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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.

Drunken driver hits bicyclist, knocks man unconscious, police say

Drunken driver hits bicyclist, knocks man unconscious, police say

Police said a Madison woman was suspected of drunken driving after she reportedly struck a bicyclist in the downtown area early Friday morning.

Madison police said a 22-year-old man was biking on the 600 block of University Avenue at 2:09 a.m. when he was hit by a car. He was knocked unconscious and suffered apparent non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses described the car to police, and a State Capitol police officer spotted the vehicle on East Johnson Street, according to the report. Madison police responded and the 22-year-old driver, Brynn K. Maphis, denied striking the bicyclist.

Police said the car's passenger side mirror was missing. The mirror was found at the scene of the crash.

Maphis performed poorly on field sobriety tests, police said. She registered a 0.21 on a preliminary breath alcohol test and was cited on suspicion of operating while intoxicated.

Police said possible other charges are pending.

Police release surveillance footage of Saturday morning battery

Madison police are looking for help identifying several persons of interest seen in surveillance footage of a battery incident Saturday.

A man was hospitalized after he was knocked unconscious in a fight early Saturday morning, police said.

A 24-year-old was walking with a friend when he began arguing with several men on the 400 block of West Mifflin Street at 3:30 a.m., Madison police said.

The argument turned into a physical fight and the 24-year-old was knocked unconscious, police said.

The men were between 18-23 years old. Police said there were several men involved in the fight, though it wasn't clear how many. The attackers were traveling in a Chevy Suburban, which is also visible in the surveillance footage.

Police ask anyone with information on the incident to contact the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.


Police: Man held by one assailant, beat unconscious by another

Police: Man held by one assailant, beat unconscious by another

A man was beaten until he was unconscious in downtown Madison early Friday, police said.

A witness told police a 22-year-old man was held by one man while another punched and kicked him, according to a Madison police news release. 

Police responded to North Frances Street at Langdon Street at 1:50 a.m. and found the man unconscious. Shortly after police arrived, the man regained consciousness.

Police said the man did not want to provide any information about the fight and refused medical treatment.