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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.

Speeder flees police, crashes in cul-de-sac, police say

Speeder flees police, crashes in cul-de-sac, police say

A man who drove his van at 80 mph on East Washington Avenue and refused to stop for police crashed after turning into a cul-de-sac, according to a release from Madison police.

An officer attempted to stop the van driven by Antonio R. Gentry, 32, late Saturday night, and estimated the van was going about 80 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Police said the van turned from Portage Road onto Village Lane and crashed into a wrought-iron arbor between two homes when the road ended.

Gentry ran and was tackled while trying to climb a 7-foot fence, police said.

Gentry was arrested on suspicion of fleeing an officer, criminal damage to property, resisting an officer and on a probation hold. He was cited on suspicion of operating after revocation, imprudent speed and having no insurance.

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3 knife-wielding men rob teens

3 knife-wielding men rob teens

Three men carrying knives robbed two teens on an east side sidewalk early Tuesday morning, according to a report from Madison police.

Police said two 18-year-olds were walking west on a sidewalk in the 1100 block of Spaight Street after midnight when three men walking the other direction on the opposite side of the street crossed the road. The men showed their knives and demanded money and phones from the teens.

The robbers searched the victims and ordered them to walk away and not turn around.

Officers searched the area and were unable to find the men.

One of the robbers is described as white, in his mid-20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, skinny with scruffy blond hair. He was wearing a T-shirt and baggy jeans. Another robber is described as black, 6 feet 2 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing and a beanie.

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Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.

Rounds strike house, parked car on Chicago Ave., police say

Rounds strike house, parked car on Chicago Ave., police say

Police said a bullet struck a house and a parked vehicle on Madison's east side Saturday morning.

The Madison Police Department said officers responded to a report of shots fired outside a home on the 3300 block of Chicago Avenue just off North Fair Oaks Avenue at 3:39 a.m.

It appeared one round entered a house and another struck a vehicle parked on the street, according to the report.

Police said no injuries were reported and the incident was under investigation.

House party info posted on social media leads to disturbance

House party info posted on social media leads to disturbance

More than 100 people were in the street watching a disturbance in downtown Madison Saturday night that sent two to the hospital, Madison police said.

Police responded to reports of a large-scale disturbance in the 100 block of North Hancock Street around midnight, according to a release.

There were more than 100 people in the street and approximately 10-15 individuals were actively fighting, police said. Two people fighting were significantly injured, and were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The disturbance was a result of a private house party. Information about the party was posted to social media and resulted in numerous unwanted individuals showing up, according to the release.

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Annual safety demo event returns to Capitol Square

Annual safety demo event returns to Capitol Square

An annual event hosted by area public safety groups returns to downtown Madison this weekend.

Each year, Safety Saturday provides an opportunity to demonstrate safe behaviors and teach people how to live, work and play safely, according to a city notice.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Capitol Square and includes interactive demonstrations for all ages, organizers said. 

Safety Saturday is a cooperative effort between the City of Madison Fire Department and more than 25 public and private organizations throughout Dane County, fire department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said.

The event educates people of all ages, teaching them how to make safe decisions, prevent injuries and use devices such as seat belts, bike helmets, AEDs, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.