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Missing inmate found in Minnesota

Missing inmate found in Minnesota

Dane County officials said an inmate declared AWOL from the Dane County Jail in September has been found in Minnesota, according to a release.

Nathaniel A. Showers, 26, was released from the Ferris Center on Sept. 5 to attend classes at the MATC Truax campus and was scheduled to return by 4:30 p.m., officials said.

Showers be being held in the Hennipin County Jail on an escape warrant. He will be extradited back to Dane County, according to officials.

Showers is serving a six-month probation sentence for bail jumping and was sentenced with release privileges, according to the release.


Naked man tries to get into woman's hotel room, officials say

Naked man tries to get into woman's hotel room, officials say

A naked man who tried getting into a woman's hotel room was arrested Thursday around 2:20 a.m., Madison police said.

A woman staying at the Motel 6 at 1754 Thierer Road saw Decotise J. Johnson, 40, staring at her in the hotel hallway on her way to the vending machine Wednesday night, according to a release. She tried to prevent Johnson from knowing what room was hers, but she was unsuccessful.

A short time later the woman heard someone turning the door knob to her room, police said. When she looked out the peephole she did not see anyone.

Later, there was someone at the door "aggressively" trying to get in, according to the release. This time, the woman saw a naked man, the same one that was staring at her in the hallway earlier.

DOJ: 2 south central Wis. men in court on cocaine charges

DOJ: 2 south central Wis. men in court on cocaine charges

A Fitchburg man and a Madison man were in federal court Wednesday facing drug charges, according to a Wisconsin Department of Justice release.

Luis Alcantar Garcia, 27, a citizen of Mexico found in Fitchburg, was charged with two counts of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, and with being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, according to the release.

He allegedly possessed cocaine and planned on distributing it twice on Oct. 30, officials said. He also faces a second count that charges the amount of cocaine he possessed was 500 grams or more.

According to the release, he also allegedly possessed a .32-caliber semi-automatic firearm on Oct. 30.

Police look for armed robber on east side

Police look for armed robber on east side

A man stole an undisclosed amount of money from an east side business Tuesday afternoon after he displayed a handgun, according to Madison police.

The incident happened just after 5:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of East Washington Av.

According to police, they are looking for a black man between 35-40 years age, about 6 feet tall, clean shaven, last seen wearing a crochet black hat, brown sweater, tan pants and carrying a black briefcase.

If you know anything about the incident, you are asked to call Madison police or call Madison Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.


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:


  • 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


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.