- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Underground fire evacuates public market

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Authorities say there is no public safety risk after the Milwaukee Public Market downtown was evacuated after road construction crews reported hearing an underground explosion.

Police at the scene say there was no explosion, but a small fire apparently was burning deep underground. The Milwaukee Fire Department says the fire is now out and no gas is being released.

Road crews working on a reconstruction of nearby Interstate 794 have been pounding pilings into the road. It wasn’t yet clear whether workers hit a gas line.

The fire department says no one was hurt. The market remained closed Tuesday and will reopen Wednesday.

Milwaukee police had the area in the city’s Third Ward cordoned off.

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Gunman arrested after taking worker hostage

WITTENBERG, Wis. (AP) - Police have arrested a gunman who held a McDonald’s restaurant worker hostage and caused a standoff in Wittenberg.

Shawano County Sheriff Randall Wright says the 28-year-old suspect from Gillett held the worker captive for about an hour Tuesday before letting him go unharmed. The suspect surrendered about an hour later without incident.

Authorities were called around 2 p.m. to a Shell convenience store that includes a McDonald’s. The sheriff says the suspect let everyone in the store leave expect for one worker.

Authorities don’t know what caused the incident. They say the suspect did not demand money and is not related to the hostage.

WAOW-TV (http://bit.ly/1i6H5xDhttp://bit.ly/1i6H5xD ) reports nearby schools went into lockdown as a precaution.

U.S. Highway 45 was shut down for about two hours during the standoff. No one was hurt.

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