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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.

Thief steals wallet from State Street church

Thief steals wallet from State Street church

Madison police were called to the Calgary Lutheran Chapel on Wednesday evening after a man was spotted taking a wallet from the purse of a church employee.

Police were called to the church located at 701 State St. at about 5 p.m. Police said the man stole cash from the purse and then ran away after being spotted in an office with his hand inside the victim's purse.

The man is described as black, about 20 to 30-years-old, about 6 feet tall with a slim build, police said. The man was wearing a red letterman-type jacket with the letter V on the front, a red shirt underneath, jeans and a baseball cap, police said

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

Homeless man faces trespassing charge at downtown church

Homeless man faces trespassing charge at downtown church

Madison police arrested a 37-year-old homeless man early Sunday morning after finding him on a downtown church property where he has been banned after repeatedly panhandling around parishioners.

Matthew A. Nickel was found at Holy Redeemer Church on West Johnson Street on Sunday, but police said several area churches have filed similar complaints against him.

Officials at one west side church told police that they offered Nickel food last year, but he told them he only wanted cash. They said Nickel claimed to need the money for a medical situation, and he became aggressive when he was denied the money.

Police Investigate Strong-Armed Robbery

Police Investigate Strong-Armed Robbery

A 27-year-old downtown resident called police after he became the victim of a strong-armed robbery that took place around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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Madison police said the victim was walking near the corner of W. Main Street and Bassett Street when a man suddenly appeared and knocked the victim's iPhone from his hand.

License Plates On Cars Damaged Downtown Last Week

License Plates On Cars Damaged Downtown Last Week

Madison police were called to the 500 block of West Main Street early Wednesday morning for report of damaged property.

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Police said they were called at about 1:20 a.m. When they arrived, they found at least a dozen parked vehicles with license plates torn or ripped off from the vehicles. 

Anyone with information about who was responsible for the damage is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Red Light-Runner Faces 4th Drunken Driving Charge

Red Light-Runner Faces 4th Drunken Driving Charge

A man who ran a red light downtown early Friday morning faces his fourth drunken driving charge, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the driver, Bradley D. Thompson, 23, of Madison, was pulled over on West Gorham Street. The officer said he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A partially consumed bottle of alcohol and what appeared to be marijuana was found inside the vehicle.

Thompson faces charges of fourth offense operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicant or other drugs, resisting or obstructing an officer and a probation hold.