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Robber holds up gas station employee with knife Saturday

A gas station employee was left shaking and trembling after a man held him up with a knife Saturday night, according to Madison police.

The robber stole some cash from the Clark gas station on Park Street just after 10 p.m. He�was seen getting into a newer model white Cadillac.�

Police said the robber was described as a black man wearing a black zip-up jacket, blue jeans, black stocking cap and a white towel covered his face. The man was described as about 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 150 to 180 pounds.

Woman uses elbow to ward off purse snatcher

A purse snatcher got more than he bargained for when he tried to steal a purse on Madison?s south side Monday night.

According to police, the would-be thief tried to steal a purse from a 41-year-old woman in the 220 block of south Park Street just before 9 p.m. Monday.

But police said when the stranger ran up behind the woman, she threw an elbow, which caught the robber in the throat. She managed to hold on to her purse with her free hand.

The blow caused the man to take off south toward West Badger Road.

Police are looking for a black man, 20-25 years old, five feet eight inches to five feet ten inches tall, with a medium complexion, last seen wearing baggy blue jean shorts and a baggy white T-shirt.

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call Madison Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

Metro Transit receives federal grant to upgrade buses

Madison Metro Transit has received almost $3.8 million to go toward upgrading buses.

The Madison bus system was awarded the grant as part of a $787 million State of Good Repair federal grant and will use the funding to purchase diesel buses.

"There has been a regular decline in discretionary funding, and Metro is glad to be receiving this and will be using it to stay on top of bus replacement in an orderly fashion," said Metro General Manager Chuck Kamp.

Metro purchased 15 buses last year with the State of Good Repair grant last year, and Kamp said money for 2013 will help Metro purchase 16 buses next year.

"Metro will use this money to help replace 16 buses in its fleet," Kamp said. "Normally, Metro replaces 15 buses. With service level and ridership levels increasing, Metro is trying to now stay on a 16-bus replacement cycle."

"Occupy Madison" lives on at local campground

Last October, a vacant lot on Madison?s East Washington Avenue turned into the makeshift home for the "Occupy Madison" movement.

After turning into a place for the homeless over the winter, dozens had to leave in May after the city closed the site down.

Occupy Madison members have now set up camp in Lake Farm Park on Madison's south side.�

At a picnic over the weekend, the group talked about how the homeless can live out of tents legally in Dane County.

The Tenant Resource Center has shelled out about $500 a month to keep a site open to anyone who needs the space.

But every two weeks those campers have to pack up and move out for a couple days before coming back.

"This is not a permanent solution," said Heidi Weglietner, Dane County supervisor. "This is not housing. But it's living. It's figuring out how to live, and you know, deal with these incredible challenges."

Fish Hatchery Road reopens following face-lift

Commuters traveling along Fish Hatchery Road near the Beltline will be happy to know that all lanes of the major thoroughfare have reopened again.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced the $3.7million reconstruction project finished on time Friday.

?With Fish Hatchery Road safer and easier to use for those who commute on foot, or by car, bus, or bike, I hope everyone who has traveled this road in the last few months can forgive the dust and delays,? said Parisi.� ?This project represents a great partnership to improve our local infrastructure ? completed safely, and on schedule.?

The project involved resurfacing the road and improving the aesthetics of the street from Wingra Drive to Emil Street. �A bike lane was also added to the road in the project. The City and Town of Madison worked with the county on the project through cost-sharing partnerships.

Man grabs woman on Madison's south side

Madison police said they are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a 25-year-old woman.

Just after 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, the woman was walking in the 1900 block of South Park Street when she was approached by a man riding a bicycle, police said.

The woman told police the man pulled out some money and told her, "Come on, do something for it. You know you want to."

She said the man then reached out and touched her buttocks.

The woman ran to a nearby pay phone and called 911, and an officer drove her to safety.
The man was no longer in the area.

Police said the assailant was described as a black man, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin build, wearing a black hat, black shirt, blue jean shorts and a backpack.