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Police: Man caught with cartload of stolen merchandise

A Platteville man was arrested after Madison police said he was found with about $1,450 worth of merchandise in a shopping cart.

A security officer at the Kohl?s at 2602 East Springs Dr. called police Friday after he said he spotted a man remove anti-theft devices from clothing and fragrances before placing them in his cart.

John T. Wills, 36, was arrested on suspicion of retail theft.

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Police investigate string of Madison shootings

Police and Dane County deputies have not yet connected a string of random shootings across the area.

Cars, homes and businesses have been damaged in six separate incidents that took place on the city?s east side.

The most recent incident happened Thursday when workers at Wilde East Towne Honda on High Crossing Boulevard found bullet holes in the tailgate of a minivan.

DNR announces first winter season free-fishing weekend

Residents, nonresidents invited to try winter-time fishing without a license    

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wisconsin’s first winter free fishing weekend, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 19-20.

Bob Manwell, DNR spokesman in Fitchburg, said residents and nonresidents are invited to fish Wisconsin waters without first purchasing a license.

Wisconsin has had a similar free fishing weekend in June for many years but Manwell said the mid-January free fish event offers the chance to  try "hardwater" fishing.

Manwell also said loaner tackle is available at some sites.

Org: Bus advertising policies questionable

MABA says cost-benefit analysis not only consideration in advertising wraps    

The Madison Area Bus Advocates, a non-profit group comprised of citizens who describe themselves as “pro-bus,” said when it comes to advertising policies, Metro Transit sometimes forgoes consideration of citizens' "[o]bjections, including ones having to do with respect, safety, accessibility, dignity, and justice, [are] dismissed hastily in pursuit of the almighty dollar."

The president and a board member of the advocacy organization -- Susan De Vos and Laurie Wermter -- write that the Metro's ad policy "needs to be redone."

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Van struck by bullet at auto dealership

As Madison and Dane County law enforcement investigate a series of random shootings, an auto dealership on Madison?s east side says a van in its parking lot was struck by a bullet.

Madison police said officers were dispatched to Wilde East Towne Honda at 5555 High Crossing Blvd. on Thursday morning after a bullet hole was discovered in a Honda Odyssey.

Officers said they recovered evidence.

The damage to the van?s tailgate caused about $3,000 in damage, according to police.
Other shootings involving vehicles and building on Madison?s east side and just east of the city are also being investigated.

Robber strikes east side credit union

A man passed a note to a teller at a Madison credit union and fled on foot with cash Friday morning, according to Madison police.

Officers said the Summit Credit Union at 1799 Thierer Rd. was robbed at about 9:19 a.m.

The note passed by the robber to the teller said he had a gun, but no gun was seen, according to police.

The robber fled on foot.

He?s described as white, 40 to 45 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall with an average to heavy build, larger nose and wearing large square-framed prescription glasses. He was also wearing a tan or brown hip-length jacket over a gray sweatshirt with red lettering on front, blue jeans with short legs, gray hiking-type shoes and a Bucky Badger winter hat with pompons at the end of two strings.

County joins efforts to help youth vulnerable to sex trafficking

Funds, coordination key topics in conversation on ending the crime    

Dane County is taking steps to raise awareness on the issue of human sex trafficking.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Thursday that the county is focused on coordinated education efforts and resources for homeless and runaway youth.

The 2013 county budget includes $30,000 to replace recently eliminated federal funds that support outreach services to homeless and runaway youth, a group that youth advocates cautioned are susceptible to trafficking.

"At the very base, this problem exists because there's a demand for people to buy sex," Parisi said. "People need to realize if they're going to go out and purchase someone's body to use, that is not a victimless crime."