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Police: Men push woman down, rifle through pockets at bus stop

Police: Men push woman down, rifle through pockets at bus stop

Police said two men attacked a Madison woman at an east side bus stop and rifled through her pockets early Wednesday. 

The Madison Police Department said a woman in her 20s was at the bus stop at 5:45 a.m. on the 800 block of North Thompson Drive. Two men knocked her down and ran their hands through her pockets. 

Police said nothing was taken and the woman was not injured. 

The victim told police the attackers were wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and dark baggy jeans. 

PD notifies community of sex offender's move to Rosemary Ave.

PD notifies community of sex offender's move to Rosemary Ave.

Police plan to hold a meeting with east Madison residents next week to notify them of a registered sex offender's scheduled move to Rosemary Avenue. 

Madison police will host the community information gathering at the Salvation Army Annex, 3030 Darbo Drive, on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. 

According to the state Department of Corrections, 45-year-old Michael P. Nelson is required to register as a sex offender for life. 

The Madison Police Department said Nelson has served the sentence imposed on him by the courts, is on parole supervision and scheduled to move into an apartment on Rosemary Avenue.

According to police, Nelson was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in 1989. He was convicted about 13 years later of first-degree sexual assault of a child and repeated acts of sexual assault of a child, in 2002. Nelson's victims have been girls known to him.

2nd OWI for driver sleeping in grocery lot, police say

2nd OWI for driver sleeping in grocery lot, police say

A Madison man was charged with a second drunken driving offense Monday after he was found asleep behind the wheel in an east side parking lot, police said. 

The Madison Police Department said police responded to a report of a man passed out in a vehicle while it was running at the Woodman's parking lot on Milwaukee Street. 

Officers said they found 32-year-old Pietro Busalacchi sleeping in his SUV at 7:16 p.m.

Busalacchi was arrested on suspicion of second-offense operating while intoxicated, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Group robs teen in east side park

Group robs teen in east side park

Police said a group of teens robbed a 16-year-old Monday afternoon at an east side Madison park. 

The Madison Police Department said the 16-year-old was walking at about 3:45 p.m. in Heritage Heights Park on Meadowlark Drive when he was approached by two young men. The victim told police one of the men had a weapon. 

The robbers took the 16-year-old's wallet, cell phone and iPod, then got into a car and drove away. The victim told police two other teens, both males, were waiting by the car while he was robbed by the two youths in the park. 

Police described one of the robbers as black, in his teens, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 140 to 150 pounds. He wore a black and gray sweater with horizontal stripes. 

The other robber was described as black, 15 to 16 years old, 6 feet tall, between 150 and 160 pounds. He had crooked teeth, curly hair, a thin build and was wearing a black jacket, according to the report. 

 

Police hold meeting on sex offender's move to Milwaukee St.

Police hold meeting on sex offender's move to Milwaukee St.

Madison police said a registered sex offender is scheduled to move to an east side neighborhood.

A community meeting is scheduled Wednesday at 6 p.m. for residents to learn more information about Michael Nelson's convictions for sexual assaults in 1989 and 2002. The meeting will also include details about the police department's plan and how to protect children and oneself from sex offenders.

According to police, 45-year-old Nelson was convicted of second-degree sexual assault 24 years ago and again 11 years ago for first-degree sexual assault of a child and repeated acts of sexual assault of a child. Nelson's victims were juvenile girls known to him, officials said.

Nelson is scheduled to move to an apartment on the 3500 block of Milwaukee Street, police said. 

The 1.5-hour meeting will take place at the East Police District Station, 809 S. Thompson Dr., in the community room.

Police: Database connects pawned PlayStation, burglary

Police: Database connects pawned PlayStation, burglary

Police said investigators were able to connect a Madison man to gaming equipment stolen from a north side Madison home last month.

The Madison Police Department said 23-year-old Travis Pollock was charged with theft and taken into custody on a probation hold Thursday.

According to the report, a PlayStation 3 and several games were stolen from a house on the 1500 block of Troy Drive Nov. 21 at about 7:30 a.m.

Police said the victim provided a serial number for the PlayStation, which an investigator ran through software that tracks pawned merchandise and found the system at an east side Madison shop.

The victims were a 26-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, both of Madison, police said. 

Sympathy cards stolen from funeral

Sympathy cards stolen from funeral

Funerals are difficult occasions for most families. But for one Madison family, the death of a loved one was made even harder after thieves stole sympathy cards and money during the service.

The funeral was for Linda Stanley's father. She said the cards were taken in just a matter of minutes. "The funeral director walked in with us to get the casket and during the first fifteen minutes before they came out, the box was gone," Stanley said.

The box was stolen from St. Bernard's church on Atwood Avenue on Madison's east side. Stanley said she cared about the cards and the condolences for a man who loved life.

"He was 89-years-old, he was full of life, he loved his family, he loved his kids and he loved his grand kids," Stanley said. "The cards are a part of that grieving process and it's just a violation of us as a family."

Her father, Ray Riphon was diagnosed with liver cancer in early November. He died on Thanksgiving Day.