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Couple returns home to find valuables missing

Couple returns home to find valuables missing

Two west Madison residents returned home Wednesday evening to find it had been burglarized and valuables were missing, according to police.

Madison police said that shortly after 6 p.m. a 65-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman went to their home on Harwood Circle to find the front door had been forced open.

Electronics and jewelry had been stolen from the residence, according to the report.

Intoxicated woman attempts to steal food, hits Woodman's employee

Intoxicated woman attempts to steal food, hits Woodman's employee

A Woodman's customer said she didn't have any memory of an incident in which she hit an employee after attempting to steal food Christmas Eve.

According to a police report, Shacole Gailette Burks, 30, of Madison, had attempted to steal five bags of food from Woodman's Grocery Store on Madison's west side. When approached by employees, Burks became confrontational and struck a 54-year-old employee.

According to the report, an intoxicated Burks instructed officers who arrived on scene to call a toll-free number on the back of a credit card to verify transactions for the food had occurred. Officers called and said they learned no transactions had taken place.

Burks was taken into custody, but told officers she had no memory of the incident. She was charged with battery, theft and violating probation.

Police find damaged door, no shell casings at report of shots fired

Police find damaged door, no shell casings at report of shots fired

Police said damage to a gas station door could have been caused by a bullet Friday night.

The Madison Police Department said at 10:52 p.m. officers responded to a report of shots fired at the BP at 4501 Verona Road.

A door to the BP was found damaged possibly by a bullet, according to the report. Officers did not find shell casings.

An SUV was seen leaving the gas station around the time of the shots fired report, police said.

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.