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Police: Scammer posts as east business on classified car sales website

Police: Scammer posts as east business on classified car sales website

An east side business told police someone was using the business's identity online without its permission. 

The Madison Police Department said Wednesday that a sales representative from Wilde Honda East reported a scam Saturday. The employee told police that it appeared criminals were creating listings on Cars.com as the dealership. 

Potential customers started contacting the employee about vehicles that were being advertised online that were supposedly at Wilde Honda East. After checking the photos posted online, the employee said he knew immediately the were of vehicles not on his lot; someone had hacked into Wilde Honda East's Cars.com account, used Wilde's logo, but indicated buyers should contact a private seller by email, according to the report.

Police: Cats thrown from car going 50 mph

Police: Cats thrown from car going 50 mph

Police said a Good Samaritan driving on Madison's east side last week helped keep two cats safe after he saw them thrown from a moving car.

The Madison Police Department said a 24-year-old Madison man was driving on South Stoughton Road at 2:30 p.m. on March 24. The man was behind a small dark car going about 50 mph when he saw what he thought was a white plastic bag flying out of the passenger window. Moments later, a second object flew from the window.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the 24-year-old stopped, picked up the cats and took them to a local animal clinic where his mother works.

Staff at the veterinary hospital told police the cats checked out OK. They were able to identify the animals -- Tubbs, the white feline who deaf, and Mambo, a tiger-patterned kitty -- and their owner through microchips implanted in the pets.

Woman loses $4,500 in scam over Facebook

Woman loses $4,500 in scam over Facebook

A Madison woman lost $4,500 when she was contacted on Facebook by a scam artist who convinced her she had won $1 million.

The 70-year-old east side woman told police she was first contacted on March 1 and was told she won a Publishers Clearing House drawing.

She was initially contacted on Facebook and then received numerous text messages and phone calls.

She was told that to receive the prize she first needed to pre-load MoneyPak cards and was given various reasons for the request.

The woman took out 10 cards and gave the security code to the criminals before she realized she had been ripped off.

Publishers Clearing House confirmed the woman had not won a prize and advised her to call police.

Stranger follows 2 girls on Topaz Lane, police say

Stranger follows 2 girls on Topaz Lane, police say

Police said a stranger followed and called out to two girls walking on the east side Wednesday night.

The Madison Police Department said a 13-year-old and an 8-year-old girl were walking on Topaz Lane at 6:51 p.m. when a man they didn't know was waving a hand in the air and shouting to them. The girls told police they didn't understand what the man had shouted.

The girls went to the home of a trusted adult and called police.

According to the report, the girls told police they saw the same man on an earlier date driving a maroon-colored car. One of the girls thought the man may have been drunk.

The man was described as white, between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet tall with a thin build, police said. He had dark hair, a small scar under his left eye and was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, blue jeans and black shoes.

Police investigate garbage can explosion

Police investigate garbage can explosion

Madison police and fire officials are investigating an explosion in a city parks department garbage can.

A resident in the 200 block of Shady Leaf Road reported the sound of an explosion at 10:49 p.m. The caller said the sound shook the house.

Police found an approximately 44-gallon steel garbage can in Door Creek Park that had contained garbage that was shredded by an explosive device placed inside.

The caller gave police the license information of a vehicle that left a nearby parking lot moments after the explosion.

A special police investigator and fire investigator were assigned to the case.

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2 allegedly involved in violent home invasion back in court

2 allegedly involved in violent home invasion back in court

Two of the six suspects connected to last month's violent home invasion were back in court Tuesday morning.

Kristopher Hughes faces eight felonies, including first-degree sexual assault and armed robbery.

The 20-year-old waived his right to a preliminary hearing and the court entered a not guilty plea.

He's being held on a $50,000 bond.

Demarco Mallit also entered a not guilty plea. He's accused of two felonies, including attempting to conceal items taken during the robbery and harboring a felon.

After three Madison police officers testified, a judge determined there is enough evidence for Mallit to stand trial.

The other four suspects allegedly involved in the home invasion were in court last week.

Retiring police chief to head WPS security

Retiring police chief to head WPS security

After a decade leading the Middleton police force, Chief Brad Keil will retire his public service hat later this month for a figurative one working in corporate security.

WPS Health Insurance said in a news release Thursday that Keil was hired as manager of corporate facilities security. He begins the job March 31.

Capt. Chuck Foulke, a 33-year veteran of the Middleton police force, said the department is sad to see Keil leave.

"I think in general his entire staff has mixed feelings (because) we’re professionally and personally sad to see him go, but (the WPS position is) a very good opportunity for him," Foulke said. "(Keil is) going out on top."

Foulke and Middleton Police Commission President Bev Jambois both pointed to the department's recent accreditation through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, a state policing standards credentialing authority, as one of Keil's many accomplishments as police leader.