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Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

The Madison Police Department's Burglary Crime Unit hit the streets Thursday to bring community awareness to open garage door burglaries, said police.

According to police, five detectives, one detective sergeant and two analysts went to sections of the city that have had an increase in open garage burglaries. In three hours, police contacted over 60 homes with open garage doors to bring the problem to residents' attention.

Police: Man drank 18 beers, found asleep in crashed car

Police: Man drank 18 beers, found asleep in crashed car

A 20-year-old Madison man was cited Wednesday on suspicion of a second drunken driving offense on Madison's east side.

Madison police said a sergeant came across a car in a ditch off South Stoughton Road shortly after midnight. The sergeant found the driver asleep behind the wheel. The car was not running and its lights were off.

The car had sustained front-end damage and the airbags had deployed, according to the report. The sergeant woke the driver, 20-year-old Gustavo R. Delarosa-Viades, who reportedly told police that he had consumed 18 beers before the crash.

Delarosa-Viades was cited on suspicion of second-offense operating while intoxicated, operating while revoked and operating without insurance.

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.