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Man driving 100 mph on Beltline crashes, caught in foot chase

A Madison man was caught in a foot chase after going 100 mph on the Beltline and crashing into the back of a van Friday morning.

Madison police said Deontae M. Webster, 26, passed two detectives on the Beltline on the left side median next to the concrete barriers at 100 mph. He crashed into the back of a Badger Bus van near Verona Road at about 7:32 a.m.

The detectives chased Webster on foot until he was cornered in the stairwell of a building on Britta Parkway, police said. A large amount of cash and drugs were found in his car, according to the release.

The driver and a passenger in the van suffered non-life-threatening injuries. There were no children in the van.

The crash triggered two other crashes. No serious injuries were reported.

Webster was arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment, operating while under the influence and on a parole hold.

K-9 helps police track, arrest robbery suspect

A suspected robber was in custody Tuesday morning after police said a police dog team tracked him down shortly after the alleged incident in Monona.

Monona Police Chief Walter Ostrenga said the department responded to a report of a robber at the Anchor Bank at 6501 Monona Drive at 8:34 a.m. The robber implied he had a gun but none was displayed.

Dane County Sheriff's deputies, Monona police, Madison police responded along with K-9 Krahnie and his partner Officer Jim Donnell to track the suspect.

Police received a description of the robber, who was seen fleeing the bank on foot running south across Highway 12, according to the report.

Police said the K-9 team was able to track the suspected robber in the marsh south of Highway 12. Krahnie picked up the suspect's scent and found him hiding in the brush. Monona police said 30-year-old Corey O. Collier, of Chicago, was taken into custody Tuesday on a charge of robbery of a financial institution while armed.

MMSD students in AVID, TOPS get higher GPAs, miss less school

Students in Madison Metropolitan School District are excelling in and outside of the classroom, according to an analysis of the program completed by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.

Students who participate in the Advancement via Individual Determination and the Boys and Girls Club's Teens of Promise programs are achieving higher GPAs, enrolling in advance placement courses and missing less days of school.

"I probably won't have graduated. Because my grades they weren't the best before I got into the program," said AVID TOPS student, Terreol Hannah.

Terreol Hannah was a freshman in high school when he started the AVID TOPS program. It's a decision he says Impacted his present and future.

"No one wants to admit that they need help, but after i did it and my freshman year in the program. I was like, I did need the help," said Hannah.

More sightings of missing Milton man's SUV reported

A missing Milton man's SUV was spotted in the Madison area this week.

An updated Sliver Alert issued Friday states that Allen F. Brown?s 2013 Ford Explorer was spotted Tuesday and Wednesday on westbound Interstate 94 between Portage and Lyndon Station.

It was also spotted Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the intersection of County Road PB and Verona Road driving toward Madison on Verona Road.

Brown is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 173 pounds, is bald and has blue eyes. He was wearing a buckskin jacket, a blue knit hat and dark tan pants. He was driving a white 2013 Ford Explorer with Wisconsin license plate 60YRS, police said.

He was last seen Jan. 7 in Monticello.

Police looking for witnesses in shooting case

Madison police are hoping witnesses step forward with more information about a possible shooting on Helene Parkway Wednesday night.

Police were called to the 1800 block of Helene Parkway at 7:46 p.m. for a report of shots fired. Five shell casings were found in the road.

No damage or victims were found.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Crane teardown to close traffic on W. Gilman St. 3 days

Crane teardown to close traffic on W. Gilman St. 3 days

Removing a piece of construction equipment from a downtown Madison area will close West Gilman Street three days next week. 

The Madison Traffic Engineering and Parking Divisions said in a release Thursday that beginning Monday at 7 a.m. JH Findorff and its subcontractors will disassemble a tower crane for The Hub housing project.

Taking down the crane will require closing through traffic on the 400 block of West Gilman Street between University Avenue and State Street through Wednesday afternoon. 

During the closure on West Gilman Street, two-way traffic from North Broom Street to residences and businesses on the east end of the 400 block of West Gilman Street will be permitted, the city's traffic engineering division said.  

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.