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.
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.
A homeless man allegedly battered a woman in her West Gilman Street apartment early this month after she allowed him to stay with her. Police arrested William M.
The Madison Metropolitan School District is making moves this year to help students in grades five through 12 succeed, after recent data showed nearly nine percent of students in the district are at risk of not graduating high school. Though Wisconsin law requires each district to submit a list of at-risk students and a developed plan to help them every year, MMSD officials couldn’t say the last time they turned in a plan, according to the Capital Times. Originally, MMSD would send a single letter to the parents or guardians of at-risk students, but the new plan could allow schools to work with individual students and their families for the best solutions.
Madison Metropolitan School District received a half-million dollar grant from a local company for more community resources to bring neighborhoods together. CUNA Mutual Group, a local insurance firm, announced this week that it will help MMSD expand its community schools program from two schools to four by committing $500,000 over the next three years.
A Madison man charged with shooting a man to death and wounding another on the south side in August will stand trial, a county judge ruled Thursday, after he also threatened to kill a county deputy at the Dane County Jail this week.
Moped drivers in Madison probably won’t be revved up for a new city law changing where the vehicles can be parked. In an attempt by city council to clear the way for pedestrians, moped users will soon not be permitted to park on public terraces or sidewalks.
An international energy conference scheduled to be held in Madison this month has been cancelled after the Trump administration denied several key Africa-based presenters visas to enter the country. The US-Africa Energy Summit 2017, organized by the UW-Platteville International Business Center, was set to take place at Monona Terrace Sept.18 and 19.