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Crowd chants protest slogans as officers arrest teen, officials say

Crowd chants protest slogans as officers arrest teen, officials say

A crowd yelled 'Hands up, don't shoot' and 'I can't breathe' during an incident at a Madison Metro transfer point Monday afternoon, Madison police said.

A Madison Metro driver and supervisor called Madison police to the West Transfer Point around 3:30 p.m. to help with a 17-year-old who refused to get off a bus, according to a release.

The 17-year-old had been asked to leave because she was talking loudly and swearing, which was something she had been warned about in the past, officials said.

An MPD officer offered to give the teen a ride home, but she refused and started verbally abusing the Madison Metro employees while wildly swinging her arms in their direction, according to the release.

At that point, officers said they decided to remove her from the bus, but she started to scream, yell obscenities and struggle with them. Officials said she was eventually put in handcuffs and arrested on tentative charges of disorderly conduct and resisting.

Woman fights off possible robbery, sexual assault, police say

Woman fights off possible robbery, sexual assault, police say

Police said an incident that happened on Madison?s west side Saturday night was either an attempted robbery or an attempted sexual assault.

A 46-year-old woman was walking in the 6700 block of Mineral Point Road around 11:10 p.m. when a man grabbed her from behind, according to a release.

The woman was able to elbow and punch the man and ultimately get away with only minor injuries, officials said. No specific threat or demands were made by the attacker, and nothing was taken from the woman.

The man is described as white, 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds with a medium build, short black hair, dark eyes and no facial hair. He was wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Police: Sign of attempted break-in where suspicious man spotted

Police: Sign of attempted break-in where suspicious man spotted

There are signs of a break-in attempt near where a suspicious man was seen walking through a west Madison neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, police said. 

Madison police said the department received reports of a suspicious man walking in and out of backyards at 4:30 p.m. on the 1000 block of Risser Road and on Tomahawk Trail. 

According to the report, one resident tried to make contact with the man as he walked up her driveway, but he said nothing and ran off. 

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said an officer found pry marks on windows of a nearby house where nobody was home at the time, but it did not appear as though anyone entered the house. 

Witnesses told police the man was driving a dull green conversion van with white stripes down the sides. 

Police: Items from numerous stores found in theft suspect's car

Police: Items from numerous stores found in theft suspect's car

Madison police said they found items from at least two stores in the car of a woman suspected of stealing from Shopko.

Police officers said they were waiting outside Shopko at 7401 Mineral Point Rd. on Wednesday night when Jessica A. Stern walked out with a cart filled with items. Police were called by store security for a shoplifting in progress.

Stern said she was not stealing the merchandise, but had purchased the items on another date, planned to return them, but had now changed her mind, according to police. Officers said surveillance images showed her stealing the items.

Police said they searched Stern's car and found items with tags attached from numerous stores, including Dick's Sporting Goods and Boston Store. Officers determined the amount of merchandise stolen from Shopko totaled $535 and items from other stores totaled more than $2,500. Officers are trying to determine if the other items in the car were stolen.

Police: Shopper groped, tried to kiss employees

Police: Shopper groped, tried to kiss employees

A Madison man is accused of grabbing the buttocks of a female employee and trying to kiss another while shopping at a west side grocery store.

Madison police were called to Copps at 620 S. Whitney Way at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and said they found the suspect outside the store with his head propped up against a tree and smelling of intoxicants. Officers said they awakened him from a deep sleep.

James A. Hodge, 43, was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree sexual assault.

An employee told the police the unwanted contact had left her shaken.

Police: No injuries reported in targeted shooting

Police: No injuries reported in targeted shooting

No one was injured in what police are calling a targeted shooting in the Allied Drive area Tuesday afternoon, according to a release.

Madison Police Department officers responded to a report of shots being fired in the 2300 block of Gene Parks Place around 2:20 p.m., officials said.

An investigation showed shots were fired from a vehicle, but there were no reported injuries.

Officers said two vehicles sustained damage from gunshots.

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.”