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Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.

Suspect in shooting on east side will go to trial

Suspect in shooting on east side will go to trial

The suspect in a July east side murder was bound over for trial Tuesday.

Marcius Lee is being held on $1 million bail.

He is facing first-degree homicide charges in connection to the death of Robert Frances, of Portland, Oregon.

France was found dead in the parking lot of the Howard Johnson Hotel on East Washington Avenue on July 19.

Investigators said drugs or drug money were a factor in the crime.

Lee was arrested a few days after the shooting by Chicago police.

Rounds strike house, parked car on Chicago Ave., police say

Rounds strike house, parked car on Chicago Ave., police say

Police said a bullet struck a house and a parked vehicle on Madison's east side Saturday morning.

The Madison Police Department said officers responded to a report of shots fired outside a home on the 3300 block of Chicago Avenue just off North Fair Oaks Avenue at 3:39 a.m.

It appeared one round entered a house and another struck a vehicle parked on the street, according to the report.

Police said no injuries were reported and the incident was under investigation.

2 men force way into home, steal cash, property

2 men force way into home, steal cash, property

Madison police are looking for information about a home invasion on the far east side early Wednesday morning.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m. Madison police officers responded to the 1300 block of South Thompson Drive for a report of a home invasion, according to a release.

Two unknown men forced their way into a home, and at least one handgun was shown during the robbery, police said. The two men stole cash and other personal property.

No one was injured in the incident, according to the release. The robbery remains under investigation.

Police said they do not have any description of the robbers, other than that one was wearing a mask.

East side pizza delivery man robbed at gunpoint

East side pizza delivery man robbed at gunpoint

An east side pizza delivery man said three men struck him with a handgun and pinned him against a wall before robbing him early Tuesday morning, according to Madison police.

Police said the incident happened around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 4300 block of Nakoosa Trail.

According to police, the victim was delivering pizzas to an address on Nakoosa when he was approached by the three men.

Police said the men took off with the pizzas and an unknown amount of cash. Police said the victim went to the hospital to be treated for facial contusions and a laceration.

Police said the three men were last seen wearing dark-colored sweatshirts with hoods, and one of the men was possibly armed with a handgun. Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608() 266-6014.

Woman suspected of driving drunk with child in vehicle

Woman suspected of driving drunk with child in vehicle

A Madison woman had a child in her vehicle when she was arrested on suspicion of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

A deputy stopped a vehicle at Sinykin Circle at Stein Avenue in Madison at 12:01 a.m. Friday after someone reported a possible drunken driver.

Katrisa Sanneh, 34, refused field sobriety tests, according to the deputy. She was arrested on suspicion of sixth-offense OWI with a passenger under the age of 16 in the vehicle and a probation hold. She was also cited for operating while suspended.

Police: Credit union robber got into cab

Police: Credit union robber got into cab

Police said the man suspected of robbing an east Madison credit union Wednesday had gotten into a cab and was arrested about 45 minutes after the robbery.

The Madison Police Department said a man passed a note to a clerk at the Dane County Credit Union on East Washington Avenue around 4:40 p.m.

The robber then fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Credit union staff members were able to provide a good description of the robber, which was relayed to Madison Metro and local cab companies, a standard procedure, police said.

Police said a man matching the robber's description had gotten into a cab and was dropped off on the 4700 block of East Washington Avenue.

Michael Tomasetti, 45, of Rhinelander, was arrested after running out a back door, according to a news release.

Police said some of the stolen cash was in his pocket and some was tucked in the elastic band of his underpants.

Tomasetti was arrested on suspicion of robbery.