Badgers running back cited at Madison party
Wisconsin's Montee Ball listens to a question during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Ball said he is coming back for his senior season. Ball told reporters that NFL evaluators informed him he would likely be a third-round draft pick and he thinks he can improve his stock. He acknowledged he's taking a huge gamble that he will make it through his senior season without a serious injury or a drop-off in his statistics. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Craig Schreiner) ORG XMIT: WIMAW104 Image by Craig Schreiner
MADISON -- Madison police say Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has been ticketed for trespassing during the annual Mifflin Street block party.
Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says Ball was on the porch of a Mifflin St. home Saturday and a resident didn't want him there.
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says several Mifflin St. residents have posted no-trespassing signs this year, allowing police to issue tickets if unwanted people are on the property.
DeSpain says Ball was cooperative, and alcohol wasn't an issue. He was given a $429 ticket.
A message left with a school spokesman Saturday wasn't immediately returned.
The block party is an annual tradition dating back about 40 years. Police have stepped up enforcement after recent parties involved violence and excessive public drunkenness.