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Rise In Burglaries On Madison's South Side

Madison police said they've seen a rise in burglaries on the city's south side recently -- up 50 percent from 2011.

The Vilas, Greenbush and Regent Street neighborhoods have been especially affected. Homes and vehicles on more than two dozen streets have been targeted, which police said may be attributed to the warm weather.

Some officers said neighbors make these burglaries very easy.

"We are extremely surprised by a number of incidents where windows and doors are not secure, and that allowed for entry by the suspect," said Madison Police Officer Howard Payne.

Police aren't getting too specific about the crimes. They said they may be close to a suspect.

They are asking residents to report any suspicious activities to Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Incumbent Veldran Wins Dane County Board District 7 Race

 

In the Dane County Board District 7 race, incumbent Matt Veldran had 66 percent of the vote, defeating Jon Snowden in Tuesday's election.

Veldran had 1,894 votes to Snowden's 964 votes. 

Police: Fake Uzi Displayed During Road Rage Incident

A road rage incident on Madison's Beltline has left 23-year-old facing charges of disorderly conduct, after police said he displayed a fake machine gun to another driver.

The incident happened around 7:10 p.m. Thursday on the Beltline near Fish Hatchery Road.

According to police, officers responded to a report of a person displaying a weapon in a vehicle. Fitchburg police located Justin Burage following the call.

Police said an investigation showed that Burage was upset with another driver as he was getting off the Beltline and displayed what later turned out to be an Uzi type BB gun at the other driver.

Police recovered the weapon, and Burage was taken in on Disorderly Conduct while armed charges, along with bail jumping. No one was injured.

Man Honored For Role In Alleged Abuse Victim's Rescue

A Madison man was honored Tuesday night for "outstanding civic action" taken in February when he found a teenager now at the center of an abuse investigation.

Mike Vega found the 15-year-old girl walking barefoot on Sigglekow Road last month. He said he mistook her for a 9-year-old because she was so emaciated.

Members of Madison's Common Council recognized Vega at Tuesday's meeting.

He said last week that he might be called to testify after a Dane County judge ruled there is enough evidence for the girl's father and stepmother to stand trial on abuse charges.

Taxi Driver Stabbed Following South Side Robbery

A taxi driver was stabbed during a robbery attempt on South Park Street in Madison early Tuesday morning.

The incident happened just after 4 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of South Park Street.

According to police, the driver was dropping off a passenger on Park Street, but then passenger told the driver that she didn't have any money.

Police said once the taxi stopped, the passenger went through the taxi driver's pockets and then stabbed her in the arm and ear. The suspect was last seen running north on Park Street, police said.

The passenger was described as a light-skinned black woman with a skinny build and wearing a tan coat.

Authorities said that anyone with information about this incident should call Madison Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Experts sound off on Madison Prep educational model

Experts sound off on Madison Prep educational model

Although Madison Prep was voted down by the School Board in December and missing from the board’s agenda in early February, a number of energetic supporters means the controversial charter school is still in the spotlight.

The Madison Prep educational model planned to educate 120 sixth grade students—60 boys and girls—in single-sex classes over the first year. In an effort to close the achievement gap between African American and Hispanic and white students, the school would primarily have served minority and low income students.

Starved Teen Case Bound Over For Trial

The case involving a Madison couple accused of starving and torturing the man's 15-year-old daughter will go to trial.

The hearing was held on Friday afternoon. It began Tuesday, but it was postponed because the prosecution's lead witness had a sick child.

The witness, Dr. Barbara Knox, is the doctor who examined the girl last month after the teen ran away from home only wearing thin pajamas. Knox, a UW physician and child abuse expert, told the court how she believes the girl faced torture and starvation at the hands of her father and stepmother. She diagnosed the 70-pound girl as a victim of "serial child torture with prolonged exposure to definite starvation."

"If you line up 50 children, she would weigh less than the skinniest child in the group. She was off the curve," Knox said.

The girl's father, Chad Chritton, and stepmother, Melinda J. Drabek-Chritton, are accused of abusing the girl over a five-year period. Both appeared at the hearing.