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Police: Woman under influence hits pole while driving kids to school

A Darlington woman faces criminal charges after police said she was driving her two daughters to school while under the influence and hit a utility pole. A Darlington police officer was patrolling Galena Street around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when they found a vehicle that had hit a utility pole near the intersection of Hill Street, according to a news alert. Investigators said 30-year-old Stacey Macmanus, of Darlington, was taking her 8- and 9-year-old daughters to school when the crash happened. Macmanus and her daughters were transported to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County, where they were treated for minor injuries and released, according to the alert. Macmanus has been cited and criminal charges have been referred to the Lafayette County District Attorney’s Office for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance with children in the car, operating without insurance and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:02:04 GMT

Suspected drunken driver chased down by MPD horses

A Sun Prairie man faces drunken driving charges after hopping a curb, causing a chain reaction hit-and-run crash and being chased down by two Madison Police Department horse patrol units, officials said. The mounted patrol units stopped Jason J. Pollock, 37, of Sun Prairie, just off Stoughton Road around 6:50 p.m., according to a release. The horses, Doctor B and Bubba, were hoofing it down a frontage road at Anderson Street. The chase started when the two mounted patrol unit officers were waiting for a walk light Tuesday night, police said. They were about to cross Stoughton Road when a pickup truck turned in front of them. The driver swerved into the oncoming lane of traffic, hopped a curb on the North Stoughton Road, cut across a grassy terrace, went back onto the roadway and rear-ended a parked car, according to the release. The impact started a chain reaction crash that caused two other parked vehicles to crash into each other, police said. The driver was putting his truck into reverse when Doctor B and his mounted officer trotted up alongside his window, according to the release. The mounted officer told Pollock to pull over, but he continued to drive away. The two mounted patrol units followed Pollock in a full gallop, but he eventually pulled into a parking lot on Onsgard Rod and got out of the truck, officials said. Pollock faces tentative charges of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated and hit-and-run.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:51:12 GMT

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Injured MPD officer: Job is 98 percent boredom, 2 percent sheer terror

Seven years ago Madison police Officer Adrian Alan put on a badge and started patrolling the streets of Madison. Like a lot of police officers, he did so out of a desire to serve. “I saw 9/11 happen on live TV, and I wanted to give something back,” Alan said. What he found is that, contrary to what you might see in television dramas like NCIS, being a police officer is a study in contrasts. “I kind of joke that it is 98 percent boredom and 2 percent sheer terror,” Alan said. On Saturday night Alan experienced that 2 percent. “We got a call. It was about an hour before I was scheduled to go home for the end of the day. A couple of people had seen a vehicle traveling down the Beltline and a male subject was punching the female driver in the face,” Alan said. Witnesses were able to provide police with a license plate of the vehicle suspected in the domestic battery. It came back as a rental car and not registered to a local address. Police feared if they weren’t able to locate the vehicle they wouldn’t be able to find the victim of the assault. Alan and his partner, Officer Michael Love, stopped the vehicle that was going eastbound on the Beltline near Whitney Way. After questioning the man and woman in the car the officers made the decision to arrest 22-year-old Robert Brandon on domestic battery charges. That is when things changed very quickly. “It is really quite incredible because it can turn from everybody being cooperative and everything going just fine to now you’re literally fighting for your life in a matter of seconds and that’s what happened there,” Alan said. As the officers tried to arrest Brandon he allegedly struggled with them, causing them to fall. As they all fell, Alan’s leg was caught beneath them. “Right away I felt the crunch and I knew immediately it was broken,” Alan said. Once the suspect was in custody, Alan was taken to the hospital. “After some X-rays, they found out that I have two fractures in my fibula. One is a clean break and the other is a spiral fracture," Alan said. Doctors will make a decision in a few days if surgery will be needed to repair the damage. The incident makes the dangers and realities of being a police officer clear. But it has done nothing to diminish his desire to serve the community. “I love my family and you know there are days that I think that maybe it is not worth it, sure. But other people out there have families too and they need people who are willing to protect them," Alan said.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:12:52 GMT

Day care workers run ?fight club?

Investigators say two former day care workers in Cranford, New Jersey, encouraged preschoolers and kindergartners to fight each other on the playground. They then recorded the fights and shared them with their friends, according to a report by WCBS. Investigators say Light Bridge Academy employees Erica Kenny and Chanese White would record the fights between children ages 4 to 6 and send them to friends via Snapchat, an app that deletes the videos after 10 seconds.  Investigators were able to obtain some of the videos after a recipient recorded it. The fights showed "about a dozen children -- boys and girls between the ages 4 and 6 -- just fighting, throwing each other to the ground, hitting each other," said Union County Prosecutor Grace Park told WCBS, adding that she is unaware of any injuries to the children “but we are still investigating the case." Jaclyn Falzarano, Light Bridge Academy’s vice-president, said Kenny and White were immediately fired. "What we will like to focus on is all of the children are safe that is our number one priority. We've been in constant communication with our parents to let them know that we are here to nurture the care and education of their children," Falzarano told WCBS. Both workers have been charged with child abuse and one faces an additional charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:39:00 GMT

Colbert lands Biden, Fallon books Trump

Vice President Joe Biden, who is mulling a bid for president, will be one of Stephen Colbert's first guests on the "Late Show" next week. Colbert himself announced the booking via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. He'll be welcoming Biden on Thursday, Sept. 10. There was immediate speculation that perhaps Biden would share some campaign-related news with Colbert, the former faux-conservative-pundit of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." Colbert takes over CBS's "Late Show" next Tuesday. His predecessor, David Letterman, hosted any number of politicians over the years, including Bob Dole, who confirmed his plans to run for president on the "Late Show" in 1995, and John McCain, who did the same thing on the same show in 2007. Colbert's announcement came hours after NBC said Donald Trump would be appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Sept. 11. Trump apparently spurned Colbert, whose team had been trying hard to book the Republican presidential front-runner. The real estate mogul told the Hollywood Reporter last month that Colbert asked him to appear on the "Late Show" premiere, but he hadn't "accepted yet." For Trump, the "Tonight Show" appearance will mark yet another return to the network that cut ties with him earlier this summer. Following Trump's inflammatory remarks about illegal immigrants, NBC severed its business partnership with Trump, ending the billionaire's hosting role on "The Apprentice." The move also meant the Miss USA pageant, which had been jointly owned by NBC and Trump, will no longer air on the network. Trump blasted NBC for the decision, and even suggested that he may take legal action. And he has insisted that he ended the relationship with NBC, not the other way around. Despite any lingering bad blood, Trump and NBC haven't ignored each other. Trump appeared on the network in August for an interview on "Meet the Press." Today's bookings are the most recent examples of 2016 contenders venturing into the late night arena. Fallon interviewed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday, while Jeb Bush appeared on the "Tonight Show" in June after he launched his campaign. Bush will appear on Colbert's debut episode of the "Late Show" next week. The following week, Colbert will welcome Democratic presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:49:56 GMT

MPD arrests 1, looks for ?armed and dangerous? suspect in strip mall shooting

Madison police have arrested one person and are still looking for another suspect in an April shooting at a strip mall on Mineral Point Road. Police said they believe Murad S. Laiti, 21, of Madison, was driving the car from which the gun was fired. The suspected shooter, Nigel T. Goodwan Jr., 21, of Madison, remains at large, and should be considered armed and dangerous, officials said. Authorities say they were called to the 7800 block of Mineral Point Road just after noon April 18 on reports of gun shots in the area and found a 28-year-old Madison man with a gunshot wound. Laiti was arrested on tentative charges of party to a crime of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and harboring or aiding a felon. Goodwan is wanted on multiple charges, including attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Officials said anyone with information on Goodwan's whereabouts should call 911.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:26:37 GMT

Neighbors concerned about delay of Midtown police station

Many neighbors who live near the Madison Police Department's proposed new Mineral Point Road precinct are echoing Chief Mike Koval’s concern about Madison Mayor Paul Soglin’s proposal to delay the location’s construction until 2021. “The response times and issues like that,” Sunset Village Neighborhood Association President Ken Raffa said. “And I felt if we're going to delay much longer I felt like we're going from being proactive to more behind the curve.” With a construction delay, an already overflowing west precinct, the city’s west side continuing to grow and the possibility of annexing the town of Madison, Koval said the likelihood that his officers will have more difficulty responding to calls for help is very real. “All of that creates time gaps and response concern,” Koval said. “And if you're calling 911 you don't want to hear excuses. You want the cops or the fire department there now.” Beyond response times, Sunset Hills Neighborhood Association President Gary Green said residents are also worried about the prospect of a continued empty building. “The idea of leaving property vacant for so long is scary from a neighborhood perspective,” Green said. “It would attract a lot of potential crime, and vandalism issues. And it needs to be kept up.” While some people in the surrounding neighborhoods have said they did not want a police station because of noise concerns, Raffa said based on meetings and electronic communications between neighbors that is a minority opinion. The Madison Common Council will have the final say on the mayor’s precinct proposal. When Soglin rolled out his budget he said the city needs to cut back on borrowing to avoid falling too far into debt. However, the proposal does include $728,300 for site work and building demolition on the Mineral Point Road site.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:29:39 GMT

Police expand search area into Wisconsin for Fox Lake suspects

With every hour that passes, finding the three suspects in the shooting death of Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz becomes more difficult, officials said. For nearly 24 hours investigators focused their attention on a 2-square-mile area around the scene of the shooting. That perimeter has now been lifted, and investigators said the three suspects may have fled Fox Lake and perhaps the state. “Time is always important,” said Brian Landers, chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Madison College. “If you don’t catch the person within the first few hours you now have to rely on other investigation methods." Investigators in Fox Lake say they have located surveillance video that they are working with and are pouring over the crime scene looking for fingerprints and DNA in an effort to identify the suspects. The suspects are still described as two white males and one African-American male. Authorities say they have received more than 100 tips from the public so far. Investigating those tips and gathering intelligence will ramp up. “What the public doesn’t realize is that the investigation will continue to ramp up. More agencies will become involved, hopefully more federal resources will become involved because now they are going to be more reliant upon information, people coming forward, tracking down leads that could take them all across the country,” Landers said. Sixty miles away in Janesville, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office has its deputies keeping a watchful eye in the community. “Well certainly this a community that isn’t far from where we’re located, probably 50 minutes mostly east and a little bit south of our county, so certainly we are very vigilant,” said Cmdr. Troy Knudson, of the Rock County Sheriff’s Office. While law enforcement officers throughout southern Wisconsin are keeping an eye out for suspicious behavior, what they really need is for citizens in the community to do the same. “If somebody sees something that looks suspicious, that they have concerns about, I would rather go to 100 calls that turn out to be nothing than to miss the one important one,” Knudson said. “You can imagine how you would feel if you didn’t make that call and these were the suspects and somebody else finds themselves in danger as a result of that.”

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:32:05 GMT

Super PAC backing Scott Walker announces $9 million ad buy

A super PAC backing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's run for the Republican presidential nomination has announced a $9.25 million ad buy for three early voting states, expanding on a $7 million television ad campaign starting in Iowa next week. The ad buy announced Wednesday by officials with the Unintimidated PAC comes as Walker tries to right his campaign after shooting to the top of the field in Iowa earlier this year, only to plummet in recent polls. The new ad purchase includes $8 million in South Carolina, $800,000 in New Hampshire and $400,000 in Nevada. Walker's Iowa ad campaign begins next week and runs until the Feb. 1 caucuses, but the effort in the other three states won't begin until later this year or early next year.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:48:30 GMT

Sheriff: Man shoots himself as police dragnet closes in

Authorities say a man shot himself as police closed in on him. The Marathon County Sheriff's Department said in a statement on its Facebook page Tuesday that deputies were helping search for a vehicle that had been involved in an incident in Clark County. The statement said the incident involved gunfire but didn't elaborate. Police located the vehicle between Athens and Edgar. The driver stopped the vehicle and ran into the woods. Deputies tracked him for an hour and finally found him in a semi-trailer. He refused orders to drop his gun and shot himself. The sheriff's department updated its page later Wednesday to say the man didn't survive his wounds. A message The Associated Press left with the agency seeking more details wasn't immediately returned.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:28:28 GMT

DOT to suspend most major construction for Labor Day weekend

Most major highway construction projects will be suspended during the upcoming three-day holiday weekend, according to the Department of Transportation. Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the holiday period with peak travel times expected to be from noon until 8 p.m. on Friday and Monday, officials said. “Although major construction work will be on hold, motorists may still encounter lane restrictions and traffic delays,” says Don Greuel, Wisconsin Department of Transportation chief project services engineer. Greuel said to prevent crashes, driver should slow down, pay attention and not tailgate when approaching and traveling through work zones. Last year, six people died in traffic crashes in Wisconsin during the Labor Day holiday weekend, officials said. “To prevent deaths and injuries, law enforcement officers throughout the state will be out in force to arrest drunken drivers during the national ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign, which started on Aug. 19 and will continue through Labor Day,” said David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. The State Patrol will also be using its aircraft for traffic safety enforcement.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:51:58 GMT

Neighbors voice concerns over proposed apartment complex

Residents in Beloit are raising concerns a potential new apartment complex would negatively affect safety in their neighborhood. Common Wealth Development is proposing to turn the Kolak Education Building into a 60-unit apartment complex, and add another apartment building with 150 units. But neighbors in the community fear what extra traffic and a mix of low-income apartment units would mean for the neighborhood. "I just think it's too many and there is already too much traffic," resident Jessie Truesdale said. Truesdale lives on the same block as her grandmother, Dorothy Laskowski, who has lived on the quiet block across the street from the former school since 1952. "They've done so much work on the Merrill neighborhood, tearing down houses and trying to get the crime out of that neighborhood. I think you’re just kind of spreading it," Truesdale said. "Do we really need any more low-property buildings in Beloit? We are almost into the areas where it's not safe," Laskowski said. Other neighbors on the block also raised concerns about safety and who would be moving into the neighborhood. "What kind of people are they putting down there? We don't know who they are putting down there," resident Victoria Huggard said. Renters would have to pass a criminal and financial background check before being allowed to move in. Kevin McDonell, vice president of development for Common Wealth, said the company turns away 35 percent of applicants on their criminal and financial background. However, with growing community concerns regarding the amount of renters, McDonell said there could be room for changes. "They would like to see less units. We are working to see if we can accommodate that. The only way for Beloit to keep those employees and spending their pay check is to provide quality affordable options that the community really needs," McDonell said. McDonell said Beloit's apartment market is 97 percent occupied and needs additional options. The property will have to be rezoned to allow for residential use, but residents like Truesdale wonder if there's a better option. "Possibly a recreation center since it is zoned institutional, and just make it a place for the children that are already here," she said. Common Wealth being able to purchase the $325,000 building from the Beloit School District is dependent on the rezone application. The City Planning Commission will vote on the proposal Sept. 23. The city's planning department is proposing the developer cut its proposal in half to allow for only 33 units and eliminate plans for an additional building on the property.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:35:21 GMT

Man loses $6,800 to phone scam

A Dane County resident lost $6,800 to a scam that led the person to believe he would be arrested for owing back taxes. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said someone called the man claiming to be from the IRS and warning him that the victim owed back taxes. The following day, the man got a call from someone claiming to be a sergeant from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. The caller said several warrants were issued for his arrest, but that they would be waived if he paid the amount he owed. Deputies said the man got $6,800 worth of prepaid credit cards and provided the credit card numbers to the caller. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said there is no validity to these types of calls and back taxes are not collected in this way. The Sheriff’s Office is also asking that people help to protect elderly relatives and neighbors by sharing this information with them, as they are often targeted in these types of scams. Anyone who has received these types of calls is asked to call the 911 Center or the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 608-284-6900.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:25:51 GMT

Supreme Court to hear arguments in record redaction case

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments this month on whether police can redact information gleaned from driver data from reports released to the public. A federal appeals court ruled in 2012 that the village of Palatine, Illinois, violated the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act by leaving a parking ticket on a resident's car listing his personal information. Police often use driver records to obtain information such as names, addresses and birthdates. Since the appellate ruling, dozens of Wisconsin departments have been redacting such personal information from reports to avoid violating the privacy act. A judge ruled last year, though, that New Richmond didn't have to redact police reports for the New Richmond News. The city has appealed. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case Sept. 18.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:47:10 GMT

DOT: August was deadliest month on roads so far this year

August was the deadliest month on Wisconsin roads so far this year, officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said. There were 61 traffic fatalities in August, which was seven fewer than August 2014 and four fewer than the five-year average for the month of August, according to a release. “In the last five years, August on average has been the worst month for traffic fatalities. Moreover, August 1969 remains the all-time deadliest month on Wisconsin roads with 154 traffic fatalities,” David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety, said in the release. Pabst said although last month had the highest number of fatalities so far this year, it was the fourth safest month in terms of traffic deaths since World War II. As of Aug. 31, a total of 356 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes in 2015, including 54 motorcycle drivers, two motorcycle passengers, 34 pedestrians and nine bicyclists, according to the release.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:31:53 GMT

Surveillance video, witnesses claim man exposed himself near funeral-goers

A 20-year-old man was arrested after he reportedly exposed himself on more than one occasion in Madison's downtown area, police said. Madison police said security staff members at the Overture Center for the Arts told officers a man had committed lewd acts inside the facility Monday afternoon, and that patrons, including some attending a funeral memorial service, had seen him commit the crime. On Tuesday morning, citizens called police after a man, matching the same description of the man acting lewdly at Overture, exposed himself outside in the 400 block of North Frances Street, according to the report. Police said investigators used downtown surveillance camera images to identify a suspect and shared the images with officers patrolling the downtown. An officer spotted the suspect, who was reportedly wearing the same clothing captured in surveillance images, shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police arrested Ishmael D. Riley near the top of State Street Tuesday night on suspicion of lewd and lascivious behavior, felony bail jumping and on a probation hold. According to the report, Riley denied being in the places where the exposures were reported. Riley is homeless, according to the report.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:38:06 GMT

Three men face charges in connection to Lake Delton stabbing

Lake Delton police said three men are in custody following an altercation that led to a stabbing outside a Walmart Tuesday evening. The incident happened just after 8 p.m. at the Walmart at 130 Commerce Street in Lake Delton. According to police, two men visiting from Uzbekistan were walking west in the 500 block of West Munroe Avenue when one of them was hit by a man on a bicycle, later identified as Orlando Williams. Police said the men exchanged words with Williams, then continued walking to the store. Once they arrived in the parking lot, they were met by Williams and two other men, according to police. Police said an argument between the men escalated, punches were thrown, and a friend of Williams, Felix Headly, produced a knife and stabbed one of the men. Police said the three men then fled the scene. A passerby called 911 and paramedics arrived and took the victim to St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, according to police.  Police said the 21-year-old victim was later taken by Medflight to UW Hospital in Madison to undergo surgery. Police said a Sauk County sheriff’s deputy found two of the suspects in the 100 block of Munroe, and Lake Delton police took them into custody. The third man was found a short time later. All three were booked into Sauk County Jail on a variety of charges, according to police.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:27:13 GMT

Report: Wisconsin police officers chasing more suspects

An analysis of state records shows that high-speed police chases and injuries are becoming more common in Wisconsin. A report by Gannett Wisconsin Media says that law enforcement officials were involved in 567 chases during the first six months of this year, accounting for a 33 percent increase from last year. That's the highest number of police chases since 2007. The number of incidents involving injuries also reached a five-year high, but no deaths were reported by police. It's unclear what's driving the increase, but it contradicts efforts by some law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin and across the country to refrain from chasing suspects. Milwaukee police officials moved to restrict officers from chasing suspects involved in minor offenses after the deaths of four bystanders in 2009 and 2010.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:59:55 GMT

Renovations begin for Fitchburg movie theater

Construction started this week on a multi-million dollar renovation of AMC Fitchburg 18. Company officials said the theater will remain open during construction. Auditoriums will be renovated in phases to keep screens available. The renovated theater will feature power recliner seating in all auditoriums except the IMAX theater, as well as new screens, speakers and sound systems. The theater already updated its menu by adding hot food, like chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, French fries and pizza. The building will get a complete overhaul, including new paint, new carpets and renovated restrooms. AMC has renovated a several dozen theaters, but this is the first renovation in Madison area.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:40:59 GMT