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Armed man robs Supercuts

An armed man robbed a Supercuts location on Madison?s east side Tuesday evening.

Madison police said the masked man entered the store at 2111 Zeier Rd. just before 7 p.m. and held a hand in his sweater, making it appear he had a gun.

The robber took cash from the till and fled, police said

The robber is described as Hispanic, in his mid-to-late 30s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a thin build and facial stubble. He was wearing a charcoal pullover sweater, dark pants and a black mask.

City budget proposes 42 new jobs, raises for city employees

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin rolled out his 2015 budget Tuesday afternoon that includes raises for city employees

Soglin said for the first time since getting ?slammed? by Gov. Scott Walker?s 2011 policy changes, he?s able to give city employees raises.

Raises account for $9.4 million of the proposal. Police and fire personnel will receive a 3 percent increase, and other city employees will receive a 1.5 percent increase if the council adopts the proposed budget.

"We do not have the capacity to provide a comparable increase for the larger number of city employees who are not police and fire fighters," Soglin said.

The nearly $282 million budget is about 2.5 percent more expensive than last year and adds 42 new jobs, including 13 parks and street division and five police officer jobs.

Driver sitting in traffic suspected of 5th OWI

A Madison man was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated when his vehicle was found sitting in traffic, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said they found Greg D. Johnson, 52, lapsing in and out of consciousness while his vehicle sat at North Stoughton Road and Hoepker Road just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

An officer said Johnson smelled of alcohol, and was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Police said further investigation showed Johnson was drunk.

Construction will restrict lanes, turns on Stoughton Road

Construction work will restrict turns and lanes on Stoughton Road starting Monday, according to a release.

Left-turn restrictions will be in place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday night at the intersections of Stoughton Road and Buckeye and Pflaum roads, officials said. Drivers should use alternative routes.

Construction work is ongoing at the two intersections for pavement repairs and the installation of new traffic signals, according to the release.

Lane closure will occur nightly on Stoughton Road between Pflaum and Buckeye roads, officials said. Delays should be expected.

The construction is expected to be completed in November.

Fire station open house focuses on importance of smoke alarms

The Blooming Grove Fire Department held their annual Fire Prevention Week Open House Saturday, according to a release.

The event?s theme was Smoke Alarms Save Lives, and area resident who visited saw demonstrations, learned about fire safety and toured the fire station, organizers said.

The Dane County Fire Safety House offered fire education to children and adults, and children had the opportunity to meet firefighters and check out the fire engines and equipment, according to the release.

BGFD firefighters demonstrated extrication with the Jaws of Life by removing a mannequin from a damaged vehicle simulating an automobile crash, officials said.

2 robbed at gunpoint outside east side hotel

Two people were robbed outside a hotel on Madison?s far east side Saturday night, Madison police said.

The two people were staying at the Comfort Inn and Suites on East Washington Avenue, according to a release.

They went outside to smoke just before 10 p.m. and were confronted by two people, police said. The two people displayed handguns and searched the victims.

The robbers fled on foot, according to a release.

Police did not provide a description of the robbers.

East Madison business robbed at gunpoint, police say

An east Madison business was robbed at gunpoint Saturday afternoon, police said.

Madison police said a man entered the Check N Go at 2103 Zeier Road at 1:39 p.m. displaying a black revolver and demanding the clerk empty the register.

The robber appeared to be wearing white latex gloves, according to the report.

The clerk put an undisclosed amount of money in a white plastic bag and the robber fled the store with it, police said.�

A K-9 unit track ended at a nearby business parking lot, the report said.

The robber was described as about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a black mask.