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Shots fired on Madison's east side, police say

Officers are looking for a man in connection with shots fired during a disturbance on the east side early Saturday morning, Madison police said.

Police said officers were dispatched at about 2:20 a.m. to the 900 block of Rockefeller Lane where the suspect had fired a handgun 3 to 4 times. The suspect fled the area in an older blue or green SUV.

According to police, the suspect is male, black and short with a muscular build.

Officers searched the area and found one bullet hole in a vehicle parked close by, police said. They said no injuries have been reported at this point.

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DA: Expect 48-hour notice on Robinson case decision

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Friday that he will give 48 hours' notice before he releases a decision on whether to charge a Madison police officer who shot Tony Robinson.

Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny shot Robinson on March 6. Police have said that Robinson attacked Kenny as the officer was responding to calls that Robinson had assaulted two people and was running in traffic.

Ozanne said he received final reports from the Division of Criminal Investigation and had a second meeting with the Medical Examiner's Office on Monday.

One person injured in fire at east side duplex

One person was injured after a fire broke out early Friday morning at an east side duplex, according to the Madison fire department.

Firefighters saw flames visible from the side window when they arrived on the scene just after 1:30 a.m. Friday. A ladder unit quickly extinguished the fire, which is believed to have started in an upstairs bathroom, according to the fire department.

A smoke alarm woke up the residents inside, who managed to get out of the building before firefighters arrived. One of the residents was assessed for smoke inhalation and was taken to UW Hospital. The fire department said his condition was note believed to be life threatening.

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire officials estimate the damage is between $10,000 and $15,000.

Dog dies in east side house fire

A family pet died in a house fire on Madison’s east side that caused up to $65,000 in damage Thursday afternoon, according to a release.

Firefighters were sent to the 5400 block of Retana Drive just before 3:30 p.m. after smoke was seen coming from an attached garage, officials said.

The family was not home at the time, and when crews arrived they said the garage was filled with smoke, according to the release.

As firefighters went through the house they found the family’s dog unconscious near the front door, officials said. Firefighters performed compressions and provided oxygen, but the dog died of smoke inhaliation. There were no other injuries reported.

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Sheriff: Midwest Horse Fair traffic may cause Beltline delays

Dane County officials are warning drivers of possible delays on the Beltline Friday morning because of extra traffic heading to the Midwest Horse Fair.

The Midwest Horse Fair starts Friday morning at the Alliant Energy Center, and hundreds of spectators and exhibitors are expected to be arriving during the morning commute, officials said.

Authorities expect east- and westbound lanes of the Beltline to be congested, according to the release.

Drivers heading to the event can access the Alliant Energy Center grounds via the Olin Avenue, Rusk Avenue or Rimrock Road gates, officials said. One lane of outbound John Nolen Drive and one southbound lane of Rimrock Road will be closed to help horse fair participants get onto the Alliant Energy grounds efficiently.

2 charged with 1st-degree murder in death of man found in Lake Mendota

Three days after a body was found in Lake Mendota, two men were charged with homicide in the death, authorities said.


The Dane County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday afternoon that Rudy Alberto Ramirez-Millan, 27, of Waunakee, and Juan Aguilar-Vargas, 27, of Madison, are being held in the Dane County Jail on charges of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of 23-year-old Jacob Payne, of Fitchburg.

Payne's body was found Saturday afternoon by a canoeist in Lake Mendota off Governor's Island, according to the sheriff's office. Detectives said the body had obvious signs of injury when it was recovered.

Payne did not have a permanent address, but had most recently been staying at a vehicle repair shop at 4260 Acker Road in the town of Burke, according to investigators.

Police: Driver strikes stopped car, charged with 7th OWI

A 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence for a seventh time after a crash on Madison's east side, police said.

Madison police said officers responded to a report of a rear-end crash at the intersection of North Stoughton Road and Highway 30 Tuesday at 3:43 p.m.

A 32-year-old woman was stopped at a traffic light on Highway 30 waiting to turn north on Stoughton Road when her car was struck from behind by another vehicle, according to the report.

The other driver, John G. Armstrong, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of seventh-offense operating while intoxicated.