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Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Heroin use, after steadily decreasing through the early 2000s, is becoming more common, and in the last year led to an increased number of deaths due to overdose in both Dane County and across the nation.

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Before exposing himself, stranger asks 'do you want to see a man naked?'

Before exposing himself, stranger asks 'do you want to see a man naked?'

A Madison woman walking on the near west side said she heard a voice ask if she wanted to see a nude man before a stranger exposed himself, police said.

Madison police said a 25-year-old woman was walking on Grant Street near Vilas Avenue at 7:06 a.m. Monday. The woman told police she heard someone rustling in nearby trees, then a voice asked, "Do you want to see a man naked?"

The man emerged without clothes and fondling himself, according to the report. The woman ran off. 

The man was described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall with a thin build and short, dark hair.

Police find damaged door, no shell casings at report of shots fired

Police find damaged door, no shell casings at report of shots fired

Police said damage to a gas station door could have been caused by a bullet Friday night.

The Madison Police Department said at 10:52 p.m. officers responded to a report of shots fired at the BP at 4501 Verona Road.

A door to the BP was found damaged possibly by a bullet, according to the report. Officers did not find shell casings.

An SUV was seen leaving the gas station around the time of the shots fired report, police said.

Man allegedly follows woman from bar, sexually assaults her

Man allegedly follows woman from bar, sexually assaults her

A Madison man has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman last week.

Police said Marcus T. Boone, 27, was identified because of a good description provided by the victim which was used to search surveillance video from downtown cameras.

A 21-year-old woman told police the assault occurred early Wednesday morning in a parking lot on Fahrenbrook Court while she was walking home from an evening with friends in the State Street area.

A criminal complaint said Boone followed the woman home from the State Street area, and tried to talk to her a couple times during the walk.

Boone threatened to shoot the woman during the incident, but she told police she did not see a gun, according to the complaint.

Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.

Witness info helps police nab suspected pipe thieves

Two people were cited in Oregon Wednesday shortly after reportedly stealing supplies from a downtown Madison construction site, according to a release.

Madison police said witnesses reported seeing a Chevy Suburban pull up to a Parisi Construction site on Chamberlain Avenue at 7:39 p.m. A man jumped out and loaded seven pieces of cast iron pipe into the SUV.

Witnesses provided the SUV's license plate information to police, which was associated with an Oregon residence.

Madison officers provided the information to Oregon police, and an officer was able to intercept the suspected thieves as they pulled into the Oregon home. The stolen cast iron pipes were found in the SUV.

Julio J.L. Sanchez, 31, was cited on suspicion of theft, according to the report. Shelia M. Sanchez, 59, was cited on suspicion of party to the crime of theft.

Man chases suspected OWI driver after hit-and-run

Man chases suspected OWI driver after hit-and-run

A man whose car was struck in a hit-and-run crash chased the car that struck his and a suspected drunken driver was arrested, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said an officer in a squad car saw the car chasing the other car on Yuma Drive after 6 p.m. Wednesday and pulled them over. The man whose car was struck was honking his horn and waving out his window to get the officer?s attention.

The 33-year-old victim told police he was rear-ended as he was stopped at the intersection of Seminole Highway and Nakoma Road.

Police said empty beer cans were found in the car of Pablo Valdez-Lopez, 27, of Madison. He was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run, operating while intoxicated and for having open intoxicants in a vehicle.

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