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25-year-old man shot on Watson Ave.

25-year-old man shot on Watson Ave.

A man was injured and hospitalized and another told police he feared for his life after two similar shooting incidents happened on Madison's south side early Saturday.

The Madison Police Department's South District is investigating two gun-related incidents that occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday in the industrial park south of the West Beltline Highway between Fish Hatchery and Syene roads.

One of the incidents occurred in the 800 block of Watson Avenue where police said a 22-year-old man was shot in the stomach.

The man was taken to a local emergency room by friends for treatment, police said. He was taken to an out of state hospital by family and was released.

The victim was not providing any details about the incident to officers.

According to a report, a second incident happened about a block away near 3100 Kingsley Way, also in the industrial park, at approximately the same time.

Police: Man arrested after breaking into similar apartments

Police: Man arrested after breaking into similar apartments

A Madison man was arrested Saturday after breaking into multiple apartments, according to a release.

Officials said Yimer Obando-Espinal, 31, was arrested around 11:25 p.m. Saturday in the hallway of the third building of an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Moorland Road.

Obando-Espinal kicked in the apartment door of a 36-year-old woman but apologized and left, according to the release.

Officials said several other residents believed their apartments had been broken into but reported nothing was missing.

Officers noticed all of the targeted apartments were in different buildings but were similarly situated in the buildings, according to the release. The buildings of the apartment complex also looked the same.

A witness reported hearing Obando-Espinal yelling something about being hungry and wanting to go to sleep.

Man arrested after driving wrong way down one-way, police say

A Madison man is facing a series of tentative charges after police say he was driving the wrong way on the 100 block of Wilson Street early Monday morning.

Frank Hernandez Quinoes, 22 of Madison, was driving the wrong way on Wilson Street around 1 a.m. when an officer heard the horn of another oncoming car while on patrol, according to a report from Madison police.

According to the report, an intoxicated Quinoes swerved out of the way and stuck his arm out the window, flashing the other driver his middle finger.

Police said the officer started to chase Quinoes, but stopped after Quinoes ran several red lights. According to the release, he was driving at speeds between 65 and 75 mph.

He then pulled over on Davidson Street, got out of his car and started running, police said.

A different officer was able to find and tackle Quinoes on the 3900 block of Dempsey Road.

Police use cameras to bust crimes at Penn Park

Police use cameras to bust crimes at Penn Park

Cameras help make busts at a local park on Madison's south side, but they can't catch everything.

Madison police said cameras helped them get pot, crack and booze away from a known problem spot at Penn Park on the city's south side, a block from Park Street.

Police said the park's layout makes it a good spot for illegal activity like drugs and gambling.

As the neighborhood officer near Madison's Penn Park, Mike Alvarez, said when kids are playing, it's a win for the park but the game on seen on a surveillance video in late June is what officials do not want to see.

The surveillance video showed kids playing basketball as a group of adults started shooting dice.

It is an activity neighbors have complained about and police used the video to move in. The group scattered but police found crack cocaine and marijuana, and made arrests.

Madison's fireworks regulations tight

Madison's fireworks regulations tight

While fireworks may be the first thing to come to mind during the Fourth of July, Madison ordinance strictly prohibits certain kinds of pyrotechnics within its city limits.

Travis Knight, manager at Cornellier Fireworks Tent in Fitchburg, has been selling fireworks for nearly a decade and knows the rules when it comes to pyrotechnics in Madison.

"I've liked fireworks since I was a young boy, so it was just a natural fit," he said. "Now I'm older, and I still love fireworks."

Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez explained that nearly all fireworks are prohibited within city limits.

"It's illegal if it goes up in the air or has a fuse," Galvez said.

Only sparklers, snakes, caps and party poppers are allowed for use within Madison. Knight is required to sell his stock on the edge of town in neighboring suburbs, where firework regulations aren't as stringent.

Man beaten with squeegee, robbed of sneakers

A Madison man had his sneakers stolen while being beaten by three men, one of them armed with a squeegee, according to police.

Officers were called to the 7-Eleven at 2703 W. Beltline Highway at 3 p.m. on Tuesday for a report of a man beaten while he was pumping gas.

A witness told police one of the men used the squeegee like a hammer against the victim?s head while the other two men punched and kicked him.

The 21-year-old victim was taken to a hospital where staples were used to close a head wound.

Police said witness descriptions of the attacker?s car led to the arrest of Carlos A. Wilson, 25, of Madison, on suspicion of party to the crime of substantial battery and robbery. Police said they believe Wilson was armed with the squeegee.

The victim told police he did not know the men but believed he was targeted because of "some petty drama" involving a woman.

Emergency call to residents took 9 hours to issue manhunt alert

Emergency call to residents took 9 hours to issue manhunt alert

It took 9 hours for Dane County's emergency telephone notification system to send calls to residents in a three-mile radius during a manhunt on Thursday, according to county officials.

The alerts were sent as police and the FBI searched for Paris Poe, 33, a wanted man who was spotted in Fitchburg Thursday morning and fled before the FBI could make an arrest. He was arrested on Madison's east side Thursday night.

Emergency management officials said some residents in the three-mile radius around where the search started received a call after Poe was captured. The system made 30,000 calls. It can make 48 phone calls at a time.

Dane County emergency management officials said they're in the process of upgrading the call system. The system is ready but has yet to be activated. The system will allow officials to put out calls in a more user-friendly way, according to county officials.