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Man accused of waving knife at other drivers on Beltline

A driver accused of waving knife at other motorists on the Beltline Tuesday was also reportedly impaired, police said.

Madison police said officers responded at 8:25 p.m. to a report of a man in a black SUV on the westbound Beltline who was slowing down next to other vehicles, leaning out the window and waving a knife.

A witness told police the driver repeated the action to about six other motorists, slowing to as low as 20 mph and flashing the knife. Police said the caller followed the SUV onto the I-90 North and saw the driver continue the act.

Police caught up with the driver, 33-year-old Jesus T. Davidson, of Madison, near High Crossing Boulevard. 

Davidson was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct while armed, possession of drug paraphernalia and a parole violation. He was also cited on suspicion of operating while intoxicated and reckless driving, police said.

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More charges for man accused of killing pedestrian on East Wash.

The Sauk City man accused of striking and killing a Madison woman with his car faces two more charges in the case, police said.

Madison police said 25-year-old Adam M. Sutter was also charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and first-degree reckless homicide on Monday.

Police said Sutter was driving on East Washington Avenue at North Stoughton Road at 7:15 p.m. June 18 when he struck 36-year-old Sara Wolf as she was crossing the street. Wolf died.

Sutter was initially charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Madison police have named the intersection at East Washington Avenue and Stoughton Road as the city's most dangerous intersection, with 42 crashes and more than a dozen injuries in 2013 alone..

Construction on Madison skate park progresses swiftly

Construction on one of the largest skate parks in Wisconsin is progressing swiftly in Madison.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that backers of the 20,000-square-foot park in the city's Central Park say they expect it to draw skateboarders from around the Midwest. Construction on the $1 million skate park began in April and is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 19.

While the skate park is a city parks project, the Madison Skatepark Fund handled the fundraising. Founding member Pat Hasburgh said the group raised most of the money in 2013 after a $50,000 contribution from Willy Street Co-op served as a catalyst for additional support from local foundations.

"The whole experience has been really funny because we really didn't have any fundraising experience going into this," Hasburgh said.

Officials identify woman hit by car on Madison's east side

A Sauk City man is accused of driving under the influence after he reportedly struck and killed pedestrian on Madison's east side Thursday night.

Madison police said Friday that 25-year-old Adam M. Sutter of Sauk City is tentatively charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Police said Sutter was driving on East Washington Avenue at North Stoughton Road at 7:15 p.m. Thursday when he struck Sara Wolf, 36, of Madison, as she was crossing the street.

Officials confirmed Friday morning that Wolf died from her injuries.

Witnesses say the car must have been driving erratically to be able to hit Wolf, as she walked across the street. 

"I don't understand how [the] vehicle jumped two medians," said Tucker Everson, who was donating plasma about a block away at the time of the accident. "That's the puzzle I'm trying to figure out.

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Man in store parking lot charged with 4th OWI

A man who was stopped driving out of a store parking lot Tuesday night was charged with his fourth drunken driving offense, police said.

Madison police said officers responded to a report of a man who was impaired and behind the wheel in the Woodman's parking lot on Milwaukee Street at 7:46 p.m.

Police said 51-year-old Thomas P. McGinley, is banned from from Woodman's because of an alleged past retail theft. When he entered the store, he was told to leave. Staff members kept an eye on him as he went to the parking lot and got behind the wheel of his vehicle. Workers blocked him in and told him he could not drive away.

Police said when officers arrived, McGinley moved into the passenger seat.

A witness told police he saw McGinley driving the car earlier. McGinley was arrested on suspicion of his fourth-offense operating while intoxicated.

He was also charged with unlawful trespass and disorderly conduct.

'Dirty, old, creepy' man tries to coax woman into car; man arrested

An 18-year-old Madison woman told police that a man who tried to coax her into his car was “dirty, old, and creepy.”

Police were called at 6:03 p.m. Monday by a concerned passerby who saw an older man trying to entice the teen into his car. The passerby said said he could tell that the teen was trying to ignore the man in the car, who made repeated requests.

The woman got onto a bus, and Madison Metro helped police find her.

She told police that the man in the car drove up slowly to where she was standing at a bus stop at East Washington Avenue and Milwaukee Street and stared at her. She said the man told her she was beautiful and that he was persistent about getting her into his car. She said she hoped her bus would arrive so she could get away.

She said she was frightened by the incident.

The man was later identified as 58-year-old Kevin Butler. Butler was arrested Tuesday and faces a tentative charge of disorderly conduct.

Toxic algae closes 3 Madison beaches

Toxic blue-green algae prompted Madison and Dane County Public Health officials to close James Madison, Tenny and Warner beaches, all along Lake Mendota, Monday.

"While we see this algae in the lake every year, it's unusually abundant this year," Center for Limnology Director Steve Carpenter said. "So we are seeing an unusual, a somewhat unusual event this year."

Health officials said the algae has to be considered contaminated because it's likely phosphate pollution coming from farm manure and soil runoff.

"Now with this bloom under way, the main thing is for people to be careful about their health," Carpenter said. "Don't let your pets drink the stuff, if you happen to come in contact with the lake wash your hands."

Carpenter said compounding the problem is what is being called an invasive species killing most of the tiny algae-eating water fleas. So there's virtually nothing on the water to naturally bring the algae under control.