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Police: Teens injured in OWI crash

Two Madison teenagers were injured when a car left a road on the city?s southwest side and struck a tree Wednesday, according to Madison police.

Police were called to Midtown Road and South Gammon Road at 12:03 a.m.

The driver of the car, Collin R. Switzky, 19, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing injury and reckless driving causing injury.

The 19-year-old male passenger was hospitalized with possible broken ribs.

Man flees police during traffic stop

A traffic stop turned into a foot chase for Madison police Wednesday.

Officers said a traffic stop was initiated in the 2000 block of Harley Road at 3:12 p.m. The driver pulled into a driveway but then and fled on foot, police said.

The man was pursued by an officer until the officer lost sight of him. Police said they then set up a perimeter and sent officers into the neighborhood to search for the man, who was taken into custody in the area of Reetz Road.

Antonio D. Golden, 20, was arrested on several search warrants and on suspicion of trespassing, operating after revocation and resisting arrest.

Madison neighbors say 'community house' will fix woes

Neighbors on a troubled block in southwest Madison, tiring of the unemployment and crime, are asking city leaders to spend money on a gathering place in their community.

Theresa Terrace, a short street north of Raymond Road lined by several deteriorating duplexes, has been the scene of gunfire and discontent in recent years, neighbors said.

The closest community center is more than a mile away in the Meadowood neighborhood, which got the facility as that neighborhood also dealt with crime.

The gathering place the Theresa neighbors are targeting is a vacant duplex, which they want city leaders to spend $250,000 to buy and renovate over the next year.

"I want to bring about a change. I want to make sure the children here graduate. I want to bring the community together," said Valerie Vance, one of the residents leading the push.

New initiative will shelter homeless, survivors of domestic violence


New shelters will be offered in Dane County for certain residents: the homeless and survivors of domestic violence.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Wednesday that two new county partnerships will provide shelter to keep homeless warm during the winter and to fulfill the need for emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence.

"This plan ensures people will have a place to keep warm during the colder days that are ahead and protect survivors of domestic violence and their families by helping them access emergency shelter," said Parisi.  "The new partnerships we’re announcing today will expand the unrivaled amount of services the county currently provides to address two pressing needs this winter."

Police: Two arrested after attack, pistol-whipping

An ongoing dispute between two people led to a beating and two arrests on Madison?s southwest side Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

The victim told police he walking to his residence around 3 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up to him in the 6500 block of Tottenham Road and a group of people got out and started attacking him. The victim was pistol whipped during the attack.

Police said when they arrived one of the men tripped while fleeing the scene, causing a handgun to fall out from his waistband area. Another man was taken into custody near the scene.

J.B. Richmond, 18, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of substantial battery and carrying a concealed weapon. Christopher Somersett, 17, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of party to the crime of substantial battery.

Owners close store due to neighborhood crime concerns

The owners of a hardware store on Madison's far west side said crime in the area is forcing them to close the store.

Owners of Ace Hardware at the Meadowood Shopping Center off Raymond Road and Whitney Way said they're closing because customers are feeling unsafe.

Staff members at Ace Hardware have posted close-out prices and preparing to clear out the entire store after 25 years.

"We were doing what we could. We can't anymore," said Dennis Lochner, Ace Hardware co-owner.

"There's been hugs and tears, because we've gotten to know (the customers)," said Sharon Lochner, Ace Hardware co-owner.

But the Lochners said too many customers have stopped shopping at the store, and now they can't keep the business going.

"They don't want to come to the shopping center anymore for fear of the neighborhood, and that's what's killing our business," Dennis Lochner said.

Madison schools seek community help in superintendent search

Madison schools seek community help in superintendent search


The Madison Metropolitan School District's Board of Education is seeking community input in their search for a new superintendent.

Community input sessions will be held on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at East High School.  Another community input session will be held on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Memorial High School.

“Selecting a new superintendent is one of our most important tasks as a Board, and to be successful, we need to work together with our community,” School Board President James Howard said. “Input and ideas from our staff, families and community partners will be crucial. We hope the community will join us in this process.”

The School Board will use the input to develop a profile of what the community desires in the next school district leader.  The sessions will be facilitated by the Board's search consultant, Ray & Associates.