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Man offered drugs, attacked, robbed

A 22-year-old Madison man was attacked in the common area of an apartment building after being offered drugs, according to Madison police.

The victim said he was at an apartment in the 4700 block of Cottage Grove Road at 2:44 a.m. on Sunday when a man offered to sell him drugs. He said he was pistol whipped and robbed of his wallet.

Police said two women helped the attacker by grabbing the victim by the arms while the attacker pulled out his handgun. The victim was struck twice in the face, and was taken to a hospital for treatment of a cut.

The attacker is described as black, 6 feet 3 inches tall, with a thin build and wearing a black, flat brimmed hat.

The women are described as white, 22-24 years old, with a medium build. One had black hair with blond highlights and was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. The other had short black hair and was wearing shorts and a blouse with black and white horizontal stripes.

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Robber takes OxyContin from pharmacy

A robber took OxyContin and other pharmaceuticals from a Walgreens pharmacy Saturday, according to Madison police.

Police were called to the Walgreens at 3710 E. Washington Ave. at 5:40 a.m. for a report of a robbery.

Investigators said the man demanded drugs from a pharmacist, and didn't display a weapon.

A police dog tracked the robber from the Walgreens to a parking lot at the corner of Anderson Street and North Stoughton Road, and police said they believe the robber got into a getaway car at that location.

The robber is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 190 to 200 pounds with a heavy build. He was wearing a dark waist-length jacket, blue jeans and a baseball-style cap.

A Delavan man was arrested last week in connection to a series of pharmacy robberies involving the theft of painkillers.

Madison motorists targeted for speeding, pedestrian safety

Madison police are conducting special traffic enforcement in three areas of the city this week. Officers with the Traffic Enforcement Safety Team will be looking for pedestrian safety violations and speeders Tuesday through Thursday.

The enforcement team will be at:

  • 2200 E. Johnson St. on Tuesday promoting and enforcing pedestrian safety.

  • 2200 Seminole Highway on Wednesday enforcing a 25 mph speed limit.
  • 100 John Nolan Dr. on Thursday enforcing a 35 mph speed limit.

Madison police said they rely on the public to be aware of and to follow all traffic laws, whether as a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorist.

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Police search for 2 suspects in shooting, carjacking

Police said a man was shot on the far east side by two men driving a stolen car.

The Madison Police Department said at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, a bystander called to report that a man had been shot at several times by two black men in a white Chevy Impala. Police said the witness also told them the victim fled into the woods near 130 Wittwer Road.

According to the report, a police dog was called to track the victim through the woods.

A short time later, officers were called to Pinewood Court for a report of a man with a gunshot wound to his hand, police said.

The man told police he was with the suspects just prior to the shooting and the suspects stole his car, a white 2007 Chevy Impala with Wisconsin license plate ?697 SFE.?

Police asked residents to call 911 and use caution if they see the vehicle; according to the report, the suspects are considered armed and dangerous.

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Police arrest suspect during burglary attempt

Police apprehended a suspect after receiving a call Friday morning about a burglary in progress.

The witness was in a parking lot on the 300 block of Parkwood Lane, and heard the sound of breaking glass. The witness saw a man enter an apartment through a window.

Police arrived as the suspect was loading a flat-screen TV and a painting in the back of a van.

Police believe the painting was taken from the targeted apartment. They are uncertain whether the TV is stolen.

At public forum, residents weigh in on possible Metro route changes

At public forum, residents weigh in on possible Metro route changes

Adjustments proposed for Sheboygan Avenue, Allied Drive   

Around 30 people attended a public hearing Wednesday evening to weigh in on possible changes to Madison bus routes.

The City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission listened to the comments and concerns of about 20 Madison residents. Most attendees focused on the proposed changes to bus routes 14 and 15 at Sheboygan Avenue on the west side, but others had suggestions for routes 9, 10 and 18, among others.

In the end, "30 percent will like [what's changed]; 30 percent will hate it; 30 percent won't care; 10 percent won't realize there was a change," said Transit Schedule Planner Colin Conn. "That’s just standard."

Madison flora and fauna slowly signal spring

Madison flora and fauna slowly signal spring

Although March 20 marked the arrival of the spring equinox, Madison is still shivering in cold temperatures. According to the National Weather Service Offices, the average temperature on March 20 was 15 degrees this year, while the same day last year reached 71 degrees.

"[We've] got snow covering the ground for a longer period than normal, and we still have it now," said Levi Wood, a naturalist at UW Arboretum, after guiding a public tour titled "End of Winter" in the Arboretum on March 24. That day turned out windy and snowy, with a high temperature of 31 degrees.

"This is becoming one of the longer lasting, snowier winters any of us can remember," wrote Wood in the trip's note on the Arboretum website.

In the freezing wintry air, a few species still surfaced to herald the spring in Madison, including the skunk cabbage, a plant distributed near the Wingra Woods in the Arboretum.