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Madison woman says she was sexually assaulted

Madison woman says she was sexually assaulted

A Madison woman whose cellphone was found by a passerby told officials she was sexually assaulted Friday, according to a release.

Officials say a passerby contacted the Madison Police Department Saturday morning after finding a cellphone and some other items near the corner of Drake and Orchard streets.

Officers were returning the property to the 22-year-old woman, who lives in the neighborhood, when she told them she had been sexually assaulted by a stranger, according to the release.

The woman told officials she had been out with friends Friday night and was on her way home when she was sexually assaulted by a stranger, according to the release.

Officials say it is not clear where or what time the incident took place but that the woman did remember being assaulted in a grassy area.

The woman believes one or two other men may have been with the man who assaulted her, according to the release.

Police are still investigating the incident.

German drinking hall hosts 3rd annual Maifest

The Essen Haus’s third annual Maifest will include a walk raising awareness for domestic abuse this weekend.

The family-friendly event, which takes place at Madison’s Essen Haus Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., will feature live music, face painting and food.

Also featured is the Walk a Mile In Her Shoes walk to draw attention to domestic abuse at 1 p.m.

Admission and parking are free, organizers said.

Police, pharmacies, clinics accepting unwanted prescriptions

Police, pharmacies, clinics accepting unwanted prescriptions

Prescriptions contribute to accidental poisonings, Dane County's largest injury-related cause of death  

Police, pharmacies and clinics are drawing awareness to National Prescription Take Back Day, happening Friday and Saturday at several locations.

The goal of the collection day is to reduce the number of expired, unused and unwanted medicine.

Poisoning deaths are more common than automobile deaths in Dane County. Unused prescriptions contribute to accidental poisonings, the number one cause of injury-related death, according to the Middleton Police Department.

A statement by Middleton police emphasized pain medications as an especially dangerous prescription group.

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.