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Police find explosive more powerful than TNT in downtown home

Police seized an illegal explosive material that is more powerful than TNT from a downtown residence Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Madison police said they were alerted to possible explosive materials in a downtown residence by the building?s maintenance and management team, according to the criminal complaint. Police were given pictures showing chemistry-type items including chemicals, a filtration system, beakers, a gas mask and possible fuse material.

MPD seized the materials from the residence on the 10 block of North Brooks Street just after 2 p.m. on Saturday after officers found items and documents indicating the manufacturing of an explosive device, officials said. Andrew T. Cockerham told police he used the lab to create homemade rockets to shoot off in an open land area near his home in Wauwatosa.

UWPD contacts 'unsuspecting' people in 'inappropriate' pictures

The University of Wisconsin Police Department captain who was fired amidst an internal investigation allegedly took inappropriate pictures of the public, officials said.

Capt. Peter Ystenes was terminated March 12 for violations of department policies that the department became aware of a few weeks earlier.

Ystenes' use of department equipment was excessive, inappropriate and violated several work rules and department values, according to a release. Investigators said Ystenes had intentionally and repeatedly taken numerous photographs of unsuspecting coworkers and members of the public.

Officials said none of the pictures contain any nudity, but they are still inappropriate.

UW police spokesperson Marc Lovicott said members of the public are being contacted if they appeared in the photos, and the department will work with them if they decide to pursue criminal charges.

Water lateral letters not from city of Madison

Letters sent to Madison residents offering water lateral insurance are not from the city or Madison Water Utility, according to utility officials.

The utility said many residents have received letters from HomeServe USA that are part of a sales campaign.

Utility officials said it's a good idea to read the fine print before buying any insurance policy and to check with your current homeowner's insurance to see if lateral damage is already covered.

The city partnered with a company called Service Line Warranties last year to offer insurance for sewer lines.

Birthday bash beating based on bad beats

A Madison woman is sought by police after she beat a disc jockey over his choice of music at a birthday party early Sunday morning, police say.

The DJ at the party held at Brocach Irish Pub at 7 W. Main St. told police the women began yelling about his song selection. Partygoers were able to pull her away, but she broke free.

Police said the 32-year-old DJ was punched several times in the head and got a scratch on his face. His laptop computer, headphones and microphone were smashed, tossed and broken.

Witnesses told police the 34-year-old woman was pulled away again and grabbed a glass and threw it at the DJ's head. He ducked and it struck a window sending pieces of glass everywhere, police said.

The DJ said he wasn?t sure what he played to make the woman angry.
The woman left before police arrived and she remains at large.

Cash, jewelry taken from apartment, police say

A safe, large amount of cash, jewelry and electronics were taken from a downtown apartment and a man was beaten in targeted burglary, according to a release from Madison police.

A 19-year-old man told police returned to his apartment in the 500 block of West Johnson Street early Sunday morning to find his roommate beaten and valuables taken.

The 19-year-old roommate said he was drunk and sleeping when he was injured and didn?t recall what happened.

Detectives said they believe the apartment was targeted.

Man makes suggestive comments toward woman, beats husband, police say

A 28-year-old Madison man was beaten early Sunday morning when a stranger attacked him after the stranger made suggestive remarks toward his wife, police said.

The 28-year-old was walking in a parking lot in the 400 block of West Gilman Street around 3 a.m. with his wife and several other couples, according to a release. A stranger started making suggestive comments toward the man?s wife, which led to an argument and a fight.

The 28-year-old told police he was punched in the face and thrown to the ground. He believes he was also beaten by other people with the primary attacker, police said. He told police the main attacker slashed one of his tires.

The attackers fled in a car that was parked in the same parking lot, according to the release.

Police said the man was transported to a local hospital, and suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Police have ?concerns? about explosive materials found in residence

Madison police detectives are continuing to investigate the materials found in a downtown Madison residence Saturday.

Officials said MPD has concerns about some of the materials seized from a residence on the 10 block of North Brooks Street just after 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Police have requested help from the FBI, the Dane County Sheriff?s Office Bomb Squad and the Wisconsin National Guard 54th Civil Support Team, according to a release.

On Saturday, officers found items and documents indicating the manufacturing of an explosive device. Police arrested 20-year-old Andrew T. Cockerham on suspicion of possession of an explosive device.

Cockerham has told investigators that he is involved in amateur design, constructing and launching of rockets, and that chemistry is one of his hobbies.

University of Wisconsin officials said Cockerham is a former student who studied chemical engineering.