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Fake bills used in 2 east side purchases, officials say

Fake bills used in 2 east side purchases, officials say

Madison police are investigating two cases where fake $50 bills were used to pay for products, according to a release.

A Sun Prairie man was given six $50 bills for a laptop he was selling through Craigslist, according to the release.

Officials said the man met the buyer at Marcus Eastgate Cinemas at 5202 High Crossing Boulevard on July 29 around 8:30 p.m.

The buyer said something about catching a movie and left before the Sun Prairie man discovered the bills all had the same serial number and were smaller than real money, according to the release.

Officials said another set of phony $50 bills were passed at the BP gas station at 735 E. Washington Ave. on July 15.

Two of the bills had the same serial numbers and all of the bills didn?t feel like real U.S. currency, according to the release.

BB lodged in hand after teen shot from car

BB lodged in hand after teen shot from car

A Sun Prairie man suffered an injury to his hand after he told police he was shot with a small pellet walking on the west side.

The Madison Police Department said an 18-year-old showed up at a local hospital with a BB lodged in his hand Tuesday.

The teen told Madison police he was shot while walking on McKenna Boulevard on Monday at about 11:28 p.m.

He told officers a passenger in a slow-moving car fired several rounds from a BB gun, and he later realized one hit his hand.

Police said the teen couldn't provide a description of the car or the shooter.

Former bishop waives hearing in hit-and-run case

Former bishop waives hearing in hit-and-run case

The former Lutheran bishop accused of driving under the influence in a deadly crash is bound over for trial.

Bruce Burnside waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. The 59-year-old is accused of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and hit-and-run in connection with a crash that killed Sun Prairie jogger Maureen Mengelt on April 7.

A criminal complaint said his preliminary breath test indicated a blood-alcohol level of .128.

Burnside’s next court date has not been set.

Police, pharmacies, clinics accepting unwanted prescriptions

Police, pharmacies, clinics accepting unwanted prescriptions

Prescriptions contribute to accidental poisonings, Dane County's largest injury-related cause of death  

Police, pharmacies and clinics are drawing awareness to National Prescription Take Back Day, happening Friday and Saturday at several locations.

The goal of the collection day is to reduce the number of expired, unused and unwanted medicine.

Poisoning deaths are more common than automobile deaths in Dane County. Unused prescriptions contribute to accidental poisonings, the number one cause of injury-related death, according to the Middleton Police Department.

A statement by Middleton police emphasized pain medications as an especially dangerous prescription group.

Police find stolen vehicle, return to owner

Police find stolen vehicle, return to owner

Police said a vehicle the department had been looking for was located.

In a statement at about 1 a.m. Saturday, police said the 2007 Buick Lacrosse had been returned to its owner.

The Sun Prairie Police Department asked for public assistance in locating a stolen vehicle in an alert Friday just after 4 p.m.

A police statement described the vehicle as a maroon-colored with a plate identification of 515AUF.

Sun Prairie police seek stolen vehicle

Sun Prairie police seek stolen vehicle

The Sun Prairie Police Department is asking for public assistance in locating a vehicle stolen Monday.

A police statement described the vehicle as a maroon-colored 2007 Buick Lacrosse. The plate identification is 515AUF.

If spotted, authorities ask witnesses not to contact or approach the occupants. Anyone with information can call the Sun Prairie Communications Center at 608-837-7336.

Sun Prairie Police Department offering free gun locks

Sun Prairie Police Department offering free gun locks

The Sun Prairie Police Department is offering free cable gun locks to residents.

In a news release, the department said that the number one cause of violent death in Dane County is suicide.

“We lose 50-70 people each year to suicide and many of these deaths could be prevented by the use of gun locks, which create a safer environment by giving people in crisis an opportunity to reflect and not make an impulsive decision,” said Chief of Police Patrick Anhalt in a statement.

The police department is offering locks for pickup at the following locations: City Hall Police Department, the Westside Community Building Police Department, the Sun Prairie Public Library, and the School District Office on Bird Street.

No identification or additional information are required, according to the statement.