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Missing inmate found in Minnesota

Missing inmate found in Minnesota

Dane County officials said an inmate declared AWOL from the Dane County Jail in September has been found in Minnesota, according to a release.

Nathaniel A. Showers, 26, was released from the Ferris Center on Sept. 5 to attend classes at the MATC Truax campus and was scheduled to return by 4:30 p.m., officials said.

Showers be being held in the Hennipin County Jail on an escape warrant. He will be extradited back to Dane County, according to officials.

Showers is serving a six-month probation sentence for bail jumping and was sentenced with release privileges, according to the release.


DOJ: 2 south central Wis. men in court on cocaine charges

DOJ: 2 south central Wis. men in court on cocaine charges

A Fitchburg man and a Madison man were in federal court Wednesday facing drug charges, according to a Wisconsin Department of Justice release.

Luis Alcantar Garcia, 27, a citizen of Mexico found in Fitchburg, was charged with two counts of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, and with being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, according to the release.

He allegedly possessed cocaine and planned on distributing it twice on Oct. 30, officials said. He also faces a second count that charges the amount of cocaine he possessed was 500 grams or more.

According to the release, he also allegedly possessed a .32-caliber semi-automatic firearm on Oct. 30.

Man suspected of attacking hotel clerk arrested

Man suspected of attacking hotel clerk arrested

Surveillance video helped officers find a man suspected of robbing a hotel clerk of his cellphone after trying to kick the trespasser out of the Super 8 on Madison's south side, according to police.

Madison police said the 23-year-old clerk was on duty at the motel at about 2:33 a.m. Oct. 28 when a man inside refused to leave. The man was not staying at the hotel and was not there to visit any of the guests.

When the trespasser refused to go, the clerk pulled out his phone and said he was calling police. The man punched the clerk in the face, according to the report. The blow caused the victim to drop his phone, which the robber grabbed and fled.

Police said Donald D. Alford-Lofton, 19, of Madison, was arrested Monday on suspicion of robbery, battery, intimidation of a victim and bail jumping.

The Super 8 is at 1602 W. Beltline Hwy.

9 arrested in domestic violence warrant sweep

9 arrested in domestic violence warrant sweep

A sweep for people with outstanding family violence warrants yielded nine arrests, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday's sweep was part of the 11th annual Family Violence Apprehension Detail spanning 20 states. Sixteen Dane County deputies worked in teams throughout the day making 94 attempts to locate those with outstanding warrants.

Deputies arrested the following people based on the warrants listed:


  • Obed Sargento-Cruz, 21, of Fitchburg, on suspicion of domestic disorderly conduct
  • Pedro Xelhua Meza, 32, of Fitchburg, on suspicion of contempt of court and non-support


Police stop Metro bus, arrest passenger

Police stop Metro bus, arrest passenger

Officers pulled over a bus after police received a complaint of a person armed with a gun.

The Madison Police Department said it stopped a Madison Metro bus at about 7:25 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the report, a woman on the bus had been involved in a disturbance at the Park Street McDonald's earlier. Police said Ericka S. Garrett, 25, of Madison, allegedly threatened to pull a gun at the restaurant after she was asked multiple times to leave by the manager.

The manager wanted her out because the woman was yelling at another patron and threatening violence, according to the report.

Garrett told police she had gotten angry when another patron, a woman she didn't know, made disparaging remarks about her looks and hair. Police said she was not armed when arrested.

Garrett was charged with disorderly conduct.

Robbers push man off bike, rifle through pockets

Robbers push man off bike, rifle through pockets

Police said a Madison man was mugged while biking on the south side.

The Madison Police Department said a 29-year-old man came to the South Police District station Monday morning to report a robbery from the night prior.

He said he was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk on the 3100 block of Todd Drive at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday night when someone pushed him.

The 29-year-old said he fell and hit his head. He said he he briefly lost consciousness.

When he came to, he saw two men, one of whom was rifling through his pockets, the victim told police. The robbers took off with the his wallet and cell phone.

Police said he could not provide good descriptions of the robbers.

Community, department say goodbye to police chief

Community, department say goodbye to police chief

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A retirement ceremony was held Thursday night for outgoing Madison Police Chief Noble Wray.

Wray served the MPD for the last 29 years, the last nine of them as chief. He started with the department as a patrol officer on the south side.

Around 200 people were on hand at the new training center on the east side where everyone in attendance had a chance to shake his hand and give him a hug.

Wray's wife said their family gave him to the city 29 years ago, but the commitment increased when he became chief.

"I really gave him to you nine years ago, but me and his family are so glad we're getting him back," said Michelle Wray.

"When you take the oath of office to serve a community, your family takes the oath as well. It's a tireless, demanding job," said Wray.