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Police respond to domestic abuse case

Police respond to domestic abuse case

Madison police responded to a domestic situation on the city's west side that ended safely Friday morning.

Officers were called to an apartment at High Point Oaks and Watts Road at 9:01 a.m.

Police said case involved two people living together. A man is detained and a woman is safe.

Burglars strike west side neighborhood 14 times in 1 week

Burglars strike west side neighborhood 14 times in 1 week

Madison police are investigating 14 burglaries in the west district in the past week, mostly along the Raymond Road corridor.

Police said the burglars typically ring the doorbell or knock and if no one is home they return and force their way in. Stolen items include cash, jewelry and small electronics.

"Things people can do to make it look like they're home if they're not: leave a radio on, leave a television on, keep a light on a timer. That sort of thing can really go a long way toward preventing these. Probably the most important thing is for people to know their neighbors and just be aware of what's going on in their neighborhood," Madison Police Department West District Capt. Victor Wahl said.

Wahl said there are likely a few groups at work.

"I don't think it is one group that's doing all of them but we do think there are groups that are involved in multiple burglaries and selling the stolen items for cash," Wahl said.

Security officer reports hearing gunfire on Tree Lane

Security officer reports hearing gunfire on Tree Lane

Police said a private security officer reported hearing several gunshots on Madison's west side Tuesday night. 

The Madison Police Department said the private security officer was near the 7500 block of Tree Lane at about 10:31 p.m. when he said he heard shots fired near Tree Lane's intersection with North Highpoint Road. 

Police said several officers responded but no evidence was located. 

Beltline crash results in 6th offense OWI arrest, police say

Beltline crash results in 6th offense OWI arrest, police say

A Madison man whose car got stuck in a snowy median on the Beltline was arrested on suspicion of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated, according to Madison police.

A caller reported a car driving erratically on the West Beltline Monday afternoon after 5 p.m. before the car got stuck in the median between Gammon Road and Whitney Way.

Officers said the driver was pushing on the gas and spinning the car's tires when they arrived. An officer told the driver to stop because the acceleration wasn't going to get the car out.

Michael B. Peterson, 49, was arrested on suspicion of sixth-offense OWI.

Police find shell casings at site of shots fired report

Police find shell casings at site of shots fired report

Police said officers found shell casings in the area where residents reported shots fired Wednesday. 

The Madison Police Department said officers responded to the report of residents hearing gun shots near the 6300 block of Hammersley Road at 8:23 p.m.

Officers recovered two shell casings in the roadway, the report said. 

A nearby resident told police there were a couple suspicious cars parked in the area just before the shots were heard. 

One vehicle was described as a white Chevrolet Impala and the other a silver Chrysler 300. 

Man steals merchandise, yells at store employee, police say

Man steals merchandise, yells at store employee, police say

Police arrested a 55-year-old Madison man last Tuesday night for allegedly stealing from a Walgreens and attacking an employee, according to a release.

Officials said they were called to the Walgreens at 4641 Verona Road around 7:50 p.m. on a report of a man who stole merchandise from the store and attacked an employee.

Store employees told police Robert Garel was fidgeting with items on a shelf. When an employee offered to put his plastic bag behind the counter for safekeeping, Garel handed over his bag, went to another aisle and concealed air fresheners in his pocket.

An employee confronted Garel about the theft, and he gave the stolen items back, police said. Garel told the employee he wanted his bag back, but she wouldn't give it back because she thought merchandise inside the bag was also stolen.

Man charged with traveling to Canada for sex with minor

Man charged with traveling to Canada for sex with minor

A Madison man is accused of traveling to Canada to take pornographic photos or video of a minor.

The Western District of Wisconsin U.S. Attorney's Office said Dylan Jordan, 22, was indicted Wednesday on suspicion of traveling from Madison to Canada on Aug. 6 to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

According to a news release, the indictment also accuses Jordan of using a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce child pornography with a cellphone.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Jordan has been in custody in Vancouver, British Columbia, since his arrest by Canadian authorities on Aug. 8. He will be returned to the United States to face charges after his pending case in Canada is resolved.

If convicted, Jordan would face a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison on each of the travel charges, and 15-30 years for the production of child pornography.