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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.

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.