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Masked gunman robs Horseshoe bar, police say

Masked gunman robs Horseshoe bar, police say

Police said an east side bar was robbed by a masked gunman early Thursday.

The Madison Police Department said the masked robber entered the Horseshoe Bar on Dempsey Road at 12:38 a.m. and demanded money from the till. He fled on foot.

Witnesses told police he was armed with a handgun.

According to the report, the robber was between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a thin to average build and between 25 to 35 years old.

Man struck by Metro bus, dies

Man struck by Metro bus, dies

A 68-year-old man died after he got off a Metro bus and was hit Monday night, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the man was getting off the bus near East Washington Avenue and East Springs Street just before midnight when he fell into an area near the rear bus wheel and gutter. The bus driver stopped after the bus made contact and called police.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

"Apparently there's nothing this driver could have done to prevent what took place. It's a traffic accident where we had someone who was intoxicated, someone who was drinking on the bus," Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain said.

Bus video shows the man putting alcohol in his coffee on board, officials said. When he exited, he took several steps away from the bus, and then stumbled back into the path of the vehicle.

Suspected 'McGyver' bomb at school inert, authorities say

Suspected 'McGyver' bomb at school inert, authorities say

Authorities said a suspected "McGyver" bomb found near an east side Madison school Tuesday night turned out not to be a safety hazard. Police said the department did not believe students or staff at the school were in danger.

The Madison fire and police departments said a custodian found a suspicious plastic soda bottle at Hawthorne Elementary School on Concord Avenue at 7:11 p.m.

The fire department said the 20-ounce bottle of diet soda half full with a purple liquid was in the school's parking lot.

Police officers were first on scene first and coned off the area. A fire department hazardous incident team member thought the bottle appeared to be a "McGyver" bomb and that the purple liquid might be toilet bowl cleaner, according to a release from the fire department. Police said there have been cases where liquid-filled plastic bottle have contained harmful household chemicals which can explode under certain conditions.

FBI to host threat-response training at East Towne Mall

FBI to host threat-response training at East Towne Mall

The FBI will be holding a training exercise with local law enforcement teams at East Towne Mall Sunday night, according to a release.

The Milwaukee Division of the FBI will host a training exercise to simulate a complex incident in a public venue, officials said. The exercise will be at East Towne Mall after normal business hours.

The FBI is partnering with federal, state and local law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and the private sector to conduct exercises at local malls across the country as the final phase of the Complex Mall Attack Initiative, according to the release. The initiative was developed to promote preparedness.

In 2013 all FBI field offices hosted discussions with public safety and private sector partners that focused on preparedness, response and recovery effort necessary to address a complex attack, officials said.

Citizens take away keys of alleged drunken driver

Citizens take away keys of alleged drunken driver

A Madison man was arrested on Madison?s east side for his fifth drunken driving offense, officials said.

Police responded to the 2600 block of South Stoughton Road around 2:20 p.m. on April 10 for reports of an intoxicated driver, according to a release.

Witnesses told police Paul Borman, 49, parked his vehicle in an odd way, and reported that his vehicle was blocking the entry and exit of other vehicles attempting to access a commercial parking lot.

Borman was seen getting out of his vehicle, staggering and stumbling forward, according to the release. Witnesses thought alcohol might be involved so they took his keys to stop him from driving.

Police said they could smell alcohol more than 5 feet away from Borman when they were talking with him.

Some alcohol cans were found inside Borman?s vehicle and he was taken into custody, according to the release. He was arrested on tentative charges of his fifth-offense operating while intoxicated.

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.