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Metro bus driver cleared in deadly incident

A Madison Metro driver who was behind the wheel when his bus struck a man who later died has been cleared of wrongdoing, according to a Metro transit official.

Police said a 68-year-old man was getting off the bus near East Washington Avenue and East Springs Drive just before midnight on May 19 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.

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.

The driver, Michael Sanchez, has been a Metro Transit driver since 2002 and has a good driving record. He was found to not be at fault in the incident and has returned to work.

Metro Market grocery store opens on east side

Metro Market grocery store opens on east side

A long-awaited and sometimes controversial neighborhood grocery store is now open on Madison's east side.

The Metro Market on Cottage Grove Road in Grandview Commons has features like a gelato counter, smoothie bar and a grill.

The store is owned and operated by Roundy's.

Its size and amount of parking spots has been the subject of debate in the past because neighbors did not want to see a large, big box store move in.

The Metro Market is at 6002 Cottage Grove Road.

Police: Teens cause scare with realistic BB guns

Two teens with realistic-looking BB guns prompted a police response and one teen was ordered out of a wooded area at gunpoint, according to a release from Madison police.

Police were called to the 2200 block of Independence Lane at 5:35 p.m. on Sunday when someone saw a 13-year-old boy and 16-year-old boy firing guns behind houses near Dwight Drive. A caller thought the guns might be real.

Officers found one of the boys at an Independence Lane bus stop and another tried walking into a nearby wooded area. He was ordered out at gunpoint.

Police said they found two BB guns in his backpack that looked like real guns.

The boys were cited for having the BB guns and told about the dangers of having them in the city.

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Man spotted in neighbor?s car leads to theft arrest

An east side resident who spotted a man in a neighbor?s car led police to make two theft arrests, according to a release from Madison police.

The man was spotted going into the car in the 4700 block of Goldfinch Drive early Sunday morning. When police arrived they found the man in the passenger seat of another car driven by a 16-year-old girl.

Police said they believe the teen was the man?s getaway driver.

Antonio G. Richards, 26, of Madison and the teen both denied wrongdoing. Police said a smart phone, credit cards and ID cards stolen from cars parked on Bob-O-Link Lane were found in the car.

Richards was arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle and possession of an illegally obtained prescription.

The 16-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of party to the crime of theft from a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing.

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Mosquito season off to an annoying start

Mosquito season off to an annoying start

Mosquito season is off to an annoying start in northern Wisconsin, where the problem has been so bad that one canoeing company has been turning away customers rather than sending them out on a bug-infested river.

Fortunately, though, the rest of the summer might not be so bad. A Madison entomologist said early indications suggest this season may end up being no worse than usual, and that standard precautions might be enough to keep the pesky critters away.

Some hardware stores up north have been having trouble keeping bug repellent on the shelves, and some residents said they can't remember a summer with such abundant swarms.

PJ Liesch, who studies insects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was in northern Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend. That Friday and Saturday were pleasantly mosquito-free, but hordes of the blood-sucking pests appeared as if out of nowhere that Sunday, he said.

Man wounded in struggle for gun, police say

Police said a Madison man was wounded in a struggle for a gun on Madison's east side Saturday morning.

The Madison Police Department said a 25-year-old man was in a motel room on the 4200 block of East Towne Boulevard at 4:35 a.m. when two armed men entered.

Police said the men had handguns, demanded cash and a fight began. During the struggle, a weapon was discharged and the 25-year-old suffered a non-life-threatening wound to his hip area.

Police said the robbery did not appear to be random.

The suspects were described as black men in their 20s.

Teens robbed trying to buy marijuana

Two 16-year-old Portage teens were robbed while trying to buy marijuana Thursday, according to a release from Madison police.

The boy and girl told officers they met with the ?dealers? and drove them to a parking lot in the 200 block of Swanton Road where one of the dealers pulled a handgun.

The teens said they gave up money and a phone.