Our network


Man arrested in deadly shooting outside hotel, police say

A suspect in a drug-related homicide case was arrested in Chicago on Tuesday, according to a release from Madison police.

Marcius Lee, 42, was arrested on a first-degree intentional homicide warrant in the death of Robert France, 46, of Portland, Oregon, according to the release.

"It appears he stays in various locations, often at hotels. He does have contacts here in the Madison area. He is not a Madison resident and has no permanent residence in the city," Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel at 9:07 a.m. Sunday. Officers found that France had been shot and killed. Police said they believe the homicide was related to drug activity.

Deputy knocked unconscious during struggle

Deputy knocked unconscious during struggle

A Dane County sheriff's deputy was knocked unconscious when his head hit the pavement while trying to take a man into custody, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Brian Biwer was helping Madison police on a call about an unwanted subject on Walbridge Avenue at about 3 a.m. Thursday. Madison police said a 21-year-old woman called for help when her former boyfriend damaged the door to her residence and took off with a key.

The report states that Jaren E. Lee, 24, of Madison, was running toward Biwer, who attempted to take Lee into custody. When Lee resisted, Biwer struck his head on the road leaving him unconscious for a short period, deputies said.

Police said Lee tried to flee but was slowed by low-riding jeans that ended up around his knees.

Biwer was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released. He is a 14-year veteran in the Sheriff's Office and a K-9 handler.

Police: Man robbed at gunpoint while walking to car

Police: Man robbed at gunpoint while walking to car

A Madison man was robbed at gunpoint while walking to his car early Thursday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

The 32-year-old man told police he was walking from an East Washington Avenue nightclub to his car parked in the 3500 block of Ridgeway Avenue when he was approached by two men carrying handguns. The men demanded his property and they fled with the man's wallet and phone.

One of the robbers is described as black, in his mid to late 30s, 6 feet 1 inch tall with a medium build, dark complexion, short hair and a gap in the middle of his teeth. He was wearing dark clothing.

Crime map

City opens Fire Station No. 13 on far east side

The Madison Fire Department welcomed a new fire station to the city on Monday.

Fire Station No. 13 opened on Town Center Drive on Madison?s far east side.

MFD Chief Steven Davis said response times before the station used to be 10-12 minutes, but with the new location that?s been cut down to three minutes.

?It?s huge because fire doubles in size every 30 seconds that it burns,? Davis said. ?So it?s huge to get four fully-trained, fully-equipped people on the scene in a matter of minutes.?

The fire department is now working on Fire Station No. 14, which will also be on the east side on Femrite Drive.

Davis said he hopes Fire Station No. 14 will open in about three years.

Man arrested in connection to attempted homicide on east side

A Madison man has been arrested and tentatively charged in an attempted homicide incident Sunday morning, according to a release.

Police responded to the 5300 block of Trafalger Place on Madison's east side around 12:20 a.m., officials said. A 39-year-old man with stab wounds to the head was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. Police said he remains hospitalized and is listed in critically stable condition.

"This is a life-threatening injury and we're hopeful that perhaps he can pull through, but this also could become a homicide," Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

Following an investigation, George Brown, 58, was arrested on a tentative charge of attempted second-degree intentional homicide, according to the release.

Police do not believe the general public is in danger, and the incident appeared to involve individuals who knew each other, according to the release.

Man killed outside east Madison hotel identified

The man killed outside an east Madison hotel Saturday morning has been identified.

Police said Robert France, 46, of Portland, Oregon, was targeted for drugs or drug money. Police are still looking for a suspect.

Madison Police Department officials said officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel at 9:07 a.m. Officers found that France had been shot and killed.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Sunday that police are looking for a man 30-40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing about 350 pounds. He had very short hair and was wearing a white or light-colored button-down shirt and orange and brown shorts.

On Sunday officers found a "vehicle of interest" that may be related to the shooting. Police said the SUV had been reported stolen before Saturday morning.

Police: Drunken driver runs from vehicle during traffic stop

A Fitchburg man was arrested on tentative drunken driving charges after fleeing a traffic stop Saturday night, Madison police said.

James M. McCullum, 32, fled from the vehicle he was driving after being pulled over in the 3200 block of East Washington Avenue just before 10 p.m., according to a release.

McCullum was chased down by officers and taken into custody near the 900 block of Fair Oaks Avenue, police said.

He was arrested on a warrant out of Jefferson County and on tentative fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, speeding and resisting or obstructing charges.

Crime map