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MPD: Houses hit by gunfire, girl's room hit

MPD: Houses hit by gunfire, girl's room hit

Several houses were hit by gunfire Thursday night, including the bedroom of a 13-year-old girl, but no one was injured, according to Madison police.

Police responded to the 1300 block of Prairie Road around 6:05 p.m. on a report of multiple gunshots, according to a release. Dispatchers told police that numerous callers reported hearing gunfire in the street.

The girl was in her bedroom at the time of the shooting. She was not injured.

When police arrived, they found evidence of shots having been fired, including gunshot rounds that hit several people’s homes, authorities said. A police K-9 was not able to track any suspects.

The gunfire also struck a big-screen TV and a storm door, causing damage to a kitchen in another home. A 14-year-old girl was inside that home at the time of the shooting. She said she heard glass breaking, but she was not injured.

MPD reports numerous auto thefts in West District

There have been at least 14 auto thefts in the West District this week, the Madison Police Department says.

The police department said low-value items like sunglasses and spare change were reported stolen. Vehicles were entered overnight from approximately 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Many, if not all, of the vehicles hyad been left unlocked.

The MPD encourages residents to lock their vehicles and not leave valuable items in them.

Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

The Madison Police Department's Burglary Crime Unit hit the streets Thursday to bring community awareness to open garage door burglaries, said police.

According to police, five detectives, one detective sergeant and two analysts went to sections of the city that have had an increase in open garage burglaries. In three hours, police contacted over 60 homes with open garage doors to bring the problem to residents' attention.

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.