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'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

Madison-area folks are invited to take part in a funky food event next Friday with the chance to be part of a cooking reality TV show. 

Madison Area Technical College's Truax campus on Wright Street will host the "Frankenfood" event from noon to 4 p.m. in the gourmet dining room. Frankenfood is a new buzzword for a dish made up of many contrasting parts that would not normally be paired together but stitched together as one, makes sense and tastes good (or at least tastes good to you).

Police: Severed limb in trash pile likely belongs to bear

Police: Severed limb in trash pile likely belongs to bear

Madison police responded to what could have been a difficult homicide investigation Wednesday morning, but determined what they thought was a severed human body part actually belonged to an animal.

Recycling crew members at the Pellitteri Waste System plant at 4002 Kipp St. reported finding a severed human hand among the bottles, cans and paper around 9:10 a.m., according to a release. Police and the medical examiner's office responded to the scene, and requested a cadaver dog.

Investigators learned the recycling load had come from routes south and west of Madison; maybe as far away as Platteville.

After considering the task of digging through the massive pile of recycling for more evidence, a detective decided to closely examine the supposed severed hand, officials said. The detective counted six fingers and a missing thumb.

Police: Woman wakes up to drunk neighbor kissing her

Police: Woman wakes up to drunk neighbor kissing her

A 20-year-old North Thompson Drive resident said she was awakened from a deep sleep around 4 a.m. on Friday morning by a man putting his tongue in her mouth.

Police said the woman yelled and pushed man away. The man, identified Raul Rojas-Gonzalez, 25, is a neighbor of the victim.

Police said Rojas-Gonzalez entered through an unlocked exterior door.

Rojas-Gonzalez initially denied to police that he had any contact with the woman, but he later admitted to "accidentally" kissing her. He said he was drunk and thought he was in his own bedroom.

Rojas-Gonzalez faces charges of disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and resisting or obstructing arrest, police said.

Beer Truck Rolls Over At Interstate, Highway 151

Beer Truck Rolls Over At Interstate, Highway 151

A semi-tractor trailer loaded with beer rolled onto its side and collided with the median guardrail on Highway 151 just east of the interstate.

The truck had just exited the interstate onto northbound Highway 151 when the accident occurred at about 8 a.m., police said.

There were no other vehicles involved and the driver of the semi was not hurt, police said.

No beer was spilled, but there was a minor spill of fuel from the truck's fuel tanks.

There were no significant traffic delays, police said.

Madison Abuzz As New Ordinance Legalizes Beekeeping

Madison Abuzz As New Ordinance Legalizes Beekeeping

By Nora Hertel, Madison Commons Reporter

Until now, beekeeping in Madison was technically illegal. Nevertheless, dozens in the city have tried to keep their bees under the radar.

According to Matt Tucker, the zoning administrator for the City of Madison, keeping bees has been like stacking firewood on your property. The city does not condone the activity, but it only becomes an issue if the neighbors complain.

But a new ordinance, passed on Feb. 28, permits, even encourages, Madison residents to keep bees as part of an effort to promote local, urban agriculture.

Officially called Section 9.53, the change comes as an amendment to chapter 28 of the Madison General Ordinances of the conservancy, agriculture, and residential districts.

Proponents see the ordinance as part of a broader urban farming movement.

Man Faces Charges After Cooking Own Meal At Denny's

Man Faces Charges After Cooking Own Meal At Denny's

A man claiming to have been sent by the Denny's corporate offices faces charges after cooking his own cheeseburger and fries at the northeast Madison restaurant Tuesday afternoon, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the man, identified as James B. Summers, 52, of Madison, came into the restaurant at about 4:30 p.m. carrying a briefcase and wearing a maroon tie and long black trench coat.

He told workers that he was the new general manager and that he had worked for the restaurant chain for 30 years and was starting his new job right away.

The current manager at Thierer Road location said she had not gotten any word from corporate about a new general manager. She proceeded to tell Summers that he had the wrong restaurant.