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Officials look for pug that bit woman at park

Madison officials are looking for a dog that bit a woman at a west side park Monday afternoon, according to a release.

A dog, described as a pug, bit a woman around 4:30 p.m. at High Point Park on Watts Road, officials said. The woman was walking past the dog when it bit her.

The dog was being walked on a leash by a white man who appeared to be in his 60s, according to the release.

Officials ask anyone with information on the dog or its owner to call 608-255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

Man driving 100 mph on Beltline crashes, caught in foot chase

A Madison man was caught in a foot chase after going 100 mph on the Beltline and crashing into the back of a van Friday morning.

Madison police said Deontae M. Webster, 26, passed two detectives on the Beltline on the left side median next to the concrete barriers at 100 mph. He crashed into the back of a Badger Bus van near Verona Road at about 7:32 a.m.

The detectives chased Webster on foot until he was cornered in the stairwell of a building on Britta Parkway, police said. A large amount of cash and drugs were found in his car, according to the release.

The driver and a passenger in the van suffered non-life-threatening injuries. There were no children in the van.

The crash triggered two other crashes. No serious injuries were reported.

Webster was arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment, operating while under the influence and on a parole hold.

No injuries in fire that caused $10K worth in damage

No injuries in fire that caused $10K worth in damage

No one was injured in an apartment fire on Madison's west side Friday that caused thousands of dollars in damage, officials said.

Madison fire spokeswoman Lori Wirth said firefighters responded to a report of a fire on the 6100 block of Mineral Point Road at the Tabor Oaks Assisted Living facility at 6:40 a.m.

Wirth said fire had broken out on the second floor of the building but the sprinkler system had contained the fire to the apartment where it started, which limited property damage. The fire was out when firefighters arrived.

Crews conducting a search and rescue of the building found occupants had evacuated the immediate area where the blaze began and isolated themselves on the other side of fire doors, according to the report. Residents were assisted by staff at the housing facility, following existing evacuation protocols.

Several residents were checked by medics at the scene and no injuries were reported, Wirth said.

Face-painted teen suspected in purse snatchings

A Madison teen was arrested on suspicion of theft in two purse snatching cases after a chase Thursday night.

Madison police were called to CVS Pharmacy at 6701 Mineral Point Rd. at 8:12 p.m. when a purse was snatched from a 73-year-old woman as she and her husband left the pharmacy. The husband told police the teen was too fast, but he kept pace at a safe distance until an officer arrived. The thief had camouflage-style markings on her face, police said.
The suspect was cornered in a tight perimeter and caught, according to a release.

Deja L. C. Montgomery, 19, fit the description of the person who stole a 75-year old woman's purse from the same pharmacy parking lot Tuesday night, police said. She later confessed to both thefts, according to the release.

Montgomery was arrested on suspicion of two counts of theft.

Man tries taking kingsnake from pet store, police say

A man tried to walk out of a Madison pet store with a snake in his shirt, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the 53-year-old man was stopped at the door as he left Pet World Warehouse Outlet at 2148 West Beltline Highway Sunday afternoon. The man denied he had taken anything when confronted by a store manager.

The store manager confronted the man again the parking lot who denied taking anything, but there was movement inside his shirt, police said. The head of a Lampropeltis, commonly known as a kingsnake, popped out of his shirt.

The store manager told police she saw the man tuck the snake in his shirt inside the store.

The manager grabbed for the snake and won a brief tug-of-war, police said. The snake wasn?t injured.

Police later found the man, but the store declined to press charges. He was taken in on an outstanding warrant and banned from the store.

18-year-old uses large purse to try to steal $1.7K in clothes

A woman who tried to steal $1,700 worth of merchandise from a store in West Towne Mall told police she was going to sell it for cash on the streets, according to a release.

Elicia B. Gonzalez-Baro, 18, of Madison, fought with a security officer at Boston Store Sunday around 5:10 p.m., Madison police said. Gonzalez-Baro allegedly stuffed 18 Polo Ralph Lauren baseball caps into a large purse and grabbed 18 Polo Ralph Lauren men?s shirts.

Gonzalez-Baro then left the store, and when the security officer stopped her she struggled, became very loud and swore at the security guard, according to the release.

After Gonzalez-Baro was arrested, she told officers she did not care about being arrested because she thought her felony arrest would be dropped to a misdemeanor and be released from jail on a signature bond, authorities said.

Gonzalez-Baro faces a tentative charge of felony retail theft and was also arrested on a warrant.

Suspected drunken driver hits squad car, injures officer

A Madison police officer was injured when her squad car was hit from behind while she was assisting a motorist on the Beltline early Sunday morning, according to a release.

The officer suffered minor injuries when a pickup truck, being driven by Eduardo Diaz-Martinez, 25, of Madison, hit the squad car from behind going at highway speeds near the High Point Road overpass on the westbound Beltline, officials said.

The force from the crash pushed the squad car into the vehicle belonging to the motorist the officer was helping, according to the release.

Immediately after the crash, Diaz-Martinez fled southbound on foot across the eastbound lanes of the Beltline, over a fence and into a nearby apartment complex, police said. Diaz-Martinez surrendered when officers pursued him.

The injured officer was taken to a hospital, treated and released, officials said.