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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.

Deputy knocked unconscious during struggle

Deputy knocked unconscious during struggle

A Dane County sheriff's deputy was knocked unconscious when his head hit the pavement while trying to take a man into custody, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Brian Biwer was helping Madison police on a call about an unwanted subject on Walbridge Avenue at about 3 a.m. Thursday. Madison police said a 21-year-old woman called for help when her former boyfriend damaged the door to her residence and took off with a key.

The report states that Jaren E. Lee, 24, of Madison, was running toward Biwer, who attempted to take Lee into custody. When Lee resisted, Biwer struck his head on the road leaving him unconscious for a short period, deputies said.

Police said Lee tried to flee but was slowed by low-riding jeans that ended up around his knees.

Biwer was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released. He is a 14-year veteran in the Sheriff's Office and a K-9 handler.

Paintball gun game leads to citations for 4 men, police say

Paintball gun game leads to citations for 4 men, police say

Police said reports of men shooting at a vehicle Friday afternoon led to citations for four men allegedly carrying paintball guns.

Madison police Lt. Amy Schwartz said officers responded to a report of two men shooting what were described as assault rifles at a vehicle near Lien Road and North Thompson Drive at 2:07 p.m.

"Further investigation revealed that the guns were likely (paintball) guns and the suspect vehicle description was aired to area officers," Schwartz said.

An officer spotted the suspect vehicle on Park Street and made contact with four men inside.

Rayshawn Jackson, 20, Gerald Jones, 34, Marquese Murphy, 19 and Keith Binder, 23, were cooperative with police, the report said. Three paintball rifles and a paintball handgun were found.

"(The sergeant) on scene stated that one of the rifles was very realistic looking, resembling an AR rifle painted in (camouflage)," Schwartz said.

Employee curtails sale of allegedly stolen copper

Employee curtails sale of allegedly stolen copper

Police said two men are suspected of attempting to sell copper pipe stolen from an east side construction site.

The Madison Police Department said a Thomas King, 51, of DeForest, and a Rodney Wipperfurth, 39, of Fitchburg, were at Alter Metal Recycling on Sycamore Avenue Tuesday morning trying to sell copper.

Staff at Alter Metal Recycling and other local metal recycling companies had been alerted by Hooper Corp. after $1,500 worth of copper pipe was stolen last week from a construction site in the 4600 block of Eastpark Boulevard, according to the report. The pipe had identifying marks that matched those on the metal the two men were selling.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said an AMR employee called police at 9 a.m. and officers arrested the two men on parole violations.

"Detectives are looking at tentatively charging (the two men) with receiving stolen property and possibly burglary," DeSpain said.

Police: Drunken driver nearly pinned officer

Police: Drunken driver nearly pinned officer

A suspected drunken driver nearly pinned a police officer between his van in a parked car as police were investigating a hit-and-run crash, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said Sebastian C. Taylor, 46, of Madison, drove away from Metro Market on Cottage Grove Road after his van struck a parked car Friday evening. Officers arrived to investigate the hit-and-run crash when the van returned. Taylor was asked to put his van in park and instead put it in reverse and nearly pinned an officer between the van and a parked vehicle, according to the release.

A woman riding in the van told police that they came to the store to buy dog food, but left following the crash. She said they when they realized they had forgotten the dog food they returned to the store not knowing the police had been called.

Couple suspected in drunken hit-and-run crash

Couple suspected in drunken hit-and-run crash

A Madison couple was arrested after a drunken hit-and-run crash on the east side Thursday night, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said Alyssa Barry, 29, and Shane Hendrix, 38, left a bar in the same car and got into an argument. Witnesses and the driver, Barry, told police Hendrix grabbed the wheel of the car, causing it to rear-end another car waiting at the intersection of Stoughton Road and Highway 30 after 11 p.m.

A person in the other car suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Barry and Hendrix left the scene and were found by officers a short time later, police said.

Barry was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run involving injury, hit-and-run of an attended vehicle, second-offense operating while intoxicated this time involving injury, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and non-registration of auto.