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Man beaten after confronting burglar, police say

A Madison man was beaten after confronting a man trying to steal electronics from a common area of a building in the 2800 block of Hauk Street on Thursday morning.

The 52-year-old man told police the burglar called to an accomplice outside and both men beat him as he tried to call police.

The man suffered minor injuries. Police said the other two men left empty handed.

The men are described as white. One is 18-20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 135 pounds with a thin build, blond hair and blue eyes. The other was 20-25 years old and 5 feet 6 inches tall with a stocky build.

Zoo announces new polar bears

The Henry Vilas Zoo announced the addition of two polar bears to the new "Arctic Passage" exhibit set to open this summer.

Suka and Sakari are 2 1/2-year-old twins that will come from the Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Once they arrive, the Henry Vilas Zoo will house two of only 60 polar bears in Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos in North America.

A release from the zoo states that the new exhibit is designed to meet or exceed "the most stringent standards in bear care."

The Arctic Passage exhibit is on schedule to open Memorial Day weekend.  About $270,000 is still needed to pay for the project.

Reward for stolen car leads to arrest

An 18-year-old Madison man was arrested after responding to a reward poster for a stolen car.

Madison police said a 44-year-old Madison woman had her car stolen when she left it running in a parking lot outside her residence last week. She put up reward posters around her apartment complex on North Thompson Drive offering $2,000.

A man called and offered to meet the woman near the Hy-Vee on East Washington Avenue Tuesday night. Police said he told the woman he could lead her to her stolen car and he had the key.

Police were there when the meeting happened and Lashaun D. Cole, 18, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and bail jumping.

Forequarter, Heritage Tavern chefs finalists for national award

Restaurants in Madison are receiving nationwide recognition for their culinary creations this week.

Chef Dan Fox of downtown Madison's Heritage Tavern and Chef Jonny Hunter of Forequarter on the near east side are in the running for the prestigious James Beard Best in the Midwest Award. 

WATCH as Fox and Hunter describe what makes their cuisine award-worthy.

2 Einstein Bros. Bagel restaurants to close Tuesday

Two Madison-area Einstein Bros. Bagel restaurants will be closing Tuesday, according to a company representative.

The locations at 4515 Verona Road and 1738 Fordem Ave. are two of the 39 underperforming restaurants the company is closing Tuesday.

Madison’s three other locations at 652 State St., 2701 University Ave. and 3904 E. Washington Ave. will remain open.

“The company will continue to focus on its high-performing restaurants to ensure the future growth and success of the business,” a statement from the company said.

Police investigate east side armed robbery

Madison police are looking for a man who got away with some money after he held up an east side gas station Thursday night.

The incident happened at the Citgo gas station in the 4900 block of Commercial Avenue around 9:15 p.m.

According to police, a man armed with a semi-automatic handgun entered the business and demanded money before taking off on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police said the man is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, last seen wearing a red winter hat and a black mask with green markings and carrying a red/black backpack.

Anyone with information about this crime should call Madison police.

East Washington Avenue hotels, motels form crime-fighting alliance

Aiming to decrease the number of crimes on their property, 24 hotels and motels on East Washington Avenue have partnered with police to share information about individuals they will not rent to, and assist in the arrest and prosecution of violators.

The businesses hope to decrease the amount of drug use, human trafficking and prostitution incidents in their rooms and parking lots.

"What we recognize is that a problem for one hotel is very likely a problem for all hotels," Madison police officer David Dexheimer said. "Our hope is that it develops into something that's self-sustaining between the hotels and the motels."

While antagonizers may currently be denied rooms at one place, they can take their business to another nearby hotel or motel.

By sharing troublemakers' information through an email exchange, Comfort Inn front desk supervisor Sandra Haire hopes to see less crime in general.