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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.

Police looking for 4 involved in downtown attack

Madison police are looking for four people involved in a downtown attack early Sunday morning.

Officials said a 20-year-old man was walking home around 1:45 a.m. Sunday and stopped to sit on the street curb on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and East Dayton Street.

The man was approached by two men and two women who attacked him and stole his iPhone, officials said.

The man was transported to the hospital, treated and released, officials said.

Police could not provide a description of the suspects.

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Missing 17-year-old found 'safe and sound'

Police said a teen missing since Monday was found safe.

At about 6 p.m. Saturday, the Madison Police Department said 17-year-old Molly M. Brewster had been located and was safe.

Police said earlier Saturday that Brewster had not been in touch with her family since Monday and asked for help finding her.

Police Lt. Cory Nelson said Brewster is now home "safe and sound."

Man taken into custody after building evacuated for arson investigation

Police have taken Steven Lyons into custody after an arson investigation prompted officers to evacuate an apartment building and close off traffic in the area.

Police said investigators were assisting the Madison Fire Department after a small fire was reported in a hallway of the building Friday morning around 5 a.m. Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said while going through the building, officers came in contact with Lyons, who then locked himself inside his apartment. �

"We tried to negotiate with him to have him come out peacefully," DeSpain said.

According to DeSpain, officers ultimately used a type of pepper spray gas and a less-lethal round called a bean bag round of shots to evict Lyons from the apartment. DeSpain said officers have a tentative charge of arson against Lyons, and other charges may be pending.

A chemical odor was detected coming from the residence, leading to the evacuation at about 10 a.m., according to police.

Video shows bus driver's actions prevented deadly crash

Video shows bus driver's actions prevented deadly crash

A dramatic video shows what could have been a deadly crash involving a Madison metro bus and a bicyclist.

Police said Brenda Jensen's quick actions behind the wheel saved the life of a 23-year-old bicyclist.

Jensen, 49, slammed on the bus's brakes on her Regent Street route last month as the bicyclist rode right into her path.

Whitney Verdegan only suffered scrapes and bruises. She wasn't wearing a helmet and was ticketed for riding in front of the bus. Police said her mountain bike only had a bent brake.