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Downtown prowler whispers lewd comments through open window

Downtown prowler whispers lewd comments through open window

A man whispered lewd comments to a 21-year-old downtown resident through a cracked bedroom window on the evening of May 1, according to the Madison Police Department.

The woman told poice that the man was moaning and making sexual remarks outside of her home in the 3400 block of West Dayton Street.

She said she ran from the room and called police.

Anyone with information about the stranger in the area is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Bicycle thefts on the rise on UW campus

Bicycle thefts on the rise on UW campus

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department is reporting an increase in thefts of bicycles on campus.

The UWPD is asking riders to be aware of suspicious activity and report the behavior to police. Anyone who owns a bicycle in the downtown area is advised to use a heavy duty bicycle lock, and to secure it to an approved bicycle parking rack. If you have information about these thefts, please contact the UW Madison Police Department or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014. Further safety information can be found at www.uwpd.wisc.edu or at SafeU website at www.safeu.wisc.edu.

Neighborhood meeting addresses pedestrian safety on Monroe Street

After three pedestrians were struck crossing Monroe Street in the past week, Alder Sue Ellingson arranged a Neighborhood Listening Session to discuss how to improve pedestrian safety.

Identity thief sentenced to four years in prison

Identity thief sentenced to four years in prison

A woman who pleaded guilty to three counts of felony identity theft stemming from cases on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Katelin Nading was sentenced on Thursday, but the prison term was stayed as long as Nading completes four years of probation. She is currently serving a two-year prison sentence for identity theft charges in which the victims were from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University.

Prior to start of her Wisconsin prison sentence, Nading had been serving a one-year prison sentence in Illinois for identity theft where the victims were from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Man faces charges after being accused of spray painting homes, buildings

Man faces charges after being accused of spray painting homes, buildings

An East Mifflin Stree resident contacted Madison police early Wednesday morning after finding that someone had spray painted his home with orange and hot pink paint.

A profanity and other letters were sprayed on the home, police said.

The victim told an officer he also found a cellphone on the sidewalk.

Utilizing information contained in the phone, the officer was able to identify its' owner.

The man was contacted, and after initially denying being involved in criminal damage to the property, he confessed to spray painting the home, a stone wall at Breese Stevens stadium, a home in the 800 block of East Dayton Street and a large warehouse-type building at the corner of Livingston Street and East Dayton Street, police said.

The suspect denied spray painting vehicles, which occurred recently on the city's near east side.

The investigation remains open, police said.

City, county leaders announce steps to reduce heroin overdoses

City, county leaders announce steps to reduce heroin overdoses

City of Madison and Dane County leaders on Monday announced the latest steps under way to tackle the root of heroin usage.

Law enforcement officials are honing in on prescription drugs as the gateway to heroin.

Officials said they hope an expansion of Safe Communities MedDrop locations can help curb the problem with opiates.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Monday they are more than doubling the number of Safe Communities MedDrop locations, from four locations to 10, where residents can get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted medicine.

The new boxes will be at police departments in Cambridge, Deerfield, Madison West District, Mazomanie, McFarland and Waunakee. The four current locations include police stations in Fitchburg, Madison East District, Middleton and Sun Prairie.

Madison police find stolen car, search for driver continues

Madison police find stolen car, search for driver continues

Police are still looking for the driver of a stolen car that led officers on a chase early Tuesday morning.

Madison Police said the officer terminated a chase that only lasted a few blocks due to safety reasons.

The car was traveling about 75 to 100 miles per hour from Broom Street onto West Johnson Street at about 1:50 a.m.

The car was found a short time later in the 400 block of Sydney Street, police said.The driver had fled.

Police said they have a person of interest in the case, but have not located that person.