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Man struck by Metro bus, dies

Man struck by Metro bus, dies

A 68-year-old man died after he got off a Metro bus and was hit Monday night, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the man was getting off the bus near East Washington Avenue and East Springs Street just before midnight when he fell into an area near the rear bus wheel and gutter. The bus driver stopped after the bus made contact and called police.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

"Apparently there's nothing this driver could have done to prevent what took place. It's a traffic accident where we had someone who was intoxicated, someone who was drinking on the bus," Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain said.

Bus video shows the man putting alcohol in his coffee on board, officials said. When he exited, he took several steps away from the bus, and then stumbled back into the path of the vehicle.

3 Madison fires ruled accidental

Officials said the cause of three fires in Madison last week were accidental.

Madison fire crews responded to two structure fires Thursday night on Madison east and north side and another fire at a government building Friday morning.

Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Lori Wirth said Tuesday morning that a kitchen fire that killed three pets Thursday at 6:35 p.m. on Pulley Drive was caused by "an unspecified electrical fault/failure." Damages were estimated at $40,000. The occupants were not home at the time but a dog and two chinchillas died in the fire. A bearded lizard dragon survived.

The second fire Thursday at about 7 p.m. was on Tennessee Trail. The kitchen fire was caused by unattended cooking. The damages were estimated at $75,000. No one was injured, authorities said.

Police: With warm weather come opportunistic burglars

With warmer weather hitting Madison this week, officials are reminding residents to lock windows to prevent opportunistic burglars from getting into homes.

Madison Police Department officials said windows should be shut and locked if residents are leaving their home unoccupied, because burglars will be looking for homes that have been left by residents with windows open.

Every year MPD officers respond to burglaries that could have been prevented if a window had been shut and locked, according to a release.

Police recommend window guards or stoppers for people who do leave windows open for ventilation and for those who are forgetful.

Window guards are typically available at most hardware and allow sliding windows to be opened only a small amount, depending on where the guard is installed, according to the release.

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Name of woman killed in officer-involved shooting released

The name of the woman killed in an officer-involved shooting on Madison?s east side early Sunday morning has been released by the Dane County Medical Examiner.

Ashley DiPiazza, 26, of Madison, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting in the 1100 block of MacArthur Road, according to a release.

DiPiazza died from firearm related injuries and additional testing is underway, officials said.

Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said officers were dispatched to a call in the 1100 block of MacArthur Road around 1:20 a.m. for reports of a domestic disturbance.

A man told a 911 dispatcher that he left an apartment after DiPiazza armed herself with a handgun, according to a release from MPD. Officers made contact with DiPiazza, and she displayed a handgun.

26-year-old woman killed in officer-involved shooting, police say

Madison police said a woman is dead after an officer-involved shooting on Madison's east side early Sunday morning.

Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said officers were dispatched to a call in the 1100 block of MacArthur Road around 1:20 a.m. for reports of a domestic disturbance.

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A man told a 911 dispatcher that he left an apartment after his girlfriend armed herself with a handgun, according to a release from MPD. Officers made contact with the woman, and she displayed a handgun.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said officers attempted to talk with the woman, but there was an "imminent threat of death or great bodily harm."

Two officers fired their service weapons, officials said. The 26-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Middleton wins MG girls track and field invite

For the seventh time in the last eight years and fourth year in a row, the Middleton girls track teams won the Monona Grove Track and Field Invitational.

Here are the team results.

Police: Recent armed robberies could be connected

Two minutes is all it took to rob Market Basket on East Mifflin Street, leaving store worker Carl Stewart no time to process what was really happening.

"I just sort of went into autopilot, kept my distance from him, didn't face my back to him too much at all. I went straight to the door and gave him the money," said Stewart, who was working during the time of the robbery.

The incident happened on the 300 block of East Mifflin Street around 11:51 a.m. Thursday.

The robber, described as around 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, escaped with an unknown amount of money through a back alleyway behind the store.

This is the fourth robbery in the city of Madison in three weeks. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said it's possible the suspects in the recent crime spree could be connected.