The parents of Mark Gregory Johnson, a 37-year-old who was beaten to death in Lake Edge Park in 2008, file a wrongful death suit against Dane County and the Dane County 911 center. The lawsuit claims that if the dispatch center had sent police to the park in response to earlier complaints from a neighbor, their son might not have been killed.
State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen rules that citizens must collect signatures for two separate petitions in the recall efforts against Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
David Brandt, a supporter of Gov. Scott Walker, files a bogus recall petition against the governor. It will enable Walker to begin collecting unlimited campaign donations ahead of the official recall drive, which is expected to launch next week. Wisconsin law frees incumbents from the usual $10,000 donation cap from individuals during recall campaigns.
Six Capitol protesters sue the state Department of Administration for a rule that bans signs and banners in the Capitol Rotunda, on grounds that it violates the First Amendment.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Madison is considering allowing the old Don Miller car dealership, 54 E. Washington Ave., to be used as a temporary day shelter for the homeless. Homeless people usually use the downtown library and Capitol basement during the winter, but both will be closed this year.
The Legislature votes to end the four-hour training requirement for concealed carry permits against the advice of state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) says "there's no reason why we have to micromanage how people obtain their concealed carry permit."
Madison police arrest five teenagers and one adult who allegedly beat up a man on the city's west side.
Circuit Judge William Hanrahan sentences Joshua Humbach, 27, to 10 years in prison for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint and keeping her bound in a hotel room on the city's east side in April.
Three Dane County supervisors propose an annual $20 wheel tax to help raise money for social services in the wake of state funding cuts. Supv. Kyle Richmond, one of the supporters, tells the Wisconsin State Journal: "If we're going to have acceptable quality of life here we have to find a way to fund basic services."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that security costs for the governor and lieutenant governor have more than doubled since Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch took office, because of numerous threats against them.
Compiled, in part, from local media.