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Man jumped by 4 on south side Friday, police say

Madison police are investigating an apparent strong-armed robbery that occurred Friday on Madison's south side just before midnight.

A 38-year-old man told police that he was jumped by four men near West Badger Road and South Park Street at about 11:50 p.m.

According to the report, the victim suffered lacerations to his hand and face and a cut on the back of his head. Police also said the victim's cellphone was stolen during the attack.

The victim was treated at a local hospital and released, the report noted.

Police said the victim could not provide any description of the attackers other than that they were men.

County joins efforts to help youth vulnerable to sex trafficking

Funds, coordination key topics in conversation on ending the crime    

Dane County is taking steps to raise awareness on the issue of human sex trafficking.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Thursday that the county is focused on coordinated education efforts and resources for homeless and runaway youth.

The 2013 county budget includes $30,000 to replace recently eliminated federal funds that support outreach services to homeless and runaway youth, a group that youth advocates cautioned are susceptible to trafficking.

"At the very base, this problem exists because there's a demand for people to buy sex," Parisi said. "People need to realize if they're going to go out and purchase someone's body to use, that is not a victimless crime."

Madison police looking for traffic violations

Madison police looking for traffic violations

 

Madison police will be paying special attention to traffic enforcement in specific areas of the city this week.

Special patrols will be placed in the following areas:

Tuesday at 4900 E. Washington Ave. (Speed enforcement - 55 mph zone) 
Wednesday at 1800 Fish Hatchery Rd. (Speed enforcement - 30 mph zone) 
Thursday at 4600 Commercial Ave. (Speed enforcement 35 mph zone)

Madison police said they rely on the cooperation of the public to be aware of and to follow all traffic laws, whether as a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorist.

Motorists are reminded to drive safely and to buckle seatbelts. 

Vandals tag buildings, vehicles with gang symbols

Madison police are looking for two men suspected of putting graffiti on two buildings, two vans and a truck on the city?s south side.

Officers were called to the 2000 and 2011 blocks of South Park Street at 3:39 a.m. Tuesday for a report two young men spotted spraying paint on parked vehicles.

Two vans and a truck were tagged with gang signs, according to officers. Similar markings were also found on a building in the 2100 block of South Park Street and another in the 2000 block of South Park Street.

The men were dressed in dark clothing and were last seen running toward Dane Street, according to police.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to called police at 266-5983 or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

Police enforce DNA sample submissions in Dane County sweep

Police enforce DNA sample submissions in Dane County sweep

Area police officers went door to door Tuesday as part of Dane County’s first DNA-sample enforcement mission. Officers from the Madison, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, Middleton and deputies from Dane County Sheriff’s Department joined forces to conduct the Dane County DNA sweep.

About 30 law enforcement officers made attempts to contact individuals who were required by law to submit a DNA sample but had not. The Dane County Sheriff’s Department said there were 93 people listed in noncompliance.

The Office of Justice Assistance estimated that between 100 and 120 individuals living in Dane County are required to submit a DNA sample to the Wisconsin DNA Databank on a quarterly basis. Everyone on the list is first sent a letter in an attempt to get voluntary compliance. In many cases, additional attempts were necessary; follow-up letters were sent via certified mail from the Dane County District Attorney’s Office.

Criminal justice workshop examines prison system

 

A free workshop about the criminal justice system will take place Tuesday.

The Nehemiah Center for Justice and Reconciliation will present the second workshop in a three-part series entitled “Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.”  The workshops are free.  This event, entitled “The Prison System: Purpose and Programming,” will be at the Fountain of Life Church located at 633 W. Badger Rd. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The interactive session includes history and statistics, said a press release.  Dr. Dennis Baskin, Director of the Office of Program Services for the Division of Adult Institutions and Chaplain Deborah Mejchar of the Fox Lake Correction Institution will attend.

For more information or to RSVP, contact reentrycouncil@nehemiah.org or call 608-213-0571.

Inmate declared AWOL from Dane County Jail

Inmate declared AWOL from Dane County Jail

Dane County Jail inmate David A. Reeves, 34, of Madison, has been declared AWOL, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said Reeves went AWOL at about 8 p.m. after cutting off his electronic monitoring device. Deputies said they responded immediately, but they were unable to locate Reeves.  

Reeves was serving a 12-month sentence on charges of obstructing an officer and operating after revocation, officials said.

His sentence was being served on the jail diversion program and he was being monitored by a GPS device, official said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.