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Lyons appears in court for alleged bail jumping

Lyons appears in court for alleged bail jumping

The man police arrested Friday in connection to a standoff appeared in Dane County court Tuesday afternoon for alleged bail jumping.

A criminal complaint indicates the bail jumping charges against Steven Lyons, 56, stem from an incident June 28 where he was charged with intentionally abusing a hazardous substance.

A judge Tuesday ordered Lyons not to go back to his apartment in the 1200 block of Gorham Street after the standoff Friday, which began after what Madison police called an arson investigation.

Lyons also can't consume alcohol or any controlled substances and can't use or have any flammable materials.

Lyons is due back in court next week.

Rock and Roar zoo benefit shows attendees after-hours fun

Rock and Roar zoo benefit shows attendees after-hours fun

The Rock and Roar benefit is one of the ways the Henry Vilas Zoo is able to stay free for the community and attendees of the upcoming party get to see the zoo after hours.

The Rock and Roar zoo benefit is Saturday from 7-11 p.m. and WISC-TV is a proud sponsor. The event is one of Henry Vilas Zoo?s two premier fundraising events each year.

With the purchase of a ticket you not only get into the fun but it also comes with food, music, dancing and even a free ride on the carousel.

?The cool thing about this event is that the zookeepers have the animals on exhibit longer. So people can come and still tour the zoo as they do during the day,? said Autumn Hayes, special events coordinator at Henry Vilas Zoo. ?What?s really neat is we have up-close animal encounters. Our education animals come out and people can go and interact and learn about different animals here.?

Woman wields knife in State Street confrontation, officials say

Two Madison men reported being part of a confrontation involving a large group with a woman waving a knife Saturday night, according to a release.

One of the men got into a verbal confrontation with a man who was passing in the opposite direction in the 400 block of State Street around 11:55 p.m. Saturday, according to the release.

As the confrontation got more heated, a woman wielding a knife came out of a group of eight to 10 people that was with the man and she started swinging the knife around, according to the release.

Officials said the two victims ran away after realizing the seriousness of the situation.

The knife-wielding person is described as a possibly Hispanic female, 19 to 21 years old, and 5 feet 5 inches tall with long, curly hair. She was last seen wearing dark clothing and a dark baseball hall worn backwards.

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International cheese fest comes to Madison

International cheese fest comes to Madison

EatDrinkMadison.com previews the Festival of Cheese

I am astonished that the annual Festival of Cheese, taking place from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Monona Terrace, will have more than 1,700 cheeses for attendees to try. That’s in addition to the crackers, charcuterie, preserves, honeys and yes, craft beer.

The festival (tickets are $55 and available online) follows the 30th annual American Cheese Society Conference, which starts July 31. Approximately 900 attendees from all over the United States and countries such as France and Australia are expected to descend upon Madison.

Read more at EatDrinkMadison.com.

 

Bartender follows man until police able to make arrest, officials say

Bartender follows man until police able to make arrest, officials say

A man was arrested Thursday after a bartender saw him trying to steal a woman's purse and followed him until police could make an arrest, according to a release.

A bartender saw Jeffrey B. White, 53, trying to take a woman's purse from the top of the bar at Paul's Club at 204 State St. around 11:58 p.m. Thursday, according to the release.

Officials said the bartender recognized White because he had been kicked out of the bar several times in the past for similar theft attempts.

The bartender tried to stop White but he was able to get away so he followed White outside and stayed on his trail until officers could make the arrest, according to the release.

White was arrested on charges of attempting to commit theft and unlawful trespassing.

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Man bit, attempted to rob homeowner, officials said

Man bit, attempted to rob homeowner, officials said

A man attempted to rob a Monroe Street house and bit the resident after the two got into a fight Friday afternoon, according to a release.

Officials said a 50-year-old man was outside his Monroe Street home in the 2800 block of Monroe Street Friday around 4:30 p.m. when a strange-acting man approached the house on the sidewalk.

The man swatted at a potted plant on the resident's porch step and grabbed at the victim's front door, according to the release.

Officials said the resident asked the man what he was doing and the two got into a fight.

During the fight, the man bit the resident's finger and broke the skin, according to the release. The man ran toward Crandall Street.

The attacker is described as a white man, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slight build, unkempt short brown hair, and a beard and mustache, according to the release. The man was last seen wearing eyeglasses, a bright green shirt and blue jeans.

Madison Fire Department Administration to change location

The City of Madison Fire Department Administrative Offices will move to a new location in July, according to a release.

The offices will be moving from the current location at 325 W. Johnson St. to the new location at 30 W. Mifflin St., according to the release. The old location will close at the end of the business day Monday and the new location will open to the public Tuesday morning.

The new offices are located on the Capitol Square on the eighth and ninth floors of the office building that also houses the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, according to the release.