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Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families' “Race to Equity” report indicates that Wisconsin, and particularly Dane County, may have the worst racial disparities in incarceration in the nation. MOSES, a Madison-based interfaith social justice organization, is working to fix that.

In fact, it may go even farther than that. Amy Pooler, a leader in MOSES, said, “Dane County has the worst racial disparities in incarceration rates of African American rates in the country, and that means in the world, because the U.S. already incarcerates more of its population than any other nation on Earth.”

Robber orders employee at State Street store onto ground

Robber orders employee at State Street store onto ground

A masked and armed robber is still at large after robbing a store on State Street on Tuesday night, Madison police said.

Officers were sent to a report of an armed robbery at the Life is Good Store at 514 State St. just before 7:30 p.m., according to a release.

The robber ordered the store clerk onto the floor at gunpoint, reached into the till, took an undisclosed amount of money and fled in an unknown direction, officials said.

The female store clerk was not injured.

The robber is described as a black man in his 30s, 5 feet 7 inches tall with a chubby build. He was wearing a dark coat, dark jeans, dark shoes and a dark scarf covering his face.

Police: Drunken homeless woman beats sleeping man with metal crutch

Police: Drunken homeless woman beats sleeping man with metal crutch

Police said a drunken homeless woman beat a man with a metal crutch in downtown Madison early Thursday because she wanted his sleeping spot.

The Madison Police Department said Loretta D. Manuel, 38, is homeless and is one of many who sleep on the streets downtown. Early Thursday morning, Manuel wanted to sleep out of the wind in a spot near the front doors to the City County Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. But a 53-year-old homeless man was already sleeping there.

At 3:15 a.m., Manuel reportedly grabbed an aluminum crutch that belonged to another homeless person, began yelling and violently striking the man in the head. Police said the man tried to block the woman's blows and was able to get up and get the metal crutch away from the alleged attacker.

A man nearby heard the kerfuffle and called 911; police who were inside the City County Building were able to respond quickly, according to the report.

Police: Angry boyfriend attacks homeless man on N. Frances St.

Police: Angry boyfriend attacks homeless man on N. Frances St.

A homeless man suffered bumps and bruises after he was attacked in downtown Madison Sunday night, according to Madison police.

The Madison Police Department said a 44-year-old made small talk with a woman on the 500 block of North Frances Street at about 9:15 p.m.

The man told police that an angry man who was thought to be the woman's boyfriend came over to where the 44-year-old was located and punched him, according to the report. The woman and another couple also punched the man. 

The 44-year-old told police he thought a woman fired a BB gun at him. Police said no BBs or pellets were found at the scene.

A witness saw the man getting attacked and said the assailants fled as the witness approached.

The report said the man was was not able to provide good descriptions of his attackers.

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.

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.

'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.