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Man driving teens accused of 2nd OWI

Man driving teens accused of 2nd OWI

A Portage man was arrested on suspicion of a second drunken-driving offense after police said he crashed his car on Madison's east side.

The Madison Police Department said Troy D. Hall, 36, was driving on Wittwer Road Friday at about 8:30 p.m. when he had a single-car accident. According to police, Hall was impaired and lost control while turning.

Police said there were three teenage passengers with Hall. No one was hurt but the vehicle was significantly damaged, the report said.

Hall was charged with second-offense operating while intoxicated and inattentive driving, Madison police said.

9 arrested in domestic violence warrant sweep

9 arrested in domestic violence warrant sweep

A sweep for people with outstanding family violence warrants yielded nine arrests, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday's sweep was part of the 11th annual Family Violence Apprehension Detail spanning 20 states. Sixteen Dane County deputies worked in teams throughout the day making 94 attempts to locate those with outstanding warrants.

Deputies arrested the following people based on the warrants listed:

FITCHBURG

  • Obed Sargento-Cruz, 21, of Fitchburg, on suspicion of domestic disorderly conduct
  • Pedro Xelhua Meza, 32, of Fitchburg, on suspicion of contempt of court and non-support

MADISON

Homeowner wallops would-be thief with flashlight, police say

Homeowner wallops would-be thief with flashlight, police say

A Madison man was treated for facial injuries and cited with attempted theft after police said he was rifling through a car on the city's east side early Thursday.

There had been a rash of car break-ins recently in the Valor Way neighborhood, so when a 31-year old man living on the 4800 block of Valor Way heard his car alarm blaring shortly after 3 a.m., he grabbed a flashlight and went out to investigate, Madison police said.

There was no one near his car, but he told police he saw a person inside his neighbor's vehicle.

Police said the man in the vehicle was 30-year-old Travis P. Sackett.

Sackett was rummaging through a purse, police said. When Sackett exited the car, the homeowner questioned him, according to the report. Sackett claimed he lived at the residence and had just moved in the day prior. The homeowner told police he knows his neighbors well and that the stranger was lying.

Thief on bike flees with woman's phone, cash

Thief on bike flees with woman's phone, cash

Police said a man on a bike stole a woman's cash and cellphone on the east side.

Madison police said an 18-year-old woman was walking on the 3500 block of East Washington Avenue Wednesday at 11:32 p.m. when a man on a bike began making conversation with her.

The victim told police the robber at first seemed nice until he snatched her cellphone out of her hand.

The victim offered him money to get the phone back, holding out a $20 bill, police said. He took that too. The robber also threatened to shoot the victim, and she told officers she could see something dark tucked in his waistband.

The woman yelled and a skateboarder came to her aid. The robber fled peddling south on Mayfair Avenue, the report noted.

Passed out driver denies using heroin

Passed out driver denies using heroin

A Wausau man was arrested after police said they found him passed out in his running vehicle with his foot on the brake.

Madison police said concerned passersby called police after they said they spotted a man asleep behind the wheel on the city's east side Wednesday.

Police said the car was running and in gear but stopped in the middle of Wilshire Lane at 4:59 p.m.  because the driver, 30-year-old Michael Hose, had his foot on the brake.

Hose had a fresh track mark on this inner elbow and there was drug paraphernalia in the car including syringes, a small cooking tin and the tied-off end of a plastic bag, according to the report.

Madison Fire Department paramedics gave the man Narcan to help bring him around.

Police said Hose denied using heroin and said he was sleeping because he was tired.

Hose was charged with fourth-offense operating under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Graffiti found at La Follette, Mallards' stadium

Graffiti found at La Follette, Mallards' stadium

Madison police said numerous locations on the city's east side were found spray-painted with similar graffiti Thursday morning.

The graffiti was found at the Madison Mallards' baseball stadium, the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, Fire Station 10 on Northport Drive, a home in the 3700 block of Hanover Street and at La Follette High School.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers.

Stoughton man charged in Madison cut-screen burglary

Stoughton man charged in Madison cut-screen burglary

Police arrested a Stoughton man investigators said broke into a Madison east side home early Tuesday and later pawned items he took.

The Madison Police Department said it used pawn shop records to track down 36-year-old Todd R. Pink. Investigators said Pink sold a stolen computer gaming system on Tuesday to Pawn America, at 2301 East Springs Drive. The Xbox 360 had been taken from a Commercial Avenue home in a cut-screen burglary Tuesday morning.

According to the report, a witness saw the crime taking place and contacted police. The witness gave a description of the suspect and a getaway car that police said were beneficial to the investigation.

Police said Pink told officers he is struggling with heroin addiction.

Pink was charged with burglary and fraudulent writings.