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Man arrested after driving wrong way down one-way, police say

A Madison man is facing a series of tentative charges after police say he was driving the wrong way on the 100 block of Wilson Street early Monday morning.

Frank Hernandez Quinoes, 22 of Madison, was driving the wrong way on Wilson Street around 1 a.m. when an officer heard the horn of another oncoming car while on patrol, according to a report from Madison police.

According to the report, an intoxicated Quinoes swerved out of the way and stuck his arm out the window, flashing the other driver his middle finger.

Police said the officer started to chase Quinoes, but stopped after Quinoes ran several red lights. According to the release, he was driving at speeds between 65 and 75 mph.

He then pulled over on Davidson Street, got out of his car and started running, police said.

A different officer was able to find and tackle Quinoes on the 3900 block of Dempsey Road.

Officer injured breaking up fight on University Avenue

A second officer then used an electronic control device to subdue the man, according to the report.

During the fight, the suspect's girlfriend grabbed the second officer's belt multiple times. They were both arrested after the incident.

While the incident was happening the large surrounding crowd surged at the officers who were forced to use pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

Travis B. Heffel, 32 of Fitchburg, was arrested for battery to law enforcement officers and resisting. Amanda M. Havens, 22 of Madison, was arrested for attempting to disarm a peace officer, resisting and disorderly conduct.

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Woman knocked down, iPhone stolen on Langdon Street, officials say

A Madison woman had her iPhone stolen early Saturday morning on the 100 block of Langdon Street, according to a release.

The 19-year-old was texting while walking alone down Langdon Street around 1:40 a.m. when the robber snatched her iPhone from her, according to the release.

Officials said the robber approached the girl from behind and then jumped into a maroon, four-door car.

The girl said she could see two other men inside the getaway vehicle, according to the release.

The robber is described as a black male with a medium build.

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Woman attacked, robbed

Woman attacked, robbed

A Madison woman required staples to close two head wounds after a beating and robbery early Saturday morning, according to police.

The 27-year-old victim told police she was walking home from the State Street area on South Shore Drive when a man came running after her. She said she believed he was armed with a bat, and she has no memory of the attack.

The woman's cellphone and debit card were missing, according to police.

Police: Pair of home burglaries likely linked

Police: Pair of home burglaries likely linked

Two home burglaries reported on the same street are probably related, according to Madison police.

Police were called to a home in the 1900 block of Jefferson Street at 11:15 a.m. Monday when a 75-year-old woman returned home to find her front-door window pane smashed out. Officers said they believe the burglar was interrupted and left through the back door empty-handed.

Later the same day a couple called police when it returned to its home in the 1700 block of Jefferson Street to find glass broken out the front door. Police said several thousand dollars worth of jewelry were taken.

Police said the timing, proximity and nature of the crimes suggests the burglaries are related.

Heimsness to resign Nov. 23 as part of settlement

Heimsness to resign Nov. 23 as part of settlement

Officer Steven Heimsness has agreed to resign from the Madison Police Department Nov. 23, according to a release.

Police Chief Noble Wray has agreed to withdraw the charges against Heimsness filed with the City of Madison Police and Fire Commission on June 21, according to the release. It is also agreed that no additional charges will be filed against Heimsness unless he is still employed by MPD after Nov. 23.

Heimsness was on administrative leave until Sunday, according to the release.

Starting Monday, Heimsness? duty status has been changed to sick leave, and he will continue in sick leave paid status until the approval of his Duty Disability Retirement application or the end of business Nov. 23, whichever comes first, according to the release.

Madison's fireworks regulations tight

Madison's fireworks regulations tight

While fireworks may be the first thing to come to mind during the Fourth of July, Madison ordinance strictly prohibits certain kinds of pyrotechnics within its city limits.

Travis Knight, manager at Cornellier Fireworks Tent in Fitchburg, has been selling fireworks for nearly a decade and knows the rules when it comes to pyrotechnics in Madison.

"I've liked fireworks since I was a young boy, so it was just a natural fit," he said. "Now I'm older, and I still love fireworks."

Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez explained that nearly all fireworks are prohibited within city limits.

"It's illegal if it goes up in the air or has a fuse," Galvez said.

Only sparklers, snakes, caps and party poppers are allowed for use within Madison. Knight is required to sell his stock on the edge of town in neighboring suburbs, where firework regulations aren't as stringent.