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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."

Tracking software reunites Sun Prairie man with stolen phone

Police: iPhone stolen while victim chatted at bar    

Police are crediting smartphone tracking software and a suspect description from a bartender with solving a theft case.

Madison police said a 36-year-old Sun Prairie man had his iPhone stolen while he was at a bar. He didn't see who took it, but police said the bartender got a good description of the thief who was only in the bar for a couple minutes.

The victim was able to use a friend's phone to track the location of his own phone and was able to trace it to South Broom Street near John Nolen Drive, according to police.

Officers said they spotted a suspect in the 100 block of West Main Street.

The victim told police he could activate an alarm on the phone and he activated it when police moved in.

Madison police looking for traffic violations

Madison police looking for traffic violations

 

Madison police will be paying special attention to traffic enforcement in specific areas of the city this week.

Special patrols will be placed in the following areas:

Tuesday at 4900 E. Washington Ave. (Speed enforcement - 55 mph zone) 
Wednesday at 1800 Fish Hatchery Rd. (Speed enforcement - 30 mph zone) 
Thursday at 4600 Commercial Ave. (Speed enforcement 35 mph zone)

Madison police said they rely on the cooperation of the public to be aware of and to follow all traffic laws, whether as a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorist.

Motorists are reminded to drive safely and to buckle seatbelts. 

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.