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Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

The Madison Police Department's Burglary Crime Unit hit the streets Thursday to bring community awareness to open garage door burglaries, said police.

According to police, five detectives, one detective sergeant and two analysts went to sections of the city that have had an increase in open garage burglaries. In three hours, police contacted over 60 homes with open garage doors to bring the problem to residents' attention.

Police weigh rights of protesters, public during East Washington Avenue closure

Police weigh rights of protesters, public during East Washington Avenue closure

Police in Madison were expecting a local protest in conjunction with the national day of action against officer involved shootings. When 75 students from East High School walked out of class and stopped traffic on East Washington Avenue police made the decision to honor their First Amendment rights.

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Report: Robinson injured in head, torso

Report: Robinson injured in head, torso

The Dane County Medical Examiner says 19-year-old Tony Robinson suffered firearm trauma to his head, torso and right arm.

A preliminary autopsy report on the officer-related shooting was released Friday. Robinson was shot at a home on Williamson Street by Madison police officer Matthew Kenny on March 6.

The report didn't specify how many times Robinson was shot.

Additional studies, including toxicology studies are still underway, according to the medical examiner's office. The results are not expected for several weeks.

Attorney General Brad Schimel said Thursday he expects the investigation report into the shooting to be ready to send to the district attorney in two weeks.

Family, friends keep Tony Robinson memorial going after shooting

Family, friends keep Tony Robinson memorial going after shooting

A friend of Tony Robinson’s said a cleaning crew was out at 1125 Williamson St. Thursday cleaning up what was left of the shooting scene, but family and friends plan to keep a memorial going.

“I'm surviving. It's the loss of a family member, someone you loved, someone you got to talk to, hug, laugh with, spend time with, converse with,” Melvin Ivy said. “It's hard to regenerate something you'll never be able to have again.”

Ivy, who is the uncle of some of Robinson’s best friends, spent most of his time outside Thursday, rearranging the makeshift memorial people had contributed.

Robinson was shot and killed by Madison police officer Matthew Kenny Friday night. Police said they were responding reports of to a man jumping in and out of traffic and a possible battery at the time.

Police said Kenny entered the residence Robinson went into and was allegedly assaulted by Robinson. That’s when, police said, Kenny fired his weapon.

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $3.75 million in funding Thursday to increase radio coverage in rural areas and inside large buildings, according to a release.

The allocation was approved as part of a larger resolution approving the issuing of bonds to pay for commitments already approved in the 2015 capital budget, officials said. The new funding is in addition to the $3 million already dedicated to improvements in the DaneCom radio system.

News 3 reported in December that parts of DaneCom would be taken offline at the beginning of 2015 to determine if the county’s new emergency communication system was causing emergency radio problems.

East Washington Avenue hotels, motels form crime-fighting alliance

Aiming to decrease the number of crimes on their property, 24 hotels and motels on East Washington Avenue have partnered with police to share information about individuals they will not rent to, and assist in the arrest and prosecution of violators.

The businesses hope to decrease the amount of drug use, human trafficking and prostitution incidents in their rooms and parking lots.

"What we recognize is that a problem for one hotel is very likely a problem for all hotels," Madison police officer David Dexheimer said. "Our hope is that it develops into something that's self-sustaining between the hotels and the motels."

While antagonizers may currently be denied rooms at one place, they can take their business to another nearby hotel or motel.

By sharing troublemakers' information through an email exchange, Comfort Inn front desk supervisor Sandra Haire hopes to see less crime in general.

3 invade east side home; 1 arrested

3 invade east side home; 1 arrested

Madison police are crediting good descriptions from witnesses for helping them find one of three people believed to be involved in a home burglary on the near east side.

The residents of a home in the 1400 block of Williamson Street told police three people with handguns pushed their way into their home at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday. One of the two 20-year-old men in the home called 911 and the robbers fled.

Police said they got good descriptions of the robbers from witnesses that helped them track the getaway car to Sun Prairie where they arrested Jam'e A. Coleman.

The other two people remain at large. Coleman was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.

Police said the robbers targeted the home and their motive was likely drug related.