Body-worn cameras won’t be part of Madison police uniforms anytime soon. The Common Council removed $123,000 from the city capital budget early Tuesday morning, which would have purchased 47 body-worn cameras, storage equipment, training and overtime for some officers.
The Madison City Council will begin their budget deliberations Monday, and alders will debate a number of provisions with the potential to affect students and other city residents.
Police are searching for a man suspected of stabbing a female acquaintance he was traveling with in a car along John Nolen Drive Friday.
Madison residents could soon face fines if they park on the wrong side of the street, as city-wide parking rules for the winter go into effect this week.
Nearly a dozen residents and business owners told city officials they felt unsafe in the city at a listening session Thursday, many of them pointing fingers at local homeless shelters that allow individuals to stay long-term.
Former UW-Madison student Alec Cook’s defense lawyers believe his trials should take place outside of Madison and want evidence they say was obtained illegally to be excluded, according to court documents.
As Wisconsin lawmakers debate a controversial immigration bill, Madison’s future as a so-called sanctuary city remains uncertain. The new legislation would bar local governments from enacting “sanctuary” policies that block or hinder federal immigration enforcement.
In efforts to reduce crime in the city, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin proposed earlier this month requiring all local convenience stores to have surveillance cameras and to keep footage from them for about a month.
With tools at its disposal, Madison is considering public employment programs to combat the city’s homelessness after a recent report highlighted the potential benefits of such a program.
County officials are weighing whether to make room in next year’s budget for providing mental health crisis intervention training to 911 dispatchers in the area. The plan would allocate additional funding to conducting the mental health training for dispatchers, led by the Dane County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “One way to limit the jail population is to divert those with mental health issue from the criminal justice system,” said Dane County Supervisor Paul Rusk.
Evidence on windsurfer’s fatal collision with UW rescue boat reaches DA’s office, remains out of reach for familyBy Gina Heeb | Nov. 1, 2017
The county is set to decide whether charges will be filed in the case of a windsurfer who was hit and killed on Lake Mendota by a UW-Madison safety boat, after a report on the incident reached the Dane County District Attorney’s office this week. Yu Chen, 43, sustained fatal injuries after he was struck May 31 by a UW Lifesaving boat, used for rescue operations on lakes serving UW-Madison and city.
Dane County is currently slated to pursue a $76 million proposal to modernize its prison system, but some officials worry that’s not enough.
A 30-year-old man who was arrested earlier this month for attempting to abduct UW-Madison women on or near campus in two separate incidents was charged Monday in the cases.
A petition to remove the leader of Madison’s Catholic community — who last week emailed local priests a list of “considerations” to use when deciding whether or not gay individuals are eligible to receive funeral services — has received thousands of signatures since it started circulating Thursday.
Police reported “no serious incidents” at this year’s Freakfest, which saw a decrease in attendance from the previous few years.
Upon gaining entry to a State Street establishment, officers were able to revive the individuals, who had apparently overdosed on heroin.
Two days from now, police departments across the state are making an increased effort to combat Wisconsin’s opioid problem by participating in a prescription drug take-back program.
Each October, Freakfest takes over downtown Madison — here’s what you need to know before the event takes place Saturday. The Madison Police Department will deploy about 300 officials, including special event staff and university police, Central District Police Captain Jason Freedman said at a Thursday press conference. Additionally, all firearms and any item that security or police may see as dangerous are prohibited, according to the event’s website.
Catholic leaders in Madison suggest ‘guidelines’ for funerals for gay individuals, leaked email showsBy Gina Heeb | Oct. 25, 2017
It also says there should be “no mention” of the “partner” in any religious text or by funeral leaders. Additionally, a priest or parish involved with a funeral of a gay individual should not be listed in any public obituary that also lists the partner.
Madison police used pepper spray this weekend to break up a fight before arresting three men outside a popular strip of downtown bars this weekend. A “large” fight broke out on the 600 block of University Avenue early Saturday morning, Madison Police Department Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain said in an incident report.