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City to keep adding flouride to water supply

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

The Madison Water Utility Board said this week that it would continue to add fluoride to the city's drinking water.

The utility board voted at its meeting Tuesday night to keep its fluoride policy. The city's been adding fluoride to water to improve dental health for 68 years since the policy was adopted in 1946.

Madison Water Utility currently aims for a target fluoride concentration of 0.7 parts per million, as recommended by county, national and international health agencies.

In a news release Wednesday, the city of Madison said it took public comments on the policy Tuesday for about two hours before the vote.

The policy will be reviewed again in 2024.

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Soglin says he was threatened politically if he spoke out on 911 problems

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said he was threatened politically by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi over his statements on problems at the Dane County 911 Center.

Soglin said his campaign manager received two phone calls from Parisi's Chief of Staff Josh Wescott about the mayor's criticism of the 911 Center. Madison fire and police officials have been the most outspoken about slow answer times of 911 emergency calls and slow dispatch times getting their crews out the door.

"What's been real curious is over the last year, there have been two telephone calls made to my campaign manager on this subject," Soglin said. "Telephone calls which were clearly designed to indicate that I was going to have political problems for having raised these issues. One of the things that came out of this was a reminder of how popular the county executive was, and it was not a good idea for me to challenge somebody authoritatively who was that popular."

Pizza place robbed by gunman

Pizza place robbed by gunman

An armed man robbed a Papa John?s Pizza on Wednesday night.

Madison police were called to the restaurant at 2604 E. Washington Ave. at 9:12 p.m. for a report of a robbery.

Officers said the man entered the business with a handgun and removed money from the till and a safe before fleeing.

The robber is described at black, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 170-200 pounds and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a nylon mask.

Tow truck driver thwarts would-be robber, officials say

Tow truck driver thwarts would-be robber, officials say

A tow truck driver was robbed while loading a car onto his truck Wednesday night on Madison's east side, according to a release.

The tow truck driver told police the robber put an unknown object into his back and demanded his wallet around 7:35 p.m. at Firestone Auto Care at 4201 Lien Road.

The driver was able to hit the robber, causing him to stumble backward, according to the release. The robber then fled toward East Towne Mall without the man's wallet.

Police said the robber is still at large. He is described as black, in his 20s, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 160 pounds.

Police: Man brandishes tire iron during robbery

Police: Man brandishes tire iron during robbery

A robber fled with an undisclosed amount of money after brandishing a tire iron at an east side store Wednesday night, Madison police said.

Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Tobacco Outlet Plus at 3868 E. Washington Ave. around 7:45 p.m., according to a release.

The robber demanded money from two female clerks after removing something similar to a tire iron from his waistband, police said. The robber also grabbed one of the clerks and pushed her, but she was not injured.

The man, who fled east away from the store, is described as white and in his 30s. He was wearing a plaid jacket or hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a bandana covering his face.

Men accused of hosting sex party with minors

Four men are facing charges related to what a 17-year-old describes as party involving sex, drugs, alcohol and minors in a Madison hotel room.

Lucas J. Anderson, 20, Hanife E. Johnson, 21, and Jourdyn Ross, 20, all of Madison, are charged with sexual assault of a child under age 16, party to the crime of child enticement, and party to the crime of causing a child under age 13 to view or listen to sexual activity. Joseph D. Barney Jr., 22, of Madison, was charged with party to the crime of child enticement and party to the crime of causing a child under age 13 to view or listen to sexual activity.

According to a criminal complaint, a 17-year-old told police she was driven to the Red Roof Inn at 4830 Hayes Road on Aug. 3 by Barney, Anderson, and Ross and a 14- and 15-year-old were also in the vehicle.

When they got to the hotel room, Johnson answered the door and a 16-year-old was inside, according to the report.

Elementary school locked down; Police find 9-year-old with wood gun

Madison police were on scene of a school lockdown on the east side Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Frank Allis Elementary School on Buckeye Road was put on lockdown around 3 p.m., Madison police officials said.

Police responded to a report of a weapon around 3 p.m. Two students were concerned about a boy with a toy gun, and alerted school officials about 30 minutes before school let out, officials said.

Responding officers found a 9-year-old boy with a wood gun, police said.

Madison Police Department officials said when school officials approached the boy with the toy gun they patted him down, felt what they thought could be a weapon, and the boy ran and hid.

Madison Metropolitan School District spokesperson Rachel Strauch-Nelson said students were kept in classrooms as a safety precaution, but they were released around 4 p.m.