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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. 

Complaint: Mother admits to tying her child numerous times

Complaint: Mother admits to tying her child numerous times

A mother charged with tying her 2-year-old to a bed while going to run errands admitted to police this wasn't the first time she had done this, according to a criminal complaint.

Katrena Salmon, 22, made her initial appearance Monday in Dane County court on one charge of child neglect.

According to the complaint, Salmon told police she tied the twine to the toddler's hip area, and tied the other end of the string to the foot of a bed. She left her child watching TV, while she went to go fix her computer and pick up her daughter from school, according to the complaint.

Police said a snowplow driver was clearing snow on Sunfish Court when he spotted a 2-year-old child out by himself wearing only a diaper and a T-shirt about a half hour after she said she left her apartment.

Police look for iPhone thieves

Police look for iPhone thieves

Two teenagers robbed another teenager of his iPhone Wednesday afternoon on Madison’s south side, police said.

A 13-year-old was walking on Turbot Drive around 3:30 p.m. looking down at his iPhone when two older boys approached him, according to a release.

Police said the two older boys reached out and grabbed the 13-year-old’s iPhone as they walked past him.

The two thieves split up and fled in different directions, according to the release.

The boys are described as being black 16- to 17-year-olds. One of the robbers is described as being 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a thin build and short hair. He was wearing a blue zip-up sweatshirt and blue jeans. The other robber is described as being 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.