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Woman attacked, robbed

Woman attacked, robbed

A Madison woman required staples to close two head wounds after a beating and robbery early Saturday morning, according to police.

The 27-year-old victim told police she was walking home from the State Street area on South Shore Drive when a man came running after her. She said she believed he was armed with a bat, and she has no memory of the attack.

The woman's cellphone and debit card were missing, according to police.

Police: Pair of home burglaries likely linked

Police: Pair of home burglaries likely linked

Two home burglaries reported on the same street are probably related, according to Madison police.

Police were called to a home in the 1900 block of Jefferson Street at 11:15 a.m. Monday when a 75-year-old woman returned home to find her front-door window pane smashed out. Officers said they believe the burglar was interrupted and left through the back door empty-handed.

Later the same day a couple called police when it returned to its home in the 1700 block of Jefferson Street to find glass broken out the front door. Police said several thousand dollars worth of jewelry were taken.

Police said the timing, proximity and nature of the crimes suggests the burglaries are related.

Heimsness to resign Nov. 23 as part of settlement

Heimsness to resign Nov. 23 as part of settlement

Officer Steven Heimsness has agreed to resign from the Madison Police Department Nov. 23, according to a release.

Police Chief Noble Wray has agreed to withdraw the charges against Heimsness filed with the City of Madison Police and Fire Commission on June 21, according to the release. It is also agreed that no additional charges will be filed against Heimsness unless he is still employed by MPD after Nov. 23.

Heimsness was on administrative leave until Sunday, according to the release.

Starting Monday, Heimsness? duty status has been changed to sick leave, and he will continue in sick leave paid status until the approval of his Duty Disability Retirement application or the end of business Nov. 23, whichever comes first, according to the release.

Madison's fireworks regulations tight

Madison's fireworks regulations tight

While fireworks may be the first thing to come to mind during the Fourth of July, Madison ordinance strictly prohibits certain kinds of pyrotechnics within its city limits.

Travis Knight, manager at Cornellier Fireworks Tent in Fitchburg, has been selling fireworks for nearly a decade and knows the rules when it comes to pyrotechnics in Madison.

"I've liked fireworks since I was a young boy, so it was just a natural fit," he said. "Now I'm older, and I still love fireworks."

Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez explained that nearly all fireworks are prohibited within city limits.

"It's illegal if it goes up in the air or has a fuse," Galvez said.

Only sparklers, snakes, caps and party poppers are allowed for use within Madison. Knight is required to sell his stock on the edge of town in neighboring suburbs, where firework regulations aren't as stringent.

Pedestrian injured in hit-and-run crash

A 29-year-old Madison man is hospitalized after being hit by a car that fled the scene, according to Madison police.

Police said the victim and his friends were walking in a crosswalk at the intersection of West Johnson Street and North Frances Street at 2:10 a.m. when the man was struck by a car.

The victim was taken to the hospital and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are looking for the driver of the car. The car is described as black and possibly a Volkswagen.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

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.