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Sun Prairie parents hold discussion about race and police following Robinson shooting

Following Tony Robinson's officer-involved shooting death, a group of Sun Prairie parents felt a more urgent need to hold an already-planned open dialog on race and police.

So, about 60 Sun Prairie residents met inside the Prairie Phoenix Academy Thursday night along with Sun Prairie Police officers, school district officials and the Sun Prairie African American Parent Network.

While emotions were still raw over the March 6 shooting, this discussion actually started after AAPN President Jerry Ruffin's sons met with a Sun Prairie police sergeant, after they felt like they were being racially profiled while driving.

Ruffin felt he had a productive conversation with police after the incident. Now, he wants to expand that conversation to other African American community members, especially young people in Sun Prairie.

Group plans meeting to openly address race, police in city

A community group is hosting a meeting this week with the city police department to discuss race and police in Sun Prairie. 

President of the Sun Prairie African American Parent Network Jerry Ruffin confirmed the meeting will take place at Prairie Phoenix Academy, 160 South St., in Sun Prairie from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday. Police Chief Patrick Anhalt and Assistant Chief Scott A. Faust are scheduled to participate.

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $3.75 million in funding Thursday to increase radio coverage in rural areas and inside large buildings, according to a release.

The allocation was approved as part of a larger resolution approving the issuing of bonds to pay for commitments already approved in the 2015 capital budget, officials said. The new funding is in addition to the $3 million already dedicated to improvements in the DaneCom radio system.

News 3 reported in December that parts of DaneCom would be taken offline at the beginning of 2015 to determine if the county’s new emergency communication system was causing emergency radio problems.

Police honors 4 officers at annual awards ceremony

On Feb. 17 Sun Prairie police held its annual awards ceremony where it recognized several employees with awards including Officer of the Year, Employee of the Year, Chief’s Award and Distinguished Service Award... Read More

3 invade east side home; 1 arrested

3 invade east side home; 1 arrested

Madison police are crediting good descriptions from witnesses for helping them find one of three people believed to be involved in a home burglary on the near east side.

The residents of a home in the 1400 block of Williamson Street told police three people with handguns pushed their way into their home at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday. One of the two 20-year-old men in the home called 911 and the robbers fled.

Police said they got good descriptions of the robbers from witnesses that helped them track the getaway car to Sun Prairie where they arrested Jam'e A. Coleman.

The other two people remain at large. Coleman was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.

Police said the robbers targeted the home and their motive was likely drug related.

Man called in false crime report before robbing Kelley's Mobil, police say

Man called in false crime report before robbing Kelley's Mobil, police say

Police believe a man called in a false report of a crime before robbing a gas station on Davidson Drive Monday night.

The Sun Prairie Police Department said a man entered the Kelley's Mobil Mart at 10:51 p.m. and gave a note to a worker asking for cash. The note said the man was having trouble taking care of his kids and wanted all the money in the register and specific cartons of cigarettes.

Police said the robber fled with $50 in cash and one carton of Newport Kings, one carton of Marlboro Reds and two cartons of Newport Short Kings.

Police said investigators also believe the man called 911 with a false report of a stabbing in a different area of the city before the robbery.

The man was described as white, in his late 20s about 6 feet 3 inches tall with a slender build, according to the report. He was wearing a green Carhartt jacket with a hood, black pants, white athletic shoes with black accents on the sides and a black face mask.

iPhone snatched by Craigslist 'buyer'

iPhone snatched by Craigslist 'buyer'

A woman selling an iPhone on Craigslist found a buyer who snatched it from her hands in a parking lot, according to Madison police.

The 36-year-old Sun Prairie woman told police she arranged to meet a buyer at Burger King at 2655 E. Washington Ave. at around 8 p.m. Saturday. She found the man who snatched it when he brought it out to show him. The man left and told the woman, "Don't follow me. I'll hurt you."

The woman said she had sold many items on Craigslist and didn't have a problem until this sale.

The man is described as white, in his early 20s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds with brown hair. He was wearing a tan Carhartt coat, blue jeans and a blaze orange hunting hat.