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Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Madison police said Wednesday the north district station is partnering with East Washington Avenue businesses to work against repeat offenders in the area.

Police said officers have started a list of people who are banned from area businesses on the stretch of avenue from Milwaukee to Marquette streets. The ban list is in response to what Officer Dave Dexheimer called "chronic disorder" that's been prevalent on East Washington for the last several years.

People who are arrested at one of the participating East Washington Avenue businesses for any of a variety of offenses will be placed on the list for a year. That person is not only banned from the business where the offense took place, but all the other businesses participating in the Collective Community Ban Program, police said.

The program was organized to deter repeat offenders, decrease offenses and increase safety, according to the department.

Police: Driver stops traffic to chase pedestrian with wooden board

Police: Driver stops traffic to chase pedestrian with wooden board

A man driving on Stoughton Road Wednesday reportedly left his vehicle to attack a man with a wooden board, according to a Madison police report.

Madison police said a 30-year-old Waunakee man stopped his pickup truck on the Stoughton Road off-ramp to Milwaukee Street at about 12:19 p.m. The driver had spotted a 44-year-old Stoughton man with whom he's had a disagreement.

The Stoughton man was walking near the exit ramp when the Waunakee man got out of his cab, grabbed a piece of lumber from the back of the truck and began chasing the Stoughton man, according to the report.

Police said the Waunakee man struck the Stoughton man in the head and shoulders. The Stoughton man told police he lost consciousness during the assault. Traffic backed up during the incident.

The Waunakee man drove away and had not yet been located Thursday morning, police said.

Two-car crash sends four people to hospital

A two-car crash on Madison?s east side sent four people to the hospital early Wednesday morning.

Police said the accident happened in the 2600 block of Anderson Street just after midnight.

According to police, a car traveling westbound crossed the center line into the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with another vehicle.

Police said three passengers in the eastbound vehicle were pinned and had to be extricated from the vehicle. All three were taken to local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries, and all were expected to recover.

The driver of the other vehicle was treated and released at a local hospital. Police said citations are pending once the investigation is completed.


Police officers, firefighters host blood drive in memory of 9/11

Firefighters and police officers in the Madison area are giving back to the community in memory of their fallen colleagues on Sept. 11 with a public blood drive.

City of Madison firefighters and police officers will be commemorating the day with a blood drive at the Madison Police Training Center at 5702 Femrite Drive on the east side, officials said.

The Never Forget blood drive will be held Thursday from 7 a.m. to noon.

Firefighters and police officers will participate in some friendly competition to benefit the American Red Cross by tracking the number of people each team can get to donate, organizers said.

Anyone who cannot make it to the Never Forget blood drive can still support the cause by going to either of the fixed donation sites between Sept. 11-18. The American Red Cross east and west donor centers are at 2109 Zeier Road and 4860 Sheboygan Ave.

Prescription drugs stolen at gunpoint in grocery store parking lot

A 33-year-old was robbed at gunpoint by an acquaintance Friday night in the parking lot of a grocery store, according to a release from the Madison Police Department.

The 33-year-old Madison man told police a man he knows along with a stranger got into his car in the parking lot of the east side Woodman?s on Milwaukee Street around 10:10 p.m.

The two men took his cash and prescription drugs, including morphine and oxycodone, police said.

The 33-year-old insisted to police that the robbery was not a drug deal gone bad.

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Suspected drunken driver hits parked car in casino lot

A Monroe man was arrested Saturday afternoon after he drove his pick-up truck into a parked car in the parking lot of Ho-Chunk Gaming, Madison police said.

Gerald E. Foulker, 54, allegedly pulled away and parked somewhere else in the lot after he hit the parked car around 2:30 p.m., according to a release.

Foulker remained on scene as police were called.

He was arrested on a tentative fifth-offense operating while intoxicated charge, and was cited for hit-and-run.

Man allegedly under the influence instigates tug-of-war with baby

A man acting strangely in an East Towne Mall store tried taking a baby from her father Sunday morning, Madison police said.

An employee of the East Towne Sears said there was a ?tug-of-war? going on with the baby around 11:15 a.m., according to a release.

Thomas J. Traver, 25, of Cambridge, allegedly grabbed the 1-year-old child from her father and yelled, ?It?s my baby,? officials said. The father told police he knows Traver, and was eventually able to convince him to let the child go.

The father told police he thought Traver was acting strangely because he had ingested synthetic marijuana.

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Police said Traver was observed wobbling from side to side, and he had very red and watery eyes. Traver also had a marijuana pipe and synthetic marijuana in his pocket.