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UW police highlight safety tips on campus

UW police highlight safety tips on campus

University of Wisconsin freshmen begin moving into the dorms this week, and with two sexual assaults taking place near campus in as many days, police are reminding students how to stay safe.

Just south of the UW campus, near Spring Street and Fahrenbrook Court, you'll find student housing that appears to be in a relatively safe neighborhood, or at least that's what the students there tell us.

"It's pretty close to campus, and I wouldn't think there'd be crime or anything," UW junior Cheyenne Danbrova said. Danbrova has lived on Spring Street for the past two years.

But appearances can be deceiving. Just last week, two separate sexual assaults took place just blocks from one another.

Man allegedly follows woman from bar, sexually assaults her

Man allegedly follows woman from bar, sexually assaults her

A Madison man has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman last week.

Police said Marcus T. Boone, 27, was identified because of a good description provided by the victim which was used to search surveillance video from downtown cameras.

A 21-year-old woman told police the assault occurred early Wednesday morning in a parking lot on Fahrenbrook Court while she was walking home from an evening with friends in the State Street area.

A criminal complaint said Boone followed the woman home from the State Street area, and tried to talk to her a couple times during the walk.

Boone threatened to shoot the woman during the incident, but she told police she did not see a gun, according to the complaint.

Woman walking home alone sexually assaulted, police say

Woman walking home alone sexually assaulted, police say

A woman walking in an alley near Park Street was sexually assaulted early Friday morning, according to a release from University of Wisconsin Madison police.

The 21-year-old woman said was walking alone in an alley near 21 N. Park St. at 1:30 a.m. after a night out with friends in the State Street area when the assault occurred.

The man fled west toward Park Street, police said.

The man is described as white, in his early 20s, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall with a muscular build, brown spiked hair and facial stubble. He was last seen wearing a red shirt.

Police said they don?t believe this case is connected to another sexual assault reported earlier this week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact UW police at 608-264-2677.

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Police: 2-foot sword seized from sleeping man downtown

Police: 2-foot sword seized from sleeping man downtown

A homeless man was arrested after an officer reportedly found a two-foot sword among his belongings downtown Tuesday night.

Madison police said an officer saw a man had items plugged into a city of Madison power outlet on the 500 block of North Frances Street at 6:22 p.m. The officer awoke 69-year-old George K. Grover, who was dozing.

Police seized a 24-inch sword that was beneath Grover's sleeping bag, the report said. Police said Grover initially claimed the sword belonged to another slumbering man but later allegedly acknowledged it belong to Grover.

Grover was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon. He was also cited on suspicion of use of electricity with out permission.

Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.

Multiple UW students receive threatening scam calls, police say

Multiple UW students receive threatening scam calls, police say

Police said multiple students received threatening spam phone calls Friday evening near campus.

The city of Madison and University of Wisconsin-Madison police departments said they received reports from international students of scam phone calls.

Police said the victims reported similar experiences, saying the caller, who sounded male, claimed to be a government representative trying to collect taxes. The caller threatened each victim, saying they could be arrested if they did not immediately pay the taxes.

Each victim who reported receiving a call realized it was a scam and did not give the caller money, according to the report.

Police reminded citizens to be wary of scam calls and never give out personal information over the phone. The IRS or other government agencies will not call citizens and require payment over the phone, police said.

Witness info helps police nab suspected pipe thieves

Two people were cited in Oregon Wednesday shortly after reportedly stealing supplies from a downtown Madison construction site, according to a release.

Madison police said witnesses reported seeing a Chevy Suburban pull up to a Parisi Construction site on Chamberlain Avenue at 7:39 p.m. A man jumped out and loaded seven pieces of cast iron pipe into the SUV.

Witnesses provided the SUV's license plate information to police, which was associated with an Oregon residence.

Madison officers provided the information to Oregon police, and an officer was able to intercept the suspected thieves as they pulled into the Oregon home. The stolen cast iron pipes were found in the SUV.

Julio J.L. Sanchez, 31, was cited on suspicion of theft, according to the report. Shelia M. Sanchez, 59, was cited on suspicion of party to the crime of theft.