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Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Madison police said Wednesday the north district station is partnering with East Washington Avenue businesses to work against repeat offenders in the area.

Police said officers have started a list of people who are banned from area businesses on the stretch of avenue from Milwaukee to Marquette streets. The ban list is in response to what Officer Dave Dexheimer called "chronic disorder" that's been prevalent on East Washington for the last several years.

People who are arrested at one of the participating East Washington Avenue businesses for any of a variety of offenses will be placed on the list for a year. That person is not only banned from the business where the offense took place, but all the other businesses participating in the Collective Community Ban Program, police said.

The program was organized to deter repeat offenders, decrease offenses and increase safety, according to the department.

Police: Driver stops traffic to chase pedestrian with wooden board

Police: Driver stops traffic to chase pedestrian with wooden board

A man driving on Stoughton Road Wednesday reportedly left his vehicle to attack a man with a wooden board, according to a Madison police report.

Madison police said a 30-year-old Waunakee man stopped his pickup truck on the Stoughton Road off-ramp to Milwaukee Street at about 12:19 p.m. The driver had spotted a 44-year-old Stoughton man with whom he's had a disagreement.

The Stoughton man was walking near the exit ramp when the Waunakee man got out of his cab, grabbed a piece of lumber from the back of the truck and began chasing the Stoughton man, according to the report.

Police said the Waunakee man struck the Stoughton man in the head and shoulders. The Stoughton man told police he lost consciousness during the assault. Traffic backed up during the incident.

The Waunakee man drove away and had not yet been located Thursday morning, police said.

Official: Madison woman hangs up on 'largest scam we've ever seen'

Official: Madison woman hangs up on 'largest scam we've ever seen'

An east Madison woman saved herself from a scam that federal officials called the largest scam of its kind by hanging up the phone Wednesday.

Madison police said a 75-year-old woman who lives on Spicebush Lane received a call from a person claiming to be "IRS Officer Frank Martin" at 9:28 a.m.

The caller told the woman she owed $4,388 in unpaid taxes, but the woman didn't buy it, police said. She told the caller he could contact her through the mail and hung up. She then reported the call to police.

The federal Internal Revenue Service warned citizens earlier this year to be wary of callers claiming to represent the IRS.

Speeder flees police, crashes in cul-de-sac, police say

Speeder flees police, crashes in cul-de-sac, police say

A man who drove his van at 80 mph on East Washington Avenue and refused to stop for police crashed after turning into a cul-de-sac, according to a release from Madison police.

An officer attempted to stop the van driven by Antonio R. Gentry, 32, late Saturday night, and estimated the van was going about 80 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Police said the van turned from Portage Road onto Village Lane and crashed into a wrought-iron arbor between two homes when the road ended.

Gentry ran and was tackled while trying to climb a 7-foot fence, police said.

Gentry was arrested on suspicion of fleeing an officer, criminal damage to property, resisting an officer and on a probation hold. He was cited on suspicion of operating after revocation, imprudent speed and having no insurance.

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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.