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Police enforce DNA sample submissions in Dane County sweep

Police enforce DNA sample submissions in Dane County sweep

Area police officers went door to door Tuesday as part of Dane County’s first DNA-sample enforcement mission. Officers from the Madison, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, Middleton and deputies from Dane County Sheriff’s Department joined forces to conduct the Dane County DNA sweep.

About 30 law enforcement officers made attempts to contact individuals who were required by law to submit a DNA sample but had not. The Dane County Sheriff’s Department said there were 93 people listed in noncompliance.

The Office of Justice Assistance estimated that between 100 and 120 individuals living in Dane County are required to submit a DNA sample to the Wisconsin DNA Databank on a quarterly basis. Everyone on the list is first sent a letter in an attempt to get voluntary compliance. In many cases, additional attempts were necessary; follow-up letters were sent via certified mail from the Dane County District Attorney’s Office.

Police: Man steals tip jar to buy more heroin

Police: Man steals tip jar to buy more heroin

A Waukesha man took a tip jar from the counter of a food cart on Wednesday afternoon in order buy more heroin, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the man shot heroin just before 3 p.m. and 20 minutes later determined he needed more of the drug.

To pay for it it, the man identified as Dustin D. Skinner, grabbed the tip jar off of the Banzo food cart, which was set-up in the Library Mall, police said.

Man faces fourth OWI, drug charges after being found asleep behind wheel

Man faces fourth OWI, drug charges after being found asleep behind wheel

A man faces multiple charges after he was found sleeping behind the wheel at a red light on North Bassett Street.

Police said Tom Schwersinske was found by a concerned driver on Tuesday afternoon. Police said the witness was behind the van that Schwersinske was driving. When he got out of his car he saw that Schwersinske's eyes were rolled back into his head, but that he was breathing.

Fight breaks out downtown over rap song lyrics

Fight breaks out downtown over rap song lyrics

Witnesses told police two men who had just met on the street got into an argument over lyrics while in the midst of free-style rap battle early Sunday morning.

Police the argument led to a fight between six people, each rapper and two of their friends.

One vocalist, who was visiting Madison from New Jersey, was punched in the face and knocked out, police said.

He was treated at an area hospital, police said.

The man who faces possible battery charges is described as a white man, about 6 feet tall with a slender build. He was wearing a white jersey-type shirt with blue, red and white stripes and a hat, police said.

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

Man knocked unconscious in Mifflin Street disturbance

Man knocked unconscious in Mifflin Street disturbance

A 25-year-old man was knocked unconscious by a punch in the 500 block of West Mifflin Street at about 9 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Madison Police Department.

The victim's head hit the pavement, causing a cut that required stitches, police said.

Witnesses said the victim had been in an argument with the man who struck him, but it was not clear what that dispute was about.

The man who threw the punch is described as black, about 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

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.