Sun Prairie police arrest Zachary C. Schams, 24, in connection with the killing earlier in the day of Anthony Edlbeck, 31, outside the apartment complex where both men lived. Later reports say Edlbeck was stabbed multiple times with a sword; his father calls the attack "sudden and unprovoked"; police say the two men did not know each other.
Robert E. Walker, 32, is charged for the rape and brutal beating of a 54-year-old woman last May on State Street. The victim, found in a stairwell, suffered permanent brain damage. The criminal complaint says DNA ties Walker to the crime.
Lea Zeldin, a longtime Madison activist, dies after suffering a stroke at age 80. Passionate and personable, Zeldin crusaded for civil rights in the 1960s, championed health care and good food in later years, and volunteered for decades at WORT radio. A communal potluck/memorial is planned in her honor on Saturday, April 11, 5-9 pm, at the Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St.
Madison Metro begins charging its new $2 cash fare, up from $1.50. Riders complain, but pay anyway.
DNR secretary Matt Frank announces steps to reduce Madison lake levels, along with the risk of flooding. The move comes just days after Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz sends him a letter (PDF) stating the city's desire to work toward lake-level reductions.
Wisconsin voters reelect Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson and promote Deputy State School Superintendent Tony Evers to head honcho. Dane County opts for four more years of Kathleen Falk and picks Julie Genovese over Stephen Ehlke for circuit court judge. Madison Ald. Brenda Konkel falls to challenger Bridget Maniaci; four new council members are elected: Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Steve King, Bryon Eagon and Chris Schmidt. Arlene Silveira coasts to victory for Madison school board, and theGarver Feed Mill referendum passes overwhelmingly. Fitchburg Ald. Jay Allen, withstanding rival Mark Vivian's attempt to tie him to terrorists, is elected as Fitchburg's new mayor. And Middleton voters reject all three referendums to authorize new school spending. For precise results, see here.
A Dane County jury finds Verona child care provider Jennifer Hancock, 38, guilty of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of an infant in her care.
State lawmakers announce plans to introduce a new bill to regulate dog breeding in Wisconsin.
Compiled (in part) from local media