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Chicago homicide suspect arrested in area hotel

A suspect in a Chicago homicide is behind bars after he was arrested in a Dane County hotel early Saturday morning.

Sheriff's deputies were tipped off that 23-year-old Omar Dixon, of Chicago, who was wanted in connection with an incident on Jan. 14, was staying at the Magnuson Grand Hotel in Blooming Grove.

According to a report, Dixon was considered armed and dangerous.

Crews surrounded the suspect's room, and took Dixon into custody without incident around 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

Dixon is currently being held in the Dane County Jail on a warrant for first-degree murder.

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Call letter contest to name Monona's new radio station closes

A contest to name the city of Monona's new low-power FM radio station is complete.

Contestants submitted more than 100 entries and expressed interest in being involved in the station's future.

The ctiy will announce the contest winner at a public meeting on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Monona Community Center.

In a news release Monday, Mayor Bob Miller said he looks forward to the new station and what it can bring to the community.

“Citizens of Monona will have a wonderful platform to express themselves, while also receiving information about Monona events, city plans, and most importantly, public safety information," he said. He also sees the station as an opportunity for residents outside of Monona to experience the city.

According to Monona resident and chair of the Radio Committee Lindsay Wood Davis, the station will be "hyper-local" and completely volunteer.

K-9 helps police track, arrest robbery suspect

A suspected robber was in custody Tuesday morning after police said a police dog team tracked him down shortly after the alleged incident in Monona.

Monona Police Chief Walter Ostrenga said the department responded to a report of a robber at the Anchor Bank at 6501 Monona Drive at 8:34 a.m. The robber implied he had a gun but none was displayed.

Dane County Sheriff's deputies, Monona police, Madison police responded along with K-9 Krahnie and his partner Officer Jim Donnell to track the suspect.

Police received a description of the robber, who was seen fleeing the bank on foot running south across Highway 12, according to the report.

Police said the K-9 team was able to track the suspected robber in the marsh south of Highway 12. Krahnie picked up the suspect's scent and found him hiding in the brush. Monona police said 30-year-old Corey O. Collier, of Chicago, was taken into custody Tuesday on a charge of robbery of a financial institution while armed.

MPD investigates shooting at Dutch Mill Park and Ride

Madison police are investigating a shooting at the Dutch Mill Park and Ride that injured one Monday afternoon, according to a release.

A 22-year-old man was in a parked vehicle with other men when an argument broke out around 1:45 p.m., officials said. During the argument a gun was fired, and the 22-year-old suffered a gunshot wound.

The 22-year-old was driven to a clinic in Monona and eventually transferred to a Madison hospital and underwent surgery, according to the release.

Madison police said the suspect is at large, but the shooting does not appear to be a random act.

Officials ask anyone with information on the shooting to contact Madison police.

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3 armed men enter Monona home, demand money

Three armed men entered a home in Monona Sunday night and demanded money from the people inside, according to a release from Monona police.

Officers were called to a home in the 6300 block of Winnequah Road at 7:02 p.m. on a report of an armed robbery. They found that the men entered the lower kitchen area of the home, confronted two of the occupants with guns and demanded money.

As family members came downstairs to investigate, the men ran to a vehicle that drove north toward the Winnequah and Bridge roads intersection.

All three men are described as black, 20-27 years old, were wearing black ski masks and black gloves. One man was 5 feet 6 inches tall with a heavy build and was wearing a red jacket, black T-shirt, dark jeans and possibly brown shoes. Another was 6 feet tall with a skinny build. He was wearing a gray winter jacket and black jeans. The third was 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a green jacket and dark jeans.

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