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Suspected graffiti artist attacks employees, police say

Suspected graffiti artist attacks employees, police say

Three employees of State Street businesses were attacked after one of them confronted a man suspected of tagging several buildings with graffiti.

Police said an employee of Osaka Lounge in the 500 block of State Street noticed a man leaving purple graffiti on Pipefitters Monday night and confronted the man, who tried to punch him. Two employees of Soga Restaurant came to help, and one got kicked and the other punched in the process of holding the man until officers arrived.

"The suspect begins swinging at the victim, trying to punch him," Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said. "Two more employees from a nearby restaurant come out. Eventually one of them is kicked by the suspect and another is punched, and eventually they tackle him until police get there a few minutes later."

Officers said they found seven buildings tagged with purple spray paint.

Police arrest driver who blows more than 3 times legal limit

Police arrest driver who blows more than 3 times legal limit

A routine traffic stop turned into a drunken-driving arrest for a driver who police say was three times over the legal limit.

University of Wisconsin-Madison police said an officer stopped a car at the intersection of South Park Street and West Washington Avenue around 11 p.m. Friday. The officer pulled the driver over for a defective tail light.

When he approached the car, the officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol. He also saw 48-year-old Robert Mueller, of Fitchburg, had bloodshot and watery eyes.

Mueller admitted to drinking beer, and a preliminary breath test showed his blood alcohol content was 0.268 percent.

According to a release from UWPD, Mueller was arrested on charges of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated, which is a felony charge.

Mueller was booked into the Dane County Jail.

Man connected to string of downtown thefts sentenced

Man connected to string of downtown thefts sentenced

A Madison man will spend six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to robbery and burglary charges.

Kendredge Dillard pleaded guilty to a string of thefts in the campus and downtown areas last year.

Police said Dillard was connected to 25-30 robberies in the Vilas and Greenbush neighborhoods that involved stolen wallets, small electronics and iPhones.

A criminal complaint states that in an Oct. 23 robbery in the 500 block of Mifflin Street, the victim came home and went into his bathroom. A robber entered the bathroom with a gun and demanded his phone and wallet. Once the robber left, the victim yelled outside the building for someone to stop the robber.

The victim identified Dillard from an array of photos as the man who robbed him, according to police.

Dillard was also sentenced to six years of probation.

Police: Man seen taking backpack from car, cutting cords

Police: Man seen taking backpack from car, cutting cords

Police said a man was arrested on suspicion of theft after a witness saw him take a backpack from a downtown man's car Thursday morning.

Madison police said a 20-year-old man left his car unlocked for a couple minutes at 9:40 a.m. on the 100 block of of North Bassett Street. As the man ran inside his residence, another man entered the car and took the man' s backpack, which contained a laptop.

A neighbor saw the alleged crime and called police, according to a release. The witness told police the thief had cut the power cord off a window air conditioner after taking the backpack.

The witness gave police a description of the suspected thief and said he was on a bicycle pulling a bike trailer.

Officers saw 60-year-old Ray A. Wallace of Madison on North Frances Street, the report said. Wallace was bent over a utility box where wires were exposed. Police said officers found the stolen backpack in Wallace's bike trailer along with numerous electrical cords.

Theft of smartphone by passing cyclist prompts property security reminder

Theft of smartphone by passing cyclist prompts property security reminder

A bicyclist grabbed a woman's cell phone from her hand as she stood in downtown Madison Wednesday night, according to a release. The reported theft prompted Madison police to remind residents to be aware of their surroundings to prevent similar thefts.

Police said a 34-year-old Sun Prairie woman was looking down at her iPhone while standing on Wisconsin Avenue and East Dayton Street at 8:44 p.m. A young bicyclist pedaling past the woman grabbed the phone from her hand.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said citizens should be cautious of losing touch with their surroundings when using small, expensive electronics.

"One veteran MPD sergeant likes to compare holding an iPhone ... to clutching a stack of $100 bills in your hand," DeSpain said. "You would not nonchalantly walk around holding those -- or leave them sitting somewhere -- and similar precautions are advised for protecting pricey electronics."

Monona Terrace jumper fined more than $700

Monona Terrace jumper fined more than $700

A man who was seen jumping off Monona Terrace into Lake Monona in a YouTube video is facing citations and fines.

Madison police said Steven A. Hoeg, 25, of Madison, was mailed citations for trespassing and drinking alcohol on public property. An officer investigated the man?s identity after the video was posted and Monona Terrace staff contacted police last week.

The fines for the citations total $732, according to a release from Monona Terrace. A release from Monona Terrace said Hoeg admitted to the charges.

Monona Terrace spokesperson Fran Puleo said there is a city ordinance that makes standing on the ledge a finable offense, because it is trespassing to go past the railing on the rooftop.

Officers face hostile crowd after making arrests

Officers face hostile crowd after making arrests

Madison police had to call in extra officers to help with a large and hostile crowd that surrounded officers involved in making two arrests outside a downtown bar early Sunday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

A 35-year-old Madison woman told officers on the street that another woman had just pointed a gun at her inside the Red Shed Tavern on North Frances Street. Mounted officers spotted the armed woman walking on Frances Street and police said she fought with officers when she was arrested. Officers arrested Laconda S. Williams, 28, of Madison, on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment, battery to a police officer, resisting, carrying a handgun where alcohol is sold and disorderly conduct.

Police said that after the arrest an acquaintance of Williams attacked the original victim. Police intervened and arrested Asia M. Townsend, 24, of Sun Prairie, on suspicion of intimidation of a victim and battery.