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UW student dies after meningitis diagnosis

A University of Wisconsin senior hospitalized with meningococcal disease has died, according Meriter Hospital

The student is identified as 21-year-old Henry Mackaman. His family lives in St. Paul, Minn.

A CaringBridge page for Mackaman�states that he went to the emergency room Saturday night with a fever, left the hospital and returned to the Meriter Hospital ER Monday with more symptoms.

Mackaman's family decided to donate his organs. An entry on his CaringBridge page said 54 people benefited from the donation.

?Henry was so loved by everyone who knew him,? said Dean of Students Lori Berquam. ?Many people were touched by knowing him, both in the Twin Cities and here in Madison. After spending time with his family, I know Henry would be grateful to know that his organs will benefit others.?

Deli worker helps detain suspected thieves

An employee at a deli detained one of two men Madison police say were involved in a theft from a State Street restaurant Wednesday.

Police said two men entered the Rising Sun Deli at 617 State St. before 1:15 p.m., and one of the men distracted employees while the other grabbed cash left by a customer to pay a bill.

A 22-year-old deli employee chased one of the men as they fled and caught up with the man who took the cash in an alleyway off the 400 block of North Frances Street, according to police. Donald D. Alford-Lofton , 18, was held by the man until police arrived. Alford-Lofton was arrested on suspicion of theft and obstructing. Police said he was wanted by Milwaukee police for armed robbery.

Police said Dymond D. Green, 19, jumped on a city bus and was recognized by a parking enforcement officer who had just heard the suspects' descriptions over his radio. Police stopped the bus and arrested Green on suspicion of party to the crime of theft.

Man arrested in pharmacy robberies investigation

An arrest has been made in the string of OxyContin and Oxycodone robberies and thefts from pharmacies in Madison and other surrounding communities.

Madison police said Tony D. Taylor, 35, of Delavan was arrested Tuesday afternoon in DeForest.

Police from multiple jurisdictions, including the FBI, are investigating. Photo lineups might be used to link Taylor to certain cases, according to investigators.

In 16 similar incidents, a man passed a threatening note to a pharmacist at Walgreen's stores in Madison, Beloit, Janesville, Waunakee, Whitewater and Delavan.

A news conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday was canceled and rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

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UW student hospitalized with meningitis

UW-Madison confirmed that a student has been hospitalized with meningococcal disease. In a news statement, the university said additional details were not made immediately available due to the student's medical privacy.

"Meningococcal disease is not highly contagious and there is no reason to believe that this case presents a health risk to the UW-Madison community, said Dr. Sarah Van Orman, executive director of University Health Services.

The bacteria are spread only through close contact with an infected person's oral or nasal secretions, such as by sharing cups and utensils, the university said. Students who were in close contact with the student have been contacted and treated with antibiotics as a precaution.

Health services said it is coordinating with officials from Public Health Madison-Dane County and will continue to closely monitor the situation, the statement noted.

Surveillance video of burglary leads to arrest

A Madison man was arrested after police used surveillance video to verify the identity of a man accused of entering unlocked rooms in an apartment building, according to Madison police.

Stephen L. Burton, 18, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of a probation hold. Police said they're pursing tentative charges of fourth-degree sexual assault, burglary and disorderly conduct.

Police said Burton entered the Statesider, a downtown apartment on Frances Street, early Sunday morning and told building management he was there to visit a friend. The statement said the man instead entered several unlocked rooms in the apartment, entering the bed of a sleeping 19-year-old woman, who told him to leave. She was not harmed during the incident.

The man inappropriately touched another woman in the elevator and made lewd comments to several others, according to police. One woman found money had been taken from her wallet.

Police hope reward leads to cold case arrest

The Town of Madison Police Department believes someone knows more about the 1986 death of a University of Wisconsin student, and they're hoping a reward will lead to new information.

The $5,000 reward for information about the death of Andrew M. Nehmer was announced Wednesday. Nehmer was stabbed to death while working at the Open Pantry Food Mart at 2201 South Park Street. His body was found in the early morning hours of April 22, 1986.

The reward is offered by Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin.

Detectives said they believe there are people still in the Madison area who have information about the crime. Town of Madison Police Chief Scott Gregory said they're asking those people to reexamine their conscience and come forward.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Cold Case Unit is working with the Town of Madison Police Department on the case.

New information sought on UW student homicide case

The Town of Madison Police Department is bringing new attention to the case of a University of Wisconsin student whose body was found in a convenience store parking lot in 1986.

Andrew M. Nehmer was 20-years old when he stabbed to death while working at the Open Pantry Food Mart at 2201 South Park Street. His body was found in the early morning hours of April 22, 1986.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Cold Case Unit is working with the Town of Madison Police Department on the case.

A news conference on the case is scheduled for Wednesday at the Town of Madison Police Department.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Town of Madison Police Department at 608-210-7262, or after hours at 608-661-8477.