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Firefighters bust window to wake suspected drunken driver

Madison firefighters said they were forced to smash out a passenger side window of a car after police were unable to wake a suspected drunken driver stopped at a major intersection Saturday night.

Police responded to a report of a man slumped over behind the wheel of a car stopped in traffic at the intersection of East Washington Avenue and North Stoughton Road at about 4 a.m. on Saturday.

Police said they found the car running, the lights on and the driver?s foot on the brake.

The driver, David D. Dupree, 20, of DeForest, once conscious, told police he thought he had been pulled over.

DuPree received numerous citations, including operating while intoxicated.

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Gun-rights advocates oppose Madison bus ban

Gun-rights advocates are preparing a court challenge to a Madison policy that bans weapons on city buses.

Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Carry Inc. said it plans to file a lawsuit in the next few weeks challenging Metro Transit's policy banning "weapons of any kind." The group said the policy violates the state's concealed-carry law.

But city officials said they're confident the policy is legal. Metro spokesman Mick Rusch said it's in the best interest of passengers not to allow guns on buses.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported the city also bans guns in city buildings and Metro shelters.

Nik Clark is the president of Wisconsin Carry. He said the policy infringes on a person's right to carry if they rely on public transportation or live in a high-crime area.

East side fire injures 1, causes $20K in damage

East side fire injures 1, causes $20K in damage

One person was injured and another was rescued during an apartment fire on Madison's east side early Sunday morning, according to a release.

Crews responded to a report of a six-unit apartment fire at 3209 Ridgeway Avenue around 12:20 a.m., officials said. Smoke was visible in the hallway on the building's first floor when crews arrived.

Witnesses told crews the fire was in a lower-level apartment at the back of the building, according to the release.

Before crews could investigate the fire, they noticed a woman yelling for help on a second-floor balcony, officials said. Firefighters raised a ladder and rescued the woman, who did not sustain any injuries.

Firefighters entered the apartment and found heavy black smoke, according to the release. They found the occupant of the apartment and took him outside, where he was transported to UW Hospital.

Officials estimate the fire caused $20,000 in damage to the building and its contents.

College men develop new grocery app in Madison

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Sometimes the best inventions come from necessity. Twenty-year-old Wes Schroll is living proof of that.

He and his friend Tyler Kennedy are the founders of a new grocery app that promises to be the cheapest way to shop.

Schroll was finishing up his freshman year in Madison, and it was the first time he needed to buy groceries for himself. However, he found that shopping could be frustrating.

"I just thought it was really inefficient," said Schroll. "I thought especially the couponing was very flawed." He said he remembers going to a big-box store and the clerk actually giving him coupons for an item he just bought.

"It was frustrating because I easily would have bought a second pack of eggs," said Schroll. "So it kind of started right there."

Man found on east side pronounced dead

A man found unconscious and not breathing was pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital.

According to Madison police, the man was found around 6 p.m. in front of a home at 1922 East Washington Avenue on Madison's east side.

Authorities said paramedics at the scene attempted CPR before the man was transported to Meriter hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the release, police are investigating the death but do not suspect foul play.



Police make arrest in bank robbery investigation

An officer who spotted a suspected bank robbery getaway car led to the arrest of a man for a bank robbery in Madison and another in Monona.

The officer spotted the Honda CRV parked near a residence in the 5000 block of Camden Road on Nov. 26. The officer believed it matched the description of a vehicle used in the robbery of an Anchor Bank branch on Cottage Grove Road on Nov. 25.

Madison police and officers from two other departments talked with Jason J. Yapp, 42, the day after the vehicle was spotted and he was taken into custody on a probation hold.

He?s also suspected in the Nov. 18 robbery of an Anchor Bank branch at 6501 Monona Dr.

Police are asking that Yapp be charged with two counts of robbery.

Fast-food workers walk off jobs for higher pay

Nationwide, fast-food workers and labor organizers are walking off the job, asking for higher wages.

They want $15 an hour and the right to unionize. Organizers said employees would skip work in some 100 cities to rally for their rights to a higher wage.

The National Restaurant Association said most minimum-wage employees are part-time workers just trying to make extra cash. The organization said higher wages could mean layoffs.

Madison was among the cities involved in the protests. Protesters were outside Taco Bell on East Washington Avenue Thursday.

The current fast-food average national wage of $9 an hour comes out to $18,500 a year, which is about $4,500 below the poverty level for a family of four.

News 3 talked with Brenda Gomez, who said her fast-food job is how she survives. She said the fast-food giants have the means to pay their workers better.