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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.

Robbery victim put in headlock, suffered cuts to back

Robbery victim put in headlock, suffered cuts to back

A Madison man was put in a headlock and suffered cuts to his back while he was being robbed early Friday.

Madison police said the 45-year-old man was approached from behind and placed in a headlock as a robber demanded money in the 4700 block of Crescent Road at about 4:25 a.m. He told police he felt something poking his back which he believed was likely a knife, but he said he never saw a weapon.

The robber took the man’s money and car keys.

A police dog tracked the area, but no suspect was found.

The robber is described as black, 6 feet tall with a medium to muscular build. He was clean shaven, wearing dark hooded jacket or sweatshirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Man suspected of 8th OWI after Beltline crash

Man suspected of 8th OWI after Beltline crash

A man involved in a crash just off the Beltline Thursday night was arrested on suspicion of eighth-offense operating while intoxicated.

Madison police were called to a crash on the Rimrock Road exit ramp from West Beltline Highway at 9:30 p.m. They said the driver of the truck struck a guardrail, causing extensive damage to the truck.

Christopher J. Doyle, 49, Belleville, was found lying in the traffic lane, according to police. He suffered a non-life-threatening head injury.

Police: Man’s cash stolen as he tries to buy cellphone back from thieves

Police: Man’s cash stolen as he tries to buy cellphone back from thieves

Several teenagers robbed a man after taking his cellphone and then agreeing to sell it back to him Thursday night on Madison’s south side, according to a release.

The man was sitting on a bus around 5 p.m. when a group of teens gathered near the exit door, Madison police said. One of the teens grabbed the man’s cellphone and several of the teens got off the bus near Rimrock Road and Kent Lane.

The man followed the teens off the bus, and was approached by three other teens who exited the bus after him, according to the release. The man was told he would be able to buy his cellphone back from the group, but they eventually stole his money too.

No one was injured in the robbery, and the teens have not been located, officials said.

Police did not provide a description of the teens.

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.

Man waiting at Allied bus stop robbed at gunpoint

Man waiting at Allied bus stop robbed at gunpoint

A man waiting for the bus Wednesday morning on Madison's south side was robbed at gunpoint, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a 53-year-old Madison man was at the corner of Allied Drive and Lovell Lane at 11:04 a.m. when a man pulled a gun. The robber fled with the man's wallet and cellphone.

Police attempted to track the robber with a K-9 but was not successful.

The robber was described as black, 5 feet 7 inches tall in his 20s, according to the report. He was wearing a black and white checkered jacket, gray skull cap, saggy jeans and black shoes.

Chief, coalition members debate policing in south Madison

Chief, coalition members debate policing in south Madison

Madison police Chief Mike Koval and members of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition, which seeks to call attention to what they say are racial disparities in policing, debated at a public forum held Thursday at the Catholic Multicultural Center on Madison's south side.

The forum was the last in a series of community meetings held by Koval throughout the city.

In a crowded room, members of the YGB repeatedly accused Madison police of racial profiling.

“Most white people and most people that work in the system are conditioned to think less of us, and assume that we're inferior, which leads to an arrest ratio of 8-1,” said Brandi Grayson of YGB during the forum.

Eric Upchurch, also with YGB, said “your parents and your parents' parents had the belief that we were undeserving people, and innately they passed that down to you.”