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6 allegedly involved in ?violent home invasion? charged

The six people involved in a what police call a ?violent home invasion? on Madison?s east side at the end of February made their initial court appearances Tuesday.

The incident, in which a pregnant woman was sexually assaulted, happened on Quincy Avenue around 4 a.m. on Feb. 23, according to a release. Police are not releasing the exact location in order to protect the 30-year-old man and woman who were attacked, officials said.

Eric Bass, 23, Kristopher Hughes, 20, and Michon Thomas, 22, broke into the home looking for money and attacked the couple, according to a criminal complaint. The 30-year-old man was pistol-whipped and beaten, while his wife was made to perform sexual acts.

The victims had guns pointed at their head and heard the robbers say ?someone is gonna die tonight,? according to the criminal complaint. During the robbery, the men took electronics, credit and debit cards and jewelry.

Police: Unattended purse leads to stolen car

A woman?s car was stolen after she discovered the keys missing from her purse while she visited a nightclub, according to a release from the Madison Police Department.

The 53-year-old Madison woman said she left her purse unattended for a short time Sunday night while she was at a nightclub on Applegate Court.

The woman?s car was spotted and stopped by a Dane County Sheriff?s deputy near the intersection of Stoughton Road and Pflaum Road.

Leo E. Cowan, 45, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of theft and operating a vehicle without the owner?s consent.

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Police find ?realistic? BB gun in La Follette student?s backpack

Madison police said a 17-year-old La Follette High School student was caught with a realistic-looking BB gun in his backpack on Monday.

The student told police he found the gun at a bus stop Monday morning and put it in his backpack.

Police said they also found six hallow cartridges that looked similar to brass bullets in the cylinder part of the revolver.

The teen was cited for bringing a dangerous weapon other than a firearm on school property.

Police said no one was threatened with the gun and it was not removed from the bag until it was inspected by a police officer.

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Officials: Madison police officer punched by teen

A Madison police officer was punched in the chest by a 17-year-old who was being escorted out of East High School Monday afternoon, officials said.

Police said the teen had been in a fight with other students.

The teen struck the trauma plate of the officer?s bulletproof vest and the officer was not injured, police said.

The teen was arrested on suspicion of battery to a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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Police: Pregnant woman sexually assaulted in ?violent? home invasion

Madison police are continuing to investigate a ?violent home invasion? where a pregnant woman was sexually assaulted by several men who forced entry into a home at the end of February, officials said.

The incident happened on Quincy Avenue around 4 a.m. on Feb. 23, according to a release. Police are not releasing the exact location in order to protect the 30-year-old man and woman who were attacked, officials said.

?In this particular case, it?s such a tragedy we are really doing everything we can to make sure these people maintain their anonymity,? Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said. ?The people who were victimized are not involved in drugs or criminal enterprise whatsoever. These are good citizens who were victimized in a very heinous way.?

Investigators believe the robbers meant to target another residence and hit this home by mistake.

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

Local education groups and leaders will be holding meetings to discuss the most effective ways that Madison can help families work with providers, schools and the local government for the well-being of children, according to a release.

The city of Madison, the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison Out-of-School Time will be hosting community conversations about family involvement with Madison's out-of-school-time programs, officials said.

Madison is one of 14 cities selected by the National League of Cities to partner with the U.S. Department of Education to hold community conversations with educators, parents and community leaders, according to the release.

Police: Blood, shell casings found outside east Madison restaurant

Officials said blood and shell casings were found outside an east Madison restaurant Sunday after police received a report of shots fired.

The Madison Police Department said officers responded to a report of gunfire heard outside the Denny's on Thierer Road at 3:49 a.m.

Witnesses told police a fight in the parking lot was followed by shots fired.

Police said blood and shell casings were found at the scene but police had not located any victims Sunday morning.

Officers stopped two vehicles that left the scene and spoke to the occupants, the report noted.

Police said Jamal Greer, 20, was arrested after giving officers a false name. He was charged with obstructing and taken to Dane County Jail on a probation hold.

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