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Group detained after shots fired on east side

Multiple callers reported hearing gunshots in the 2700 block of Washington Avenue on Madison?s east side Monday night, according to Madison police.

Officers were dispatched to the area at 8:32 p.m. on reports that up to five gunshots were fired.

Residents reported seeing a group of people scatter from a gas station to 2702 E. Washington Ave., according to police.

No victims had been located.

Police said a group of people located in the immediate area were detained for further questioning.

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Two Sun Prairie women arrested; security guard attacked on Black Friday

A security officer was attacked in front of Black Friday shoppers when he approached three women and a teenager he suspected of theft.

The 24-year-old victim told police the women were leaving the JC Penney at East Towne Mall before 8 p.m. Friday and were heading into the mall when he asked them to stop.

He said the women and 14-year-old girl punched and kicked him. He was not seriously hurt, but bleeding from a cut near an ear.

Police said stolen clothes and other items were found in a stroller beneath a baby.

Lesley M. Williams, 22, of Sun Prairie, was arrested on suspicion of battery and retail theft. Ashley R. Williams, 24, of Reedsburg, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and bail jumping.

Alicia A. Lembeke, 23, of Sun Prairie, was cited on suspicion of retail theft.

The 14-year-old was arrested on suspicion of battery and released to a family member.

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

About 79 kids will get to spend the day shopping, wrapping with officers

Area families who may not have the finances for Christmas gifts will get to share in the season through a program organized by area police officers.

Dane County area police departments will pair officers with kids for the annual “Shop with a Cop” program on Sunday.

Each year, children from families in need are chosen to participate in the event. Each child receives $150 -- collected through private and corporate donations -- to buy gifts for his or her family. The shopping spree will take place at the East Side Target, organizers said.

Detective Kathy Wessel with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said about 79 kids are participating in the event Sunday. She said the little shoppers enjoy taking part in the giving season.

“They get a kick out of shopping for their families and picking out presents for brothers, sisters, mom and dad,” Wessel said.

Police: Girl punched, nose broken on bus

A 16-year-old boy punched a 15-year-old girl on a Madison Metro bus, breaking the girl's nose, Madison police said.

It happened Tuesday afternoon as the bus was traveling in the 5300 block of Retana Drive on Madison's far east side.

The boy, with whom the victim is acquainted, delivered a single blow to the victim, who also suffered a head cut, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

The teens had been arguing before the violence, police said.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where she needed multiple stitches to close the wound.

The boy was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Reception Center on tentative charges of substantial battery and disorderly conduct.

Drive-thru pharmacy robber makes off with OxyContin

A Walgreen?s pharmacist was robbed Tuesday shortly after 9 p.m., according to the Madison Police Department.

A man called the 60-year-old pharmacist and told him to put OxyContin in a bag in the drive-thru drop box, threatening the pharmacist with a gun, according to the report.

Police said the robber told the pharmacist he was watching him and it was clear to the pharmacist that the caller could see him. �

The pharmacist told police a slender white man between 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall wearing a dark sweater and baseball cap grabbed the prescription opiates from the drop box and fled.

A police dog tracked the criminal north to Martha Lane, where the scent abruptly ended.

The Walgreen?s that was robbed is located at 4518 Cottage Grove Road on the Far East side of Madison.

Police enforce DNA sample submissions in Dane County sweep

Police enforce DNA sample submissions in Dane County sweep

Area police officers went door to door Tuesday as part of Dane County’s first DNA-sample enforcement mission. Officers from the Madison, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, Middleton and deputies from Dane County Sheriff’s Department joined forces to conduct the Dane County DNA sweep.

About 30 law enforcement officers made attempts to contact individuals who were required by law to submit a DNA sample but had not. The Dane County Sheriff’s Department said there were 93 people listed in noncompliance.

The Office of Justice Assistance estimated that between 100 and 120 individuals living in Dane County are required to submit a DNA sample to the Wisconsin DNA Databank on a quarterly basis. Everyone on the list is first sent a letter in an attempt to get voluntary compliance. In many cases, additional attempts were necessary; follow-up letters were sent via certified mail from the Dane County District Attorney’s Office.

Man allegedly trying to sell laptop to diners on Gorham arrested

Madison police said they arrested a 42-year-old man in the downtown area after he tried to sell a laptop computer to diners in a West Gorham Street restaurant.

The suspect was told to leave as police were called to report the suspicious behavior.

Joseph Finney III of Madison and Milwaukee was taken into custody on Nov. 20 on suspicion of bail-jumping charges. He claimed the computer belonged to a girlfriend.

Detectives said they are also investigating Finney in connection with recent gas station robberies.