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Police investigate drone sighting at Camp Randall

Officials are investigating the sighting of a drone over Camp Randall on Saturday.

University of Wisconsin-Madison police Lt. Ruth Ewing said the report of seeing the unmanned aerial vehicle came from the stands between the third and fourth quarter of Saturday's game between the Badgers and the Fighting Illini, which began at 11 a.m. The drone was reported near the north side of the stadium.

By the time police spoke to the witness, the drone was gone, Ewing said. A Wisconsin State Journal photographer captured an image of the drone before it left the area.

UWPD reported the sighting to the Federal Aviation Administration. University police are also investigating.

Ewing said a drone has never been spotted above the stadium before. During games, the air space above Camp Randall is considered a no-fly zone.

Man fights bouncers, police during bar disturbance

A man who started a disturbance at a downtown bar fought with bouncers and police during his arrest early Saturday morning.

Madison police said Samuel J. Perkins Hoffman, 19, of Grafton, went behind the bar at Segredo at 624 University Ave. and began drinking from a fountain gun. When he was asked to leave, he refused and fought with bouncers and police, according to a report.

One bouncer was punched in the face, an officer was kicked in the stomach and Hoffman spit in another officer's face, police said. Hoffman also threatened to kill bouncers and used a racial epithet during the disturbance, according to the report.

Hoffman was arrested on suspicion of battery to law enforcement officers, discharge of bodily fluids at a public safety worker, resisting, trespassing and two counts of disorderly conduct.

Man knocked unconscious by attackers

A Madison man was knocked unconscious and taken to a hospital with head injuries after a downtown attack early Saturday morning.

Witnesses told police two men punched and kicked the 23-year-old man in the 300 block of North Bassett Street while two others watched the attack.

The victim told police he was familiar with the attackers, but didn?t know them by name

He suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Party crashers take laptops, cash

A group of party crashers took laptops and cash from the hosts of a party on Gorham Street Saturday night.

Four 19-year-old men were holding a party at their apartment the 400 block of Gorham Street when a group of men and women showed up uninvited. The victims told police it took about 10 minutes to get them to leave and didn?t realize until later that laptop computers, headphones and cash were missing.

The loss is estimated at $3,500.

The men told police the men in the group likely stole the items while the women in the group distracted them.

Sheriff: 11-year-old Madison boy found

An 11-year-old Madison boy who didn't return home from school Friday, was found Saturday evening, authorities said.

The Dane County Sheriff says a Madison Metro driver recognized Rashon Shidell as he boarded a city bus and called authorities. Officers say Shidell is in good physical condition and has been reunited with his family.

Shidell was reported missing Saturday afternoon, after he was last seen at the Madison Public Library. His family was worried about Shidell's medical conditions that require daily medications.

Teen hits squad car, flees to Madison, crashes, flees

An 18-year-old man was arrested after driving a stolen truck into a squad car in Verona, fleeing into Madison, crashing again and fleeing police, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies said they were notified at about 8:30 p.m. Friday about a stolen truck entering Dane County from Iowa County. A Verona police officer located the truck in Verona and tried to pull it over when the truck backed into the squad car causing severe damage, according to the release. The officer was uninjured.

The truck drove off and was then pursued by several area law enforcement agencies, but the pursuit was called off because of high speed and the driver?s reckless driving, deputies said.

Dispatchers said they heard reports from several citizens about a reckless driver over an hour and a half. Officers said they tried again to stop the truck but it would speed away prompting officers to call off a pursuit.

Stolen family heirloom, other items, returned to fraternity house

A theft at a fraternity house on the University of Wisconsin campus left one student without his most prized possession, a family heirloom that survived the Holocaust. But Friday, he received some good news.

Martin Weiss and his housemates were victims of a burglary Wednesday night. Among the electronics, cash and jewelry stolen was Weiss's Star of David necklace, a generations-old heirloom that survived the Holocaust.

"I felt just like a myriad of different emotions," Weiss said. "I was sad, I felt violated, sick to my stomach, emotionally drained. To have it ripped away from me, it was just something I couldn't believe."

Unbelievable to Martin as well is what happened Friday. Fraternity President Jacob Levin was leaving the house early when he stumbled across a backpack by the bike racks.

�"It was unzipped when I found it," Levin said. "I go inside, I open up all the pockets, and there is Martin's necklace."