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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:

FITCHBURG

  • 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

MADISON

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.

Police respond to reports of men 'tusslin' in street

Police respond to reports of men 'tusslin' in street

Two Madison men were arrested Sunday night for allegedly fighting over gambling money in the 2900 block of Traceway Drive, officials said.

The street fight started over a dice game around 9:19 p.m., according to a release.

Police said when they arrived Justin J. Burage, 25, and Kevin L. Malone Jr., 23, both of Madison, were in the street shirtless.

A witness told police the two men were "tusslin" and exchanging blows, according to the release.

Police said both men agreed there was a disagreement over gambling money.

Malone suffered several cuts, according to the release. He also said Burage broke the taillights out of his girlfriend's car and dented the driver's side door.

Malone was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct. Burage was arrested on charges of battery, damage to property and on a probation hold.

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Teen accused of exposing himself at garden

Teen accused of exposing himself at garden

Reports of a man exposing himself to others at a community garden led to the arrest of a 17-year-old on Sunday, according to Madison police.

Witnesses said children were in the area during the latest incident at a community garden in the 2200 block of Lake Point Drive on Sept. 14, but they didn't think any young people witnessed the act.

Albert D. Singer was arrested on suspicion of lewd, lascivious behavior and bail jumping. He was arrested as a suspect for a similar offense, according to police.

Shirtless man armed with hammer runs through restaurants

Shirtless man armed with hammer runs through restaurants

A roomful of diners at the Bonfyre American Grille, 2601 W. Beltline Highway, had meals temporarily interrupted as a hammer-wielding shirtless man dashed past their tables Tuesday.

The Madison Police Department said moments earlier, the man with the hammer had broken a dining table inside nearby Silver Mine Subs after jumping on top of it. He was chasing after another man, and the pursuit included four to five laps around a restaurant island.

Diners told police the shirtless man's trousers were seriously sagging and his upper buttocks area was nearly exposed.

Police later identified the man being chased as Demetrius Smith, 18, of Madison.

Smith ran down a hallway and locked himself in a conference room. The shirtless man grabbed a booster seat and banged on conference room glass before making his exit through Bonfyre's main dining room. The sub shop, the conference room, and the restaurant are all in the same building.