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Man robs east Madison liquor store at gunpoint

A man robbed an east Madison liquor store at gunpoint Saturday morning, police said.

Madison police said a man entered Rocky's Liquor Store at 4429 Milwaukee St. at 11:38 a.m. with a handgun.

The robber demanded money and fled the area on foot, according to the report.

Police said a K-9 assisted in the investigation, but the robber was still at large Saturday afternoon.

The man was described as 30, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build and a full beard. He was wearing a green coat and a black baseball cap.

Police said no one was injured in the robbery.

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Craigslist scam targets renters

Renters are being warned about a scam recently seen again in the Madison area that seeks to get money from them without any home to move into.

Faye Hammen is trying to sell her mother's three-bedroom, 1 1/4-bathroom home on Madison's east side and discovered that all of the residence's information and photos she'd placed online had been copied and pasted into a rental ad on Craigslist.

"The title on the Craigslist ad said, 'Sweet home for rent,'" she said. "3 bedrooms, $800 a month, so people were dying to get this house. The people who called were really disappointed it wasn't for rent."

The person responsible for the Craigslist ad was asking prospective renters for one month's rent plus a $500 security deposit. He told them he could not show them the property in person as he had moved to Texas for work. Hammen said she does not know if anyone was victimized by the scam.

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

Man charged with OWI after hit-and-run, chase

Madison police said a man was taken into custody following a short chase that started when he allegedly hit another car at a busy east side intersection early Friday morning.

Officers were sent to a report of a hit-and-run at the corner of East Washington Avenue and Stoughton Road. Police said the driver of the car, Sheldon Lien, 53, of Madison then took off and was followed by a witness.

Police said Lien kept driving onto North Thompson Drive, where he collided with another vehicle. Police said an alert police officer saw the vehicle driving at a high rate of speed without headlights on North Thompson and tried to pull Lien over.

Police said Lien refused to stop, which led to a short pursuit until one of Lien?s tires deflated. Lien resisted arrest, according to police, and was eventually taken into custody on numerous charges, including eluding police, resisting an officer, hit and run and his third offense of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

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Task force will research ways to protect Madison's honeybees

A task force will research the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, which directly affects honeybees and other pollinators, in the Madison area, according to a release.

The Madison Common Council adopted a resolution earlier this month directing the Madison Food Policy Council to lead the task force, which will be composed mainly of city staff, officials said. The task force will provide recommendations to departments and the common council on local solutions to protect pollinators.

Madison?s Pollinator Protection Task Force will monitor the progress of the federal task force, use best practices to inform its work and review relevant recommendations from the federal government, according to the release.

Boy says stranger offered him a ride

A 12-year-old Madison boy told police a stranger tried to entice him to get into his car Wednesday afternoon.

The boy said he was walking along Milwaukee Street near Swanson Road at about 5:30 p.m when the stranger stopped his car across the street from him. The man offered the boy a ride, said he had money and that he knew the boy?s father.

The boy said he ignored the man, and the man drove away.

The stranger is described as white, in his 30s with a slender build, scruffy beard, shoulder length brown hair and glasses. He was driving an older sedan the boy described as ?beat up,? possibly a tan Crown Victoria.

Teal pumpkins make trick-or-treating safer

It is a familiar scene on Halloween trick-or-treaters excitedly waiting to find out what treats are behind the door.

However, for kids like Nadia LaFond, who lives on Madison's east side and can't wait to dress up as Glinda from "The Wizard of Oz," the thrill can be squashed by her severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts.

"I'll get hives and I'll have to go to the hospital because i get an allergy attack," said Nadia.

"It's something that we think about every day," said the 6 year old's mother Lori LaFond.

Nadia has learned how to manage her allergies, but on top of being cautious when consuming candy she and her mother even touching packaged candy can be risky.

When Lori heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project. she and her daughter didn't hesitate to take part and decked out the teal.

The Food Allergy Research and Education group, or FARE, has been encouraging the campaign.