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Police: 2 arrested for alleged armed robbery, shot fired ID'd

Police: 2 arrested for alleged armed robbery, shot fired ID'd

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Madison police said two 17-year-olds were arrested in connection to reports of a shot fired Wednesday evening near 124 Langdon St. in downtown Madison.

A 19-year-old told police he was robbed at gunpoint in the 100 block of West Gilman Street around 6:20 p.m., officials said. He said the robber took his backpack, wallet and keys.

Police believe someone who knew the man chased the robber on foot as he headed towards Langdon Street, according to a release. One round was fired in the 100 block of Langdon Street by one of the robbers.

"We've got witnesses that see this suspect, the one that fired the round, run towards Lake Mendota. Later we have a police dog that tracks and we recover the backpack that was stolen, the handgun and some other evidence," said Joel DeSpain, Madison police public information officer.

UW, city ask for resident help on Library Mall design

UW, city ask for resident help on Library Mall design

After almost two years of construction, Madison residents and UW students are finally getting a glimpse of what a new State Street Mall could look like.

UW held an open meeting tonight at the Memorial Union asking for public input and answering questions for multiple designs. Plans for the joint space between the 700 block of State Street and Park Street were explained to about a dozen people.

According to Madison's Principle Planner, Bill Fruhling, the last two blocks of State Street are under city jurisdiction. Everything west, is owned by the University.

Residents and students have asked more lights be put in to make the mall safer at night. Fruhling said there are also plans to add a bike lane and more shade for pedestrians. He added there will also be a new design to manage food cart lines.

Police: UW QB McEvoy in bar, had fake ID on night of attack

Police: UW QB McEvoy in bar, had fake ID on night of attack

A 20-year-old quarterback for the Wisconsin Badgers football team who was attacked downtown last month had a fake ID and was inside a bar shortly before he was attacked, according to a new released report from the Madison police report.

Tanner McEvoy was assaulted near the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and East Dayton Street early on the morning of Sunday, July 21.

McEvoy told police three people assaulted him and stole his wallet, his iPhone 5 and a watch. He admitted to police that inside the wallet, he had a fake South Carolina ID with the name Mike Sawyer on it.

He told police he had been with friends at the Kollege Klub before he was assaulted.

McEvoy was under the age of 21 at the time of the assault. If he had been drinking, McEvoy could face sanctions for violating the UW Athletic Code.

Couple suspected of numerous thefts, burglaries

Couple suspected of numerous thefts, burglaries

A couple arrested Wednesday is suspected in a rash of thefts on the University of Wisconsin campus and throughout the county, according to UW police.

Jamie L. Anderson, 22, of Stoughton and Jason S. Hart, 37, of Madison were arrested on suspicion of fraud, theft and burglary.

Police said the couple used stolen credit cards at businesses throughout Dane County to purchase laptops, cigarettes, movies and food. They would sell, pawn or exchange the goods with a drug dealer to get heroin, according to police.

The couple is believed to be responsible for thefts of computers, purses and wallets.

A security team at Target helped secure surveillance footage to help identify Anderson, who was subsequently taken into custody by UW police.

Police are investigating numerous thefts that they believe are tied to the couple.

Changes coming to Library, State Street malls

Changes coming to Library, State Street malls

Big changes are coming to Library and State Street malls in Downtown Madison.

Thousands of walkers and cyclists regularly use the area at the end of State Street and there's a nearly $3.5 million project being planned.

City leaders hosted a meeting Tuesday night at Tripp Commons to get feedback from residents and to unveil some of the preliminary plans that will likely be funded by city bonds.

One of the proposals includes adding some green space and a water fountain.

Leaders will also discuss alternative ways to organize the food carts in the area to maximize the space.

A series of meetings were hosted and chalk boards were put up throughout the area to get feedback from residents.

Scott Resnick, the alderman of the area, said the area needs the face-lift because it resembles the 1960s and 1970s.

"At this point, many of the utilities need to be replaced. Some are dating back to the 1800s," Resnick said.

Plans announced for old Stadium Bar location

Plans announced for old Stadium Bar location

A Milwaukee-based company announced Tuesday they will collaborate with a Chicago-based firm to develop and construct a new student housing development on the former location of the Stadium Bar.

The Opus Group along with Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, a Chicago-based real estate investment management firm, will build Varsity Quarters, a new student housing development adjacent to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, according to a release.

The housing development will be built at the former site of the Stadium Bar at 1423 Monroe St., according to the release. The six-story private student housing development will include numerous amenities for tenants, including in-unit washers and dryers, parking for cars, bikes and mopeds, a fitness room, study rooms and a social/club room.

Officials said the development will include approximately 7,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space.