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Madison Reclassifies Some Crimes As Municipal Violations

Madison Reclassifies Some Crimes As Municipal Violations

Madison police said they hope a new way of handling certain crimes in the city will help streamline the process and free up important city and county services.

Pizza Delivery Man Speeds Away From Attempted Robbery

Pizza Delivery Man Speeds Away From Attempted Robbery

A pizza delivery driver hit the gas and sped away from an attempted armed robbery near Heistand Park on Madison's far east side last week, according to the Madison Police Department.

Officers said the the 22-year-old driver was getting back into his car on North Walbridge Avenue on the night of July 20, when a man appeared in front of the car claiming he had been hit by the car. The driver saw a second man in his on the passenger side of the car holding a handgun and telling him to hand over his money, police said.

The driver ducked and sped away.

He described the first man as black, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 120 to 140 pounds. He was wearing a navy blue T-shirt and black basketball shorts. The second man was described as a black, between 18 and 22 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 120 to 150 pounds. He was wearing a gray T-shirt, red basketball shorts and was carrying a silver handgun.

Good Samaritan Stops Retail Theft In Progress

Good Samaritan Stops Retail Theft In Progress

A good Samaritan took a beating, but held on to a man he saw stealing items from a Walgreens on Madison's far east side.

Madison Police Officers said were called to the Walgreens at 108 Cottage Grove Rd. at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

The good Samaritan was waiting for a prescription with his daughter. As he was walking back to chat with the pharmacist he did a double take as he saw a man, later identified as Michael Crawford, loading a backpack with socks, soaps, body wash, shower gel and other items.

The men locked eyes, and Crawford threatened the father, but the dad still tried to get the attention of a worker, forcing Crawford to run to the exit, police said.

The good Samaritan grabbed Crawford's arm, who responded by punching the good Samaritan in the head, police said. Crawford was pulled to the ground and held down by the good Samaritan, who was scratched and bleeding when police arrived.

Door-To-Door Sales Complaints On Rise On City's Far East Side

Door-To-Door Sales Complaints On Rise On City's Far East Side

There has been an increase in the number of complaints over door-to-door solicitors on the city's far east side, according to the Madison Police Department's East District.

Solicitors in Madison must be licensed and should provide documentation if you request it, police said. 

If someone is unable to produce a license, residents should send them away and call 911, police said.

Officials said a 911 police call is appropriate when reporting current illegal or suspicious activity. 

Police said while some door-to-door sales people are peddling a legitimate service or product, police said they are aware of companies that target the Madison area that were not reputable and have applied aggressive sales tactics.

Police Look For 3 Men In Connection To Armed Home Invasion

Police Look For 3 Men In Connection To Armed Home Invasion

Three men entered a home on the 2600 block of South Stoughton Road late Friday night, according to the Madison Police Department.

At about 11:20 p.m., police said the men entered the home, showed a handgun and ordered the residents to the floor.

Police said the men stole numerous items during the incident.

One victim told police that the men left the scene in a dark green or dark blue older-model vehicle.

The first man was white, about 6 feet tall and 250 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing, police said. The second man was white, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 250 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing and was believed to be between 20 and 25 years old, police said. The third man was black with a heavy set build and he was last seen wearing dark clothing.

None of the victims were injured in the incident, police said.

Police Respond To Attempted Home Invasion

Police Respond To Attempted Home Invasion

Two masked men, one possibly armed with a shotgun, tried to push their way into an apartment on the city's far east side, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said they were called to the 1300 block of Glacier Hill Drive at about 12:35 a.m. on Wednesday.

One of the several people inside the residence was able to shut and lock the front door, keeping the men out, police said.

Witnesses said the would-be intruders kicked and damaged the door and its frame, but did not gain entry.

Police said the apartment's resident denied being involved in any criminal activity, but did not allow officers to search the apartment.

2 Sisters Caught Shooting Up Heroin In Casino Parking Lot, Police Say

2 Sisters Caught Shooting Up Heroin In Casino Parking Lot, Police Say

Two sisters were found actively using drugs in the DeJope Casino parking lot with a 2-year-old child inside the vehicle with them, according to the Madison Police Department.

Officer said they were called to the casino after on-site security notified them that two women were seen in a gray Chevrolet Impala cooking and snorting heroin.

When officers arrived they said they found Holly Jo Seals, 23, of Madison, and Amy Lynn Seals, 21, of Madison in the car with the toddler and drug paraphernalia.

Uncapped needles, a tourniquet, and heroin were all located inside of the vehicle, police said.