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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.

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.