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Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Four Phantom Moth Production films that took home awards for acting and cinematography will be shown at the Madison Central Library Thursday.

The films, from Madison’s Nicolas Alexander and Phantom Moth Productions, will be shown from 6:30-8:45 p.m. in meeting room 302, according to a release.

Over the past two years, Alexander has gathered local, multi-talented artists for his production troupe including cinematographer Evan Parquette and hip-hop musician and actor Carlos Christian, organizers said. “Keep Movin” and “Runnin” situate biographical elements from Christian’s life inside of pulp crime fiction stories.

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Police find missing 2-year-old

Madison police said they assisted in the search for a missing 2-year-old boy on the south side Tuesday morning.

The boy as reported missing at 10:39 a.m. in the 1800 block of Fisher Street. He was found at 11:15 a.m.

A reporter at the scene said the boy was taken away by an ambulance. Police said the boy had a bloody nose.

Beltline accident leads to drunken driving arrest

Madison police said a four-car crash on the Beltline Monday has led to charges being filed against a 44-year-old woman who was injured in the incident.

The accident happened on the westbound Beltline near Todd Drive around 10:30 p.m. Monday.

According to police, the fire department had to extricate one driver due to the crash. Two people were sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

One of the drivers, 44-year-old Jolynn Stenehjem, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and causing injury.

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

The newest member of the Madison Police Department?s Mounted Unit will be announced Monday at a Community Corral, according to a release.

Torres is an 8-year-old Friesian Gelding that has spent the last two months in field training with the unit, and has now earned the right to start his solo career, officials said. Torres joins the unit thanks to a private donor working in conjunction with MPD?s nonprofit organization.

In March, Jack, a veteran horse member of the unit, passed away following a short illness, according to the release. But Torres has filled the void and is ready to carry on in Jack?s footsteps.

Torres will be introduced to the public at the Community Corral from 5-7 p.m. at Vilas Park. The unit?s team members will also be available to share information and answer questions about the horses and the responsibilities of being a mounted police officer.

Festival celebrates people of all abilities

Madison’s Disability Pride Festival will be July 26 at Brittingham Park. The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Disability Pride Festival will celebrate the talents, skills, arts and energy of people with and without disabilities. The event brings families, friends and neighbors together to forward the possibility of every life, according to a press release.

It will showcase artists, performers, food, exhibitors and fun for all ages and abilities.

The 2014 festival features: Hip Hop with the Figureheads, Wheelchair Wash, Yoga, Massage,  Healthy Living Exhibits, VSA Choir and more.

Brittingham Park is at 829 W. Washington Ave. Visit disabilitypridemadison.org for more information.

Paintball gun game leads to citations for 4 men, police say

Paintball gun game leads to citations for 4 men, police say

Police said reports of men shooting at a vehicle Friday afternoon led to citations for four men allegedly carrying paintball guns.

Madison police Lt. Amy Schwartz said officers responded to a report of two men shooting what were described as assault rifles at a vehicle near Lien Road and North Thompson Drive at 2:07 p.m.

"Further investigation revealed that the guns were likely (paintball) guns and the suspect vehicle description was aired to area officers," Schwartz said.

An officer spotted the suspect vehicle on Park Street and made contact with four men inside.

Rayshawn Jackson, 20, Gerald Jones, 34, Marquese Murphy, 19 and Keith Binder, 23, were cooperative with police, the report said. Three paintball rifles and a paintball handgun were found.

"(The sergeant) on scene stated that one of the rifles was very realistic looking, resembling an AR rifle painted in (camouflage)," Schwartz said.

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

The city of Madison said Metro bus passengers will have about three months to exchange paper Quik Tix for a new pass due to an upgrade in equipment beginning next month.

Madison said in a release Thursday that Metro Transit will install new fareboxes on all fixed-route buses in August. The new system will accept cash and Metro fare items, but paper Quik Tix will not longer be valid as of Oct. 31.

The city said passengers are asked to trade in existing Quik Tix for two-ride or 10-ride cards.