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UW employee killed in accident identified

A University of Wisconsin employee who died in after a lift fell on top of him Tuesday is identified as Kenneth J. Newman, 63, of Prairie du Sac, according to the Dane County Medical Examiner.

The office says preliminary autopsy results indicate Newman died of injuries he sustained in the collapse.

UW Police said Newman was working at the Arts Loft Building at 111. N. Frances St. and was injured when an outdoor lift fell on top of him shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

It's not known if the accident is due to mechanical failure or human error.

The Madison Fire Department was called to extricate Newman and take him to a hospital.

UW police are investigating the incident.

Utility company requests rate freeze through 2014

After raising electric rates 3.8 percent and gas rates 1 percent for 2013, Madison Gas & Electric has filed a request with the state to freeze rates through the end of 2014.

The average homeowner is paying $4.55 a month, or $54.60 a year, extra for gas and electric compared with a year ago, according to data on the utility's website.

The utility, in its application to the state Public Service Commission, credited its own "belt-tightening" and other factors that make a rate freeze possible.

The state commission still has to approve the freeze.

UW employee dies in accident involving lift

A University of Wisconsin employee died after a lift fell on top of him Tuesday afternoon, according to UW police.

Police said a repairman working at the Arts Loft Building at 111. N. Frances St. was injured when an outdoor lift fell on top of him a little before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

It's not known if the accident is due to mechanical failure or human error.

The Madison Fire Department was called to extricate the man and take him to a hospital.

UW police are investigating the incident.

The victim's name is likely to be released Wednesday, after an autopsy, according to UW police.

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Some Madison water customers face disconnection

Madison Water Utility customers who haven't had new water meters installed face disconnection from water services this week, according to city officials.

City officials said customers were first contacted last year about the installation of new water meters, but some have not yet responded. Some customer's homes were posted with bright orange final disconnection notices warning that services would be cut April 16 if they fail to contact the city water utility.

Customers who didn't respond to the initial notices received in-person visits. Those who never responded have been visited more than a dozen times since last August.

The new water meter system requires the installation of indoor meters to replace outdoor meters.

Customers who receive notices are asked to call 608-266-4765 to schedule an installation appointment or complete and return an opt-out form.

Madison motorists targeted for speeding, pedestrian safety

Madison police are conducting special traffic enforcement in three areas of the city this week. Officers with the Traffic Enforcement Safety Team will be looking for pedestrian safety violations and speeders Tuesday through Thursday.

The enforcement team will be at:

  • 2200 E. Johnson St. on Tuesday promoting and enforcing pedestrian safety.

  • 2200 Seminole Highway on Wednesday enforcing a 25 mph speed limit.
  • 100 John Nolan Dr. on Thursday enforcing a 35 mph speed limit.

Madison police said they rely on the public to be aware of and to follow all traffic laws, whether as a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorist.

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City calls off Mifflin Street Block Party

The City of Madison is calling off the annual spring event known as the Mifflin Street Block Party, citing safety issues.

A letter issued by the police department states the spring student party will no longer be a city-permitted or sanctioned event. It states that the toll of the spring student party far outweighs any benefit to the community.

"It got to the point in 2011 where it was marred by violence.� It wasn't just drinking, it was the stabbings, that was a great concern to us," said Mark Woulf, food and alcohol policy coordinator with the city.

The city says anyone considering hosting a party in the downtown area the weekend of May 4 is strongly encouraged to reconsider. Madison police went to door to door, as they do every year, warning Mifflin Street residents the law doesn't take a day off.�

Man attempts to rob sandwich shop

Police said a man attempted to rob a sandwich shop on the near west side early Saturday.

According to the Madison Police Department, when an employee returned to Milio?s at about 3 a.m. from a delivery, a man approached the employee and tried to force his way into the store.

The worker told police the man was holding a knife while he attempted to push his way into the store at 2145 Regent St., but the Milio?s employee was able to push the suspect out of the store.

Police described the man as white, about 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, and approximately 20 years old. Police also said the man had his face covered and was wearing a black hoodie.

Police said the man was seen leaving the area on foot.

No injuries were reported, police said.