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Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Heroin use, after steadily decreasing through the early 2000s, is becoming more common, and in the last year led to an increased number of deaths due to overdose in both Dane County and across the nation.

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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.

Police: Meat cleaver used when argument turns violent

Police: Meat cleaver used when argument turns violent

A man suffered minor injuries when he was attacked with the blunt end of a meat cleaver during an argument in an apartment Wednesday night, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to the apartment in the 2300 block of Cypress Way at 10:05 p.m. and found the 45-year-old victim had minor injuries.

Police said the argument escalated to violence and the victim was struck in the back and hand with the blunt end of a meat cleaver. The man fled as police were called.

Arbe T. Bailey, 51, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

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