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'Irreplaceable' Star of David stolen from student as he slept, police say

'Irreplaceable' Star of David stolen from student as he slept, police say

A priceless family heirloom was reportedly stolen among other valuables from a university student's bedroom as he slept overnight Wednesday, police said.

Madison police said a 20-year-old University of Wisconsin-Madison student woke in his room at a fraternity house on North Henry Street Wednesday to find his Star of David pendant had been taken.

Police said a burglar had entered two rooms at the house where two fraternity brothers were sleeping at about 2 a.m.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said that the four students -- three 19-year-old men and the 20-year-old -- discovered electronics and money were missing Wednesday morning and called police.

The student's Star of David that was snatched had survived the Holocaust, according to the report.

"The worth of such a pendant goes far beyond dollars and cents," DeSpain said.

The pendant has the Hebrew letter Shin in the center and is attached to a gold necklace, police said.

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Businesses targeted by utility scam

Numerous businesses in Madison say they?ve been targeted by a phone scam.

Madison police said seven businesses report getting calls from someone claiming to be with Madison Gas and Electric telling them they?re behind on their bills. The scammer threatens to cut off service without an immediate payment.

The contacted businesses include:

? Mickies Dairy Bar, 1511 Monroe St.
? Gate and Brovi, 3502 Monroe St.
? New Orleans Take Out, 1502 Monroe St.
? Merchant, 121 S. Pinckney St.
? Green Owl Cafe, 1970 Atwood Ave.
? Shell gas station, 4821 E. Washington Ave.
? Forever Yogurt, 506 State St.

None of the businesses fell for the scam.

Several businesses told police the calls came from 855-858-2577.

Friend: UW junior who broke neck diving into Lake Mendota improves daily

The best friend of the University of Wisconsin junior who broke his neck during a diving accident last month said 20-year-old engineering major Jake Anderson continues improving every day.

?The first couple days were tough, because I?d never seen Jake so dependent on so many people. And to see him in that state was really shocking,? Anderson?s best friend Jackson Spingler said. ?I think it was really like the third or fourth day, after he finally got his breathing tube out, he told me 'I can?t be happy unless you?re happy. Unless the people around me are happy.'?

Spingler remembers his friendship with Anderson starting as hockey teammates when, during his junior high school year he moved from New Mexico to a Minneapolis suburb.

?Jake was my first friend I met in Chanhassen, Minnesota,? Spingler said. ?We had English class together, and Jake invited me to watch the season opener. It was the Vikings verses the Saints.?

Police: Girlfriend stabbed man in arm with paring knife

A Madison woman stabbed her boyfriend in the arm with a small paring knife after arguing in their apartment, according to a release from Madison police.

The 27-year-old man told police Jasmine L. Bradley, 20, swung the knife at his head and torso several times in their apartment in the 300 block of North Brooks Street Tuesday afternoon. He said he used a duffle bag to block the knife, but was still cut on his arm.

The man fled the apartment and contacted passerby for help. Police said his injury required several stitches.

Bradley told police her boyfriend had battered her earlier, but he denied it.

Bradley was arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment.

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City budget proposes 42 new jobs, raises for city employees

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin rolled out his 2015 budget Tuesday afternoon that includes raises for city employees

Soglin said for the first time since getting ?slammed? by Gov. Scott Walker?s 2011 policy changes, he?s able to give city employees raises.

Raises account for $9.4 million of the proposal. Police and fire personnel will receive a 3 percent increase, and other city employees will receive a 1.5 percent increase if the council adopts the proposed budget.

"We do not have the capacity to provide a comparable increase for the larger number of city employees who are not police and fire fighters," Soglin said.

The nearly $282 million budget is about 2.5 percent more expensive than last year and adds 42 new jobs, including 13 parks and street division and five police officer jobs.

Police: Man wielding screwdriver arrested inside home

Police said a Madison man was arrested as he burglarized a downtown Madison home early Saturday.

Madison police said officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence on the 200 block of West Gilman Street at 3:05 a.m.

One of the tenants living at the house provided a description of the burglar and was able to message roommates to warn them, according to the report.

The roommates were able to safely get to their bedrooms while officers established a perimeter around the house, police said. As officers set up the perimeter they could see through the basement windows a man armed with a screwdriver ordering one of the residents around.

Officers entered the home and found the intruder, who retreated to a vacant back bedroom, the report said.

Officers forcefully entered the room and took the man into custody after a Taser was used and K-9 Josh bit the man's shoe, officials said.

Romantic rivals involved in bar beating, police say

A man needed a dozen stitches after being beaten in a downtown bar by a romantic rival, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to 552 State St. at 1:06 a.m. Saturday after the beating at Whiskey Jack?s Saloon.

Witnesses told police the victim, a 28-year-old Fort Atkinson man, was sitting on a bar stool when Ra E. Fury, 28, of Madison, came up from behind and put him in a headlock. Ra punched the man in the head several times and was laughing as he did it, according to the report.

The victim was treated by Madison paramedics for a head cut. He told police he and Fury are interested in the same woman.

Fury was arrested on suspicion of substantial battery.