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Police ID man taken into custody during Sun Prairie incident

Police ID man taken into custody during Sun Prairie incident

Sun Prairie police said a 43-year-old suicidal man was detained after a short foot pursuit Wednesday night.

Police responded to a home in the 200 block of North Bristol Street at 12:10 p.m. to check the welfare of the man. Lt. Kevin Konopacki told News 3 they believe Douglas Crossen had a rifle and a handgun.

Crossen was taken to the police station to be evaluated by EMS after the incident ended around 6 p.m., officials said. He did not have any weapons on him when he came out of the house.

He was then arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and intoxicated use of a firearm.

Police searched the home for evidence and weapons Wednesday night.

Dane County dispatch said an automated call to residents in the area was sent out asking anyone within a six-block radius to stay away from their homes and away from the area.

9 arrested in domestic violence warrant sweep

9 arrested in domestic violence warrant sweep

A sweep for people with outstanding family violence warrants yielded nine arrests, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday's sweep was part of the 11th annual Family Violence Apprehension Detail spanning 20 states. Sixteen Dane County deputies worked in teams throughout the day making 94 attempts to locate those with outstanding warrants.

Deputies arrested the following people based on the warrants listed:


  • Obed Sargento-Cruz, 21, of Fitchburg, on suspicion of domestic disorderly conduct
  • Pedro Xelhua Meza, 32, of Fitchburg, on suspicion of contempt of court and non-support


Police: Simple steps can prevent thefts from vehicles

The Sun Prairie Police Department is asking residents to take a some extra precautions following a recent increase in vehicle break-ins in the last few weeks according to a release from police.

Police ask drivers to park in well lit areas when possible. They also said drivers should always lock vehicles and keeps the windows closed. The same goes for garage doors at hoom as well.

According to the release large problem is the theft of small items like phones or purses are often the targets of vehice break-ins. Police ask residents to reomove valuables from their cars or put them in the trunk and out of sight from thieves.

Sun Prairie man faces 5th OWI

Sun Prairie man faces 5th OWI

The Wisconsin State Patrol said they have charged a Sun Prairie man with his fifth charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence following a traffic stop in Columbia County Tuesday night.

The State Patrol said a trooper stopped Alex Jurovic, 27, for speeding on I-39/90/94 eastbound near mile marker 115 Tuesday just after 10 p.m.

The State Patrol said the trooper smelled intoxicants when he approached the car, and noticed open intoxicants when he got there.

The State Patrol said the driver failed field sobriety tests and was arrested.

Sun Prairie police to hold Citizen Academy

Sun Prairie police to hold Citizen Academy

Sun Prairie residents and people who work in Sun Prairie will have the opportunity to participate in a Citizen Academy, officials said.

The community-based policing program gives citizens an opportunity to learn more about what it is like to be a police office, according to a release. The academy also gives police officers a chance to better understand a citizen’s perspective on law enforcement.

Participants will spend time in a classroom learning more about police operations including investigations, crime prevention, criminal trends and internet based activity, officials said. The academy will also include more hands-on activities including building searches, vehicle operation, traffic stop simulation and firearms training.

Classes will be held on Thursdays starting Sept. 19 and end with a graduation banquet Nov. 4, according to the release.

Couple distracts employee, steals ring

Couple distracts employee, steals ring

Sun Prairie police are asking the public for help finding a couple who stole a ring from a local jeweler.

According to a release from Sun Prairie police, a man and woman worked together to steal a $3,000 ring.

According to the release, one of the two distracted an employee, while the other reached over the display case and removed the ring.

Anyone with information about the couple is being asked to call Sun Prairie police.

Fake bills used in 2 east side purchases, officials say

Fake bills used in 2 east side purchases, officials say

Madison police are investigating two cases where fake $50 bills were used to pay for products, according to a release.

A Sun Prairie man was given six $50 bills for a laptop he was selling through Craigslist, according to the release.

Officials said the man met the buyer at Marcus Eastgate Cinemas at 5202 High Crossing Boulevard on July 29 around 8:30 p.m.

The buyer said something about catching a movie and left before the Sun Prairie man discovered the bills all had the same serial number and were smaller than real money, according to the release.

Officials said another set of phony $50 bills were passed at the BP gas station at 735 E. Washington Ave. on July 15.

Two of the bills had the same serial numbers and all of the bills didn?t feel like real U.S. currency, according to the release.