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UW students catch burglar during Badger Game

UW students took matters into their own hands Saturday night, catching a burglar in their downtown apartment.

Three burglars struck the home of seven roommates while they were at a neighbor?s house on Lathrop Street watching the Wisconsin Badger game Saturday night, according to Madison police.

UW senior Matt DeBoer said one of his roommates looked out a window and spotted someone walking around his room that they didn't recognize.

DeBoer, his roommates and neighbors went to check out the situation and found three men stealing electronics. DeBoer grabbed one of the burglars and his roommates held him until police arrived.

"I just grabbed him and he tried to run," said DeBoer. "Thankfully, my friends were right behind me, so they were able to help restrain him and we called the cops. We were able to catch one of them and no one was hurt, thankfully."

Police said one burglar jumped off a second-floor balcony and another fled out a door.

Police find purse thief at Park Street restaurant, officials say

A Mount Horeb woman?s stolen purse was returned after a credit card company reported her card had been used at a Park Street restaurant, officials said.

The woman was at a restaurant on West Mifflin Street having dinner with a friend around 10 p.m. Friday, according to a release. Her purse was hanging over the back of her chair and she didn?t notice anything was wrong until her purse was gone.

The woman called her credit card companies to cancel her cards and one told her a card had just been used, police said.

Wallace J. Weaver, 40, of Middleton was located outside the restaurant on Park Street with the woman?s purse and cellphone, according to the release.

Police said other items belonging to the woman, including stolen credit cards, were found scattered outside the restaurant.

Police: Woman sexually assaulted by stranger

A woman from downtown Madison told police she was sexually assaulted by a stranger while she was walking alone.

The 22-year-old victim told police she was walking in the 100 block of Langdon Street at about 12:20 a.m. on Sept. 6 or Sept. 7 when a man grabbed her from behind, put an arm around her neck and punched her in the stomach.

She said she was groped over her clothing. She said she was screaming and might have injured the man during the assault.

The man fled toward Wisconsin Avenue after she fought back, according to the victim.

The attacker is described as white, in his mid-to-late 20s, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 175 to 185 pounds with a medium build. He was wearing a blue sweatshirt and shorts.

The woman said she was initially reluctant to report the assault but was encouraged by a friend to report it.

UW campus officer named new chief at SIU

A lieutenant with the police force for the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus is the new chief of public safety at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

SIU says Benjamin Newman will begin in Carbondale on Oct. 9 as the successor to Todd Sigler, who is retiring after 30 years at SIU.

Newman joined UW-Madison's police department as an officer and evidence technician in 1999. He was promoted to sergeant in 2003 and to lieutenant five years later.

He now he manages policy development and implementation, supervises personnel, oversees aspects of the budget, and conducts training and investigations for the department.

SIU's chancellor, Rita Cheng, credits Newman with having "highly relevant experience as a police officer and administrator on a large, complex campus."

Armed men rob 22-year-old on State Street

Police said three armed men robbed a man downtown Friday night.

The Madison Police Department said a 22-year-old was walking on the 400 block of State Street at about 10:55 p.m. when he was approached by three men in their 20s.

The victim told police the men demanded money.

A short struggle ensued and one of the men pulled out a weapon, according to the report. The muggers stole some electronic equipment and fled on foot.

Police described one of the men as black, about 6 feet tall and wearing a gray sweatshirt and black pants. A second robber was described as black, also about 6 feet tall wearing a gray shirt and black pants. The third man who displayed a weapon was described as black and short, but no information about his clothing was provided.

UW-Madison warns of fake Bucky

The appearance of someone who looks like Bucky Badger at the State Capitol is prompting the University of Wisconsin to warn fans about the Bucky Badger lookalike.

According to a release, UW officials said the badger that?s been appearing at the Capitol has puffy features, odd coloring and a sloppy sweater.

The university said the fake Bucky costume has been spotted for sale online, and officials are trying to block the unauthorized sale of the costumes.

A Milwaukee mascot maker is the official source of the "real" Bucky. Campus officials ask that fans not treat the fake Bucky the same as they would the real Bucky.

The release states that Bucky doesn?t take sides on political issues.

?Bucky prefers to serve as a rallying figure for all Wisconsinites, and - while it does get warm under all that fur - he'd hate to see anyone wrinkle their nose when he leans in for a hug, a photo or a high five,? the release stated.

Judge upholds UW doctor malpractice cap

A Dane County judge has upheld a $250,000 malpractice cap for University of Wisconsin-Madison doctors.

The case involves a Verona woman who won a $1.8 million jury award in her husband's death. The jury found a UW doctor was negligent. Terri Fiez challenged the malpractice cap set for UW doctors and other state employees.

The State Journal reported Judge John Markson ruled Fiez had not shown the cap was unconstitutional. The judge urged the state Supreme Court to take the case because the $250,000 cap was set by the Legislature in 1979 and should be updated.