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Document: Monroe AD resignation related to supervision of revenues

The placement of the Monroe School District athletic director on leave was related to "supervision of athletic program revenues," according to a document obtained by News 3. The Monroe Board of Education accepted the resignation of Athletic Director Dave Hirsbrunner Monday night. The agreement between Hirsbrunner and the board states that, "The board believes it must report the circumstances underlying this agreement to the district attorney." As part of the resignation, Hirsbrunner gave the board of education a check for more than $6,000, but officials would not say why the check was given. “It’s just a check that he wrote to the district as part of an agreement,” Monroe School District’s attorney Jon Anderson said. The school district’s attorney said they have reached out to the Green County District Attorney’s Office to discuss the situation. The agreement also states that neither party will publicly discuss “the confidential personnel matter underlying (the agreement’s) execution.” Hirsbrunner had been on administrative leave since Nov. 6, but school board members wouldn’t say why. School Board President Bob Erb told News 3 last week the issue does not involve student contact. Monroe’s police chief said there is no criminal investigation into Hirsbrunner at this time. Hirsbrunner’s wife, Cory, is the school district administrator for Monroe. This is the second time Hirsbrunner has faced scrutiny. Last year, police cited him for leaving the scene of an early-morning crash outside New Glarus. They found his car between bales of hay at a nearby gas station.

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:24:27 GMT

Mayor of Juneau, Alaska, found dead

Just weeks after he took office, the mayor of Alaska's capital has been found dead, prompting a flurry of rumors that he was assaulted. "Those rumors are speculation," the Juneau Police Department said. "Detectives are actively investigating facts of the incident, and all evidence is being preserved and documented." This much police will say: Juneau Mayor Stephen "Greg" Fisk, 70, didn't commit suicide, Chief Bryce Johnson told the Juneau Empire. And there were no signs of forced entry into his house. Any other answers will have to come from investigators and the autopsy report, which is expected within several days. Police said Fisk was found Monday by his adult son, who called 911. When the son opened the door of his father's house, he started shouting, neighbors Don and Janet Kussart told the Juneau Empire. The Kussarts said they live so close to Fisk's house, they can hear his doors slam. The couple said they didn't hear anything that sounded like an assault. Newly elected Juneau, population 32,000, is on Alaska's southeastern panhandle near Canada. Fisk's first term as Juneau's mayor started in October and was scheduled to end in October 2018. He was lauded for his positive campaign against incumbent Merrill Sanford, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. Even the opponent praised him so much that a local radio reporter had to ask him who he intended to vote for. Fisk had a steep background in the fishing industry and was also working as a fisheries consultant, the Dispatch News said. He said his top priority as mayor would be to diversify the economy, the Juneau Empire reported. Deputy Mayor Mary Becker will take over Fisk's duties for now, Juneau assembly member Maria Gladziszewski told the Dispatch News. "He had great ideas about moving Juneau forward," Gladziszewski said. "It's just shocking and a tragedy that he won't be able to do that."

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:00:32 GMT

Donors leave $500,000 in Salvation Army kettle

The holiday spirit hit one Minnesota couple in a big way over the weekend. They dropped a $500,000 check into the Salvation Army kettle at a Cub Foods in Rosemount, Minnesota, on Saturday. Yes, you read that right. Half-a-million dollars. The couple wants to remain anonymous. They told the agency that they hoped their large donation would encourage others to be generous. They also said they were honoring a family legacy -- one of their fathers served in World War I and especially loved the Salvation Army Donut Lassies, who brought coffee and donuts to soldiers. The couple added that they remember what it was like to be in need, admitting they often relied on food thrown away by grocery stores when they were young and money was tight. "You get to a point in life where it's time to take care of others, the way you were taken care of," they said. The Twin Cities Salvation Army says it's the largest single donation they've ever received. "We are simply stunned and honored to have received such a generous gift," said Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities Salvation Army commander. "This is a true blessing and it could not come at a better time for The Salvation Army and the people we serve." The gift puts the organization well on its way to its $11.6 million Christmas campaign goal. File this one under "There's still hope for humanity."

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:15:50 GMT

Surveillance system catches man stealing package off porch

Madison police are hoping the public will be able to identify a man who took a package off the porch of a home on the west side on Thanksgiving night. Police said the man was caught by a surveillance system “porch pirating” Thursday night from a home on Apostle Island. Officials ask anyone with information on the incident or who recognizes the man to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014. VIDEO

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:55:35 GMT

VIDEO: Light display dedicated to Officer Copeland

This video shows a holiday light display dedicated to McFarland Police Officer Ryan Copeland who died in a car crash last week.

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:33:53 GMT

Woman who duct taped dog's mouth faces charges

Katherine Lemansky, also known as Katie Brown has been charged in Cary, North Carolina on a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals, according to NBC News. A picture posted on Facebook is causing quite a stir. The image is of a dog with duct tape wrapped around its mouth. She’s set to appear in court on December 14, according to Bay 9 News. She could face up to 150 days in jail and a fine if she's convicted. The photos were posted on Facebook wall of the dog's owner. Dozens of people who saw the picture on social media called law enforcement. Investigators said the woman had originally lived in Florida, but had since moved. NBC Connecticut reported that she had recently lived in Connecticut. Authorities were able to track her down in her current location in North Carolina. "We found the dogs to be very well cared for, which is why we did not and could not remove them from the owner," said Cary Police Captain Randall Rhyne in a statement.

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:00:00 GMT

Man shot in chest after arriving for work

Police are looking for an assailant who shot a man in the chest when the victim arrived for work at an Oshkosh business. Authorities said the 42-year-old man was shot outside the business about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. The male suspect was wearing a hooded sweat shirt and a face covering and fled on foot. The victim was taken to Theda Clark for treatment.

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:38:44 GMT

Mauston 'welcome' signs not welcome on state highways

City of Mauston officials are trying to find private property to put new welcome signs on after Department of Transportation officials said their current signs aren't allowed on state right-of-way. Mauston had four signs created saying "Welcome to Mauston" earlier this year to put at the four major gateways to the community. They spent $10,000 having the signs made, and then applied to the DOT to have them placed along state highways. "Unfortunately, welcome is not an acceptable word," Mauston City Administrator Nathan Thiel said. "I wish I could explain more, but I don't understand it myself." The signs are currently sitting in a public works shed while the city figures out where they are allowed to put them. John Steiner, southwest regions operations chief for the DOT, said under a long-standing policy, "welcome to" is considered an advertisement. "Why those words are, I do not know, but there are some guidelines and stuff that we have that it's not so much for us to understand, but we have to follow the policy we have in front of us," Steiner said. Thiel said they didn't ask the state what was allowed prior to having the signs made. "You drive into Wisconsin, and there are 'Welcome to Wisconsin' signs in the right of way, so we didn't think that this would be an issue," Thiel said. Steiner said the DOT is now trying to help the city find private property or even sell it easements to for the signs. "What we really want to encourage is any of the communities out there that want to place signs and enhance their community, and we're not against that. We just want to make sure we do it as completely and fairly to everybody as we can," Steiner said. Republican State Rep. Ed Brooks, R-Reedsburg, is currently drafting a bill that would allow cities to use the words "welcome to" on signs in easements. DOT officials said they will be meeting with the Mauston officials this week to consider new locations for the signs.

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:20:53 GMT

Robber takes cash from adult store

A robber took cash from the register of an adult store Monday night on Madison’s east side, according to a release from Madison police. A man entered Red Letter News at 2528 E. Washington Ave. at 11:16 p.m, and selected items to purchase. When he came to the register, he came around the counter, grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash and fled out a back door, police said. No weapons were seen, and no one was injured. The robber is described as black, about 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing a black stocking cap and black jacket. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Madison police at 608-255-2345, or Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.  

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:45:54 GMT

East side Subway restaurant robbed

A Subway restaurant on Madison’s east side was robbed Monday night, according to a release from Madison police. Police said the robber entered the restaurant at 3702 E. Washington Ave. at 10:54 p.m. and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapons were seen, and no one was injured. The robber is described as black, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 300 pounds and wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, tan cargo pants and a mask. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Madison police at 608-255-2345, or Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014. 

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:33:00 GMT

PHOTOS: Squad cars line street for Officer Copeland's funeral

Friends and family are holding funeral services in Janesville Tuesday for McFarland Police Officer Ryan Copeland, who died in a car crash last week.

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:45:44 GMT

Madison man attacked while walking downtown, police say

A 21-year-old Madison man was attacked Monday night while walking in downtown Madison, according to a release from Madison police. Officers said the man was walking near the intersection of East Mifflin Street and North Butler Street at about 8:45 p.m. when two men approached him and one of them pulled him to the ground from behind. The men went through the man’s pockets and took his phone and wallet, police said. A third man met up with the other two men after the robbery.

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:59:21 GMT

7 injured in crash; children not properly restrained, deputies say

Seven people were injured in a rollover crash Monday morning in Iowa County, including four children who were not in child safety seats. Deputies were called to Highway 151 just north of the south Mineral Point exit at 7:05 a.m. on a report of a rollover crash. All seven occupants were taken to Upland Hills by ambulances from Mineral Point, Dodgeville, and Belmont. Three of the children were later taken to UW Hospital in Madison with serious injuries. Investigators said that the children, ages 3, 6, 7 and 10 were attempting to sleep and were not in the child safety seats when the crash occurred. The driver was Tiana Stewart whose last known address is in Rockford, Illinois. Deputies said the crash shows the importance of properly using seat belts and children safety seats. The Mineral Point police and fire departments assisted at the scene.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:51:58 GMT

Madison man hurt by deer into windshield in Pennsylvania

A Wisconsin man is in intensive care with head injuries after a deer jumped through his windshield while he was driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. State police say 24-year-old Paul Lucas, of Madison, was injured around 1:45 p.m. Monday about four miles from the Ohio-Pennsylvania border in Little Beaver Township. Lucas was flown to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh, where he remained in intensive care Tuesday. Monday marked the beginning of firearm buck season in Pennsylvania.

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:46:37 GMT

Wisconsin DOJ responding to open records requests faster

Officials with the state Department of Justice say the agency is responding faster to open record requests. A DOJ news release Tuesday says the agency took an average of 20 days to close a request this year, down from 59 days last year. Since the agency's new Office of Open Government opened in June, the average response time has been 16 days. The news release said the DOJ has received 701 requests from the beginning of 2015 through Nov. 30. That's up from 486 requests in all of 2014. The agency has closed more than 600 requests year, including 410 requests since the open government office opened. The agency also received 375 calls regarding open meetings and public records since January and has closed 358 of those inquiries.

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:06:06 GMT

12 on Tuesday: Gregory St. Fort

BANNER Gregory St Fort has been an entrepreneur in New York City since 2009, starting businesses in marketing, web design, event production, and encouraging his fellow entrepreneurs. A recent transplant to Madison, he now runs 100State, the largest co-working space in Wisconsin. Rank your Top 5 MCs. Nas, J Cole, Fabolous,Eminem, 50 Cent (for his old albums only). Nas is by far my favorite. I still listen to Illmatic. His music brings light to topics that people need discuss. Which motivates you more: doubters or supporters? Supporters. I want to be around the energy of people who want to build with me. Do you prefer being called Black or African American? Either… What three leaders in Madison under 50 have impressed you the most? I don’t have a top three at this point. I have seen some awesome work and leadership from many people. Some in the startup world and some in the nonprofit world. What’s the biggest stumbling block in Madison to turning the corner on our racial disparities? People seem to deny that there are racial disparities and that they have their own biases. We need to have the tough conversations and have them often. What are the top three priorities at this point in your life? My faith, the people I love and my work. It is important for me to be spiritually grounded. It gives me direction. My family has my back no matter how good or bad the choices I make are. No one will have my back like that. My work wakes me up early every morning because I love what I do. I get to work with awesome people and build awesome things….as i like to say, “let’s keep building!” You’re from New York. What are the three biggest cultural differences between the Madison and NYC? It’s always hard to compare these cities because there isn’t a city in the world that’s like NYC, but I will try. Population. There are 8.5 million people in NY. Diversity. Out of that 8.5 million there are 2 million black people, 2 million Hispanics….44 percent of the city is white, so the majority of people in NYC are of color. That diversity changes the feel of the city. I have always enjoyed going out for authentic Colombian or Jamaican food one day in Queens, head to the Bronx for Dominican food, head back to Queens for Haitian food then to Brooklyn for a great slice of pizza. From food to music you can learn and enjoy a variety of cultures. Diversity also provides different opportunities for people of color. If you provide products and services geared to specific demographics, having a large population of that demographic certainly increases your chances of success. Competition. New York is so competitive. The attitude is a lot more aggressive. From school, to sports, to businesses to trying to get on the subway. While in Madison everyone seems to be a Badgers and Packers fan, in NY we fight with our teams. Either you are Yankees or Mets, Giants or Jets. One more….the basketball courts are not nearly as active here. Maybe Madison365 and 100State can organize a charity basketball game next summer… What restaurant in Madison most reminds you of New York food? Tornado Steakhouse and Deluxe…I have always enjoyed going to a great steakhouse or burger place. How has the African American community embraced you here in Madison? It was rough at first. I didn’t know where the black community was, specifically the young professionals. I would say it took about four months to find a couple of groups to hang out with. Career-wise there has been a few people like Bob Wynn and Maurice Cheeks, that have been awesome for me. There are plenty of people who I have not met yet and hope to meet sometime in the future. Name the five things every newcomer to the City should know about Madison. There are real opportunities for entrepreneurship. Madison’s entrepreneurship is growing fast. These opportunities are for people of all colors and backgrounds. 100state’s membership reflects that. Take advantage of the beautiful lakes. There are plenty of affordable kayak rental places. It’s a great experience. The Race To Equity report. There isn’t much night life You have to try cheese curds. People in Madison will go crazy if you tell them you have yet to try it. What makes 100 State unique? 100state is the most diverse experience in Madison and of course the largest coworking community in the state. We are proud to have members like Will Green (Mentoring Positives/Off The Block Salsa), Willy Hakizimana, who was in the first White House Demo Day, Joy Tang (Markable) , Taylar Barrington (Maverick Hill), Todd Streicher (5Nines) and more than 200 others that are shaping the future of Madison. From freelancer to startup to artist to corporate, our members come together and we are building. I will say it again…let’s keep building! How did being raised by a pastor influence your life as an adult? It makes me live by faith. Wisconsin is considered one of the worst places to live if you are black but here I am, the executive director of 100state and a leader in Madison’s entrepreneur community.

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 18:47:17 GMT

Fundraiser set up for Verona basketball player who died from cancer

An online fundraiser has been set up to raise money to cover the funeral costs for a Verona basketball player who lost her battle with cancer Wednesday. Ebony Nettles-Bey was one of the area’s top girls basketball players at Madison West and Verona. She played through her treatments and pain as best she could. A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up to take donations for the family. The fund is managed by the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County. A year ago in March, she realized her dream of meeting LeBron James before a Milwaukee Bucks game. Nettles-Bey died at the age of 17. You can visit the Support Ebony Nettles-Bey Facebook group.

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:01:05 GMT

Businesses targeted by phone scam

A phone scam is taking aim at businesses by trying to convince victims that they owe money to their local utility company. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office said that over the last few weeks, businesses have been getting calls from someone claiming to be from a local utility company, like WE Energies, Waupun Utilities and Juneau Utilities. They claim that the business is behind on its utility bill and that service will be shut off if they don’t pay immediately. Some of the amounts being alleged as being overdue are in the $800 range. The scammer will ask for payment using a prepaid debit card and will not accept other forms of payment. When questioned by the business owner, the scammer will become confrontational and begin arguing and threatening the business owner, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators recommend that those who receive calls like this should end the conversation and contact the utility company using a phone number listed in the phone book or on your utility bill.

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:39:52 GMT

Madison post office expands package delivery to Sundays

The Madison post office will offer package delivery on Sundays through the holidays to keep up with demand for deliveries.  “The Postal Service will be out making deliveries every single day during the holiday season, including Christmas Day,” Madison Postmaster Paul Nistler said. Due to an increase in online shopping, the postal service is expecting double-digit growth in its package business this holiday season over the same period last year. Mail-by dates for domestic services: • Dec. 15 - Standard Post: Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages. • Dec. 19 - First Class Mail: Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less. • Dec. 21 - Priority Mail: Domestic service in 1, 2, or 3 business days based on where your package starts and where it’s being sent, variety of Flat Rate options. • Dec. 23 - Priority Mail Express: Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25. Complete details about mailing and shipping services can be found at 

Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:37:29 GMT

MPD: Man checking on woman on State Street attacked by another man

A man was beaten up and might have been knocked unconscious early Sunday morning on State Street after asking a woman if she was all right, police said. A taxi driver stopped police around 3 a.m. after he spotted an injured man, according to a release. The injured man told police he saw a woman inside a business alcove with a man and thought something was wrong. The man told police he was “a good guy, just making sure everything was OK,” according to the release. The man who was inside the alcove with the woman attacked the 24-year-old when he asked the woman if she was OK, police said. The man allegedly punched the 24-year-old multiple times in his head. The 24-year-old was not able to provide a description of the attacker. He was taken to a hospital with facial injuries.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:19:43 GMT