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Battery Victim Refuses To File Complaint

Battery Victim Refuses To File Complaint

A man who was struck with a chair and a barbeque grill refused to file a complaint against his attacker, according to the Madison Police Department.

Officers were called to a 911 hang-up call at an apartment in the 300 block of Rethke Avenue at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. 

They said they found the victim outside of his apartment building, but he was uncooperative.

The 19-year-old was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a cut on his head and other injuries, police said.

Mailbox Destroyed On City's Far East Side

Mailbox Destroyed On City's Far East Side

Police are looking for two men suspected off blowing up a mailbox in a far east Madison neighborhood Monday night, according to the Madison Police Department.

Officers said the explosion occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on the 700 block of Mayfair Avenue.

Immediately after the explosion, a white, boxy-style, conversion van that had faulty tail lights was seen driving from the area with two men inside. The men were described as white, about 40 to 49 years old and one had short hair, police said.

Police said a second explosive device was found in a nearby mailbox, but it was rendered safe by the Dane County Bomb Squad.

Anyone with information about the explosion is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Middleton Woman Arrested On OWI, Drug Charges

Middleton Woman Arrested On OWI, Drug Charges

A 25-year-old Middleton woman was arrested Monday night on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence after witnesses said she went unconscious behind the wheel while driving a pickup truck, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the truck, driven by Kristine M. Kapica-Morris, veered off of the road and into a curb in the 800 block of North Stoughton Road at about 11 p.m.

The officer said heroin and cocaine were found in the cab, as well as syringes and other drug paraphernalia

Kapica-Morris was taken to the Dane County Jail, where she also faces charges of possession of heroin and cocaine and a probation violation, police said.

3 Teens Cause Damage To Property Using Baseball Bats, Police Say

3 Teens Cause Damage To Property Using Baseball Bats, Police Say

Three teens were accused of smashing out home and car windows with baseball bats in the Elvehjem Neighborhood on Madison's far east side early Saturday morning.

Madison police said Bradley S. Hinz, 17, Quinn Richard, 17, and a 16-year-old boy were cited and released on underage drinking and criminal damage to property charges.

Three separate incidents occurred in about a 10-minute time span, police said. The first was at about 4:10 a.m. on the 1200 block of Meadowlark Drive. Police said a house window the first target.

The second crime occurred about three minutes later, when a vehicle window was smashed on the 1100 block of Ellen Avenue, police said. 

Two vehicle windows were smashed on 1200 Amsterdam Avenue at about 4:20 a.m., police said

A University of Wisconsin Police Department K-9 Unit assisted Madison police as they tracked the teenagers to a driveway in the 1200 block of Painted Post Drive, police said.

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.