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Man arrested in connection with pizzeria robberies

A Madison man faces armed robbery charges for allegedlyrobbing a Middleton pizzeria on June 22 and a Monona pizza shop June 17, according to a release.

Middleton police said Tuesday that 24-year-old Jeffrey P. Masino was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery at the Papa Murphy's Pizza on North Gammon Road.

The week prior, officers were called to Papa Murphy’s in the 100 block of East Broadway in Monona at 8:15 p.m. on a report of a robbery, officials said.

Police said a man handed an employee a note demanding money from the register. The man implied he had a weapon, but didn’t show it, according to the police report. The man then ran north on Roselawn Avenue. A police K-9 was brought to the scene to track the robber, but was not successful.

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What you need to know: Saturday’s Shake the Lake

Shake the Lake, the new fireworks show on Lake Monona, will feature a couple of changes from similar fireworks events in the past, city officials said.

Saturday’s show will start at 10 p.m., instead of 9:30 p.m. like last year, according to a release. The fireworks will also be deployed from three different barges between Broom and Blair streets. There will also be more lower-level fireworks displays.

The festival starts at 5 p.m. with a variety of food vendors, events and entertainment along John Nolen Drive, officials said. John Nolen Drive will be closed from Broom Street to Williamson and Wilson streets from 6 a.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday.

The main portion of John Nolen Drive will be open all day so people will be able to get to the downtown area, according to the release.

Tenney Lock hours will be extended for upcoming events

The Tenney Lock hours will be extended Saturday for Shake the Lake and for the Fourth of July holiday, according to a release.

The Tenney Lock allows access between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona on the Yahara River and will be open later Saturday and from July 3-6, officials said.

For safety precautions, a slow-no-wake rule will be enforced on Lake Monona for Shake the Lake, officials said. The slow-no-wake rule will be enforced from 8 p.m. until midnight or until the last boat in line is through the lock on Saturday.

A no-entry area will be enforced around the staging site for Shake the Lake at the west end of Lake Monona, officials said. The area will be marked with buoys.

The Tenney Lack will be opened from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 2, 3 and 4, according to the release. The lock will also be open until 10 p.m. on July 5 and until 7 p.m. on July 6.

Update: Victim's name released in fatal motorcycle crash

Authorities released the name of the man who died in a motorcycle crash along Vilas Road Saturday.

46-year-old Patrick Bitter of Marshall, Wisconsin died from injuries sustained in the accident.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a report of a crash in the 3600 block of Vilas Road at about 1 a.m.

According to a release, Bitter was driving a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he left the roadway and went into the ditch.

Bitter was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet, officials said.

The sheriff's office said alcohol and speed appear to be contributing factors in the crash.

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Monona pizza shop robbed

A Papa Murphy’s location in Monona was robbed Wednesday evening, according to a release from Monona police.

Officers were called to Papa Murphy’s in the 100 block of East Broadway at 8:15 p.m. on a report of a robbery.

Police said a man handed an employee a note demanding money from the register. The man implied he had a weapon, but didn’t show it, according to the police report. The man ran away north on Roselawn Avenue. A police K-9 was brought to the scene to track the robber, but was not successful.

The robber is described as white, about 40 years old, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 190 pounds and wearing a black jacket with a black backpack.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Monona Police Department at 608-222-0463 or Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Weed harvesters work to clear heavy growth in Dane County lakes

Five days a week, a steady parade of 10 weed harvesters make their way across the lakes surrounding Madison. They began their work in May, and given the heavy growth of weeds they are seeing, the harvesting will continue until the first week of October.

“We’ve been here for the last three weeks, and we’ve been harvesting between 30 and 40 loads a day,” Kevin Connors, director of the Dane County Land and Water Resource Department, said. “The purpose of providing the weed harvesting program in this area is to provide navigational access out to deeper parts of Lake Monona."

When the weed harvesting began they discovered the growth to be heavier than in recent years.

“This year the vegetation seems to be a little bit heavier in the spring than it was last year at the same time,” Connors said.

Rather than a sign of a problem, it is actually a positive indication of the health of the lake.

Sandwich shop robbed at knifepoint

A Monona sandwich shop was robbed at knifepoint Thursday night, police said.

Monona police said officers responded to a report of a robbery at 8:19 p.m. at the Subway on  West Broadway.

The robber was described as a 30-year-old white man, 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium build, according to a news release. He was wearing a black sweatshirt with a gray hood, black face mask and white framed glasses. The man was armed with a knife and had a black bag.

The robber demanded money and displayed a knife. He left on foot in an unknown direction.

Monona police asked for the public's help with identifying the robber. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the department at 608-222-0463, Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014, or you can text "MONONA" followed by your information to TIP411 (847411).