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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.

Man charged with traveling to Canada for sex with minor

Man charged with traveling to Canada for sex with minor

A Madison man is accused of traveling to Canada to take pornographic photos or video of a minor.

The Western District of Wisconsin U.S. Attorney's Office said Dylan Jordan, 22, was indicted Wednesday on suspicion of traveling from Madison to Canada on Aug. 6 to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

According to a news release, the indictment also accuses Jordan of using a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce child pornography with a cellphone.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Jordan has been in custody in Vancouver, British Columbia, since his arrest by Canadian authorities on Aug. 8. He will be returned to the United States to face charges after his pending case in Canada is resolved.

If convicted, Jordan would face a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison on each of the travel charges, and 15-30 years for the production of child pornography.

Police: Driver near Olbrich Park gets 6th drunken-driving charge

Police: Driver near Olbrich Park gets 6th drunken-driving charge

A Madison man police said was driving Friday near Olbrich Park received his sixth drunken-driving charge.

Madison police said Frank L. Gnat was pulled over for a traffic stop on the 3400 block of Atwood Avenue at 5:57 p.m.

Officers said the 52-year-old was found to be intoxicated and arrested him on suspicion of a sixth-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

$500 weed trimmer taken from landscaping truck

$500 weed trimmer taken from landscaping truck

A report of a theft of a $500 landscaping tool from a company's truck resulted in an arrest Wednesday morning, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a city of Madison Parks department employee told police he witnessed a $500 power weed trimmer being stolen from a crew’s truck on the 3000 block of Darbo Drive at 9:16 a.m. The city worker followed the getaway car and provided police with updates on the vehicle’s direction of travel.

Police said officers arrested Chad E. Grossman, 35, after he took a power weed trimmer to an east side pawn store. Grossman is charged with receiving stolen property.

According to the report, Grossman has pawned many items in recent months including tools, electronics, jewelry and musical instruments.