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Craigslist buyer dupes woman out of $360 camera, police say

Craigslist buyer dupes woman out of $360 camera, police say

Police said a Madison woman was duped in an in-person transaction for a purchase agreement made on Craigslist last week.

The Madison Police Department said a 33-year-old woman posted her GoPro camera for sale on Craigslist and a man who said his name was Meng responded.

He agreed to the selling price of $360, according to the report.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the two met in the parking lot of a burger restaurant just off the Beltline -- on the border of Madison's near west and south sides -- at about 10 p.m. on April 17. The man paid cash, but the woman later learned the bills were fake when she tried to deposit them into her credit union account.

The woman told police the man was Asian, drove a dark-colored BMW and had a woman and a small child with him.

MPD: Daylong investigation into Oct. murder 'significant success'

MPD: Daylong investigation into Oct. murder 'significant success'

Madison Police Department officials said an investigation into an October homicide is successfully moving forward.

Lamontez White, 30, was fatally shot by an unknown person in a ground-floor apartment at 2305 Fish Hatchery Road on Oct. 3, according to a release. Several people were at the apartment when he was shot, but no one seems to know who killed White.

Since October, police detectives and officers have spent many hours and days investigating the homicide, officials said.

On Wednesday, detectives organized an intensive daylong operation to re-interview people who were in the apartment at the time of the homicide, authorities said. Approximately 20 detectives and officers participated in the Wednesday investigation, which the department said was a "significant success."

Fake utility scams employee out of $850

Fake utility scams employee out of $850

Police said a Madison south employee lost $850 last week to scammers pretending to represent a local utility company. 

The Madison Police Department said a La Movida employee received a phone call at 11 a.m. Friday from people claiming to be with Madison Gas & Electric. The callers told the 24-year-old that La Movida was two months behind on the company electric bill and services would be cut in 24 hours if it did not receive payment. 

The scammer told the 24-year-old employee to load funds on prepaid Green Dot cards, then give the card numbers to the fake utility representative. After the employee provided the money through the cards, the scammers called again saying more money was needed. 

The employee then called police to report the fraud. 

La Movida is at 1823 S. Park St. 

Police: Men robbed while attempting to buy drugs

Police: Men robbed while attempting to buy drugs

Police said two Sun Prairie men attempting to buy drugs were robbed on Madison's south side Sunday morning.

The Madison Police Department said the two men who were robbed -- both 25 years old -- were driving on the 2000 block of Post Road at 2:08 a.m. 

Two men who the Sun Prairie men believed were drug dealers got into the back of the car. One of the men entering the car had a handgun and stole one of the car occupants' cellphone, according to the report. 

The robbers also broke out one of the car's windows before fleeing, police said. 

One of the robbers was described as black, between 20-25 years old, weighing 200 pounds, the report noted. He had a goatee and mustache and wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. 

Police said the other robber was described as black, between 20-25 years old, weighing 200 pounds.He had a goatee and mustache and wore a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. 

Police: Man makes threats at hospital; Gun found

Police: Man makes threats at hospital; Gun found

A Madison man was arrested after making threats to kill security staff at St. Mary's Hospital early Sunday morning, according to a release from the Madison Police Department.

Police said Bo J. Penman, 22, came to the hospital shortly after 1 a.m. with a family member who was getting medical care. Security staff was called to escort him from the building when he began yelling and swearing.

Witnesses told police Penman threatened to beat up security personnel.

Police were called and Penman was found in an ambulance bay. He was ticketed for disorderly conduct and trespass and taken home.

Police said Penmen returned to the hospital at 2:20 a.m. and began threatening security again and threatened to get a shotgun.

Police sent extra patrols and an hour later an officer spotted a suspicious vehicle near the hospital with its headlights off. Officers said Penman had shotgun shells in his pocket and a shotgun in the truck.

Police: Man pulls gun in road rage incident on Greenway Cross

Police: Man pulls gun in road rage incident on Greenway Cross

Police said a man pulled a gun on another motorist at a south side Madison restaurant parking lot Friday in a road rage incident. 

The Madison Police Department said a Brodhead man pulled into a parking lot at the 1500 block of Greenway Cross at 5:50 p.m. and heard another driver yelling. The other driver, who had pulled in just behind him, accused the 58-year-old of cutting him off. 

According to the report, when the Brodhead man said he hadn't cut him off, the other driver threatened to shoot him and pulled what appeared to be a 9mm semiautomatic pistol. 

Both men drove off, police said. 

The man with the gun was described as black, between 30 to 40 years old, and 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, police said. He was wearing a dark jacket and drove a black SUV with temporary plates.

The report noted the SUV was possibly an older Toyota Rav4.

Police: Man cuts, strikes another with baseball bat

Police: Man cuts, strikes another with baseball bat

Police said a Madison man was charged in connection with an early morning attack Christmas Eve.

The Madison Police Department said Leo Cowan, 44, and a 45-year-old man were staying at a West Badger Road apartment Dec. 24 when the attack took place at about 5:30 a.m.

The 45-year-old told police that on Christmas Eve, Cowan cut him on the neck and hand with a knife and used a baseball bat to strike him in the head.

Cowan was in Dane County Jail when the victim reported the incident Thursday morning, police said.

The 45-year-old victim, who has no permanent address, was taken to the hospital Thursday to have his injuries checked.

Cowan was tentatively charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, police said.