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Man charged with painting (part of) town red

Man charged with painting (part of) town red

Police said a man was arrested downtown early Wednesday for painting (part of) the town red – -- that is, drawing graffiti on a North Francis Street building.

The Madison Police Department said officers responded to a report of a disturbance at the 400 block of North Frances Street at 1:40 a.m. A man police said was drunk was attempting to pick fights with passersby.

When officers arrived, they said the man was taking time out from creating problems to spray graffiti on an apartment building using a can of red paint.

Police said there were two distinct phrases in red, neither of which made sense to the officer. One appeared to read “TiLLyKKE” and the other was described only as containing the letter "r."

Police said Ryan M. Krafft, 38, was arrested on suspicion of graffiti and two counts of disorderly conduct. According to police, as he was taken to jail, Krafft swore and threatened to fight officers.

9 arrested in domestic violence warrant sweep

9 arrested in domestic violence warrant sweep

A sweep for people with outstanding family violence warrants yielded nine arrests, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday's sweep was part of the 11th annual Family Violence Apprehension Detail spanning 20 states. Sixteen Dane County deputies worked in teams throughout the day making 94 attempts to locate those with outstanding warrants.

Deputies arrested the following people based on the warrants listed:

FITCHBURG

  • Obed Sargento-Cruz, 21, of Fitchburg, on suspicion of domestic disorderly conduct
  • Pedro Xelhua Meza, 32, of Fitchburg, on suspicion of contempt of court and non-support

MADISON

Police: Man chokes woman to unconsciousness

Police: Man chokes woman to unconsciousness

A 22-year-old woman was choked to unconsciousness by a man she knows who had kicked in her apartment door and also hurled her laptop against a desk Saturday night, officials said.

The woman told police Alexander P. Koprowski, 26, of Green Bay choked her after he kicked in the door to her Langdon Street apartment around 11:15 p.m.

Koprowski threatened to kill her, threw her to the ground and "smashed" her head into the floor a couple of times, police said. He also hurled her laptop against a desk, which ruined it.

Officers found Koprowski at a North Carroll Street parking ramp and arrested him on charges of impeding breathing by putting pressure on someone's throat or neck, false imprisonment, battery and criminal damage to property.

The woman was taken to a hospital, as a precaution, for neck injuries, officials said.

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Burglar enters Hancock St. apartment as residents sleep

Burglar enters Hancock St. apartment as residents sleep

Police said a burglar entered a downtown apartment in the early morning as the residents slept.

The Madison Police Department said a 22-year-old man woke to sound of his bedroom door opening early Wednesday. A burglar was inside his apartment on the 100 block of North Hancock Street at 5:46 a.m., according to the report.

The victim yelled and intruder fled, police said.

Another resident of the apartment, a 24-year-old woman, was sleeping in a separate bedroom, the report noted. She discovered her wallet was missing from a dresser.

The burglar gained entry into the residence through an unlocked door, according to police.

Police investigate hit-and-run involving pedestrian downtown

Police investigate hit-and-run involving pedestrian downtown

Madison police are looking for the driver of a car that was involved in a hit-and-run crash early Friday morning, injuring a 20-year-old UW student.

The crash happened just after 1 a.m. Friday in the 500 block of University Avenue.

According to police, the student was drunk and texting while crossing University Avenue when her friends head a thump.

Police said when her friends turned around, they saw her lying in the roadway. Police said the driver of the vehicle did not stop.

Police are looking for a silver or gold car in connection with the incident. The student was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, including abrasions and a possible concussion.

Community, department say goodbye to police chief

Community, department say goodbye to police chief

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A retirement ceremony was held Thursday night for outgoing Madison Police Chief Noble Wray.

Wray served the MPD for the last 29 years, the last nine of them as chief. He started with the department as a patrol officer on the south side.

Around 200 people were on hand at the new training center on the east side where everyone in attendance had a chance to shake his hand and give him a hug.

Wray's wife said their family gave him to the city 29 years ago, but the commitment increased when he became chief.

"I really gave him to you nine years ago, but me and his family are so glad we're getting him back," said Michelle Wray.

"When you take the oath of office to serve a community, your family takes the oath as well. It's a tireless, demanding job," said Wray.

UW officials sending more safety warnings to students

UW officials sending more safety warnings to students

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Claudia Gupta lives on North Lake Street, close to where a suspect was chased after a shot was fired blocks away.

Since then, Gupta has received two timely warnings from the university. Another one has been sent out in the last month. Those messages describe assaults and armed robberies that have happened close to campus, the suspects, and safety tips that students should keep in mind in light of any threat.

As a senior, Gupta doesn't remember any emails like this one in the past, and it makes her afraid to wander far from her apartment after dusk.

"That's what makes it more concerning is I don't know if it's just happening more or if it happened more in the past and us students just weren't hearing about it," Gupta said.