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Drunken Driver Causes 4-Car Crash On Stoughton Road, Police Say

Drunken Driver Causes 4-Car Crash On Stoughton Road, Police Say

Officers responded to a four-car crash on South Stoughton Road on Friday afternoon that led to the arrest of a 62-year-old man on a charge of fifth offense drunken driving, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said Jimmie Flowers said his brakes went out causing him to rear-end a car stopped in front of him on the 1700 block of South Stoughton Road at about 5:30 p.m.

The collision caused a chain reaction as two additional stopped vehicles were impacted, police said.

The investigating officer tested Flowers' brakes and said they were functional.

Flowers faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, following too closely, operating after revocation and no insurance, police said.

Madison Man Faces OWI, Eluding Officer Charges, Police Say

Madison Man Faces OWI, Eluding Officer Charges, Police Say

An officer on patrol observed a vehicle traveling against traffic in the 3800 block of East Washington Avenue early Saturday morning.

Madison police said the driver, Michael J. Betts, 29, continued to travel inbound in the outbound lanes for several blocks as the officer attempted to stop him and warn other vehicles of the oncoming hazard.

Vandals Strike Again On Madison's Far East Side

Vandals Strike Again On Madison's Far East Side

A home on Madison's far east side was targeted by vandals early Monday morning, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said they were called to a home on Merryturn Road after a woman hear a loud noise at about 3 a.m. on Monday. The woman said she went back to sleep, but when she woke up in the morning, she found that someone had fired a series of paintballs at her front door. 

Parts of the East District have recently experienced an uptick in vandalism, and many cases involve paintballs, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said in a news release.

Since mid-December, there have been a couple of dozen property damage reports, taken by officers, with parked vehicles and homes both being hit by paintballs, DeSpain said.

Most cases have occurred near North Stoughton Road, East Buckeye Road, Cottage Grove Road and North Thompson Drive, police said.

12-Year-Old Girl Attacked In Mall Parking Lot

12-Year-Old Girl Attacked In Mall Parking Lot

A 14-year-old Madison girl was arrested Monday morning for an attack on a 12-year-old girl that took place in the East Towne Mall parking lot around 6 p.m. on Dec. 29.

The victim had been the subject of threats posted on Facebook, police said. She told police the two people were acquainted with each other.

During the attack, the girl was pulled to the ground by her hair and repeatedly punched in the face, suffering a bloody face, a swollen forehead and a scraped knee, police said.

Police said the victim did not fight back.

The 14-year-old girl faces a battery charge, police said.

12-Year-Old Girl Attacked In Mall Parking Lot

12-Year-Old Girl Attacked In Mall Parking Lot

A 14-year-old Madison girl was arrested Monday morning for an attack on a 12-year-old girl that took place in the East Towne Mall parking lot around 6 p.m. on Dec. 29.

The victim had been the subject of threats posted on Facebook, police said. She told police the two people were acquainted with each other.

During the attack, the girl was pulled to the ground by her hair and repeatedly punched in the face, suffering a bloody face, a swollen forehead and a scraped knee, police said.

Police said the victim did not fight back.

The 14-year-old girl faces a battery charge, police said.

Man Faces Retail Theft, Drug Charges After Pawning Stolen Merchandise, Police Say

Man Faces Retail Theft, Drug Charges After Pawning Stolen Merchandise, Police Say

A Best Buy loss prevention employee called police the East Towne Mall location on Saturday after a man shoplifted a $650 camcorder, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the man, Andrew J. Brechtl, 25, of Madison, was found at a nearby business. They said he had heroin, syringes and other drug paraphernalia in his pockets, as well as a Pawn America receipt for the sale of the camcorder.

Staff at Pawn America said Brechtl was paid $175 for the camcorder. He was also in possession of other pawn receipts for electronics and jewelry, police said.

Brechtl faces charges of retail theft, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Investigate Attempted Robbery At Bank Drive-Thru

Police Investigate Attempted Robbery At Bank Drive-Thru

A 54-year-old Madison man called police after he was approached by two men while using a drive-thru ATM at the UW Credit Union on Commercial Avenue, Madison police said.

The man told police that two men approached by from the behind his car at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. He said he noticed that one of the men was carrying a handgun.

The man immediately drove away and called police, officials said.

When officers responded to the area they found two men who matched the description of the suspects, police said. They said they recovered a stolen revolver.

No one was injured in this incident and no shots were fired, police said.

The names of the men are not being released as the investigation continues.