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Man’s death called ‘suspicious’

The death of a man found in his west side apartment is being called suspicious by Madison police.

Officers were called to an apartment in the 5000 block of Sheboygan Avenue at 11:01 a.m. Saturday after neighbors noticed piled-up newspapers outside the man’s apartment.

The man was later found dead inside the apartment.

Police said the cause of death is under investigation.

DA: Expect 48-hour notice on Robinson case decision

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Friday that he will give 48 hours' notice before he releases a decision on whether to charge a Madison police officer who shot Tony Robinson.

Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny shot Robinson on March 6. Police have said that Robinson attacked Kenny as the officer was responding to calls that Robinson had assaulted two people and was running in traffic.

Ozanne said he received final reports from the Division of Criminal Investigation and had a second meeting with the Medical Examiner's Office on Monday.

Sheriff: Midwest Horse Fair traffic may cause Beltline delays

Dane County officials are warning drivers of possible delays on the Beltline Friday morning because of extra traffic heading to the Midwest Horse Fair.

The Midwest Horse Fair starts Friday morning at the Alliant Energy Center, and hundreds of spectators and exhibitors are expected to be arriving during the morning commute, officials said.

Authorities expect east- and westbound lanes of the Beltline to be congested, according to the release.

Drivers heading to the event can access the Alliant Energy Center grounds via the Olin Avenue, Rusk Avenue or Rimrock Road gates, officials said. One lane of outbound John Nolen Drive and one southbound lane of Rimrock Road will be closed to help horse fair participants get onto the Alliant Energy grounds efficiently.

Madison Water Utility billing, water usage tracking site down since March

Madison Water Utility’s customer care page that gives customers access to their bills and water usage data has been down since March 10, officials said.

MWU’s Public Information Officer Amy Barrilleaux said the city’s IT department felt the site should undergo a security upgrade and has been working with the software vendor and a security vendor for the past several weeks to make that happen.

Police investigate property damage at synagogue

Police asked the public's help identifying a person from surveillance images suspected of damaging a Madison synagogue last weekend.

Madison police said at 2:12 a.m. Saturday, an unknown white male was seen on exterior security cameras footage intentionally causing damage to the Beth Israel Center at 1406 Mound St.

Police said investigators believe the suspect arrived at Beth Israel Center and fled the area in a vehicle.

The department said officers are investigating the damaged property as a potential hate crime.

Anyone with information connected to the identity of the person in the images is asked to contact Detective Roger Baker at 264-9271.

Information can also be given anonymously to Madison Area Crime Stoppers by calling 266-6041.

West Beltline Frontage road to be closed through mid-May

The West Beltline Frontage Road at Seminole Highway will be closed through mid-May for construction, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

The frontage road, between Whenona Drive and Seminole Highway, will close to through traffic Tuesday, officials said. Access will remain open to area businesses.

To help with the flow for Madison Metro buses, a temporary all-way stop will be installed at Seminole Highway and Milford Road, according to the release. Backups and delays are anticipated on Seminole Highway, especially during peak travel times.

Officials encourage drivers to use Verona Road as an alternate route.

2 seniors receive deputy-impersonator phone scam calls

Two Madison seniors received phone calls Thursday from a caller impersonating a Dane County deputy, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a 75-year-old woman and a 72-year-old woman, who live on opposite sides of the city, reported receiving phone calls from a person calling himself "Deputy Harris."

In one call, the impersonator told the woman that he was investigating some type of fraud, according to the report. The caller told the other woman that she owed money for a fine.

The "deputy" was using phone number 608-208-2078. Police said that shortly after the fraud attempts, the outgoing voice message for the phone line indicated that callers had reached the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the number was disconnected by Friday morning.