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Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families' “Race to Equity” report indicates that Wisconsin, and particularly Dane County, may have the worst racial disparities in incarceration in the nation. MOSES, a Madison-based interfaith social justice organization, is working to fix that.

In fact, it may go even farther than that. Amy Pooler, a leader in MOSES, said, “Dane County has the worst racial disparities in incarceration rates of African American rates in the country, and that means in the world, because the U.S. already incarcerates more of its population than any other nation on Earth.”

Police: Man confronted motorist with knife

Police: Man confronted motorist with knife

A Madison man was arrested after police said he confronted a motorist with a knife in a south side neighborhood early Thursday.

The Madison Police Department said 59-year-old Gary L. Rose was walking on Van Deusen Street near Colby Street at 3:53 a.m.

A south Madison resident was driving near his home, saw Rose walking and thought he looked suspicious, according to the report. The driver asked Rose if he could help with anything; Rose replied he wanted to be left alone.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the driver continued to follow Rose and asked Rose again if he needed assistance. Rose walked up to the driver's window. Rose told police he carried a knife for protection and held the knife at this side, the blade not extended, as he spoke to the driver because he wanted the driver to stop following him.

Woman punched in face by suspected drunken driver

Woman punched in face by suspected drunken driver

A Madison woman was punched after she tried to avoid a suspected drunken driver, according to a report from Madison police.

The 29-year-old woman told police she was driving on Troy Drive before 5 a.m. Sunday when a black 4-door car began following her. She said she could see it swerving in and out of a traffic lane so she pulled into a parking lot out of fear for her safety.

She said the other driver pulled into the parking lot as well and approached her and struck her in the face.

The man got back in his car and drove away. The woman said the man staggered as he walked and she believed he was drunk.

Some of the woman's teeth were dislodged by the blow. She drove herself to a hospital and called police.

The man is described as black, in his early 30s, 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds and wearing a blue T-shirt, dark pants and white shoes.

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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.

2 cars struck by gunfire

2 cars struck by gunfire

Two cars parked by an apartment building were struck by bullets Tuesday morning, according to a report from Madison police.

A resident told police several shots were heard on Sunfish Court and witnesses reported seeing a car driving away quickly from the parking lot moments after the gunfire.

Officers said shell casings were recovered.

Police said they don’t know if the cars were targeted.

No one was injured.

Police: Drunken teen drives into truck, mailboxes, fire hydrant

Police: Drunken teen drives into truck, mailboxes, fire hydrant

A drunken 18-year-old crashed his car into a parked truck, three mailboxes, a fire hydrant and tore up several lawns early Sunday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Police were called to the 600 block of Moorland Road at 1:37 a.m. after numerous callers reported hearing a loud bang and watching the driver eventually get his car back onto the road. Police said sparks were flying from the bottom of his car.

Police said Javier Gallegos Hernandez was pursued by town of Madison police as he drove onto South Towne Drive and pulled into a parking ramp near Walmart on Royal Avenue. He was arrested by Madison police on suspicion of operating while intoxicated, hit-and-run, and operating after suspension and fleeing.

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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.