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Badgers fans invited to send-off event at Kohl Center

Badgers fans are invited to a pep rally at the Kohl Center Wednesday to send the team off to the Final Four in Indianapolis.

The men’s basketball team will depart for the Final Four after the send-off event at 5:30 p.m. at the Kohl Center, according to a release.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with a brief program featuring head coach Bo Ryan and the team starting at 5:30 p.m., organizers said. Admission is free.

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Police investigate gunfire on city’s northeast side

Police investigate gunfire on city’s northeast side

A quiet northeast side neighborhood was disturbed by gunfire Sunday night, according to Madison police.

The incident happened in the 100 block of West Village Green Lane, near the corner of Hayes Road, just after 9 p.m., according to Madison police.

Police said witnesses saw a man armed with a handgun shooting the weapon into the air. Police said the man then got into a car and left the scene.

Officers who arrived found empty shell casings in the area, but didn’t locate anyone injured or any property damage.

3 displaced in kitchen fire in 8-unit apartment building

Three people were displaced by a fire that damaged their apartment on Madison’s east side Saturday morning.

Crews were sent to 802 Vernon Ave. for reports of a working structure fire around 11 a.m., officials said. Firefighters saw smoke coming from a first-floor window when they arrived.

According to a release, crews found heavy black smoke in an apartment, used thermal imaging cameras to find the fire, and extinguished the fire with a small amount of water and foam.

Crews used fans to help remove smoke from the hallway of the eight-unit apartment building, officials said. Most of the smoke and fire damage was limited to the apartment where the fire originated.

No injuries were reported at the scene.

Investigators said the fire originated in the kitchen, but they are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Woman pinned, injured in rear end crash vs. semi, police say

An Oregon woman was injured after she rear ended a semitrailer on Highway 51 in Madison Saturday morning, police said.

The Madison Police Department said officers responded to a report of a crash with an injured person at 9:30 a.m. on Highway 51, or North Stoughton Road, at East Washington Avenue.

A vehicle headed north on the highway struck the rear of a semi that was stopped at the red light at East Washington Avenue, according to the report.

Iris Cooley, 62, was pinned in the vehicle and traffic on northbound Highway 51 was shut down for about 1.5 hours, officials said.

Dispatch confirmed Med Flight responded to the crash.

Cooley was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injures, police said. She was cited on suspicion of imprudent speed.

Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

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Large consignment sale offers children's, maternity items

Bargain hunters will find a variety of used maternity and children's clothes for sale at a consignment event at the Alliant Energy Center this weekend.

The Just Between Friends sale, which opens at 9 a.m.,began Friday and will continue through Sunday.

Items including clothes, books, toys, strollers, puzzles, games, shoes, nursing pillows, Diaper Genies, maternity wear and more can be found at the JBF sale.

Find more information online at danecounty.jbfsale.com.

City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

The city of Madison said Wednesday that it's seeking proposals from companies that are interested in bringing a full service, affordable grocery store to a west neighborhood. 

Madison said it is seeking proposals from developers, property owners, and grocery store operators that will establish a grocery store in the Allied Drive neighborhood, which is considered a food desert since the Walgreen's on Verona Road closed last year.

Proposals are due June 15, but a letter of intent to apply is due May 15.

The city said in mid-January that it would provide $300,000 in financial assistance as an incentive to draw a store to the area. The funds will be in the form of a low-interest or partially forgivable loan. 

Madison considers future restrictions of tobacco, vaping businesses

The city of Madison is considering an ordinance that would restrict the future locations of stores that primarily sell tobacco products and vaping supplies and paraphernalia.

The ordinance is currently being looked at by the city planning commission, and as it is currently written would apply to businesses where 20 percent or more of its display area is for the sale of tobacco products, vaping supplies or paraphernalia.

Businesses falling into that category would be restricted from opening within 1,000 feet of schools, day care centers, health care facilities or residences. They would also be restricted from opening within 500 feet of other tobacco retailers.

Businesses falling into that category that are currently operating would be allowed to stay open and would be grandfathered in under the new ordinance. Those businesses could be sold to a new owner and continue to operate as long as there is not a 12-month gap in which they cease to do business.