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Chief: 20-year-old Verona Road shooting victim stable

Madison police Chief Mike Koval said a man who was found shot in a parking lot off Verona Road Saturday morning is in stable condition Saturday afternoon.

Madison police said officers responded to a report of an injured man outside AutoZone at about 10:45 a.m.

According to the report, a vehicle pulled into the AutoZone parking lot and a wounded 20-year-old man got out. An AutoZone employee provided first aid to the injured man and another called police.

Koval said during a news conference Saturday afternoon that the man had a gunshot wound in his lower back and was in stable condition as of about 1:30 p.m. after undergoing surgery. Police said the injury was non-life-threatening. The aid that AutoZone employees rendered to the injured man was ?tremendously important,? Koval said.

Another 20-year-old man, who police are calling a person of interest, fled from the scene and was later taken into custody by Fitchburg police on the 3300 clock of Westview Lane.

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Madison mayor candidates tackle downtown issues

With incumbent Mayor Paul Soglin away on the East Coast on city business, his opponents took the podium at the Concourse Hotel Thursday night. The forum was focused on issues in downtown Madison.

Richard Brown, an accountant and former Dane County supervisor, stressed a strong fiscal backbone and faith-based connections in the community.

"We're going to do this through strong fiscal policy and partnerships and collaboration. I want to be your mayor because I've been placed in this situation just for a time like this. My background has done a lot of things," Brown said.

Christopher Daly talked about his activism and his desire to establish a public bank for the city of Madison to protect citizens from a pending economic downfall. He mentioned economic, social and environmental sustainability as important points on his platform.

WISC-TV executive, Madison business leader dies

George Nelson, a Madison business and community leader instrumental in the building of major civic projects, died Wednesday night. He was 76.

Nelson was a Morgan Murphy Media vice president for administration and finance for the Evening Telegram Company, the parent company of WISC-TV.

"George was as proud of WISC as we were of him," said Morgan Murphy Media President and CEO Elizabeth Murphy Burns. "He was an integral part of the community he loved and Channel 3. He will be missed by his family, his many friends, Madison, the station and me."

Madison committee approves study on police body cams

Police officers in Madison are one meeting closer to wearing body cameras.

Members of the city's Board of Estimates unanimously voted to recommend a $30,000 study and ad hoc committee to take a closer look at how police body cameras would work in Madison. The proposal would also hire a project manager to oversee the process.

The proposal was put on the fast track by its authors, bypassing both the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Public Safety Review Committee to make it to the Board of Estimate Monday night. Alders said that was necessary to ensure the proposal reached City Council in a timely manner, allowing for the study to take place this summer.

While board members approved of the proposal Monday night, some voiced concern the move may be too fast for those still questioning cameras.

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Mad City Pond Hockey returns for 2nd year

This time last year, temperatures were 20 to 30 below zero, but they didn't keep hockey fans away from the Mad City Pond Championships.

The Mad City Pond Hockey Championships returned to Vilas Park Lagoon this weekend.

Organizers have prepared for months to make sure the groundwork was set by this weekend. They put the finishing touches on the nine rinks on Friday, setting up 3-foot nets and getting their homemade Zambonis ready.

"For one weekend out of the year we want to bring the whole hockey community down here and get together and have a blast," organizer Brad Mastenbrook said.

Mastenbrook, who coached hockey in the area for nearly 20 years, said the event showcases Madison's lakes and reminds hockey fans of more carefree days.

"Like it was when you were out on the ice ?til late at night and your mom told you had to be home at 10 o'clock and you're playing under the light. So it's a blast out here," Mastenbrook said.

Police: Woman duped by overseas 'fiance'

A Madison woman lost $1,600 to an overseas scam artist who wanted to ship her an engagement ring.

The woman is in her 60s and on a fixed income. She told police she was corresponding with a suitor who called himself Matt Campbell for months via Facebook. The scammer told her he needed a box to ship her an engagement ring, and she wired the money.

The scammer responded by telling her that she was now involved in a money laundering criminal syndicate and that she would be exposed to the authorities if she did not send more cash.

Police urge caution when sending money to other countries to people they have never met.

Crane removal will close West Dayton, North Henry streets 4 days

Crane removal will close West Dayton, North Henry streets 4 days

The dismantling of a tower crane in downtown Madison will close West Dayton and North Henry streets Thursday through Sunday, according to a release.

Starting Thursday at 7 a.m., contractors will be dismantling the tower crane adjacent to Madison Fire Station No. 1, officials said.

The 300 block of West Dayton Street between North Henry Street and North Broom Street and the 100 and 200 blocks of North Henry Street will be closed to through traffic through the end of the work day on Sunday, according to the release.

Local vehicle access to residences and the Overture Center parking garage in the 300 block of West Dayton Street will stay open from the west at all times, officials said. Pedestrian traffic will also be allowed on the south side of West Dayton Street and to all residences during the closure.

Officials encourage motorists and bicyclists to use alternate routes to avoid delays during the closure.