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Reward for stolen car leads to arrest

An 18-year-old Madison man was arrested after responding to a reward poster for a stolen car.

Madison police said a 44-year-old Madison woman had her car stolen when she left it running in a parking lot outside her residence last week. She put up reward posters around her apartment complex on North Thompson Drive offering $2,000.

A man called and offered to meet the woman near the Hy-Vee on East Washington Avenue Tuesday night. Police said he told the woman he could lead her to her stolen car and he had the key.

Police were there when the meeting happened and Lashaun D. Cole, 18, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and bail jumping.

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Man charged with OWI after getting car stuck on Lake Mendota

Madison police said a Madison man got his car stuck out on the ice on Lake Mendota Tuesday afternoon, and he now faces his third charge of operating a vehicle while Intoxicated.

The incident happened about 300 feet offshore from the Warner Park boat launch around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, officers contacted Jay Mottier, 50, after they found the car stuck in the ice when arrived.

Police found an open container of beer nearby and arrested Mottier on OWI charges, along with felony bail jumping.

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2 Einstein Bros. Bagel restaurants to close Tuesday

Two Madison-area Einstein Bros. Bagel restaurants will be closing Tuesday, according to a company representative.

The locations at 4515 Verona Road and 1738 Fordem Ave. are two of the 39 underperforming restaurants the company is closing Tuesday.

Madison’s three other locations at 652 State St., 2701 University Ave. and 3904 E. Washington Ave. will remain open.

“The company will continue to focus on its high-performing restaurants to ensure the future growth and success of the business,” a statement from the company said.

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Moonlight Movie Series to premiere in late February with "Frozen"

The Madison Parks Moonlight Movie Series will start Feb. 27 with a showing of the movie "Frozen."

Residents are encouraged to bring their families and blankets to Tenney Park for the movie showing at 6 p.m.

The movie showings will continue with other family-friendly classics, like "Battleship" and "The Incredibles," in the coming months at various Madison parks.

Madison Parks, Madison Mallards, the Madison Parks Foundation present the event, which is sponsored by Zimbrick Honda.

Lockdown lifted after shooting; 1 injured

The Madison College Truax campus was on lockdown after a reported shooting near the campus Friday afternoon.

Police were called to Interstate Blood and Plasma at 3521 Anderson Street at 1 p.m. for a report of a bullet that had been fired from a gun, according to Madison police.

Police said it appeared that a donor with a gun in his clothing accidentally discharged the weapon.

According to the blood bank's regional manager Brain Kauester, the victim was an employee, and was shot in the foot while in the restroom.

Police said the donor fled, and police are trying to locate him. According to Kauester, the man was a frequent donor, and the incident seems to be an accident.

According to police, the victim suffered a non-life-threatening wound.

The lockdown on campus was lifted at about 2:10 p.m.

Police said it doesn't appear the person directly threatened anyone or entered any schools.

East Washington Avenue hotels, motels form crime-fighting alliance

Aiming to decrease the number of crimes on their property, 24 hotels and motels on East Washington Avenue have partnered with police to share information about individuals they will not rent to, and assist in the arrest and prosecution of violators.

The businesses hope to decrease the amount of drug use, human trafficking and prostitution incidents in their rooms and parking lots.

"What we recognize is that a problem for one hotel is very likely a problem for all hotels," Madison police officer David Dexheimer said. "Our hope is that it develops into something that's self-sustaining between the hotels and the motels."

While antagonizers may currently be denied rooms at one place, they can take their business to another nearby hotel or motel.

By sharing troublemakers' information through an email exchange, Comfort Inn front desk supervisor Sandra Haire hopes to see less crime in general.