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Arrests, shots fired down in last quarter of 2018, police say

In his quarterly update presented to the Madison city council Tuesday, police chief Mike Koval reported a drop in arrests and shots fired in the last four months of 2018. Arrests in the fourth quarter of 2018 dropped by a count of 100 when compared to the same period in 2017, a decrease of about 5 percent. The number of shots fired incidents also decreased, with police reporting 42 in the last quarter of the year, down from 53. 


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Madison man charged with sexual exploitation, teen found safe, adoptive father arrested

A Madison man was charged in federal court Monday for knowingly persuading a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct with the intent to visually depict the acts. The minor involved had been missing from her Tennessee home since Jan. 13 and was found safely in Madison Thursday.  The man accused, Bryan D. Rogers, allegedly came into contact with the 14-year-old girl through an online game according to an affidavit. Through the game, the girl told Rogers that she was being sexually assaulted by her adoptive father.


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Oregon schools put on lockdown over gun threat

Three schools in Oregon, Wisconsin, a village 10 miles from Madison, were placed on a “soft lockdown” after rumors of a student bringing a gun to school surfaced Monday morning. According to the Oregon Police Department, police received information that a student overheard other students talking about a gun they brought to school.


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City council considers fining businesses for running air conditioning with windows open

Madison businesses may receive fines for cooling down with both air conditioning and windows if the city council passes a bill later this month. The bill, proposed by Ald. Ledell Zellers, District 2, aims to lessen the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy use, as much of the city is still reliant on non-renewable sources of energy like fossil fuels. Businesses found in violation of the rule would be fined $50 for their first offense, $100 for their second and $250 for every subsequent offense. 


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Madison malls, parks latest to feel effects of winter storm

As Madison braces for a day with record-setting low temperatures, the city government is effectively shutting down operations until warmer weather prevails.  Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced Tuesday all city offices would be closed Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to reach as low as -25 degrees, as well as Thursday. Though the offices will be closed, Soglin said city staff would be given the option to either go in or work from home. 


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Madison Water Utility, Dane County Regional Airport prepare for record low temperatures

Following a snow emergency warning issued  Sunday, Madison and Dane County services geared up to deal with the fallout of snow storms and extreme temperatures predicted for Monday and Wednesday. While the city of Madison prepared for possible frozen pipes, the Dane County Regional Airport does not expect to see any change in their services due to either the snow storms early in the week or the extreme cold expected Wednesday.


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Snow emergency declared, services stalled as Madison braces for winter weather

Madison city officials declared a snow emergency Sunday in anticipation of heavy snowfall and below-zero temperatures expected in the coming week. The snow emergency, in effect until Tuesday morning, comes as weather experts predict up to a foot of snow will fall Sunday night to Monday morning. As a result, all cars parked on the street in the snow emergency zone will have to park on the even-numbered side of the street Sunday night or risk towing. 


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Madison police arrest 28-year-old man, several teens for string of robberies

A 28-year-old man and several teenage accomplices have been arrested by Madison police in connection with a string of robberies in December 2018, police chief Mike Koval announced in a press conference Thursday. Police believe the man, identified as Madison resident Eric Clay, was involved in six crimes in Madison and Sun Prairie on Dec. 14 and 15, including three taxi cab robberies. Koval said Clay is also the primary suspect in an armed home invasion, gas station robbery and stick up of two teenage girls. He was taken into custody on Jan. 8 on a probation hold and is now facing five counts of party to a crime of armed robbery.


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Roe v. Wade anniversary draws pro-life, pro-choice protests to capitol

In observance of the Roe v. Wade decision’s 46th anniversary, two groups of protesters braved the snow Tuesday morning to march on the capitol.  The Archdiocese of Madison, which organized the March for Life Wisconsin, fell short of their 300 person attendance goal, which spokesperson Brent King blamed on the weather. In addition to protesting abortion, King said the marchers wanted to bring attention to the “staggering costs of adoption” and encouraged the state legislature to enact a tax credit for families who adopt. Senator André Jacques, R-DePere, joined the marchers and voiced his support for the adoption credit plan.


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Hundreds brave cold for third annual Madison Women’s March

  Several hundred marchers rallied on the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol Saturday morning for the third annual Women’s March, despite snow and temperatures in the low teens.  Happening at the same time as other marches in cities across the country, the event in Madison brought only a few hundred protestors, far less than the estimated 100,000 who packed State Street for the original march to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017.


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Nacho decision: Judge rules city must give State Street Taco Bell liquor license

The Taco Bell on State Street will soon be serving alcohol after a Dane County judge ruled in favor of the restaurant in their lawsuit against the city over a rejected liquor license.  Madison Mayor Paul Soglin vetoed the license, which had been approved by the City Council, in December 2017. He claimed additional establishments serving alcohol would make the area more dangerous and increase costs for the police department.




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