Tracy Jopek confirms that her son, Ryan, died on Tuesday due to injuries suffered from a roadside bomb in Iraq. Ryan, 20, of Merrill, had only two weeks left in his tour. He is the 58th Wisconsin soldier killed in Iraq since the war began in March 2003.
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and Police Chief Noble Wray unveil initiatives to combat the rise in crime in the central city. The mayor proposes a cap on new liquor licenses downtown. Wray wants to hire more officers and to make "environmental" changes, like improved lighting and less shrubbery for criminals to hide behind.
Dane County Coroner John Stanley says divers have recovered skeletal remains believed to be Carl Stolz and Ron Wick from a car at the bottom of Lake Waubesa. Stolz and Wick went missing on Feb. 22, 1961, after they apparently drove their car out onto the ice in the early morning hours to go fishing.
One man is injured and traffic is backed up for miles after a chain-reaction accident on the Beltline. A semi spills its load of onions after it crashes into a car, which had just run into the car in front of it. Two other cars are also damaged.
James Fraser, 50, of Madison, and Denise Lowery, 46, of Chicago, are found stabbed to death in Fraser's apartment on Madison's south side. Police arrest Alec Williams, 54, in connection with the deaths. Williams is a convicted murderer who was out on parole and living in Fraser's apartment complex. Police later find bloody clothes and a steak knife in his apartment.
The Madison Public Library recalls bendable animal toys it gave to children in a reading program because of concerns the toys have high amounts of lead.
King Street business owners attend a town meeting to discuss the recent spate of street violence at bartime. Blame is put on lax police enforcement, loitering crowds and Club Majestic, which has hip-hop acts.
The Madison school board unanimously approves a new policy on animals in the classroom. Animals were booted last year over concerns for students with allergies. The new policy allows animals for instructional purposes, but also imposes safeguards for children.
The Common Sense Coalition announces it has 11 city alders willing to reinstate an anti-loitering law. The law was overturned in 2002, after it was shown that a disproportionate number of tickets went to blacks. The coalition says the law is needed to help police deal with a rise in crime.
Compiled from local media