Joe Norwick, director of the Dane County's 911 Center, appears before the Dane County Board to answer questions about why the center did not respond when it received a call from Brittany Zimmermann's cell phone on the day the UW student was murdered.
Adrian Starks, 29, is sentenced to 24 years in prison for selling heroin to Michael Ace, 31, and Sara Stellner, 20, both of whom died of overdoses in 2005. Starks swears at Dane County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Fiedler and knocks over a water cooler before being removed from the courtroom.
Madison police arrest two Madison men after one of them allegedly robs the PDQ store on Milwaukee Street. Police are investigating whether Scott M. Andrus, 18, and Curtis J. Langlois, 27, are the "bandana bandits," who have been robbing businesses on East Washington Avenue.
A UW Hospital Med Flight helicopter crashes into a hillside on its way back to Madison from La Crosse, killing surgeon Darren Bean, nurse Mark Coyne and pilot Steve Lipperer. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. The helicopter was apparently not equipped with a terrain warning system or night-vision goggles for the pilot, recommended safety equipment.
The Madison School Board unanimously passes the $367.6 million budget for the 2008-09 school year. For the first time in 14 years, the board did not have to cut funding, but the district expects to have a $9 million budget gap in 2009-10.
Fire destroys Sigma Phi Epsilon, a UW fraternity house on Langdon Street. No one is injured in the blaze, which causes $750,000 in damage. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire, which began outside the house.
A Rock County judge rules that Mark Staskal, 44, can be released to a group home on Madison's near east side. Staskal has spent most of the last 23 years at Mendota Mental Health Institute, after killing his sister. Staskal's parents oppose the release, believing their son could kill again.
The state Senate approves a plan to fix the state's $527 million budget shortfall. Gov. Jim Doyle denounces the plan, which would delay $125 million in school aid payments and tap another $97 million from the state's reserves. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says the plan would leave the state $1.7 billion short three years from now.
The Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WTMJ and WISC-TV file a lawsuit seeking the release of the 911 call made from Brittany Zimmermann's cell phone the day she was killed. Authorities have refused to release the call, saying it could affect their investigation.
Compiled from local media