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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.

Woman passes out at wheel, jumps curb, police say

Woman passes out at wheel, jumps curb, police say

Madison police said an epidemic of heroin use in the area means that nearly every week, officers and paramedics respond to heroin-related calls in the Madison area. That included an accident on the near west side allegedly caused by drugged driving.

Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said a woman, who had just shot heroin, went unconscious behind the wheel while driving on Fish Hatchery Road Tuesday at about 11 a.m.

According to the report, witnesses told police the driver crossed all four lanes of traffic, narrowly missing other cars, before jumping a curb, and nearly going into Wingra Creek.

Marci A. Moore, 45, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of her fifth offense of driving under the influence, DeSpain said. Police said Moore was remorseful and cooperative and that she told an officer she had a drug problem, but did not have insurance and was unable to kick the heroin habit on her own.

Copper theft may cost business $5,000, officials say

Copper theft may cost business $5,000, officials say

A suspected metal theft may cost a Park Street business more than $5,000 to replace the tubing and fix any damage, officials said.

Police responded to a metal theft in the 1800 block of South Park Street Aug. 12 around 8:40 a.m., according to a release.

A business representative for the establishment led officers to protective cage of several air conditions where damage had occurred, according to the release.

The copper tubing from inside of the air conditioning units had been taken, officials said. Estimates for replacing the tubing and fixing the damage were in excess of $5,000.

Police remind residents to pay close attention to any suspicious activity in and around their residence or immediate vicinity.

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Police: Man pushed down stairs during $2 debt negotiation

Police: Man pushed down stairs during $2 debt negotiation

A Madison man was injured after being pushed down some steps during a disagreement over $2 being owed Friday afternoon, officials said.

Madison police were called to the 2100 block of Allied Drive for reports of a man who fell down a flight of stairs around 3:25 p.m., according to a release.

When police got to the scene, the 52-year-old man claimed he was pushed down the stairs. The man told police he was worried about his ability to walk because of numbness and limited mobility in his legs after the fall.

An investigation indicated that Larry J. Mellum, 53, of Madison, had confronted the man about owing him $2, police said. When the man tried to negotiate the payment, Mellum pushed the man down the stairs.

According to the release, Mellum also pulled out a knife at one point during the argument.

Mellum was arrested Tuesday on charges of robbery and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Residents come home to burglar

Residents come home to burglar

The residents of a Madison apartment returned home early Friday morning to find a burglar in their home, according to Madison police.

The burglar implied that he had a gun and fled with a laptop computer, according to police. A door to the apartment in the 1800 block of Beld Street had been left unlocked.

The burglar is described as black, 50 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds with salt-and-pepper facial stubble. He was wearing a dark, shiny nylon jacket, dark jeans and a dark baseball cap with white lettering, possibly a New York Yankees hat. He smelled of tobacco and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Police warn about calls claiming to be Madison police

Police warn about calls claiming to be Madison police

The Madison Police Department is warning residents about fraudulent callers claiming to be from Madison police.

According to a release from MPD, they have seen a series of calls in which a woman with an accent claims to be from MPD and tells residents they must pay a ticket within 45 minutes or face a warrant for their arrest.

In a few cases, victims have been told to call 713-357-6055 and ask for Tom O'Brien. According to the release, the name and number are fake.