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Teen cited for firing pellet gun Sunday

A 16-year-old Madison boy was cited for discharging a firearm on Sunday, after a concerned citizen contacted police.

Madison police said the citizen had seen a teen with a gun following a woman into a residence on the 7000 block of Tree Lane about 6 p.m. Officers found the woman, who said the teen was helping her move some furniture. She told police she noticed the teen had a pellet gun tucked in his waistband and she had asked him to put it away before they moved her dresser.

Police said the firearm had no markings to indicate it was a pellet gun. The teen told police he bought the pellet gun on the street the day before. He told police he had been shooting at trees and bottles just before going into the woman's apartment.

Madison police also gave the teen a citation, because no one under the age of 16 can be armed with a firearm/pellet gun.

Heat prompts Madison schools to open pools to public

Madison School & Community Recreation made a big splash Thursday by opening its pools for a free swim.

Madison East, Memorial and LaFollette high schools let the public use their pools to take a break from the heat.

The pools were opened for a few hours throughout the day when they weren?t being used for swimming lessons.

But, the heat caused MSCR to cancel all other recreational activities.

?We're just trying to find ways to stay cool and Madison, my boyfriend's daughter, has been wanting to bike and things outside so this is a much cooler activity,? said Karen Tiedt at the LaFollette High School pool.

Each session attracted up to 75 swimmers, according to MSCR officials.

Pools were also open Tuesday evening.

MSCR officials said they don?t know if the pools will be open again for another free swim during this heat wave.

Air conditioner stolen during heat wave

A resident on Madison's west side told police her window air conditioning unit was stolen early Saturday morning.

The 21-year-old woman came home before 3 a.m. to her Tree Lane apartment to discover it had been burglarized, according to police.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry and the air conditioner was the only stolen item.

Madison woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

A Madison woman was arrested after police said she stabbed her boyfriend in the stomach on Saturday.

Melissa Agunloye, 26, faces a charge of first-degree reckless endangerment.

Police were called to the 5800 block of Russett Road about 2:20 a.m. and found the injured 28-year-old Madison man.

Police said the victim was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening stab wound.

City worried about trees in extreme heat

The intense dry weather is posing such a threat to greenery that the city of Madison is working overtime to save some of its newly planted trees.

Over the past year, the city has planted about 1,000 new trees, totaling upwards of $180,000.

City officials said the last thing they want is for that investment to wilt away.

"Getting less than an inch (of rain) for the whole month of June, we've had to keep crews out here continually," said Dean Kahl, forestry operations supervisor for the city of Madison. "(We're) spending basically more time in June watering trees than the last two years combined at this point."

Linda Barcz from the Bruce Company said with this weather, it seems more people are worried about their brown lawns than their trees.

Barcz said this is a big problem because the first five years of a tree's life in the ground are the most important for its development.


West side neighborhoods on alert after burglaries

A rash of residential burglaries has police on Madison's west side on high alert.

Madison police said the Ice Age and Glacier Ridge neighborhoods on Madison's far west side have been the target of break-ins nearly every day for the past two and a half weeks.

Resident John Romadka was shocked when he caught two of the burglars in the act. A week ago last Sunday, his home surveillance system recorded two men outside his home at 3:30 a.m. One was at the front door, trying to get into his home.

Romadka's family was inside sleeping. He was out of town for work at the time.

"I don't even want to think about ... if my wife didn't have the doors locked," Romadka said.

After a short time, the two suspected burglars are seen in the video leaving, heading to the house next door.

Madison leaders urge people to use cooling centers

City of Madison leaders are encouraging residents who need relief from the heat to use city cooling centers.

Cooling centers are at Warner Park and at the Monona Terrace location that have cots for 60 people.

The cooling center at the Warner Park recreation center will remain open until noon Saturday, when the temperatures are expected to drop.

The cooling center at the Monona Terrace will be open until 8 a.m. Friday, then switch over to the Madison Senior Center through noon Saturday at 330 West Mifflin St.

Officials said there is food and water at the cooling centers, and Madison Metro is providing free rides to the Monona Terrace and Warner Park locations.

For the second consecutive day, the temperature has reached triple digits in Madison on Thursday. For the fourth consecutive day, Madison has set a record high temperature.