Samantha Young, 20, of Mount Horeb, is sentenced to four years in prison for killing UW-Whitewater professor Paula Poorman last summer in a car crash. Young had been drinking cognac and using cocaine at the time.
Dane County Sheriff's Deputy Dale Veto is seriously injured as he's setting up road spikes to stop a vehicle on Highway 151. Police later arrest the driver, a 15-year-old boy.
Beloved former East High principal Milt McPike dies at age 68. McPike was East's principal for 23 years and most recently served on the UW Board of Regents. (See story on page 8.)
Dozens of people rally in support of popular UW pharmacy student Tope Awe, who is being detained and may be deported to Nigeria. Awe came to America at age 3 with her family.
Wisconsin voters narrowly choose Michael Gableman over incumbent Louis Butler for state Supreme Court; with 99% of precincts reporting, the totals are 419,580 to 399,390. Voters also overwhelmingly approve (567,913 to 237,338) eliminating the "Frankenstein Veto," which lets the governor delete words in spending bills and create new sentences.
In local elections, liberals retain a majority on the Dane County Board. With all wards reporting, in Dist. 1, incumbent Scott McDonell beats challenger J.P. Heyn, 736 to 139; in Dist. 4 incumbent Brett Hulsey defeats Greg Hull, 1,907 to 768; in Dist. 5, Wyndham Manning trounces Conor O'Hagan, 304 to 146; in Dist. 6, incumbent John Hendrick smokes Mark Schmitt, 1,710 to 315; in Dist. 7, incumbent Matt Veldran survives a challenge by Dave Glomp, 1,041 to 819; in Dist. 9, newcomer Dianne Hesselbein knocks off incumbent Ruth Ann Schoer, 1,402 to 1,124; in Dist. 11, incumbent Al Matano triumphs over Steve Ingham, 1,578 to 1,092; in Dist. 12, incumbent Paul Rusk clobbers Ted Krez, 1,243 to 521; in Dist. 14, Melanie Hampton routs Vic Bankston, 1,053 to 506; in Dist. 15, Ronn Ferrell pummels Lisa Subeck, 971 to 822; in Dist. 18, incumbent Dorothy Wheeler overcomes Sal Al-Ashkar, 1,358 to 788; in Dist. 26, incumbent Mark Opitz thrashes Adrian Augustine, 1,589 to 624; in Dist. 28, Kurt Schlicht squashes Susan Beil, 2,053 to 1,366; in Dist. 30, incumbent Patrick Downing prevails over John Brixy, 1,735 to 1,314; in Dist. 33, incumbent Jack Martz noses out Nancy Hylbert, 1,107 to 1,089; in Dist. 34, incumbent Patrick Miles vanquishes Gordon Kensgaard, 1,303 to 506; and in Dist. 36, Cynda Solberg bests incumbent Richard Pertzborn, 1,022 to 666. Any more races and we'd need a larger thesaurus.
Voters in the city of Verona say "yes" (1,499 to 183) while those in the town of Verona say "no" (560 to 345) to a proposed merger, which fails.
Vandals deflate the tires of more than 100 cars, leaving notes wishing owners a "Happy Fossil Fools Day." But the joke's on the vandals - most of the cars were parked in the Willy and Monroe street neighborhoods, where many residents already walk, bus or bike to work.
Antonio Pope, 32, is sentenced to 40 years in prison for abducting and raping two UW-Madison students in 2006.
The body of a young woman is found in a home on West Doty Street. Police are investigating it as a homicide.
Compiled from local media