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Madison officials, north side residents address gang violence in wake of shootings

"We've been through this once before," said Mayor Paul Soglin. "We won and we are going to win again... In 1990, we had a murder out here. A woman lost her life because she stood up for the neighborhood and we said at that time that she was not going to die in vain and within a couple years, this became a wonderful neighborhood. And it still is. This is still a fine neighborhood." >More
 Most Madison homicides tied to gang activity

Sgt. Amy Schwartz, who heads the Madison Police Department's anti-gang unit, is certain the unit has prevented homicides from happening. >More
 Life after gangs: Former Madison street toughts show others the way out

When Jacob Dunn was just a boy, his teachers would sometimes predict a bleak outlook for him: "You're going to end up in prison. "It turns out they were right, though even they might have been surprised by how quickly their predictions came true. Dunn was drawn to the gangster lifestyle, fascinated by crime bosses and prisons. His favorite movie was The Outsiders. "I was always into the mobster fantasy, the slicked-back hair, the crime boss," he says. "That's what I wanted to be." >More
 Madison police make rash of muggings a priority

Perpetrators of a rash of strong-arm robberies around the city in recent months are doing so at least in part for kicks, police say. Madison Police Chief Noble Wray and Capt. Jay Lengfeld, commander of the west district, held a news conference Friday afternoon, to report on the police department's efforts to curtail the more than 30 muggings since early April. >More
 An interview with Henry Hill, the basis for Goodfellas

It's likely you know Henry Hill's story, but you might not recognize his face -- the mug most people associate with Hill's name is that of actor Ray Liotta, who played the mobster-turned-FBI informant in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. >More
 Madison police launch crime map website at

Madison residents can now view a daily interactive map showing crime in the city. The Madison Police Department hopes this web feature will increase safety and help in forecasting crime. The map, at, has been up since December, but police have not made it known while they sorted out the kinds and extent of information offered. >More
 Judge backs secrecy on Zimmermann 911 call

People don't expect real-life courtrooms to be whiplash chambers, where judges launch into pronouncements they don't really mean. And so when Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess began making his ruling on the lawsuit brought by media seeking the release of the recording of Brittany Zimmermann's mishandled call to the 911 center, you could hear the cops in the courtroom emit sighs of defeat. >More
 Links to reactions and ongoing coverage of new search warrant reveleations in Brittany Zimmermann case

Tuesday's revelation that screams and a struggle could be heard on a 911 call placed by Brittany Zimmermann on April 2 reignited controversy surrounding the Dane County 911 Center's handling of the incident. >More
 MPD: Brittany Zimmermann's screams heard on 911 call

Brittany Zimmermann's screams are apparently captured on an audiotape of a 911 call she placed as she was being attacked inside her downtown Madison apartment, according to newly released court documents. "The disconnect call started with the sound of a woman screaming and the line remains active and open picking up the background sounds of a struggle for a short period of time," according to a search warrant affidavit signed by Madison Police Det. Marion Morgan. >More
 Madison cops, media hash things out

Hardly anyone ate the donuts. Three heaping plates of the sugary confections sat on a table at the back of the room, as about two dozen high-ranking members of the Madison police department -- including Chief Noble Wray, his two assistant chiefs and several captains -- held a two-hour rap session this morning at Channel 3 with about two dozen representatives of the Madison media. >More
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