Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and Police Chief Noble Wray announce that the city will charge revelers $5 to party on State Street this Halloween. The city plans to fence off most of State Street to control the gathering. Several successive Halloween events have ended in clashes with police. Critics say downtown residents will be inconvenienced and revelers will find ways to crash the party.
Booker Stanley, 23, a former Badger football player, is found guilty of second-degree sexual assault and battery. He awaits sentencing for having attacked and assaulted a former girlfriend last December.
Four young men are sentenced to long prison terms for attempted first-degree intentional homicide in connection with last summer's gang-related shooting in the town of Oregon. Paul Mey, 20, gets 27 years in prison; Mark Mey, 17, gets 24 years; Jonathan Adeyanju, 19, gets 15 years; and Jeremy Adeyanju, 19, receives a 12-year sentence. Family members call the sentencing too harsh, and urge officials to work on curbing gang-related violence.
A 17-year-old boy is shot in the leg during a gang dispute at a Middleton apartment complex. The shooting happens after Madison police respond to a fight involving a dozen men with baseball bats at a PDQ on County Hwy. Q. Eleven men are taken into custody, but police are still searching for the gunman.
Stephen Castner, 27, of Cedarburg, is killed in Iraq. Castner's family says he had only been in Iraq for three days and was killed on his first mission, when a bomb detonated near his Humvee. U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) asks that the Pentagon review allegations that Castner's National Guard unit received inadequate training prior to deployment.
The UW-Madison releases the results of its investigation into inappropriate behavior at the school's fertility clinic. The report details sexual harassment and discrimination, including reports that doctors touched female patients inappropriately and made lewd comments to staff. One doctor allegedly kept a sex toy in his desk. UW officials pledge greater scrutiny, but say the clinic will remain open.
About 70 Dane County residents attend the first of two public hearings on American Transmission Co.'s proposed routes for high-voltage power lines. The group urges rejection of all three routes and asks a County Board committee to seek further studies on whether the lines are really needed.
Public health officials shut down four local beaches, including Olbrich and Warner, because of high bacteria levels.
Compiled from local media