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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.

Police believe 2 vehicle crashes involved heroin

Police believe 2 vehicle crashes involved heroin

A man police believe had ingested heroin careened off of Watts Road Wednesday morning and crashed into a light pole, according to a release.

The man was pinned inside his car for a significant amount of time while Madison Fire Department crews worked to get him out, officials said. The 24-year-old suffered serious leg injuries, but was listed in stable condition.

He is expected to be cited for operating while under the influence.

Police are also investigating a second traffic incident that happened Wednesday morning that they believe also involved heroin.

A 29-year-old man was taken to a hospital for observation after he nearly drove a vehicle into the side of a car wash in the 600 block of South Gammon Road around 11:40 a.m., according to the release.

Suspected OWI driver found slumped over at intersection

Suspected OWI driver found slumped over at intersection

A man suspected of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated was found slumped over his steering wheel at an intersection in Madison, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said a concerned motorist found the van stopped in traffic at the intersection of Commerce Drive and Plaza Drive at 1:13 p.m. Thursday. The witness turned off the engine and removed the key.

Police said the van was in drive and the unconscious driver had his foot on the brake.

Police said they awakened Scott M. Solberg, 33, of New Glarus, who told them he had been inhaling the contents of a can meant to be used for dusting off electronics.

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $3.75 million in funding Thursday to increase radio coverage in rural areas and inside large buildings, according to a release.

The allocation was approved as part of a larger resolution approving the issuing of bonds to pay for commitments already approved in the 2015 capital budget, officials said. The new funding is in addition to the $3 million already dedicated to improvements in the DaneCom radio system.

News 3 reported in December that parts of DaneCom would be taken offline at the beginning of 2015 to determine if the county’s new emergency communication system was causing emergency radio problems.

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.

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.