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Lab on Madison’s east side received live anthrax spores

A lab on Madison’s east side has confirmed that it was one of nine labs that were inadvertently shipped live anthrax spores last week.

BBI Detection, which employs fewer than 20 people, is now partially running after the scare. It was shut down immediately after the anthrax announcement. The lab was supposed to receive dead anthrax samples but instead labs in nine states were believed to have received live spores.

"The most important thing is that there is no public danger," said Jackie Lustig, senior director of corporate communications of Alere, Inc., which owns BBI Detection and several other businesses around the world. Lustig said no one has reported being sick.

BBI Detection specializes in detection equipment for bio threats. It also makes anthrax detection kits.

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MPD: $38,000 in drugs seized in raid

Madison police said they arrested two men and confiscated $38,000 in drugs and a loaded handgun after carrying out a search warrant on Wednesday.

A home in the 200 block of Swanton Road was searched Wednesday. Police said they found a scale, drug packaging materials, cash, three cellphones, 2.1 grams of marijuana, 218.9 grams of cocaine, 62.2 grams of heroin, 27.6 grams of cocaine base and 5.5 grams of fentanyl.

Brandon E. Taylor, 39, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver cocaine base, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon. Eric T. Williams, 33, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, maintaining a drug dwelling and three counts of delivery of heroin.

Madison college students create algae-removal system

A system that clears up surface-level algae by slurping it away and depositing it into a dumpster will make its debut this summer in Madison lakes.

Engineering students at Madison Area Technical College designed and developed the system to address algae blooms that have caused beach closures in recent years. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that that the group of about 25 students were hired by the local nonprofit Clean Lakes Alliance and given a $5,000 budget.

The students plan to hold the algae-removal system's trial run late next month at Warner Park Beach on Lake Mendota's north shore.

If the method is successful, it will be expanded to other beaches in future years.

Man suspected in three robberies arrested following pursuit

A Madison man faces numerous charges following a series of robberies Tuesday night and Wednesday morning around the city.

The incidents started with a robbery at a PDQ on North Stoughton Road just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.

Police said two other robberies happened at a Hy-Vee on Whitney Way and a Walgreens on the corner of Stoughton and E. Washington about an hour later. Police said in each case, a man entered a store and stole money out of the cash register after it opened. In one of the incidents, a cashier was able to get a vehicle description and a plate number and pass it on to police.

Soon after the incident at Walgreens, Capitol Police spotted a vehicle matching that description headed eastbound on East Washington Avenue. Madison police joined the pursuit and followed the car to Tenney Park.

Police said the man stopped the car and fled on foot, where he was caught by Madison police officers.

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First read of Madison Public Market plan met with praise

About 60 public market enthusiasts appeared to like the city’s $9 million-$15 million idea to turn the East Johnson city garage into an indoor public market that would include selling prepared foods, local produce and arts and crafts.

“A lot still needs to be worked out on these operational questions. Like how many days a week is the public market open,” Madison project manager Dan Kennelly said. “Things like hours of operation. And days of the week. And months of the year. How does this place really become the epicenter of the food system in southern Wisconsin.”

Public members viewing the draft business plan Tuesday at the Goodman Community Center gave their input by working in small groups to fill out worksheets.

Man hosting party finds burglars in bedroom

A downtown Madison man hosting a party on Monday found burglars in his bedroom, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a 27-year-old Dayton Row resident was hosting a party on the second floor of his residence at about 12:45 a.m. Monday when he heard the first floor main entrance doors open.

No one came to the second floor, so after a few minutes passed, he decided to investigate, according to the report. He discovered two burglars in his bedroom, yelled at them and they fled with some of his money and electronics.

Police said the main entrance door of the Dayton Row home had been left unlocked to facilitate the arrival and departure of invited guests.

Work-release inmate missing from custody

A work-release Dane County inmate was declared missing from custody Tuesday evening, officials said.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said 25-year-old Thomas D. Brooks, of Madison, was released from the Ferris Center on Rimrock Road at 5:52 a.m. to volunteer as part of his Huber sentence. He did not return as scheduled and is declared absent without leave, or AWOL.

Brooks is 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 145 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black undershirt, dark gray pants and black boots.

The sheriff's office said Brooks is serving a sentence for strangulation, battery, violation of a domestic no contact order and resisting or obstructing.