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MPD Chief Wray to retire in 2 months, city reflects on leader

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray is stepping down after nine years at the helm of the Madison Police Department.

Wray said he had planned to retire at the beginning of 2013 but he wanted to make sure the office-involved shooting situation and internal investigations were in a manageable position before leaving.

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Madison police to hold news conference

The Madison Police Department is holding a news conference Tuesday afternoon, but are not saying what the subject of the news conference is.

The 3 p.m. news conference will be held at the Madison Police Department Training Center.

The notice says Police Chief Noble Wray will provide reporters with details of significant news regarding the MPD.

Madison wins best-tasting water title at state fair

The Madison Water Utility won a blue ribbon Tuesday morning at the Wisconsin State Fair.

It's the first time the city received the honor in 27 years of the competition, according to Madison Water Utility spokeswoman Amy Barrilleaux. Madison won over 17 other municipal drinking water utilities.

Seventeen municipal drinking water utilities provided samples, which were judged on taste, odor and appearance.

Madison can now compete for a national title next spring in Boston.

The 27th annual contest was sponsored by the Wisconsin Water Association, a member of the American Water Works Association.

Man tackles thief to get laptop back

A 27-year-old man was able to tackle an alleged thief to get back his stolen laptop, police said.

Madison police said a Williamson Street resident was working on his computer on his front porch Monday at about 6:10 p.m. when a stranger sat next to him.

According to the report, the stranger asked the man for a cigarette. When the Willy Street resident told the unknown man he didn't have a cigarette, police said he grabbed the laptop and took off.

The report said the laptop owner chased him onto South Baldwin Street and tackled the thief.

The computer hit the ground and the thief kept running, police said.

Police described the thief as a black man, between 22-25 years old with a medium-to-dark complexion and possibly short hair or a shaved head. He was wearing a white T-shirt, denim shorts and basketball shoes, the report said.

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Woman attacked, sexually assaulted on east side

A Madison woman was attacked and sexually assaulted Sunday night, according to police.

Madison police said the attack happened at 11 p.m. in the 2200 block of Winnebago Street as the 23-year-old victim was running in the area.

The attacker was described as black man 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing 160-180 pounds with a slender build and short hair. He was wearing a black sleeveless T-shirt and athletic shorts. Police said he is wanted for first degree sexual assault.

Police said the victim suffered head injuries and was taken to a hospital.

?I think stranger assaults are the ones that are most likely to be reported,? Dane County Rape Crisis Center executive director Kelly Anderson said. ?And I think it's what most people think of when they think about a rape happening in our community. But what we know is somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of sexual assaults are actually committed by somebody who knows their victims.?

Police looking for red-light runners

Madison police are conducting special traffic enforcement this week to catch motorists running red lights.

The Madison Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team will be checking compliance on Tuesday at East Washington Avenue and First Street, Wednesday at East Washington Avenue and Mendota Street, and Thursday at South Park Street and West Badger Road.

This is National Stop on Red Week.

Man attacked in mall bathroom

A Madison man was attacked while using a urinal at East Towne Mall, according to Madison police.

The 45-year-old victim told police the attacker approached him from behind while he was using the urinal Friday afternoon.

He said the robber placed a metal object to the back of his neck and demanded his wallet. The man told the attacker he didn't have a wallet, and the robber struck the victim in the head with the metal object.

The victim told police he believed the attacker had a gun.