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UW midwives mark 25 years 'catching' babies

At UW Health's West Clinic, there are a group of women who have given the phrase "good catch" new meaning.

"We catch babies, we don't deliver them. Mamas deliver them, we catch," explained Melissa Kaminsky, a certified nurse midwife.

Before her interview, Kaminsky met with mom Emily Johnson and 6-week-old Miles, part of post partum care.

"How are you doing now? Are you getting much sleep?" Kaminsky asked Johnson. She replied, "About as much as you can get."

Kaminsky is one of eight midwives with the UW Nurse Midwifery Service, a program marking its 25th year of service, the profession has been going on for ages.

"Because it is such an old profession I think some people think it's based on having been taught or learned from mothers and grandmothers. All of us are nurses who have masters degrees or doctorate degrees.

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Two men charged in west side armed robbery

Madison police said two teenagers have been charged with armed robbery after they allegedly robbed a west side convenience store late Monday night.

Police said the incident happened at the PDQ store in the 7700 block of Mineral Point Road around 10:15 p.m. Monday.

According to police, the two men entered the store with their faces covered and the hoods of their sweatshirts pulled up over their heads. Police said one of the men pointed a silver semi-automatic handgun at the clerk and ordered her to stand against the wall. The man then accessed the drop safe and grabbed an undetermined amount of cash, according to police. Police said the men took off on foot down South High Point Road.

Soon after, a Madison police officer found two men consistent with the description of the men involved in the robbery near Sears at the West Towne Mall and stopped them. Police said both men were taken into custody and eventually gave full confessions.

2-year-old falls from 2nd-floor balcony

A 2-year-old boy was taken to a hospital after falling from a second-floor apartment balcony Sunday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police.

Witnesses told police the child slid between railing slats and tumbled to the ground shortly after noon in the 5800 block of Raymond Road. An officer in the area on another call came to help.

The boy?s mother was found and went to the emergency room.

The boy suffered apparent minor injuries.

MSCR hosts superhero training camp

A training camp for little Madison residents to become superheroes and save the city is scheduled for Oct. 4, according to a release.

A participating adult needs to attend with each hero-in-training, organizers said. Participants will work with their adult partner to try challenges, training trials and activities to become a superhero.

Each youth and adult helper will receive a cape and special super powers.

Madison School and Community Recreation will be holding the Superhero Training Camp at the Kennedy Elementary School playground at 221 Meadowlark Drive. The rain date is Oct. 5.

The program is for children ages 4-10, and runs from 1-3 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. Participants must register online.

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Police: Man flashes gun at woman who honked

A Middleton man was arrested Friday for flashing a gun at a woman who honked at him near Mineral Point Road and the Beltline, Madison police said.

Robert Conner, 52, allegedly flashed a gun at another driver when she honked her horn at him because he cut her off during a turning maneuver around 4:15 p.m., according to a release.

Conner allegedly followed the victim and flashed a gun while driving, police said. He was later found at his home, and the gun used in the incident was recovered.

Conner was arrested on a tentative disorderly conduct while armed charge.

Woman injured when SUV strikes building

A woman was injured when her SUV was struck and sent into an apartment building, according to a release from Madison police.

Police were called to the intersection of Midvale Boulevard and Nakoma Road around 9 a.m. Friday when an SUV struck another SUV that then struck an apartment at 1217 S. Midvale Blvd.

A 70-year-old woman in the car was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The exterior of the building and a gas meter were damaged. The crash also caused a gas leak.

The SUV that caused the initial crash was driven from the scene and found unoccupied on Oneida Place.

Editor's note: This story was updated after police clarified details from the original report. There were two vehicles involved in the incident.

Chief Koval talks pot after massive marijuana bust

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said the massive marijuana bust announced Thursday was so significant in scope that it ?couldn?t be denied or overlooked?.� In that situation, drug investigators uncovered $1 million in pot and more than 1100 pounds of marijuana plants.

?At the end of the day, even those of us who look at the legalization or regulation of marijuana for casual possession, it?s not contrary or inconsistent with this massive drug arrest that we made over the course of the last 24 hours,? Koval said.

Koval said while he is not in the business of promoting drug and alcohol use to youth, he said it?s time for Wisconsin to seriously look at legalizing marijuana across the state.

?Perhaps it?s time to reopen a vigorous public policy discussion on what it could do to legalize the causal possession effects of marijuana,? Koval said.