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Teen hits squad car, flees to Madison, crashes, flees

An 18-year-old man was arrested after driving a stolen truck into a squad car in Verona, fleeing into Madison, crashing again and fleeing police, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies said they were notified at about 8:30 p.m. Friday about a stolen truck entering Dane County from Iowa County. A Verona police officer located the truck in Verona and tried to pull it over when the truck backed into the squad car causing severe damage, according to the release. The officer was uninjured.

The truck drove off and was then pursued by several area law enforcement agencies, but the pursuit was called off because of high speed and the driver?s reckless driving, deputies said.

Dispatchers said they heard reports from several citizens about a reckless driver over an hour and a half. Officers said they tried again to stop the truck but it would speed away prompting officers to call off a pursuit.

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Stolen family heirloom, other items, returned to fraternity house

A theft at a fraternity house on the University of Wisconsin campus left one student without his most prized possession, a family heirloom that survived the Holocaust. But Friday, he received some good news.

Martin Weiss and his housemates were victims of a burglary Wednesday night. Among the electronics, cash and jewelry stolen was Weiss's Star of David necklace, a generations-old heirloom that survived the Holocaust.

"I felt just like a myriad of different emotions," Weiss said. "I was sad, I felt violated, sick to my stomach, emotionally drained. To have it ripped away from me, it was just something I couldn't believe."

Unbelievable to Martin as well is what happened Friday. Fraternity President Jacob Levin was leaving the house early when he stumbled across a backpack by the bike racks.

�"It was unzipped when I found it," Levin said. "I go inside, I open up all the pockets, and there is Martin's necklace."

Walnut Grove dog park to open

Starting Monday, Walnut Grove Park, 202 N. Westfield Road, joins seven other parks in the city of Madison as locations for a fenced dog exercise area.

Everyone and their dogs are invited to join Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp and the west side neighbors and dog owners for a special unveiling.

There will be an official 'ball toss' opening at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the park.

"Madison Parks in committed to providing safe places for dogs and their owners to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The city of Madison is proud to be ranked number 6 in the nation for off-leash dog parks by the Trust for Public Lands," said Knepp.

Click here to find out the dog park rules.

The cost of the Annual Permit is $30 and the daily permit is $5.

A theft at a fraternity house on the University of Wisconsin campus left one student without his most prized possession, a family heirloom that survived the Holocaust. But Friday, he received some good news.

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Man found with life-threatening head injuries outside tavern, police say

Man found with life-threatening head injuries outside tavern, police say

A 45-year-old man was found outside a downtown tavern with life-threatening injuries early Friday, police said.

The Madison Police Department said the injured man, who is not from Wisconsin, was found outside the Red Rock Saloon at 322 W. Johnson St. shortly after 2 a.m.

According to the report, officers believe the man was punched and then hit his head when he fell to the pavement.

Police said a vehicle carrying several people was pulled over a short time later on Mineral Point Road. Those individuals are being questioned by police but have not been arrested.

Police asked anyone with information about the battery to to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

Burglary victim just wants family heirloom returned

It was obvious the burglar was looking for something valuable, but when he took Martin Weiss? most prized piece of jewelry he didn?t know just how valuable it was.

?I'm hoping that 48 hours from now, somebody calls with amazing news, like I've got it back, I've got the pendant and I'm going to put it on and probably staple it to my chest,? Weiss said.

Wednesday morning, Madison police were called to the 600 block of North Henry Street. Police said a thief broke into two rooms in the Zeta Beta Tau house without anyone waking up.

The culprit was caught on surveillance cameras breaking in to the house.

?Certainly, we're going to monitoring the pawn shops because often times people try to turn an item of jewelry over,? Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain said. ?But for this individual and this individual's family, there is really no dollar value that you can put on this item. It's irreplaceable for them.?

UWPD: About 250 Union sunburst chairs stolen last year

UWPD: About 250 Union sunburst chairs stolen last year

University of Wisconsin police are asking community members to watch out for green, blue, orange or yellow Union chairs that may have been stolen, according to a release.

Each year, the Wisconsin Union has a number of the metal Union sunburst chairs stolen, officials said. The chairs come yellow, blue, green, orange, red and white, but the red and white chairs can be purchased online.

Approximately 250 Union chairs were stolen last year, officials said.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department has partnered with the Wisconsin Union in an effort to deter the theft of the chairs from the terraces, according to the release. New programs are being established to cut down on the amount of chairs that are stolen every year.