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'Irreplaceable' Star of David stolen from student as he slept, police say

'Irreplaceable' Star of David stolen from student as he slept, police say

A priceless family heirloom was reportedly stolen among other valuables from a university student's bedroom as he slept overnight Wednesday, police said.

Madison police said a 20-year-old University of Wisconsin-Madison student woke in his room at a fraternity house on North Henry Street Wednesday to find his Star of David pendant had been taken.

Police said a burglar had entered two rooms at the house where two fraternity brothers were sleeping at about 2 a.m.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said that the four students -- three 19-year-old men and the 20-year-old -- discovered electronics and money were missing Wednesday morning and called police.

The student's Star of David that was snatched had survived the Holocaust, according to the report.

"The worth of such a pendant goes far beyond dollars and cents," DeSpain said.

The pendant has the Hebrew letter Shin in the center and is attached to a gold necklace, police said.

Drunken driver hits bicyclist, knocks man unconscious, police say

Drunken driver hits bicyclist, knocks man unconscious, police say

Police said a Madison woman was suspected of drunken driving after she reportedly struck a bicyclist in the downtown area early Friday morning.

Madison police said a 22-year-old man was biking on the 600 block of University Avenue at 2:09 a.m. when he was hit by a car. He was knocked unconscious and suffered apparent non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses described the car to police, and a State Capitol police officer spotted the vehicle on East Johnson Street, according to the report. Madison police responded and the 22-year-old driver, Brynn K. Maphis, denied striking the bicyclist.

Police said the car's passenger side mirror was missing. The mirror was found at the scene of the crash.

Maphis performed poorly on field sobriety tests, police said. She registered a 0.21 on a preliminary breath alcohol test and was cited on suspicion of operating while intoxicated.

Police said possible other charges are pending.

Police release surveillance footage of Saturday morning battery

Madison police are looking for help identifying several persons of interest seen in surveillance footage of a battery incident Saturday.

A man was hospitalized after he was knocked unconscious in a fight early Saturday morning, police said.

A 24-year-old was walking with a friend when he began arguing with several men on the 400 block of West Mifflin Street at 3:30 a.m., Madison police said.

The argument turned into a physical fight and the 24-year-old was knocked unconscious, police said.

The men were between 18-23 years old. Police said there were several men involved in the fight, though it wasn't clear how many. The attackers were traveling in a Chevy Suburban, which is also visible in the surveillance footage.

Police ask anyone with information on the incident to contact the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.


Police: Man held by one assailant, beat unconscious by another

Police: Man held by one assailant, beat unconscious by another

A man was beaten until he was unconscious in downtown Madison early Friday, police said.

A witness told police a 22-year-old man was held by one man while another punched and kicked him, according to a Madison police news release. 

Police responded to North Frances Street at Langdon Street at 1:50 a.m. and found the man unconscious. Shortly after police arrived, the man regained consciousness.

Police said the man did not want to provide any information about the fight and refused medical treatment.

Police: Drunken man asleep in car thought he'd parked

Police: Drunken man asleep in car thought he'd parked

A man told police he thought he'd parked after he was reportedly found intoxicated and asleep behind the wheel Saturday afternoon.

Madison police said officers found 53-year-old Jerry J. Wright snoring in a car on the 100 block of North Fairchild Street at 2:23 p.m. The front of the car was protruding into a traffic lane and the rear bumper was resting against another car, which was legally parked.

According to the report, concerned citizens could see Wright was "completely out, and in deep slumber."

Wright allegedly told the officer he thought he'd finished his parallel parking job and was really tired, so he went to sleep. The officer also said a large can of beer was in the car.

Wright was arrested on suspicion of fourth-offense drunken driving.

Police split up parking ramp skirmish with pepper spray

Police split up parking ramp skirmish with pepper spray

Pepper spray was used to end a fight Saturday morning at a downtown parking ramp, according to a Madison police news release.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said there were several disputes taking place simultaneously inside the State Street Campus parking garage at 2:15 a.m. The skirmishes in the ramp on North Lake Street appeared to be connected to a large confrontation that took place on the 400 block of North Frances Street.

Officers saw the group involved in the fight flow into the ramp. The fighting parties ignored orders to leave from private security guards.  That's when a Madison officer used his OC spray to break up the disputers.

"The OC did prompt most to leave," DeSpain said.

In the area where the spray was used there were more than a dozen people who appeared to be fighting, police said.

Man knocked unconscious in street brawl, police say

Man knocked unconscious in street brawl, police say

A man was knocked unconscious downtown early Sunday after a brawl on State Street, officials said.

The Madison Police Department said witnesses reported six to 10 people were involved in the fight on the 100 block at about 2:13 a.m.

The 25-year-old man was kicked in the head, police said. When the brawl was over, one of the assailants punched the man several more times.

Witnesses told police the 25-year-old was also "curb stomped" before the attacker was pulled away by an accomplice. Both assailants fled as police arrived.

The 25-year-old was belligerent with hospital staff and uncooperative with officers, police said. He refused to provide any information. He was treated for head injuries including a broken nose.

The 25-year-old's blood alcohol level measured 0.414, according to the report.