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Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.

Woman who shot herself after WisPIC incident dies, medical examiner says

Woman who shot herself after WisPIC incident dies, medical examiner says

The medical examiner said Wednesday morning that the woman who shot herself in a wooded area on Madison's west side Tuesday has died.

University of Wisconsin Police Department spokesman Marc Lovicott said S. Jean Gibson shot herself after she was found near Research Park Boulevard Tuesday in a wooded area with waist-high weeds. The incident began hours earlier when police put out an alert for residents to avoid the area.

A News 3 photographer at the scene said he heard a gunshot at about 3:30 p.m., just a few seconds after mounted police entered a wooded area where Gibson was hiding.

Lovicott said mounted police found Gibson, and they talked to her before she shot herself in the head.

Man thwarts iPhone thief with punch in face

Man thwarts iPhone thief with punch in face

A man stopped an attempted thief from stealing his iPhone on Madison's west side Wednesday by punching the phone-snatcher in the face, according to a release .

The Madison Police Department said a 20-year-old Madison man was texting as he walked near Elver Park on McKenna Boulevard at 12:25 p.m. when a young man approached him.

As the man with the iPhone nodded a greeting, the other man grabbed for the phone and the two tugged the electronic device back and forth, police said. The phone-snatcher began pushing the iPhone owner's face with the open hand of his free arm.

The man told police he "got tired of tussling" and punched the attempted thief in the face, the report said." The blow brought the suspect to the ground and halted the robbery attempt.

The attempted thief fled, cursing at the iPhone owner who ran in the opposite direction toward the police department's West District station about a block away, the report said.

Suspected bike thief changed clothes fleeing, police say

Suspected bike thief changed clothes fleeing, police say

A child and a teen were arrested Wednesday after police said the two were seen attempting to steal bikes from a west Madison home. 

The Madison Police Department said an 11-year-old and 15-year-old, both Madison boys, were seen by a neighbor near the 200 block of Acadia Drive at 10:33 a.m. taking two bicycles from a garage. 

The neighbor saw the boys and yelled for them to stop, according to the report. Police said the 11-year-old stopped but the teen ran. 

A construction worker nearby told police he spotted the teen ditching a bike and changing clothes near a fence line. The teen had another shirt and pants in his backpack. The worker saw police coming into the area and told police the boy had changed into a red sweatshirt and camouflage pants. 

The teen was seen walking across the Jefferson Middle School soccer fields and was taken into custody, police said. 

Police: Woman fights with officers during disturbance

Police: Woman fights with officers during disturbance

A Madison woman fought with officers as police tried to break up a disturbance on Russett Road early Saturday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Police patrolling in the area when they found a disturbance underway in the 5800 block of Russett Road at 1:05 a.m. Officers said a crowd of people encircled them as they struggled to arrest 22-year-old Tiara M. Weston. Police said she had been drinking and got into a loud argument with others.

Officers said they used pepper spray to keep themselves safe.

Weston was arrested on suspicion of resisting an officer.

Police: Screaming man arrested at West Towne Mall

Police: Screaming man arrested at West Towne Mall

A man who was screaming and throwing merchandise at West Towne Mall had been smoking synthetic marijuana, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said Cyrus J. Hunter, 44, of Dane, created the disturbance in the Boston Store men's department Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses told police Hunter was also acting wildly in the parking lot.

Hunter was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and on a parole violation.

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Victim: Bicycle-riding thief peddled up, grabbed purse

Victim: Bicycle-riding thief peddled up, grabbed purse

Police said a woman who reported her purse was stolen Sunday night told officers the thief peddled up on a bicycle.

The Madison Police Department said a 43-year-old Madison woman was walking on the 6300 block of Raymond Road at 9 p.m.

Several young men on bikes peddled up behind the woman, according to the report. One of them, described as a teen, grabbed the woman's purse and rode off.

The purse was green with an orange bottom, orange straps and had a gold-colored "G" on its side.

The purse-snatcher was described as black, 15 or 16 years old with short dreadlocks. He was wearing a white T-shirt and dark shorts, police said.