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County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $3.75 million in funding Thursday to increase radio coverage in rural areas and inside large buildings, according to a release.

The allocation was approved as part of a larger resolution approving the issuing of bonds to pay for commitments already approved in the 2015 capital budget, officials said. The new funding is in addition to the $3 million already dedicated to improvements in the DaneCom radio system.

News 3 reported in December that parts of DaneCom would be taken offline at the beginning of 2015 to determine if the county’s new emergency communication system was causing emergency radio problems.

Police: Man exits bar wearing woman's stolen coat

Police: Man exits bar wearing woman's stolen coat

A 21-year-old was arrested Wednesday for stealing a woman's coat and using her credit card, police said.

Madison police said a 21-year-old Madison woman was at Whiskey Jacks at 552 State St. Saturday night into Sunday morning. She had placed her jacket on a pile with others as she socialized with friends.

Police said covert bar surveillance video showed a man enter the tavern wearing a coat and depart wearing the woman's.

The woman's wallet was inside her coat pocket, police said. Her credit card was used to make unauthorized purchases after the coat was taken, according to the report.

Police said the bar surveillance video was used to track down Ahmed Saeed H. Al Mutlaq of Madison, who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of theft.

Cuba City man attacked in Madison

Cuba City man attacked in Madison

A Cuba City man doesn't know why he was attacked in Madison, according to Madison police.

The 27 year old was on the 100 block of State St. when he was apparently hit on the head with a beer bottle.

Police said the man needed many stitches to close a head wound.

The victim told police he was not sure why he was attacked. Those with the man did not want to provide police with more information.

Driver slumped over wheel; gas station clerk helps kids out of car

Driver slumped over wheel; gas station clerk helps kids out of car

A downtown Madison gas station clerk helped three children out of a parked car where the driver was seen slumped over the wheel Thursday morning, according to police.

Madison police said a concerned customer at the Kelley's Market at 636 W. Washington Ave. alerted the gas station clerk that a man was passed out in a car in the parking lot at 11:50 a.m.

Police said the employee brought the three young kids out of the cold and into the convenience store as police and fire paramedics responded to the car. Paramedics used Narcan, an anti-opiate drug used to reverse overdoses, and the driver, 30-year-old Mark A. Cox, of Oregon, regained consciousness.

Police said Cox had been in the store's restroom just before nodding off.

Cox was arrested on suspicion of three counts of neglecting a child, possession of drug paraphernalia and on a probation hold.

The three children were picked up by a trusted adult, according to the report.

 

Police: Passerby gropes woman walking on N. Frances

Police: Passerby gropes woman walking on N. Frances

A woman was groped by a passerby Wednesday morning as she was walking in downtown Madison, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a 20-year-old downtown resident was on her cell phone walking in the 500 block of North Frances Street at 11:03 a.m. when a stranger reached down and touched her inappropriately as he passed.

The woman told police it happened very quickly and she was unable to get a good description of the man.

The man was described as possibly Hispanic and was wearing a winter coat and carrying a backpack, according to the report.

Police: Woman tried stealing purses downtown, fought officers

Police: Woman tried stealing purses downtown, fought officers

A Madison woman is accused of trying to steal purses at downtown bars and restaurants and fighting officers trying to arrest her.

Police said staff at several downtown bars and restaurants called Monday night to complain about a woman who was attempting to steal patrons? purses. They said an employee at Red Sushi Grill at 106 King St. confronted the woman after she tucked someone else?s purse under her coat.

The woman threw the purse to the ground and got angry with yelling and profanity and was screaming cursing when police took her into custody, police said. They said she also bit and kicked at officers.

Heather M. Dubeau, 40, was arrested on suspicion of battery to law enforcement officers, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and bail jumping.

Police said Dubeau has a history of committing similar crimes in the Isthmus area.

Police: Woman drives away from crash on flat tire

Police: Woman drives away from crash on flat tire

A Madison woman faces her fourth drunken driving charge after allegedly driving away from a crash and only stopping because her vehicle would no longer drive, Madison police said.

A former police officer told authorities a red Chevrolet Cavalier crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Regent and North Park streets around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, according to a release.

The Chevrolet spun around, and the driver attempted to leave south on Park Street, officials said. The former officer followed the vehicle until it had to stop in the 1200 block of Park Street due to a flat tire and structural damage.

Officers contacted the driver, Debora Lichtfeld, 49, of Madison, and they said they could smell a strong order of alcohol, according to the release. Lichtfeld told police that she had consumed nothing except antibiotics.