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Police investigate gunfire on city’s northeast side

Police investigate gunfire on city’s northeast side

A quiet northeast side neighborhood was disturbed by gunfire Sunday night, according to Madison police.

The incident happened in the 100 block of West Village Green Lane, near the corner of Hayes Road, just after 9 p.m., according to Madison police.

Police said witnesses saw a man armed with a handgun shooting the weapon into the air. Police said the man then got into a car and left the scene.

Officers who arrived found empty shell casings in the area, but didn’t locate anyone injured or any property damage.

Report: Robinson injured in head, torso

Report: Robinson injured in head, torso

The Dane County Medical Examiner says 19-year-old Tony Robinson suffered firearm trauma to his head, torso and right arm.

A preliminary autopsy report on the officer-related shooting was released Friday. Robinson was shot at a home on Williamson Street by Madison police officer Matthew Kenny on March 6.

The report didn't specify how many times Robinson was shot.

Additional studies, including toxicology studies are still underway, according to the medical examiner's office. The results are not expected for several weeks.

Attorney General Brad Schimel said Thursday he expects the investigation report into the shooting to be ready to send to the district attorney in two weeks.

Man arrested for robbing teen of shoes, phone at gunpoint

Man arrested for robbing teen of shoes, phone at gunpoint

A Madison man was arrested Thursday in connection to the armed robbery of a teen in February, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said a 15-year-old was inside a residence in the 700 block of North Thompson Drive Feb. 15 when he was robbed of his shoes and cellphone at gunpoint.

Darrick R. Thompson, Jr., 20, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.

Family, friends keep Tony Robinson memorial going after shooting

Family, friends keep Tony Robinson memorial going after shooting

A friend of Tony Robinson’s said a cleaning crew was out at 1125 Williamson St. Thursday cleaning up what was left of the shooting scene, but family and friends plan to keep a memorial going.

“I'm surviving. It's the loss of a family member, someone you loved, someone you got to talk to, hug, laugh with, spend time with, converse with,” Melvin Ivy said. “It's hard to regenerate something you'll never be able to have again.”

Ivy, who is the uncle of some of Robinson’s best friends, spent most of his time outside Thursday, rearranging the makeshift memorial people had contributed.

Robinson was shot and killed by Madison police officer Matthew Kenny Friday night. Police said they were responding reports of to a man jumping in and out of traffic and a possible battery at the time.

Police said Kenny entered the residence Robinson went into and was allegedly assaulted by Robinson. That’s when, police said, Kenny fired his weapon.

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $3.75 million in funding Thursday to increase radio coverage in rural areas and inside large buildings, according to a release.

The allocation was approved as part of a larger resolution approving the issuing of bonds to pay for commitments already approved in the 2015 capital budget, officials said. The new funding is in addition to the $3 million already dedicated to improvements in the DaneCom radio system.

News 3 reported in December that parts of DaneCom would be taken offline at the beginning of 2015 to determine if the county’s new emergency communication system was causing emergency radio problems.

Cab slammed into by hit-and-run driver

Cab slammed into by hit-and-run driver

A taxi driver was not seriously injured when a hit-and-run driver slammed into him.

It happened at around 1:15 Friday morning on S. Stoughton Road.

The collision caused significant damage to the cab.

The car that smashed into the cab rolled over, but the driver ran away before police arrived.

The driver has not been located.

East Washington Avenue hotels, motels form crime-fighting alliance

Aiming to decrease the number of crimes on their property, 24 hotels and motels on East Washington Avenue have partnered with police to share information about individuals they will not rent to, and assist in the arrest and prosecution of violators.

The businesses hope to decrease the amount of drug use, human trafficking and prostitution incidents in their rooms and parking lots.

"What we recognize is that a problem for one hotel is very likely a problem for all hotels," Madison police officer David Dexheimer said. "Our hope is that it develops into something that's self-sustaining between the hotels and the motels."

While antagonizers may currently be denied rooms at one place, they can take their business to another nearby hotel or motel.

By sharing troublemakers' information through an email exchange, Comfort Inn front desk supervisor Sandra Haire hopes to see less crime in general.