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Protestors interrupt holiday shopping to demand racial equality

The chants of "black lives matter" have been spoken by countless people across the nation and have spread to Madison.

"The real issue is poverty. The real crime is poverty. If anybody is incarcerated or jailed or punished, it should be poverty and not people who have to survive that poverty," said M Adams, protest organizer of the Young Black and Gifted Coalition.

Around 100 people gathered Saturday to march from Mineral Point Road to West Towne Mall demanding racial equality, equal pay and protesting against prison labor and crimes of poverty.

"This is a moment in our nation's history where there is a need to have folks be able to express their concerns, their frustrations, their resentments against the police and other institutions," Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said.

Koval said the Madison Police Department staffed 20 officers to cover the protest. The coalition targeted the mall to address the impacts that low wage work has on communities of color.

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MPD: Driver cited for OWI after rollover crash

A 22-year-old Madison man was cited for operating while intoxicated after he rolled his car while speeding, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said Kevin L. Speer, 22, was speeding when his car left the road in the 5000 block of Whitcomb Drive after 5 p.m. Thursday. Officers said they found the car upside down on top of a utility box. A small tree was also run over.

Investigators said Speer was going about 80 mph when he lost control on a curve.

Speer was cited for second-offense operating while intoxicated, unreasonable and imprudent speed and operating without a valid license.

MPD: More than 30 packages stolen following deliveries

Madison police say that since November, more than 30 packages have been stolen following deliveries throughout the city.

Police reported on Dec. 8 that there were similar reports in the Isthmus area, but now say that there have been 10 thefts in the Central District, seven in the West District, six in the South District, five in the East District and three in the North District.

All the thefts took place during daylight hours after deliveries by USPS, UPS and FedEx.

Anyone expecting deliveries might want to have packages routed to places of work or other locations where someone is present.

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Madison Metro will have reduced service hours next week due to the holidays.

The city of Madison posted a reminder Thursday that the buses will follow regular weekday schedules on Wednesday, Christmas Eve, but service will end early with the last trips of the day between 5 and 6:30 p.m. 

Buses will follow the holiday schedule Christmas Day, Thursday. 

For online guides, visit www.cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules/Holidays/index.cfm

More information is also available through the Metro customer service center at 608-266-4466.

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Aggressive dog shot during drug investigation, officials say

An aggressive dog was shot by police during a drug investigation on Madison?s west side Thursday morning, officials with the Madison Police Department said.

The MPD SWAT team executed a high-risk search warrant in the 4300 block of Britta Drive around noon, according to a release. The warrant was part of a drug investigation conducted by the Dane County Narcotics Task Force.

Police said several people fled as SWAT members approached the residence.

Officers searched the surrounding neighborhood on foot, and it is believed that all who were sought are in custody, according to the release. The aggressive dog was shot during the search of the residence.

No officers or suspects were injured during the incident, officials said.

Police: Reported impersonator is officer in Fitchburg

Police said the man reported as a possible police impersonator is a Fitchburg officer.

The Madison Police Department said a 45-year-old Danville Drive homeowner reported a suspicious person claiming to be an MPD officer came to his door on Dec. 6 at about 10:30 p.m.

Police said Thursday that a Fitchburg police officer contacted the Madison department to say he was likely the officer who stopped by the Danville Drive home earlier this month.

The officer told police he was in full uniform and identified himself to the man, Madison police said. The officer was investigating a burglary that had taken place nearby in Fitchburg.

A Madison police news release Wednesday had said a man claiming to be an officer told the homeowner he was investigating a nearby home invasion and wanted to know if the resident had seen anything. MPD officials said there were no home invasions in the neighborhood at the time of the event, but there were recent burglaries in the area.

SUV stuck in brush; Driver suspected of 5th OWI

The driver of an SUV that went off a road and got stuck in a wooded area is suspected of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated.

Madison police were called when witnesses saw an SUV get stuck on Wedgewood Way at 6:48 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said the driver, Jessica A. Maxfield-Medgaarden, 30, of Madison, walked away as police arrived.

She was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense OWI and issued a number of citations, police said.