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Robber snatches purse outside south side bank, police say

Robber snatches purse outside south side bank, police say

A man who snatched a woman?s purse outside a south side bank Thursday afternoon got away, according to a release.

An unknown man pulled a woman?s purse strap from her shoulder as she left the Park Bank at 2401 S. Park St. just before 1 p.m., Madison police said.

The woman and her husband ran after the robber, but he got away, according to the release.

Police later found the woman?s purse, but her cash was missing.

The robber is described as black, 6 feet tall and was wearing a black stocking hat, black fleece jacket and jeans.

'Angry' man injures 75-year-old, swears at cops during disturbance

'Angry' man injures 75-year-old, swears at cops during disturbance

A man expressing his anger toward people in a south side multicultural center injured a 75-year-old woman and swore at police as he was being arrested, Madison police said.

A Madison police officer was flagged down around 4 p.m. on Dec. 18 for some type of disturbance inside the Catholic Multicultural Center at 1862 Beld St., according to a release.

The officer said he could hear someone yelling loudly in the cafeteria area, and could see a man flailing his arms around, police said. The man, later identified as Steve Schuh, 40, calmed down when he noticed the officer.

Schuh had been challenging people to fights inside the building, according to the release.

Worker beaten at homeless shelter

Worker beaten at homeless shelter

An employee at a Madison homeless shelter was beaten by a man who the employee suspected was drunk, according to a release from Madison police.

The 49-year-old employee of Grace Homeless Shelter at 116 West Washington Ave. told police Dwayne Golden, 51, of Madison, arrived at the shelter shortly after 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 12 and wanted to come in. The employee said Golden smelled of intoxicants and was angered when he was asked to submit to a breath test, based on the shelter's policy.

The employee said Golden accused him of being prejudice, struck him in the head and yelled vulgarities at him.

Police said Golden was found on Friday in the 800 block of Badger Road. When he was taken into custody, he said it must be a case of mistaken identity.

Golden was arrested on suspicion of battery, disorderly conduct and on a probation violation.

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.