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Man, 27, arrested on 4th-offense drunken driving

Police arrested a Middleton man on fourth-offense drunken driving early Saturday morning after witnesses said he engaged in road rage.

According to a Madison Police Department statement, an officer monitoring traffic on John Nolen Drive saw two vehicles appearing to race each other. The officer stopped both vehicles and was informed by individuals in one car that the other driver had cut him off and rammed into his vehicle. The individuals also said the other driver appeared to be drunk.

The officer arrested Lester Rodriguez, 27, on a charge of fourth offense of operating while intoxicated, the statement said. Rodriguez was also cited for speeding.

Zimmermann murder case lacks answer five years later

Zimmermann murder case lacks answer five years later

Five years later, countless leads have still led to no answer for the friends and family of Brittany Zimmermann, the University of Wisconsin student who was murdered in her home.

However, it's not enough to stop them from working hard to keep her memory alive in hopes of continuing their healing process.

On April 2, 2008 Zimmermann, 21 years old at the time, was found dead in her Doty Street apartment. She was discovered by her fiance after a Dane County 911 dispatcher dropped her cell phone call for help.

Despite numerous tips and efforts to solve her murder, police have not identified her killer.

Five years after the crime, a new crop of students and neighbors do not know Zimmermann's story.

"I hear about the Brittany Run every year, but my sister's a freshman here, and I don't think she has a clue what it's even about," said UW senior McKenzie Kirkland, who lives near Zimmermann's former apartment on Doty Street.

Dane County Sheriff's Office announces online protection event

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office will offer an internet safety presentation on protecting children to interested parents March 20.

According to a statement, the free event will focus on issues surrounding Facebook, cyber bulling and online predators.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows one in three teens have experienced online harassment, one of several statistics the statement highlighted.

The presentation will take place at the Westport Meeting Room at 5387 Mary Lake Rd. at 6 p.m.

Bouncer knocked unconscious, man robbed

A 23-year-old Madison man was pushed and robbed and a 26-year-old bouncer was punched and knocked unconscious during a disturbance in downtown Madison Friday morning.

The victim told police he was in the 400 block of West Gilman Street when he was pushed down and handed over money to the man who shoved him. He said he had met three men in a bar and that they were outside when the disturbance took place.

A witness told police a bouncer saw the commotion and was punched and knocked unconscious when he came to investigate.

The bouncer had a bump on the back of his head and was taken to a hospital.

The 23-year-old victim told police he unable to get a good look at the attackers.

Burglary prompts police to urge home security

Burglary prompts police to urge home security

Two teens were arrested after a report of a home burglary in downtown Madison Thursday, according to police.

A 21-year-old man told police he was in the living room of his home in the 10 block of South Bassett Street when, at about 10:52 p.m., he heard noise coming from the back of the home he shares with his five roommates. Police said the man surprised two intruders who were in the home.

The two intruders fled and one of the man?s roommates told police he went outside to find the two intruders fleeing with a larger group.

Police said officers found two people leaving the neighborhood on foot, and one of them was a 16-year-old Madison boy who had been in the home. Police said an 18-year-old Sun Prairie woman was identified as one of the people who fled the backyard with the intruder. Antoinic Bryant was cited on suspicion of unlawful trespass.

Cottage Grove woman among 3 arrested in counterfeit $100 bill incident

18-year-old was carrying fake Franklin, police say    

A Cottage Grove woman was one of three people arrested downtown Wednesday in connection with the attempted use of counterfeit money, police said.

Madison police said officers responded to a report of a fake $100 bill at Burnie's Rock Shop on East Johnson Street at about 2 p.m.

Police said officers made contact with Franca Wheeler, 18, of Cottage Grove, and Tracey Franklin, 43, with no permanent address, outside the store. According to the report, Wheeler was carrying the faux $100 bill in her pants, which police said was about 25-percent smaller than a real bill. Police said Franklin had merchandise she shoplifted from the rock shop.

A third person, 19-year-old Jermaine Bradley Jr., ran from police but was arrested after a short foot chase, the report noted.

County joins efforts to help youth vulnerable to sex trafficking

Funds, coordination key topics in conversation on ending the crime    

Dane County is taking steps to raise awareness on the issue of human sex trafficking.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Thursday that the county is focused on coordinated education efforts and resources for homeless and runaway youth.

The 2013 county budget includes $30,000 to replace recently eliminated federal funds that support outreach services to homeless and runaway youth, a group that youth advocates cautioned are susceptible to trafficking.

"At the very base, this problem exists because there's a demand for people to buy sex," Parisi said. "People need to realize if they're going to go out and purchase someone's body to use, that is not a victimless crime."