Our network

Fire damages pizzeria in Madison

Buck's Pizza is closed temporarily following a fire Thursday evening in the kitchen ventilation hood.

The fire was discovered by employees who noticed smoke coming from the ventilation duct near the ceiling of the pizzeria at 219 Cottage Grove Rd.

The employees turned off the pizza ovens, evacuated the building and called 911.

Madison firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 5:27 p.m. and they saw flames coming from the vent on the roof. A crew entered the building and found fire around the ductwork going into the ceiling. The exhaust hood above the pizza oven was removed and the fire was extinguished.

Firefighters also laddered the roof and extinguished the fire that was coming out of the top of the vent. The fire was under control within 10 minutes, according to a Madison Fire Department news release.

An inspector from Public Health of Madison and Dane County was called to the scene.

Community Sponsors

Beautiful and unique accessories, jewelry, and gifts.

Police: Boy exposed to unknown chemical; mom jailed

A woman living at a Far East side hotel was jailed after police said she neglected her toddler.

Police said Jennifer Shaw, 36, was arrested on suspicion of felony child neglect after police found her toddler had been exposed to a liquid chemical in their room at the Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham. Madison Police Department Press Information Officer Joel DeSpain said Shaw had been living in the hotel.

According to the report, the 14-month-old boy was taken to the hospital for treatment. The chemical that the toddler was exposed to was not identified in the report, but police said the liquid is undergoing testing to identify it.

DeSpain also said the boy?s injuries were non-life-threatening.

Shaw was taken into custody at the Dane County Jail.

Police: Gas station robber forgoes cigarettes, makes off with cash

A man robbed an East Side gas station at gun point Monday night, Madison police said.

According to the report, just before 11 p.m. a man armed with a handgun demanded money and cigarettes from the clerk at the Kelley Williamson Mobil on East Washington Avenue.

The clerk handed over cash from the register and was gathering cigarettes when another customer entered the store, causing the robber to flee, police said.

Police also said the robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, but no cigarettes.

The report noted that the robber is a white man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, between 150-160 pounds with a short red beard. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a stripe across the chest, blue jeans and black-and-white shoes, police said.

Man has shirt stolen off his back

Police said they're investigating a robbery that left the victim without a shirt on his back on a major Madison thoroughfare.

The incident happened just before 11 p.m. Sunday night in the 2600 block of East Washington Avenue, according to police.

Police said the victim and two friends were riding a city bus when they got off at East Washington near Milwaukee Street.

Police said two men who also been on the bus came after the victim, demanded money, and took his shirt off after a fight. Police said one of the culprits also displayed a handgun during the incident.

Police were unsuccessful using a K-9 unit to track down the men involved. If you know anything about this incident, police ask you to call Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

Crews prepare for the first sign of forecast snow

Madison plow crews are prepared for the first signs of winter precipitation in the forecast, according to the streets superintendent.

Chris Kelley said the streets division has been ready for winter weather for weeks with a full supply of salt, sand and salt brine.

The forecast calls for a chance of snow and rain mixed with snow through the weekend.

Crews are applying salt brine Friday to help keep ice from forming on city streets.

Kelley said conditions will vary across the city and he asks motorists to drive cautiously.

If necessary, he said the city will be sending out 30 salt trucks and two sanders.

Hike, bonfire, wassail, more to mark sunset solstice celebration

Aldo Leopold Nature Center hosts family night on Dec. 21

Monona’s Aldo Leopold Nature Center has a family-friendly celebration planned for late December to celebrate the longest night of the year, the winter solstice. Highlights of the Nov. 21 event include an evening hike, a wassail, ceremonial yule log burn, snacks and storytelling. The evening will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cultures around the globe throughout history have celebrated the winter solstice as a time to reflect on the past year and look with hope to the coming year.

The solstice celebration will include:

Woman suspected of 5th DUI arrested on Cottage Grove Road

A Madison woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after the Madison Police Department responded to a report of a car driving slowly and weaving in traffic.

Tamara Brunner, 47, was arrested on suspicion of operating while under the influence. Police said the citation is her fifth for OWI.

Brunner had been driving near the 4600 block on Cottage Grove Road at about 3:15 p.m. when she was stopped, police said. A portable breath test measured Brunner?s blood alcohol content at .367, according to police, which is more than four times the limit allowed for driving in the state.