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The family of Yu Chen, 43, who was killed last month by a university-owned boat while windsurfing on Lake Mendota is poised to request a Dane County judge to release additional evidence from the incident.

Family seeking evidence in case of windsurfer killed by UW Lifesaving boat

State, county and university officials will be asked to turn over key evidence in the case of a windsurfer who died when he was struck from behind by a UW-Madison rescue boat May 31 in Lake Mendota. Jay Urban, the attorney for the mother of 43-year-old Yu Chen, who was killed in the collision, says the university, the state Department of Natural Resources and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office have withheld evidence that could be sufficient to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. A claim must be filed within 120 days of a death involving a state employee under state law but the sheriff’s office plans to keep the evidence confidential until the investigation is complete.That process could take longer than 120 days, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday. Urban plans to file a motion seeking UW Lifesaving training and maintenance records and videos from the Governor’s mansion, which overlooks the lake, among other evidence.

Madison community members, many of them students from local high schools, participated in a “Day Without Immigrants” rally on International Workers’ Day.

High schoolers lead community in Day Without Immigrants protest

Chanting in Spanish and English, students from West, East and La Follette High Schools walked out of class Monday and were quickly at the forefront of a city-wide protest entitled “Day Without Immigrants.” The protest attracted approximately 400-500 community members in total, according to Madison Police Department estimates.

A 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after waving a seven-inch knife around on at the intersection of West Gilman Street and State Street, according to Madison police.

Man arrested after waving knife around on State Street

A man was arrested Wednesday morning after waving a seven-inch knife near State Street. Andrew Fischer, 36, was taken into custody for disorderly conduct while armed, resisting and obstructing and on a warrant, Madison Police Department Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain said in an incident report. A 22-year-old woman called MPD around 8:30 a.m.


Shots fired outside State Street bar

A man reportedly fired a gun into the air multiple times outside of a State Street bar early Thursday morning. James Slattery, of Fitchburg, was taken into custody on tentative charges of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and carrying a handgun where alcohol may be served, Madison Police Department Lt.

The city will further discuss paying nearly $22,000 in legal fees accumulated by Madison Police Department Chief Mike Koval between Sept. 6, 2016 through March 15, 2017.

City postpones decision to pay MPD chief’s legal fees

A vote was halted by Madison alders Tuesday on whether the city will reimburse the Madison police chief for nearly $22,000 in legal fees racked up in a case filed against him after calling a family member of Tony Robinson—a teen fatally shot by an officer in 2015—a “raging lunatic.” Sharon Irwin, Robinson’s grandmother, and her friend Shadayra Kilfoy-Flores filed a complaint last year against Madison Police Department Chief Mike Koval for the name-calling incident, as well as for allegedly making a gesture toward his sidearm after a summer city council meeting.

Police are searching for 22-year-old Sorell A. Gilmore, an inmate who did not return Saturday to the Dane County Jail.

Dane County Jail inmate declared AWOL

Madison police are searching who did not return to the Dane County Jail over the weekend and was declared AWOL, the sheriff’s office said in a release. Sorell A. Gilmore, 22, left the facility for work privileges around 6:45 a.m. Saturday, but did not come back at his scheduled return time of 5:45 p.m.

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Crack found at downtown grocery store

A bag of crack cocaine was discovered at a grocery store near the downtown area over the weekend, the Madison Police Department said Monday. Officers were called to Copps grocery store on South Park Street around 1:54 p.m. Saturday, MPD Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain said in an incident report.

Roast Public House and Forage Kitchen, two restaurants on State Street, were started by UW-Madison alum.

At the heart of local startups, UW-Madison ideas prevail

Years after graduating from UW-Madison, some of the university’s core philosophies have stuck closely with entrepreneurs still in the city—in some cases, even having served as a launchpad for their careers. EatStreet co-founder and CEO Matt Howard said that UW-Madison had a significant role in the successful launch of his company, which now employs over 1,000 people and has locations across the country.

 From Vietnam War protests to the Women’s March following the election of President Donald Trump, the city of Madison has served as a hub for for political and social movements.

Decades of activism in Madison tie back to the university

An unprecedented storm of protests resisting the Trump Administration have shocked state capitals across the country following the November presidential election—but for some in Madison, a long history of political and social movements tying back to the university have made the new wave of activism nothing but expected.


Gun fired in East Gorham Street apartment

A man found in his downtown apartment Wednesday night reported someone had put a gun to his head, according to Madison police. Officers were called to the 10 block of East Gorham Street around 8:40 p.m., Madison Police Department officer Kimberly Alan said in an incident report.

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