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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.

Deputy wakes suspected drunken driver at traffic light

Deputy wakes suspected drunken driver at traffic light

A deputy made a fourth-offense operating while intoxicated arrest after the van in front of him at a traffic light didn't move when the light turned green, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy was stopped at a traffic light at U.S. Highway 51 and East Washington Avenue just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. The release states that the deputy honked at the van when it didn't move for the green light.

The deputy got out and found the driver slumped over the steering wheel, and woke up after the deputy knocked on the window several times.

Skyler Shegonee, 27, of Madison was arrested after a field sobriety test and a blood sample was taken. He was also cited on suspicion of impeding traffic, having open intoxicants in the vehicle and operating after revocation.

Bandanna-wearing man robs east Madison gas station at gunpoint

Bandanna-wearing man robs east Madison gas station at gunpoint

A man wore a bandanna over his face as he robbed an east Madison gas station at gunpoint Tuesday night, police said.

Madison police said a lone gunman entered the Citgo at 4905 Commercial Ave. at 9:54 p.m. A clerk told police the robber was armed with a handgun, demanded money and fled with cash from the till.

Police said a K-9 was brought in, but no suspect was found.

The man was described as white, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall and had a thin build. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a red-and-white bandanna across his face, according to the report.

Mother pleads guilty to child neglect in death of toddler struck by van

Mother pleads guilty to child neglect in death of toddler struck by van

A mother whose young daughter was struck and killed on a Madison street has pleaded guilty to child neglect.

Thirty-three-year-old Raya Hansen is to be sentenced Monday in Dane County Circuit Court. Prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence of two and a-half years.

The State Journal reported a charge of second-degree reckless homicide was dismissed Wednesday as part of the plea agreement.

A criminal complaint said Hansen was high on drugs when she put her 1-year-old daughter in a wheelchair and headed to a drug store about 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2013.

The wheelchair rolled out into the street and was struck by a van.

Drug, OWI charges for driver slumped over wheel

Drug, OWI charges for driver slumped over wheel

A Madison man found slumped over the wheel of a vehicle on Madison's east side Thursday night was charged with his fourth driving under the influence offense, police said.

Madison police said officers responded to the intersection of North Stoughton Road and East Washington Avenue for a report of a running car stopped in traffic at 9:10 p.m.

Njiru T. Lowe, 31, of Madison, was slumped over the wheel, according to the report.

Lowe regained consciousness and was arrested on tentative charges of fourth-offense operating while under the influence, possession of heroin and operating after suspension.

Madison fire paramedics also responded.

Police: Armed robbery at east side Subway

Police: Armed robbery at east side Subway

Madison police officers responded to an armed robbery at an east side Subway on Friday evening, according to a report.

A black male entered the Subway restaurant at 4416 Pflaum Road around 8 p.m. Friday, with his hands in his pockets and told the lone female employee he had a knife.

The man demanded all the money from the register and fled with the cash. A K-9 track was completed, but it ended in a nearby parking lot.

Police say the man is described as approximately 6 feet tall, with a heavy build, clean shaven with thin dreadlocks, and wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood up.