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Police Search For 2 Men Who Broke Into North Side Apartment

Police Search For 2 Men Who Broke Into North Side Apartment

A North Side woman awoke to a loud sound coming from the front door of her Orin Road apartment around 4 a.m. Friday morning, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the woman opened her eyes and discovered two men in her bedroom.

The woman said the two men did not hurt her or take anything. Instead, the men left quickly, police said.

Officers said they found damage to the front door and a closet door.

Car Targeted By Vandals In Northeast Madison

Car Targeted By Vandals In Northeast Madison

A woman contacted police Tuesday morning after discovering words written in water-based paint on her car, according to the Madison Police Department.

The car had been parked in a driveway near Portage Road near Reindahl Park, police said.

They said the words were conflicting because some represented white supremacists while others were more symbolic of an African-American gang.

The woman said she did not know of anyone who might be targeting her.

Police said they helped the victim wash paint from the car.

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

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.