride at an event Thursday morning. 

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi's office said Pelo (pronounced PEA-low) is a 16-month-old male African lion who joins the zoo from Seattle. 

The zoo's other lion, female Shakura, will exhibit with Pelo as a pair after they get to know each other and the weather warms, according to the zoo. Pelo arrived at the zoo months ago but was announced Thursday to the media during an event at the zoo, 702 S. Randall Ave.

“We really look forward to a number of years with Pelo and Shakura, and look forward to the day when they can get together and start producing their own cubs to continue to help our species preservation,” Parisi said.

For skaters, by skaters

For skaters, by skaters

In the shadows of the endurance races of the 1920s and the entertainment spectacles of the 1980s, roller derby has emerged from the darkness, exploding with energy and character, as one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

But instead of slowly creeping out of the shadows of the past derby scene, these derby ladies are full-fledged skating out into the spotlight, dressed as anything from superheroes to vampires, with passion in their hearts and a thirst for high-contact competition.

Mad Rollin’ Dolls, Madison’s flat track roller derby league, is in its 10th season.

2 officers finalists for Madison police chief

Two Madison police officers are finalists for Madison's police chief position.

The City of Madison Board of Police and Fire Commissioners said Tuesday in a news release that Sgt. Mike Koval and Capt. Carl Gloede are being considered to take over as head of Madison's police force.

The PFC said it will anticipate help from the Dane County Sheriff's Office to conduct background investigations on the candidates.

Koval was a finalist for the post nearly 10 years ago when Wray was selected. Gloede has been with the department for 24 years.

"I am looking forward to my continued participation in the process, and will defer on advancing any public commentary until the Police and Fire Commission have concluded their search," Koval said in an email.

PFC officials do not have an exact time frame for when a decision could be made.

Missing UW student found dead; No sign of foul play

The Madison Police Department says a missing University of Wisconsin student was found dead with no signs of foul play.

Nakul Kalra, 21, was seen last at�Union South on the UW-Madison Campus on Saturday.�

Police had asked the public for information about his whereabouts.

Officers said his body was found in the area near where he lived.