Dane County's 911 Center says it will henceforth forward all cell-phone calls to Madison police, even if there's no clear emergency. The change comes two months after a 911 operator purportedly mishandled a call from Brittany Zimmermann's cell phone on the day she was murdered.
Dane County Supv. Mark Opitz introduces a county smoking ban in workplaces, including bars and bowling alleys. The measure, if passed, would affect only towns, since the county does not have jurisdiction over cities and villages.
The Madison School District decides not to appeal a recent ruling by an arbitrator that reinstates four athletic directors. But the district will not offer them full-time positions, because there is no money budgeted for their jobs.
A Dane County jury convicts Carl Ware, 20, of Madison, of torturing a man in a rural Cottage Grove home last year. Ware is one of three men charged with the videotaped assault, over an alleged cocaine theft. Ware's defense attorney suggested the victim, who among other things was shot with a BB gun and sodomized with a length of pipe, was "acting." Move over, Robert De Niro.
Michael Archambault, 27, of Madison, crashes his car in the parking lot of the International House of Pancakes near East Towne Mall. Police say Archambault was drunk as he chased his girlfriend, who he had battered the day before, at speeds up to 70 mph down Zeier Road. The Capital Times, in an uncorrected online post, reported that both drivers were "drag racing."
Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard says video from a Taser supports a Fitchburg police officer's account of a fatal shooting last week. The DA says Officer Eric Disch acted lawfully when he killed Juan Manuel Avalos-Cisneros as the man attacked him.
Chancellor John Wiley is named interim director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, a research center being built on the UW-Madison campus. Wiley is stepping down as chancellor in September and will begin his new job in November.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency adds Dane County to the list of counties declared disaster areas because of flooding. The declaration makes Dane County residents eligible for grants or loans to repair water-damaged property. The state of Wisconsin estimates flood damage to businesses, homes, agriculture and infrastructure to be more than $470 million.
Eric Wells, 50, of Madison, is sentenced to six years in prison for stabbing William Smith, 57, during a fight in 2006. Wells is already serving time in prison for an earlier armed robbery conviction.
The state Department of Public Instruction releases data showing nine schools in Madison and Sun Prairie High School failed to meet federal standards for math and reading under No Child Left Behind. The Madison school district could face sanctions if it misses the standards again next year.
Compiled from local media