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Little Free Library goes up in flames

A Little Free Library box was set on fire in a near west side neighborhood early Thursday morning.

Madison police said officers and firefighters were called to the 1100 block of Erin Street at 3 a.m. for a report of a fire. A nearby resident told police they heard a bang, looked out a window and saw her neighbor?s Little Free Library box on fire.

The library box and the books inside were damaged by fire and water.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

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City to keep adding flouride to water supply

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

The Madison Water Utility Board said this week that it would continue to add fluoride to the city's drinking water.

The utility board voted at its meeting Tuesday night to keep its fluoride policy. The city's been adding fluoride to water to improve dental health for 68 years since the policy was adopted in 1946.

Madison Water Utility currently aims for a target fluoride concentration of 0.7 parts per million, as recommended by county, national and international health agencies.

In a news release Wednesday, the city of Madison said it took public comments on the policy Tuesday for about two hours before the vote.

The policy will be reviewed again in 2024.

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Soglin says he was threatened politically if he spoke out on 911 problems

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said he was threatened politically by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi over his statements on problems at the Dane County 911 Center.

Soglin said his campaign manager received two phone calls from Parisi's Chief of Staff Josh Wescott about the mayor's criticism of the 911 Center. Madison fire and police officials have been the most outspoken about slow answer times of 911 emergency calls and slow dispatch times getting their crews out the door.

"What's been real curious is over the last year, there have been two telephone calls made to my campaign manager on this subject," Soglin said. "Telephone calls which were clearly designed to indicate that I was going to have political problems for having raised these issues. One of the things that came out of this was a reminder of how popular the county executive was, and it was not a good idea for me to challenge somebody authoritatively who was that popular."

Man charged in west side burglaries heads to trial

A 21-year-old Madison man charged with two counts of burglary and theft in connection with two home burglaries on the west side will go to trial, according to a release.

Demetrius A. Bell was charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft as a repeat offender, officials said.

At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, a city of Madison police detective testified that Bell was the driver for two or three of his friends who broke into two homes on Madison?s west side and stole money, gaming systems and video games during late July and early August.

Bell was previously convicted of burglary in Dane County in November 2013.

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Madison's legacy restaurants are here to stay

By Dan Curd

They stand the test of time. Their roots are deep in the community?often family-run from one generation to the next. They always respect tradition but aren't afraid to embrace change. Sometimes they're as much about their location as their current occupant. Inevitably, they're where we take out-of-towners for a real taste of the town. According to the National Restaurant Association, about sixty percent of all restaurants never see their third anniversary. Yet some manage to survive economic downturns and cutthroat competition to thrive and prosper. Their secrets to success are reliable food, personable service and genuine atmosphere. Dining fads come and go, but fortunately, the legacy restaurant is here to stay.

Shots possibly fired between vehicles on University Avenue

Madison police are looking into reports that several shots were fired between two vehicles as they drove down University Avenue near Whitney Way at about 9 a.m. Monday morning.

Police said they found possible bullet damage on a home on Flambeau Road.

Officers said it?s not clear how many weapons were involved, if shots were exchanged between vehicles or if only one person fired.

There have been no reports of injuries.

Police said they believe other motorists witnessed the incident and asked witnesses to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.�

Enjoy family fun at the Downtown Madison Family Halloween party

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, the city of Madison will be hosting a Halloween party for families to enjoy.

The party goes from 3-6 p.m. at the corner of State St. and the Capitol Square.

There are many free and low cost activities for families and kids 12 and under to get involved with. Some include magic shows, hayrides, crafts, spooky stories, art projects, festive Halloween photos, kids' musical theater, trick or treat at participating businesses and more!

You can pick up a full list of activities and trick or treating locations on Oct. 29 at the Downtown Visitor Center, 452 State St.

Don't forget to show off your spooky costumes at the party as well!

Downtown Halloween fun continues through that week with additional programs at the Wisconsin Historical Museum and Madison Children's Museum. Visit the downtown Madison website for links and information.