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Madison citizens urged to contact officials to push clean energy plan

A city council subcommittee member called on citizens to urge city officials to adopt a recently introduced plan to transition city buildings and facilities to entirely clean energy, in an opinion piece for the Capital Times published Tuesday. “The council needs to hear from you, hear that our city is committed to changing and leading,” wrote Madison Sustainability Committee member Bradley Campbell.


A county judge has appointed two special prosecutors to take over the case of suspended UW-Madison student Alec Cook, whose preliminary trial is scheduled for Jan. 20.
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Two special prosecutors appointed to Cook case

A county judge has appointed two special prosecutors from the state attorney general's office to take over the case of suspended UW-Madison student Alec Cook, who faces numerous counts of sexual assault involving 10 different women.


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Man shot near State Street, suspects at large

A man was shot in the arm near State Street early Wednesday morning, with police still searching for suspects. The 36-year-old victim was taken to a local emergency room with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a Madison Police Department incident report. The shooting happened around 2 a.m.


Madison Police Department Chief Mike Koval said Sunday that local law enforcement will continue its current inclusive immigration policies, though the city is not formally a sanctuary city.
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Madison police chief says city has no plans to tighten immigration policies under Trump

Madison Police Department Chief Mike Koval said Sunday on a Wisconsin talk show that city law enforcement will uphold its current inclusive immigration policies in months to come, despite not being a formal sanctuary city. “We will not be using our local authority to sort of hunt down folks based on immigration or documentation issues,” Koval said on a WISN news program.


Suspended UW-Madison junior Alec Cook is being charged with the alleged sexual assault of ten women.
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Cook’s lawyers request for his release from jail

The lawyers of Alec Cook, who is being charged with the alleged sexual assault of five women, are requesting he be released on signature bond rather than the the $200,000 bail on which he is currently in jail. He should be released because prosecutors haven't shown that bail is required to assure that Cook will appear in court, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Cook’s attorneys, Chris Van Wagner and Jessa Nicholson, wrote in a bail motion that prosecutors are citing the seriousness of the charges for the bail being so high. Cook’s preliminary hearing was scheduled for Dec. 27, but prosecutors requested the date be moved back due to case detectives not being able to make the hearing. Cook’s lawyers agreed to the delay, Assistant District Attorney Colette Sampson said when she made the request.


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Suspect at large in Five Guys pants fraud

A man reportedly swindled a UW-Madison student out of two expensive pairs of pants during a transaction at Five Guys on State Street last week. After the student posted on Facebook’s Marketplace Community advertising designer jeans for sale, the suspect, who claimed to be from Baraboo, offered $100 for each pair.


A burglary reportedly occurred on the 100 block of Broom Street Sunday afternoon.
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Burglary on South Broom Street

A 21-year-old man was forced to flee his house on South Broom Street around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon after he saw a man trying to break into his back door, according to a Madison Police Department incident report. “The victim said prior loud bangs; a person was ringing his doorbell.


A fire has displaced ten resident of the Uncommon apartments, located on North Bedford street.
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Fire in Uncommon displaces 10 residents

A fire on the fourth floor of the downtown highrise Uncommon displaced 10 residents Wednesday, according to a Madison Fire Department daily report. “An automatic sprinkler activation kept the fire contained to the room of origin, which suffered smoke and fire damage,” MFD Public Information Officer Cynthia Schuster wrote.


A well that pumps more than 750 million gallons of water near the UW-Madison campus has reached a “critical contamination threshold” of sodium and chloride.
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Water well near campus reaches contamination threshold

A well that pumps more than 750 million gallons of water near the UW-Madison campus has reached a “critical contamination threshold” of sodium and chloride due to road salt, with chloride levels doubling since 2000. The Madison Water Utility is launching a multi-year study of Utility Well 14 in response to explore ways to mitigate road salt contamination.


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Dane County prepares for election recount

The Dane County Clerk’s Office is preparing for a massive recount effort after Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein ordered a recount in Wisconsin. “All of the ballots are being delivered from the counties, and they’re being sorted and locked in a room to get ready for the recount,” said Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell.


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MPD warns against increased levels of car theft in winter months

In the aftermath of a recent car theft, the Madison Police Department urged residents to exercise caution. An unknown perpetrator recently stole a 2000 Chevrolet Impala after the owner of the car left it unattended, unlocked and running in her driveway, according to an MPD incident report. The theft took place last week on the 3700 block of School Road near Dane County Regional Airport.


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SUV found submerged in Lake Mendota, one body recovered

A Dane County woman’s body was the only one found in or near an SUV submerged in Lake Mendota near the Spring Harbor Park boat launch. Dane County Medical Examiner Director of Operations Barry Irmen identified the victim as Julie B. Metcalfe of Fitchburg Monday night. She was 51. According to the Madison Fire Department, around 7:30 a.m. Monday the report of the submerged SUV came in. 



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