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Officer found to be 'in compliance' in shooting case

An internal Madison Police Department investigation of a Madison police officer involved in the shooting death of Paul Heenan found the officer to be in compliance with police department policies and training.

The ruling was announced during a news conference with Madison Police Chief Noble Wray Wednesday.

WISC-TV has obtained an audio recording of communications between a Dane County 911 dispatcher and Madison police responding to the incident.

Officer Stephen Heimsness will be assigned back to a patrol, but Wray said where and when that happens has not been determined.

In the report, Wray stated that it?s undisputed that Heenan, 30, didn?t comply with Heimsness? commands and became physically engaged with officer Heimsness in the Nov. 9 incident in the 500 block of Baldwin Street.

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Driver strikes hitchhiker standing in traffic

Madison police said a man driving home from church Sunday night struck a woman who was hitchhiking in the road.

The 44-year-old Madison man was driving home from church about 8:35 p.m. when a woman suddenly appeared in front on his car in the 4900 block of Commercial Avenue, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Police said the driver couldn't stop and struck the 30-year-old Madison woman, who suffered a broken arm, a possible broken leg and numerous bumps and bruises.

A responding officer was well acquainted with the injured woman, who has been the subject of past citizen complaints about standing in traffic.

Madison police said the woman has apparently made a habit of standing in traffic in order to flag down cars and try to get a ride somewhere, but this time, a driver didn't see her before it was too late to avoid striking her.

The woman was taken to a hospital.

‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

 ‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

Award celebrates impact of family biz on Wis. communities    

A state group that celebrates family-owned businesses is seeking nominations for the 2013 “Business of the Year” award, which is also the group’s 10th year sponsoring the program.

One family business will be selected for grand awards in categories including small (less than 50 employees), medium (50-99), and large (100 or more) companies. The organization said special awards will also be given to companies excelling in a particular area.

Created by Smith & Gesteland, a Middleton accounting and business consulting firm, the annual awards highlight the importance of family-owned businesses.

The deadline for nominations is April 13.

Police: Driver crashes into concrete barrier on bridge

Madison police said a man drove into a concrete barrier on the bridge over Interstate 90/94 on Monday afternoon.

Madison police responded to a one-car crash in the 5100 block of High Crossing Boulevard at about 3 p.m.

Paramedics administered Narcan, a drug used to revive people who overdose on heroin, and the man regained consciousness, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Police said the crash is being investigated as a possible heroin overdose.

The driver appeared to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the incident report.

Crews were sent to inspect damage on the bridge, according to a Dane County dispatcher.

Two men invade house armed with handgun and pool cue

Two men entered a Madison home and threatened five people inside with a handgun and a pool cue early Sunday.

Police were called to the home in the 4200 block of Owl Creek Drive at 3:06 a.m. for a report of a home invasion.

Victims told police the two men demanded money and left with a video game console. Some of the victims were struck with the pool cue but not seriously injured.

Four men, ages, 20, 21, 23 and 24 and a 22-year-old woman were home at the time.

Police said they believe the home was targeted.

Pizza delivery driver's car stolen at gas station

Madison police said a pizza delivery driver's car was stolen early Saturday morning when he went into a service station for a bathroom break.

The pizza delivery driver pulled into Kelly Williamson Mobil at 636 W. Washington Ave. about 2:25 a.m.

He parked in the front, leaving the car running and unlocked with his Falbo Brothers Pizzeria bag on the back seat, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

While he was inside the service station, his 1998 Honda disappeared.

He called 911 to report his car was stolen.

A couple of hours later, around 5 a.m., his stolen car was found in the 2900 block of East Washington Ave. It has been abandoned in a traffic lane, police said.

A responding officer surmised that it may have run out of gas, according to the incident report.

The thief, the victim's car keys and his pizza bag were nowhere to be found, police said.

Madison police looking for traffic violations

Madison police looking for traffic violations


Madison police will be paying special attention to traffic enforcement in specific areas of the city this week.

Special patrols will be placed in the following areas:

Tuesday at 4900 E. Washington Ave. (Speed enforcement - 55 mph zone) 
Wednesday at 1800 Fish Hatchery Rd. (Speed enforcement - 30 mph zone) 
Thursday at 4600 Commercial Ave. (Speed enforcement 35 mph zone)

Madison police said they rely on the cooperation of the public to be aware of and to follow all traffic laws, whether as a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorist.

Motorists are reminded to drive safely and to buckle seatbelts.