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Officials look for pit bull-type dog involved in biting incident

Officials look for pit bull-type dog involved in biting incident

Dane County Department of Public Health officials are looking for information on a dog that bit a woman Wednesday afternoon, according to a release.

A medium-sized pit bull-type dog allegedly bit a woman around 3:15 p.m. in the 3300 block of Portage Road, officials said.

The dog is described as weighing approximately 45 pounds, was red in color and had a short coat with floppy ears and a long tail, according to the release. The dog was not wearing a collar or tags.

The dog was running loose at the time of the incident and was not with a person, officials said.

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

Madison man facing 5th OWI charge following crash

Madison man facing 5th OWI charge following crash

Madison police said a 42-year-old Madison man faces his fifth charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he was involved in a two-car crash late Monday night on the city’s southwest side.

Police said the crash happened just before 10:30 p.m. at the corner of Verona Road and Raymond Road.

According to police, officers noticed one of the drivers involved appeared intoxicated following the accident.

Officers asked the driver, Brian Wipperfurth, to complete sobriety tests. He refused, but would later submit to a breath test, which reported a blood alcohol content value of .12, according to Madison police.

One man faces charges following disturbance on southwest side

One man faces charges following disturbance on southwest side

Madison police said they had to break up a chaotic scene outside a southwest side duplex late Monday evening, after responding to reports of shots being fired at the home.

Police said they were called to a duplex in the 7200 block of Tempe Drive just after 10:30 p.m. According to police, approximately 20 people were in the street and several cars were seen leaving the area.

Officers started talking with someone inside the duplex after investigating the scene for about an hour. People came out of the complex and were detained by officers outside, according to police.

After the investigation, police arrested one man for a pre-existing warrant and investigated several others for probation violations.

Shot fired into house on southwest side

Shot fired into house on southwest side

Someone fired a shot into a home on Madison’s southwest side Wednesday night, according to Madison police, and officers are now trying to find three people in connection with the incident.

The incident happened around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 6800 block of Chelsea Lane.

According to police, a resident saw two men and one woman outside and made contact with them. Police said one of the people approached the victim’s home with a gun and tried to get inside.

Police said after the man tried to get inside, he fired a shot into the home.

No one was injured in the incident, according to police. Police said they are looking two men and one woman in the incident. Police do not believe this was a random incident.

Police believe 2 vehicle crashes involved heroin

Police believe 2 vehicle crashes involved heroin

A man police believe had ingested heroin careened off of Watts Road Wednesday morning and crashed into a light pole, according to a release.

The man was pinned inside his car for a significant amount of time while Madison Fire Department crews worked to get him out, officials said. The 24-year-old suffered serious leg injuries, but was listed in stable condition.

He is expected to be cited for operating while under the influence.

Police are also investigating a second traffic incident that happened Wednesday morning that they believe also involved heroin.

A 29-year-old man was taken to a hospital for observation after he nearly drove a vehicle into the side of a car wash in the 600 block of South Gammon Road around 11:40 a.m., according to the release.

Suspected OWI driver found slumped over at intersection

Suspected OWI driver found slumped over at intersection

A man suspected of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated was found slumped over his steering wheel at an intersection in Madison, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said a concerned motorist found the van stopped in traffic at the intersection of Commerce Drive and Plaza Drive at 1:13 p.m. Thursday. The witness turned off the engine and removed the key.

Police said the van was in drive and the unconscious driver had his foot on the brake.

Police said they awakened Scott M. Solberg, 33, of New Glarus, who told them he had been inhaling the contents of a can meant to be used for dusting off electronics.

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.