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WISC-TV executive, Madison business leader dies

George Nelson, a Madison business and community leader instrumental in the building of major civic projects, died Wednesday night. He was 76.

Nelson was a Morgan Murphy Media vice president for administration and finance for the Evening Telegram Company, the parent company of WISC-TV.

"George was as proud of WISC as we were of him," said Morgan Murphy Media President and CEO Elizabeth Murphy Burns. "He was an integral part of the community he loved and Channel 3. He will be missed by his family, his many friends, Madison, the station and me."

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Thief breaks into parked cars, steals cash

Thief breaks into parked cars, steals cash

Cash was stolen from several vehicles parked at a condominium on Madison's west side Saturday, police said.

Madison police said a thief entered an underground parking garage on the 7200 block of Flagship Drive at about midnight.

According to the report, the man broke windows out of four parked vehicles and stole small amounts of money.

One of the victims told an officer that there had been a problem securing a pedestrian door that's next to the main garage door, and that's likely how the thief accessed the parking area.

Madison committee approves study on police body cams

Police officers in Madison are one meeting closer to wearing body cameras.

Members of the city's Board of Estimates unanimously voted to recommend a $30,000 study and ad hoc committee to take a closer look at how police body cameras would work in Madison. The proposal would also hire a project manager to oversee the process.

The proposal was put on the fast track by its authors, bypassing both the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Public Safety Review Committee to make it to the Board of Estimate Monday night. Alders said that was necessary to ensure the proposal reached City Council in a timely manner, allowing for the study to take place this summer.

While board members approved of the proposal Monday night, some voiced concern the move may be too fast for those still questioning cameras.

Officials look for pug that bit woman at park

Madison officials are looking for a dog that bit a woman at a west side park Monday afternoon, according to a release.

A dog, described as a pug, bit a woman around 4:30 p.m. at High Point Park on Watts Road, officials said. The woman was walking past the dog when it bit her.

The dog was being walked on a leash by a white man who appeared to be in his 60s, according to the release.

Officials ask anyone with information on the dog or its owner to call 608-255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

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Man driving 100 mph on Beltline crashes, caught in foot chase

A Madison man was caught in a foot chase after going 100 mph on the Beltline and crashing into the back of a van Friday morning.

Madison police said Deontae M. Webster, 26, passed two detectives on the Beltline on the left side median next to the concrete barriers at 100 mph. He crashed into the back of a Badger Bus van near Verona Road at about 7:32 a.m.

The detectives chased Webster on foot until he was cornered in the stairwell of a building on Britta Parkway, police said. A large amount of cash and drugs were found in his car, according to the release.

The driver and a passenger in the van suffered non-life-threatening injuries. There were no children in the van.

The crash triggered two other crashes. No serious injuries were reported.

Webster was arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment, operating while under the influence and on a parole hold.

No injuries in fire that caused $10K worth in damage

No injuries in fire that caused $10K worth in damage

No one was injured in an apartment fire on Madison's west side Friday that caused thousands of dollars in damage, officials said.

Madison fire spokeswoman Lori Wirth said firefighters responded to a report of a fire on the 6100 block of Mineral Point Road at the Tabor Oaks Assisted Living facility at 6:40 a.m.

Wirth said fire had broken out on the second floor of the building but the sprinkler system had contained the fire to the apartment where it started, which limited property damage. The fire was out when firefighters arrived.

Crews conducting a search and rescue of the building found occupants had evacuated the immediate area where the blaze began and isolated themselves on the other side of fire doors, according to the report. Residents were assisted by staff at the housing facility, following existing evacuation protocols.

Several residents were checked by medics at the scene and no injuries were reported, Wirth said.

Face-painted teen suspected in purse snatchings

A Madison teen was arrested on suspicion of theft in two purse snatching cases after a chase Thursday night.

Madison police were called to CVS Pharmacy at 6701 Mineral Point Rd. at 8:12 p.m. when a purse was snatched from a 73-year-old woman as she and her husband left the pharmacy. The husband told police the teen was too fast, but he kept pace at a safe distance until an officer arrived. The thief had camouflage-style markings on her face, police said.
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The suspect was cornered in a tight perimeter and caught, according to a release.

Deja L. C. Montgomery, 19, fit the description of the person who stole a 75-year old woman's purse from the same pharmacy parking lot Tuesday night, police said. She later confessed to both thefts, according to the release.

Montgomery was arrested on suspicion of two counts of theft.