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Police: Madison man's bike worth thousands stolen

Police: Madison man's bike worth thousands stolen

Police said a west Madison man's bike worth thousands of dollars was stolen this week.

Madison police said a man reported Tuesday that his bike was stolen from a reportedly secure basement area of his apartment building on the 500 block of South Midvale Boulevard.

The Trek bike is outfitted for winter riding, and with its added components, is worth an estimated $3,950, according to the report.

The bike was stolen sometime Monday or Tuesday, police said. The man reported it stolen Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Police provided a picture Thursday of a bike similar to the one that was stolen. The bike has Bar Mitts, which are a brand of special mittens outfitted on the handle bars. It also has a Carbon brand handle bar, Quartz brand pedals and a homemade mud guard fashioned from a milk jug on the rear tire.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families' “Race to Equity” report indicates that Wisconsin, and particularly Dane County, may have the worst racial disparities in incarceration in the nation. MOSES, a Madison-based interfaith social justice organization, is working to fix that.

In fact, it may go even farther than that. Amy Pooler, a leader in MOSES, said, “Dane County has the worst racial disparities in incarceration rates of African American rates in the country, and that means in the world, because the U.S. already incarcerates more of its population than any other nation on Earth.”

Attempted robber leaves empty handed as workers flee

Attempted robber leaves empty handed as workers flee

A man attempting to rob a west Madison restaurant left empty handed after the employees fled the store, police said.

Madison police said a man entered the Taco Bell on Whitney Way Thursday at 11:37 p.m. and whispered to a store employee to "Shh, come here." The man was wearing a black coat and a black stocking cap pulled down just above his eyes. The man lifted his coat exposing a handgun.

The 22-year-old employee was scared, turned and quickly walked to the back door, police said. As he was leaving he passed the 18-year-old female cook and whispered to her that she should also leave. The cook saw the robber and headed out the back.

Police said there was a customer in the drive-thru unaware of the attempted robbery in progress.

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.