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Police: Online child porn message is scam

A confused 27-year-old Madison man on the city's far east side contacted the Madison Police Department's self-report unit Sunday after a message popped up on his computer indicating child pornography had been found on his laptop.

The message appeared to be from the Department of Justice and indicated he had 48 hours to get rid of the porn, and that he needed to send $300 via a MoneyPak card, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

The self-report unit officer told the caller that the DOJ did not operate in this fashion and that this was a scam.

Madison police pointed out that PCWorld has an article with information on this crime trend at http://bit.ly/YEEpih.

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Madison man arrested on suspicion of 8th OWI

A call from a concerned citizen led police to arrest a Madison man on suspicion of eighth offense operating while intoxicated, according to police.

Officers were called to the 3300 block of Chicago Avenue at 8:40 p.m. Monday for a report from someone who says a blue pick-up truck driving erratically and running into garbage cans. The witness saw the driver enter a nearby home.

Police said they located Lamont L. Weber, 46, and arrested him on suspicion of 8th offense OWI.

Police: Teen followed off bus, robbed

An 18-year-old Madison man told police he believes an attacker followed him off a bus before robbing him Friday night.

The victim said he got off a Madison Metro bus on East Johnson Street near the intersection with Fordem Avenue. He said he was walking to his apartment when a man behind him asked to use his phone.

When the man pulled it out of his pocket, the robber grabbed it and pushed the victim to the ground, according to police.

The robber was last seen running on East Johnson Street near First Street. He?s described as black, 20 to 22 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with an average build, short hair and wearing all black clothing, including a coat with a hood.

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Group says immigration reform plan is good start

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is rolling out a new plan to reform immigration laws, and one local group said it's a good start.

The plan rolled out Monday afternoon by eight senators, Republican and Democrat, includes a pathway to citizenship for some 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, including thousands in the Madison area.

It would require those with no criminal backgrounds to register with the government, pay a fine and all back taxes. It would also penalize employers who hire undocumented workers and create a "guest worker" program for jobs Americans are unable or unwilling to fill.

A local group that rallies for worker rights and immigration reform said it could help fix a broken system.

"Many people in the community, they don't even have one way to apply, whether in Mexico or here. The reality is the system is broken, and the good news today is they are trying to mend it," said Alex Gillis, of the Immigrant Workers Union.

Police: Off-duty officer pins shoplifter

An off-duty Madison police officer struggled with a shoplifter and pinned him to the ground after seeing him push past a security officer, according to police.

The off-duty lieutenant said he was shopping with his daughter at the Walmart at 4198 Nakoosa Trail Saturday afternoon when he noticed the suspected shoplifter.

He said he identified himself as a police officer, but the shoplifter didn?t stop. There was a brief struggle before the men landed on the floor in the store?s vestibule.

The officer injured his nose during the struggle, and other officers arrived while the off-duty officer still had the man pinned to the floor.

Brandon H. Kinsey, 23, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and retail theft. Police said he stole ammunition for a BB gun and an Airsoft gun.

Sandwich shop robberies might be linked

The robbery of a sandwich shop on Madison?s east side could be linked to a similar case 3 miles away and minutes later, according to Madison police.

Employees at Jimmy John?s at 1791 Thierer Rd. were working in the store after closing it when at about 9:30 Saturday night when a man entered the unlocked door, walked to the cash register and demanded to know where the money had gone, according to police. The drawer had already been emptied.

The man is described as black, 30 to 35 years old, 6 feet 3 inches, weighing 200 to 250 pounds, with facial stubble and wearing a dark jacket with a hood and a dark stocking hat.

Police said they believe the incident could be linked to a similar sandwich shop robbery on Johnson Street.