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Officials seek woman in near-overdose incident at Arby's

Officials seek woman in near-overdose incident at Arby's

Officials are looking to talk with a woman who fled before paramedics arrived to revive a man who was overdosing on a street drug at a Middleton restaurant Friday.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said deputies and Middleton EMS responded to a report of an unconscious man who was not breathing and found in the men's bathroom at the Arby's on Gammon Road at 9:36 a.m.

Middleton paramedics administered the anti-opiate drug Narcan to 32-year-old Jesse L. Sparks, of Madison, who was overdosing on heroin, according to the report.

Sparks was taken to the hospital.

The sheriff's office said a woman was with Sparks in the restroom but fled before first responders arrived. Deputies would like to speak with the woman. 

Sparks consented to a blood draw and the sheriff's office referred a possession of heroin charge to the Dane County District Attorney's Office.

Police: Door frame damaged by bullet

Police: Door frame damaged by bullet

Madison police said they found a door frame damaged by a bullet after responding to a report of shots fired in a west side neighborhood Thursday night.

Police were called to the 5800 block of Russett Road at 9:01 p.m. when citizens reported hearing gunshots.

Officers found three shell casings near the front entrance of an apartment building and damage to a doorframe that appeared to be caused by a bullet.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or other property damage.

Movie theater robber flees with cash

Movie theater robber flees with cash

A man who robbed a west side movie theater fled with cash, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to Market Square Theaters at 6604 Odana Rd. at 5:25 p.m. Thursday for a report of a robbery.

Police said the man kept a hand in his pocket, making it appear he might have a gun. He demanded cash from the till and left running.

The robber is described as black, 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 3 inches tall with a medium build and a round face. He was wearing a black vest over a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Neighborhood MPD officer, office to serve west side neighborhood

Neighborhood MPD officer, office to serve west side neighborhood

A new neighborhood office has opened in the Balsam/Russett neighborhood on the west side, according to a release.

Officer Kraig Knutson started Monday as Madison Police Department’s neighborhood officer for the area, which has been previously served by a part-time officer, officials said.

Knutson has been an MPD officer for almost 14 years, and has worked the last few years as a member of the West District Community Policing Team, according to the release. He also served for a year as the liaison to the Balsam/ Russett area, so he is familiar with the area and its residents.

In order to accommodate the new assignment, the Tree/Wexford neighborhood area will no longer have a full-time officer, police said. It will be served by a part-time liaison officer from the Community Policing Team.

The new office is in the Meadowood Shopping Mall in the 5700 block of Raymond Road.

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.

Man wearing scarf as mask attempts to rob Subway

Man wearing scarf as mask attempts to rob Subway

Madison police are looking for a man who attempted to rob a Subway restaurant on the west side Saturday night, according to a release.

An officer went into the Subway at 7011 Watts Road just before 6:30 p.m. and was told that a few minutes before he got there a man had tried to rob the store, officials said.

The man demanded money, but when the employee went to the back of the store the man left, according to the release. The attempted robber may have left the area in a gray or light blue mid-90s Honda Accord.

The man is described as white, in his early 20s and was wearing a blue flannel shirt, blue jeans and a white scarf as a mask.

10 gun violence incidents reported over 4 days in Madison, Fitchburg

10 gun violence incidents reported over 4 days in Madison, Fitchburg

Police from multiple jurisdictions are working to identify individuals involved in a rash of recent gun violence.

Over the course of four days, starting on Christmas Day, police in Madison and Fitchburg have responded to 10 reports of shots fired.

?We?ve seen a serious spike in gun violence this past weekend. Fortunately at his point we don?t believe anyone has been shot,? said Joel DeSpain, spokesperson for the Madison Police Department. ?Certainly several people have been targeted but we also know that there have been bullets flying in areas where people are inside their homes asleep, people are playing, they are working. So this is a very serious situation that we find ourselves in.?

Police believe the incidents are being sparked by a dispute between gang members. They say it is not a turf war and that gang members are using cars to move throughout the area to find their targets.