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Saturday, July 31, 2021



Madison mayoral primary elections are Tuesday: Who’s on the ballot

Candidates are making their final pitches to voters ahead of Tuesday’s municipal primary elections to decide who will be on the ballot for mayor, City Council and School Board in the general election in April.  Residents across Madison will have their choice of five candidates for mayor on the ballot: incumbent mayor Paul Soglin, District 10 Ald. Mo Cheeks, managing director for the Mayors Innovation Project Satya Rhodes-Conway, River Alliance of Wisconsin executive director Raj Shukla and local comedian Nick Hart. 


Dane County sheriff looking for inmate who ran away from jail

The Dane County sheriff’s office is searching for a prisoner after he failed to return from a work release program Saturday. According to multiple local news outlets, inmate Aaron Kiel was participating in a work release program at Just Bakery in east Madison, but did not return to the jail by the end of the day. He is serving time for possession of cocaine, criminal damage to property and battery.  


Fitchburg mayor’s past reveals suspension, grievance filed

In the midst of a re-election bid, Fitchburg Mayor Jason Gonzalez faces exposure of a work suspension in 2007 which said he made a sexually harassing phone call to a coworker. Documents obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal showed Gonzalez, working as an EMT at the time, was suspended for 30 days by the Oregon, Wisconsin Fire Department because he and two coworkers made an “unwelcome” late-night phone call to a colleague who claimed it was sexually harassing.  


Teen charged with felony for second time in eight days

For the second time in eight days, a 19-year-old faces felony charges for his involvement in a variety of crimes related to car thefts, according to Madison police.  He was arrested last week after blowing a red light and crashing a stolen car. He and three other passengers were chased down by police, who found a number of stolen items in the car, including a credit card belonging to a man whose home was recently burgled.


Drunk man threatens entire city bus, punches passenger

An altercation on a city bus Wednesday evening ended with one passenger requiring a ride to the hospital and another to jail, Madison police said. The passenger reportedly caused a scene as soon as he stepped on the bus, flirting with an uninterested woman who brought his behavior to the attention of the bus driver. Clearly drunk, he fell as soon as the bus started moving and chose a seat next a man who told police he spent the entire ride staring straight ahead, hoping to avoid eye contact. 


Madison public schools add two days, extend hours to make up for weather cancellations

Madison area students are not off the hook for the cancelled school days this semester, as the Madison Metropolitan School District unveiled plans Tuesday add two days to the school calendar in order to make up for the lost time.  Six days of class have been cancelled so far this year in response to “extraordinary winter weather,” leading to the district’s decision to extend instruction hours. 


Snow emergency declared for Madison, schools close as flurries continue

Following a night that brought more than half a foot of snow to Madison, the city declared a snow emergency Tuesday in anticipation of more accumulation and anticipated plowing difficulties.  The snow emergency, Madison’s second in the past two weeks, will remain in effect until at least Thursday morning as plowing crews continue to clear the streets. To make plowing easier, all cars parked on the street overnight will have to move to the odd-numbered side or run the risk of receiving a ticket or being towed.


Judge determines Cephus case ‘not ripe,’ delays trial

On the day it was scheduled to begin, the trial of suspended Badgers football player Quintez Cephus was suspended Monday after the judge determined it was “not ripe for trial.”  Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Hanrahan, who was to preside over the trial, chose to allow Cephus to remain out on bail while the trial dates are reset. 


Madison to salt all residential roads in preparation for winter storm

In preparation for a snowstorm Monday night, the City of Madison announced that throughout the day the Streets Division will be salting all residential roads, an announcement breaking with the usual protocol of using a salt-and-sand mixture on most streets. The National Weather Service declared a winter storm warning for Dane County Monday, expecting between 6 and 10 inches of snowfall between 6 p.m. and midnight.


Woman robbed on Dayton Street

A woman lost her purse to a mugger downtown Sunday night, Madison police said. The 58-year-old woman was walking on West Dayton Street, about two blocks from the Capitol, when she was accosted by an “aggressive panhandler” who proceeded to follow her. When she pulled out her phone and threatened to call the police, the man stole her purse and ran away. 


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