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Resident finds gunshot damage in wall, window

A Madison home suffered damage from gunfire early Wednesday morning.

A 24-year-old resident at a home in the 900 block of Chapel Hill Road called police at 12:24 a.m. after hearing a noise and finding a gunshot hole in a wall and in the front window of his living room.

Police said the shot appeared to be fired from the street, but the victim didn't hear or see any people or vehicles outside the home.

Police said they believe the victim's home was a random target.


Three Madison streets targeted for speeders

Madison police will be paying special attention to traffic enforcement in specific areas of the city this week.

Special patrols will be placed in the following areas:

  • Tuesday at the 100 block of John Nolen Drive (Speed enforcement - 35 mph zone)

  • Wednesday at 1200 Northport Drive (Speed enforcement - 35 mph zone)

  • Thursday at 1800 Fish Hatchery Road (Speed enforcement 30 mph zone)

Madison police said they rely on the cooperation of the public to be aware of and to follow all traffic laws, whether as a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorist.

Motorists are reminded to drive safely and to buckle seat belts.

Two police squad cars involved in crash

Two Madison police officers are recovering after a minor crash Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened during rush hour on Gammon Road near the Beltline and caused traffic delays.

Madison police said the officers were transporting a retail theft suspect to jail when one squad car rear ended the other.

Police said when one officer stopped quickly in heavy traffic the second squad car rear-ended the first car at slow speed.

The officers and the suspect were treated and released for minor neck and back pain, according to police.

Madison police said they are investigating.

Middleton man charged with sex assault of child

A Middleton man who is a former church music director has been charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child.

James A. "Alex" Gillespie, 48, of Middleton, stood silent Thursday during his initial appearance in Dane County Circuit Court.

Middleton police said the victim, a 14-year-old boy, is the victim in another local sexual assault case involving a Mount Horeb police lieutenant living in Madison.

Late nights at Gillespie's condo in the 5500 block of Century Avenue prompted neighbors to grow suspicious.

"They're concerned about young men, boys, in his apartment late at night, coming and going, and they expressed those concerns to us," said Capt. Charles Foulke, of the Middleton Police Department.

The criminal complaint said the victim told police, "Yeah, we did something." He went on to tell detectives that Gillespie performed oral sex on him on several occasions, according to the complaint.

Another man accused of sexually assaulting boy, 14

A Middleton man who is a former church music director and a Mount Horeb police officer are accused of sexually assaulting the same 14-year-old boy.

Middleton police said James A. "Alex" Gillespie, 48, of Middleton, is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Dane County Circuit Court Thursday on charges of sexual assault of a child.

The victim is a 14-year-old boy who had been missing from his Beloit home since October 2012, according to a Middleton Police Department news release.

Middleton police said the boy had been living with Dennis Jenks, a Mount Horeb police officer, on Raymond Road in Madison until contacted by Middleton detectives on Feb. 13.

Middleton detectives said they notified Madison police of the relationship between the victim and Jenks and then developed probable cause to charge Gillespie.

Gillespie is suspected of assaulting the victim in his home on Century Avenue, Middleton police said.

24 catalytic converters reported stolen

Madison police said they have identified 24 cases in which thieves have stolen catalytic converters from parked vehicles since late December.

The thefts in the greater Madison area are mostly from Toyotas, according to police. Four of the vehicles are 4-Runners and five vehicles are Tacoma pickup trucks.

The victimized vehicles have been most frequently been parked near businesses, apartment complexes and workplaces. Police said the thefts have occurred in Monona, Fitchburg and in all Madison police districts, except the south district.

Police said the catalytic converters contain precious metals thieves try to sell at scrap yards.

Thieves tend to target SUVs and trucks because they are easier to crawl under. Police said the thieves seem to like some Toyota models for that reason, and also because there is reportedly a larger quantity of precious metals in certain catalytic converters.

Security officer attacked by alleged shoplifters

A Boston Store security officer told Madison police he took a punch to the face when he confronted one of two alleged shoplifters at the West Towne Mall store.

The 28-year-old victim told police two women grabbed an empty bag from behind a checkout area Tuesday afternoon and filled it with hundreds of dollars? worth of merchandise.

He said they also took power toothbrushes and tried to return them for cash or credit. He said he blocked the transaction and tried to stop them after they left the store with stolen merchandise.

One of the women, Tara Hatter, 37, of Madison pushed him and punched him, according to the security guard. He was not hurt.

Shoppers directed police to the area in the mall where the security officer was trying to keep the women from leaving, according to police.

Hatter was arrested on suspicion of retail theft, disorderly conduct and on a probation hold.