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DOJ: Man sentenced for pulling loaded gun on friends at bus stop

A man who pulled a loaded firearm on acquaintances on Madison?s east side was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday, according to a state Department of Justice release.

Christopher Glasper, 27, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition, officials said. Glasper pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 29.

On Sept. 5, 2013, Glasper pulled a loaded firearm on two acquaintances at a bus stop on East Washington Avenue, according to the release. Glasper racked the semiautomatic handgun twice, causing a round of ammunition to fall to the ground. Then he fled, but later gave Madison police officers permission to search his nearby apartment. The officers found a box of ammunition matching the round found at the bus stop.

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Madison libraries, streets division to host composting classes

Madison Public Library will be hosting a series of home composting classes led by the city of Madison Streets Division at four locations, according to a release.

The classes, being taught by Madison?s Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann, cover home composting basics, an introduction to compostable materials, where to put your compost bin and how to tend to your compost, according to the release. Plans for building a compost bin will be available, and information about leaf management will be presented.

All classes are free of charge:

Madison Water Utility ends running water order

Hundreds of water customers in Madison who were asked to keep their water running this winter can finally turn their water off.

Madison Water Utility announced Monday the frost line has receded to the point where the more than 650 customers in high-risk areas can stop running a constant stream of water to avoid frozen laterals.

The request to run water started in February, and the utility thawed 300 frozen laterals. There are only a handful of frozen laterals during a typical winter, according to the utility.

Many of the high-risk areas are dead ends and cul-de-sacs.

Customers who were asked to run water will receive a credit on their next bill based on average water use over the last three years. The credit might extend beyond one billing cycle.

Other communities in southern Wisconsin have also been lifting running water orders as the ground thaws.

Officials look for dog, possibly named Habanero, that bit man

The Department of Public Health is looking for information about a dog that bit a man on Madison?s far east side Wednesday.

The incident happened near the corner of Stockbridge Drive and East Hill Parkway, authorities said. The man was jogging past two small leashed dogs that pulled away from their owner and chased him.

The dog that bit the man is described as a small black dog with short hair that was being walked on a leash by a woman, who might have had another similar dog, according to a release. The dog that bit the man might be named Habanero.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the police and fire dispatcher at 608-255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

Madison announces Koval as new police chief

Madison police Sgt. Mike Koval will be Madison?s next police chief. Koval was named to the position by the city's Police and Fire Commission on Friday.

He was one of two internal candidates who became finalists. Koval was chosen over Capt. Carl Gloede.

The city's police department has been without a permanent police chief since the end of September, when Chief Noble Wray retired after 29 years.

Sgt. Mike Koval has been with the Madison police department since 1983. Koval said becoming chief concludes his two biggest career goals.

"There's only two positions I ever wanted in the Madison police department the Sargent of training, where you get to select the talent and train the talent and then the chief of police because the chief then gets to take that same experience and create it district wide", Koval said.

Soglin: Ride-sharing companies refuse to meet standards

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said ride-sharing companies operating in the city refuse to meet standards, and to date, refuse to respect Madison ordinances.

Lyft and Uber, which launched in Madison in recent months, allow customers to order a ride from drivers using a downloadable phone application. The drivers are then paid a fee based on how far the trip was.

Soglin is adding his voice to other city officials and local cab companies who are speaking out against the companies that Madison police and the city attorney are calling illegal taxi services.

Lockdown lifted at Madison College

Lockdown lifted at Madison College

Students at the Madison College Truax campus were asked to stay inside the building because of an emergency in the area Thursday morning.

The lockdown was lifted at 8:38 a.m.

Madison police said they took precautions because they received information that there was a suicidal person heading for the Truax area, but the threat never materialized.

The incident was also a test of the campus alert system.

Madison College administrators immediately put the school into lockdown after Madison police informed them of the threat.

A Wolfpack Alert, the school's emergency information system, went out to students and staff telling them to stay inside, draw blinds and shelter in place.

The school's communications manager said he's proud of how everyone cooperated.