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Reiner Road to be closed for resurfacing

Reiner Road to be closed for resurfacing

Reiner Road will be closed to through traffic starting Monday and continuing through Tuesday, according to a release.

The closure will be between Commercial Avenue (Highway T) and Burke Road for resurfacing, officials said.

Police: Woman robs east side Madison gas station

Police said a woman robbed an east side gas station Friday night.

The Madison Police Department said the robbery happened at the Mobile Gas Station at 3859 E. Washington Ave. Friday at 10:04 p.m.

Police said a woman entered the store, placed her hand in her pocket implying she had a weapon and demanded money. The clerk gave the robber an undisclosed amount of money and ran out the door.

The robber was described as black and 5 feet 5 inches tall. She was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black coat, baggy blue jeans, black tennis shoes and had her face covered.

Police said the clerk was not injured and the robber has not been located.

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.

Graffiti found at La Follette, Mallards' stadium

Graffiti found at La Follette, Mallards' stadium

Madison police said numerous locations on the city's east side were found spray-painted with similar graffiti Thursday morning.

The graffiti was found at the Madison Mallards' baseball stadium, the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, Fire Station 10 on Northport Drive, a home in the 3700 block of Hanover Street and at La Follette High School.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers.

Token Creek County Park entrance to be closed Friday

Token Creek County Park entrance to be closed Friday

The entrance to the Token Creek County Park from Highway 51 will be closed temporarily starting Friday, according to a release.

Construction crews will be paving the entrance road to the park between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., officials said.

The park will be open during the road closure, according to the release. Visitors should use the Anderson Road entry at the south end of the park while the Highway 51 entrance is closed.

"The entry road has been in need of repair for some time. This will be a great improvement for the park," said Parks Director Darren Marsh.