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Police: Drunken driver crashes in Overture Center garage

A Poynette man was arrested after crashing inside the Overture Center parking garage, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said a firefighter at Station 1 watched as a frustrated driver failed to get an exit gate to rise at a parking structure on West Mifflin Street near the fire station Wednesday night. The driver, Andrew J. Sullivan, 31, rapidly backed up, jumped a curb and scraped a concrete pillar before hitting a parked car, according to the report.

The firefighter told police Sullivan continued backing up and an oncoming van had to honk to avoid a possible collision.

The firefighter got Sullivan to hand over his keys and he parked his truck. Police were called as they walked to the fire station.

Woman sexually assaulted in parking lot, police say

A 21-year-old Madison woman was sexually assaulted in a parking lot early Wednesday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the woman was out with friends in the State Street area and was grabbed from behind while walking on Fahrenbrook Court.

The woman said the man threatened to shoot her but no weapon was seen.

"She's very fearful that she's going to be killed," Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said. "In the end, she was not physically injured in the sense that she wasn't beaten, shot, stabbed, anything like that, but one can only guess the traumatic stress she's under now having undergone such a stressful event."

The man fled south on North Mills Street after the assault.

"This is a serious stranger sexual assault, and so we want people to really be aware walking in the downtown all the time, but particularly right now because we have a very dangerous criminal out there," DeSpain said.

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.

7 schools to offer free breakfasts, lunches on school days

Seven Madison Metropolitan School District schools will start offering free, healthy school breakfasts and lunches on regular school days, according to a release.

The meals will be provided as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Community Eligibility Provision program, officials said. The program will start at the beginning of the upcoming school year.

?We are pleased that we will be able to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students in some of our schools with the highest need,? MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said in the release. ?Through the CEP, we?ll be able to reduce the administrative burden on families and ensure that every child has access to nutritious meals.?

The schools that will be offering free breakfast and lunches for all students are Allis Elementary School, Falk Elementary School, Lakeview Elementary School, Leopold Elementary School, Mendota Elementary School, Sherman Middle School and Wright Middle School.

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.

Bike rodeo will feature escorted ride to children?s museum

Children will learn about bike safety and the rules of the road at a free bike rodeo Aug. 26, Madison police said.

Middle school-aged children will have the opportunity to participate in a fun group ride to visit the Madison Children?s Museum during the event, according to a release.

The event is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. in the back parking lot of St. Bernard Church off of Atwood Avenue and Corry Court, officials said. The rodeo will feature a 3:30 p.m. escorted bike ride to the Madison Children?s Museum.

Participants will learn important lessons that will keep them safe then they bike to school or around their neighborhood, according to the release. The afternoon rodeo will also feature equipment and helmet checks and riding tips.

Organizers said anyone interested in attending should RSVP, but walk-ups will be welcomed. To RSVP, contact madisonbikerodeo@gmail.com.

Police: Woman wakes to man touching her

A 21-year-old Madison woman woke Sunday morning to a man touching her outside her underwear, according to a release from Madison police.

The woman told police she was in the bedroom of her apartment in the 500 block of West Mifflin Street when the incident occurred.

Police said there had been a party at her home and it?s not clear if the back door was locked before her roommates went to bed.

The man is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds with dark spiked hair and facial stubble.

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