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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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A local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness could start receiving significant public funding under next year’s Dane County budget.

Required mental health training for 911 responders could be on deck in Dane County

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.

A watch Yu Chen was reportedly wearing as he was fatally struck by a UW Lifesaving boat could have recorded details including his location and speed, according to family members.

Evidence on windsurfer’s fatal collision with UW rescue boat reaches DA’s office, remains out of reach for family

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.

About 300 law enforcement officials will be working Freakfest this year.

A cheat sheet for attending Freakfest

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.

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