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Teen attacked, robbed in Tenney Park, police say

Teen attacked, robbed in Tenney Park, police say

A Madison teen was attacked and mugged Thursday evening in an east Madison park, police said.

Madison police said a 19-year-old was at Tenney Park at about 6:30 p.m. smoking a cigarette in the parking lot near Lake Mendota when he was suddenly struck in the face.

The teen told police he went to the ground and used his arms to shield himself from more blows and kicks from one or more attackers.

Police said the teen said there were possibly three assailants but he did not get a look at any of them.

The robbers fled with the teen's money and cell phone, according to the report

3 men mug woman on east Madison street

3 men mug woman on east Madison street

Police said three men mugged a Madison woman walking on an east side street early Thursday.

The Madison Police Department said a 31-year-old woman was walking on Winnebago Street at 12:15 a.m. when she heard footsteps coming from behind her.

The woman had just passed Sixth Street when she was pushed in the back and fell down, according to the report.

Police said while she was on the ground, someone grabbed her purse. She told police she saw three men run off, all wearing dark clothing.

Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families' “Race to Equity” report indicates that Wisconsin, and particularly Dane County, may have the worst racial disparities in incarceration in the nation. MOSES, a Madison-based interfaith social justice organization, is working to fix that.

In fact, it may go even farther than that. Amy Pooler, a leader in MOSES, said, “Dane County has the worst racial disparities in incarceration rates of African American rates in the country, and that means in the world, because the U.S. already incarcerates more of its population than any other nation on Earth.”

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.