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Jump off Monona Terrace rooftop prompts safety talk

An incident in which a man jumped from the ledge of Monona Terrace into the lake below may prompt talks about more safety precautions at the Madison landmark. A YouTube video was posted Tuesday of a man jumping from the top of Monona Terrace into Lake Monona. The video shows the man standing on a ledge, which officials at Monona Terrace say is a finable offense. Monona Terrace spokesperson Fran Puleo said there is a city ordinance that makes standing on the ledge a finable offense, because it is trespassing to go past the railing on the rooftop. "The city has chimed in with creating that kind of ordinance preventing them and discouraging them because it's a hefty fine if and when you're caught," Puleo said. Puleo said building officials are disheartened by the incident and want to discourage anyone from doing it. She also noted that something similar happened about seven years ago. There are cameras and a railing with no-trespassing signs on the rooftop, but Puleo said the incident may be a catalyst for looking into additional safety precautions. "I don't think we'd want to do anything to impede on people's enjoyment of the space up here, and hopefully people utilize common sense and know not to do that kind of thing," Puleo said. "Here at Monona Terrace we want to keep it a great family venue, and don't want to make it so it's fences and chains." In 2007 two teenagers who jumped off the same ledge were fined $400 each. Video

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:06:27 GMT

Reality Check: Ad continues attacks on Trek outsourcing

In his second attack ad on the subject, Gov. Scott Walker once again slams Mary Burke's work at her family's company. He never names the company in the ad, but he's talking about her work at Trek Bicycle. "Mary Burke is trying to sell us on her experience at her family business," the ad says. "But she forgot to mention that they make 99 percent of their bikes overseas in places like China, where her company has outsourced for years." News 3 finds this needs clarification, and there's no way to tell whether it's true or false because Trek won't disclose its production data. The ad cites a 2011 article at Onmilwaukee.com, where Trek's public relations manager made some estimates of its production. He said it was almost impossible to give a number of how many bikes were made in the U.S., but that it was somewhere in the 10,000 range. He admits that most of their bikes are manufactured overseas, but when asked how many, he said it was "hard to say" and that Trek sells around 1.5 million bikes a year. If both of those figures were accurate, it would mean 0.7 percent of their bikes were made here and more than 99 percent were made overseas. News 3 finds that while it's true that the company has outsourced jobs, it is not unique to Trek amongst bike makers. The National Bicycle Dealers Association says 99 percent of all bikes are manufactured overseas. Mary Burke has used her latest ad to defend Trek. "The real story? Mary Burke helped build Trek where almost a thousand people go to work every day, making more bikes in the U.S. than anyone," Burke's ad says. News 3 finds this needs clarification. We can't prove the figure because Trek won't tell us exactly how many bikes it makes here. What we do know is that the National Bike Dealers estimate total U.S. production of bikes at only 56,000 bikes a year amongst more than a dozen bike makers. In that 2011 interview, Trek claimed to make possibly 10,000 of those. One other claim in the governor's ad says taxpayers paid for Trek workers to be retrained. News 3 finds that's also true, as Trek workers were eligible for trade adjustment assistance during layoffs in both 2004 and 2013. If you have an idea for a Reality Check, send it to us at realitycheck@channel3000.com.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:11:54 GMT

During this week in 2007, Wisconsin booksellers held late-night parties hours before the long-awaited release of the final "Harry Potter" volume.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:20:05 GMT

Car crashes into trees; 1 killed

One person was killed when his car ran off a road and crashed into several trees early Thursday morning, according to a release from the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to County Road V in the town of LaValle at 1:14 a.m. for a report of a single-vehicle crash. Investigators said the car was traveling west on County Road V at a high rate of speed when it left the road and struck several trees. The 25-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family members. The Reedsburg Fire Department and EMS, LaValle Fire Department and Sauk County Coroner’s Office assisted at the scene.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:56:22 GMT

Women say restaurateur drugged them, took photos

A man who owns an Ozaukee County restaurant is being investigated anew on allegations that he drugged women's drinks, took nude photos of the women and sexually assaulted at least one person. Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities raided the man's Wauwatosa home and Cedarburg restaurant. A search warrant filed Monday said they seized cameras, computers and drugs, including a numbing agent used in minor surgery. The Associated Press is not naming the 34-year-old because he has not been charged. Authorities previously investigated him in 2008 after several women said he offered them drinks, and that they had foggy memories afterward. One said she received a text photo of herself without pants, with a text that read, "round 2?" Cedarburg police said new allegations in April helped advance the investigation.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:36:54 GMT

Fond du Lac police search for naked intruder

Eastern Wisconsin police are searching for a naked man who Fond du Lac residents say has entered and lurked near their homes. The city's Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein said the man entered an unlocked house Wednesday but didn't steal or damage anything. Klein said a resident chased him out of the house and down the block. He said a naked man was seen lurking outside another house in the neighborhood Tuesday morning. The man ran away when a resident walked out of the house and tried to approach him. Klein said police are investigating the incidents and advising people to lock their doors.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:42:41 GMT

Insurance company compensates man wrongly convicted of burning down bar

A central Wisconsin man who spent three years in prison for a crime he did not commit has been compensated by his insurance company. The amount of the compensation for Joseph Awe, of Friendship, has not been disclosed. Awe says there's no way to compensate him for the three years he lost while in prison for arson. Awe was convicted of burning down J.J.'s Pub, a bar he owned with his wife in 2006. A Marquette County prosecutor alleged Awe hired someone to torch the building so he could collect insurance money. The State Journal reported the case relied heavily on experts hired by Mt. Morris Mutual Insurance Co. A judge later ruled investigators used a discredited method to determine it was arson. The 44-year-old Awe was released from the Oregon Correctional Center in 2013.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:02:56 GMT

Man arrested in deadly shooting outside hotel, police say

A suspect in a drug-related homicide case was arrested in Chicago on Tuesday, according to a release from Madison police. Marcius Lee, 42, was arrested on a first-degree intentional homicide warrant in the death of Robert France, 46, of Portland, Oregon, according to the release. “It appears he stays in various locations, often at hotels. He does have contacts here in the Madison area. He is not a Madison resident and has no permanent residence in the city,” Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said. Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel at 9:07 a.m. Sunday. Officers found that France had been shot and killed. Police said they believe the homicide was related to drug activity. “We believe the motivation for this crime was drugs and/or drug money,” DeSpain said. “We’re still investigating. We have people in the Chicago area at this time looking through things, trying to figure out what he had on his person in the area where he was staying.” On Sunday officers found a "vehicle of interest" that may be related to the shooting. Police said the SUV had been reported stolen before Saturday morning. According to the release, France died from gunshot injuries.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:54:16 GMT

State to stop enforcing birth control law

Gov. Scott Walker's administration will no longer enforce the state's contraception coverage law for employers with religious objections following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month. The decision riled birth control advocates and Democrats, who said Wednesday that Wisconsin law is not affected by the decision. The Supreme Court ruled that companies with religious objections, like Hobby Lobby, can avoid the contraceptives requirement of the federal health care overhaul law. Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner's office spokesman J.P. Wieske said Wednesday that the state had no decision to make because it is federally pre-empted from enforcing the law. Democratic attorney general candidate Jon Richards says if elected he would initiate legal action to require enforcement of the law. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and others including Planned Parenthood also decried the decision.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:46:48 GMT

Man, insurance co. settle over wrongful conviction

A Friendship man who spent almost three years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of arson has reached an undisclosed settlement with his insurance company. A Wisconsin State Journal report Wednesday says 44-year-old Joseph Awe is satisfied with the deal. Awe was convicted of burning down a bar he co-owned with his wife in 2006. Experts hired by Mt. Morris Mutual Insurance Co. of Coloma testified that electrical malfunction was not the cause. A fire marshal then declared the fire arson. But on appeal, experts for the defense said the fire was caused by a faulty electrical system. A judge agreed, saying the previous investigators used a now-discredited method to reach their conclusion. Mt. Morris attorney Terry Johnson did not immediately return a message Wednesday seeking comment.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:50:53 GMT

Van, car found at bottom of Black River in La Crosse

The search for a missing La Crosse man who drowned two weeks ago uncovered some large objects at the bottom of the Black River. While crews were looking for 23-year-old Shalim Augustine, they found a van and car. A volunteer organization that provides emergency assistance in recovery efforts found the items using advance sonar systems. Tuesday night, crews were near the Clinton Street bridge in La Crosse trying to recover them from the water. The car was originally thought to be a submerged boat, but once crews got a closer look they realized it was a car.  It was located in the river under the Julia Belle Swain Riverboat in Copeland Park. This isn't the first time the sonar system has found something valuable. “We find a tremendous amount of stuff in these rivers. We found a Model T in front of Winona just doing some training. The river is an area where people tend to hide items. We find a lot of items down there,” said the founder of Bruce’s Legacy Keith Cormican. Crews said the van pulled from the River was a 1970's model and had license plate tags from 1981.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:57:12 GMT

2 children injured in Milwaukee shooting

Two Wisconsin children are recovering after being shot inside a vehicle. A 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the Milwaukee shooting Wednesday night. Deputy Inspector Stephen Basting said the children were in a vehicle being driven by their mother. He says the mother drove them to a local hospital and they are expected to be released soon. Basting said police are trying to determine if another person in the vehicle was the target of the shooting.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:56:08 GMT

2 injured when car strikes tractor

A 75-year-old man from Lyndon Station is facing life-threatening injuries after his car struck a tractor in rural Juneau County, according to a release from the Wisconsin State Patrol. Crews were called to County Road HH south of Dombek Road in the town of Kildare at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a two-vehicle crash. Investigators said a car driven by the 75-year-old man struck the rear left tire of a tractor that was mowing the right shoulder of the road. He was flown to UW Hospital in Madison and is in serious condition. The driver of the tractor, Douglas Bachim, 56, of Mauston, was taken to Hess Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was treated and released. The road was closed about four hours during the investigation and cleanup.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:46:06 GMT

Mary Jo Ola meets with the operators of Lane's Bakery to talk about being in business in Madison for 60 years.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:13:25 GMT

Both suspects in Stradivarius theft due in court

A Milwaukee man who pleaded guilty in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin is due to be sentenced, and his co-defendant is expected to change his not-guilty plea. Salah Salahadyn and Universal K. Allah are both due in court Thursday. Salahadyn initially pleaded not guilty to felony robbery. His attorney has requested a new plea date, which suggests Salahadyn plans to change his plea. Allah pleaded guilty to felony robbery. Prosecutors say he provided the stun gun used to attack a concertmaster in January as he left a performance. Allah's attorney has said Allah wasn't at the scene of the robbery. Prosecutors say Salahadyn been plotting for a while to steal a Stradivarius. Police recovered the 300-year-old Stradivarius in good condition after nine days.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:02:05 GMT

Hayward hosts Lumberjack World Championships

International competition begins in Hayward where the very best lumberjacks are gathering. The U.S. Lumberjack World Championships get underway Thursday with log rolling, pole climbing and chopping events. The championships started in 1960. Organizers say it's a way to acknowledge the rich history of the logging industry across the United States. More than 12,000 spectators are expected to watch dozens of competitors from around the world vie for more than $50,000 in prize money. The events are held in the Lumberjack Bowl in Hayward, which was once a big holding pond for the North Wisconsin Lumber Co. Competition runs through Saturday.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:53:12 GMT

Packers shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field

The only publicly owned team in U.S. professional sports is holding its annual shareholders meeting. The Green Bay Packers are expecting more than 12,000 shareholders Thursday for the meeting at Lambeau Field. The Packers have about 364,000 owners. The meeting is held in the open bowl of Lambeau. Shareholders will vote for three nominees to the board of directors, Associated Banc-Corp CEO Philip Flynn, Schreiber Foods CEO Michael Haddad and University of Wisconsin-Madison's Dr. Elizabeth Trowbridge. Shareholders can tour the new Packers Pro Shop and the re-landscaped Harlan Plaza.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:19:09 GMT

What you need to know: Thursday

It's Thursday, July 24 and here is your day ahead: BREAKING OVERNIGHT:  Air Algerie plane disappears from radar An Air Algerie flight carrying 110 passengers and six crew has disappeared from the radar on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers. Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff from the northwestern part of Africa. Officials say the flight had been missing for hours before news was made public. More on this story In local news... WEATHER: Mostly sunny skies this morning with temperatures starting in the lower 50s. Skies will turn partly sunny this afternoon as highs climb to the middle and upper 70s.  Full forecast  1. DAREDEVIL'S MONONA TERRACE JUMP His video has racked up hundreds of hits, and now he may have to pay hundreds of dollars in fines. A video was posted to YouTube on Tuesday showing a man jumping from Monona Terrance into Lake Monona. The video shows the man standing on a ledge, which officials at Monona Terrace say is an offense that carries a fine. More on this story 2. CONTRACEPTION LAW Gov. Walker's administration says it will no longer enforce the state's contraception coverage law for employers with religious objections. Last month the US Supreme Court overturned requirements that small, privately run companies must provide contraceptives to women. It was a victory for family-owned companies like Hobby Lobby, whose owners challenged the law. State democrats argue that Wisconsin's law is not affected by the decision. More on this story 3. CELL PHONE TRACKING The Wisconsin Supreme Court is expected to clarify whether police can use cellphone data to track suspects. The justices are expected to release rulings Thursday in a pair of homicide cases in Milwaukee and Kenosha counties. Police in both cases used data from their cellphone providers to track them down. More on this story 4. MADISON HOMICIDE Following a homicide outside a Madison hotel on Saturday, a man is arrested. Marcius Lee was taken into custody in Chicago Tuesday. A man from Portland, Oregon was killed. Police believe the shooting was drug-related. More on this story In national news... 1. ARIZONA EXECUTION CONTROVERSY Botched?: Another lethal injection and with it more questions about whether it was carried out humanely. During Arizona's execution of Joseph Wood last night, he snorted and struggled to breathe during the nearly two hours it took him to die, his attorney said. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has directed the Department of Corrections to review the process, saying she's concerned by the length of time it took to carry out the lethal injection. A federal judge ordered local officials to preserve all physical evidence in Wood's execution. More on this story 2. UKRAINE – MALAYSIA AIRLINES In mourning: Another 74 coffins are expected to arrive in the Netherlands today as recovery teams continue the grim task of transferring the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 from Ukraine. The Boeing 777 with 298 people aboard was shot down a week ago over the nation's east where separatist rebels are in control. Of the victims, 193 were Dutch citizens. The transfer of remains is expected to be completed by Friday. More on this story 3. MIDEAST CRISIS Diplomatic efforts: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is burning up the diplomacy trial, trying to secure a cease-fire in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas. "Over the last few days Secretary Kerry has been engaged with the Israelis, Palestinians, Egyptians, Europeans, the UN, the Arab League, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey, and the UAE to determine how to achieve an end to the current violence and build a process that can create a sustainable path forward," White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said. About 700 Palestinians and 35 Israelis - 32 soldiers and three civilians - have died in the conflict. More on this story 4. IMMIGRATION A billion here, a billion there: House Republicans and the White House are far apart when it comes to paying for the country's immigration crisis along the southern border. The $1.5 billion funding package they offered yesterday is almost $1 billion smaller than the version introduced by Senate Democrats a day earlier and is less than half of the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama requested. The GOP wants changes in policy before they kick in any more money. More on this story 5. EBOLA DOCTOR SICK In treatment: A doctor who has played a key role in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is infected with the disease, according to that country's Ministry of Health. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan is being treated by the French aid group Doctors Without Borders at a hospital in the capital city, Freetown. Until falling ill, Khan had been overseeing Ebola treatment and isolation units at a government hospital, about 185 miles east of Freetown. Sierra Leone has had 427 confirmed cases of Ebola and 144 deaths. More on this story

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:27:27 GMT

Supreme Court upholds cellphone tracking cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has sided with police in two separate cases where cellphone data was used to track suspects. The court's rulings Thursday came in a pair of homicide cases in Milwaukee and Kenosha counties. Police in both cases used data from the suspects' cellphone providers to track them down. They arrested the suspect in the Milwaukee case, Bobby Tate, in his mother's apartment. They arrested the Kenosha suspect, Nicolas Subdiaz-Osorio, in Arkansas. In Tate's case, police obtained a warrant before tracking his phone. He argues that detectives didn't have enough evidence to justify the order. Subdiaz-Osorio contends the search of his phone was illegal. But the Supreme Court in each case said police were within their rights.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:03:23 GMT

Supreme Court rules against convicted conspirator

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled against a man convicted for his role in plotting to kill his lover's husband. The court said in an opinion Thursday that Carlos Cummings did not invoke his right to remain silent when he told police during an interrogation to "take me to my cell." A state appeals court last year upheld Cummings' conviction, saying his comment about wanting to be put in a cell was unclear. The Supreme Court agreed. It also ruled that Cummings' 24-year prison sentence was not unduly harsh. Cummings was convicted of conspiring with his girlfriend, Carla Glodowski, of hiring Linda Dietze to kill Carla Glodowski's husband, James. Dietze shot James Glodowski in a Stevens Point park in 2008. The man survived but lost an eye.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:02:29 GMT