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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.

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Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

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2 Beltline construction projects nearing completion

Two road construction projects tying up Beltline traffic should be finished soon.

Officials with Wisconsin Department of Transportation said they hope the projects will be wrapped up in November.

One Beltline project stretches from Fish Hatchery Road to the interstate. DOT officials said crews are replacing six miles of concrete and making repairs to five bridges. The old pavement was 25 years old. DOT officials hope the new concrete will last at least 12 years.

This project started in April and the DOT hopes to finish it by early November.

The second project is on the Beltline from Midvale Road to University Avenue. Road crews are installing a noise wall, widening ramps and doing some electrical work. DOT officials said work is mostly complete with an end date at the end of November.

Task force will research ways to protect Madison's honeybees

A task force will research the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, which directly affects honeybees and other pollinators, in the Madison area, according to a release.

The Madison Common Council adopted a resolution earlier this month directing the Madison Food Policy Council to lead the task force, which will be composed mainly of city staff, officials said. The task force will provide recommendations to departments and the common council on local solutions to protect pollinators.

Madison?s Pollinator Protection Task Force will monitor the progress of the federal task force, use best practices to inform its work and review relevant recommendations from the federal government, according to the release.