Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz names City Assessor Mark Hanson as the interim treasurer. Gerald Pace, hired as the city's treasurer after a two-year vacancy, left after less than three months to take a higher-paying job in Milwaukee.
Dawn Dartez, 44, of Oregon, is sentenced to a year in jail and 12 years of probation for a drunk-driving crash that killed 77-year-old Frances Suitor in October 2005. Dartez smashed her car into Suitor's Oregon home, killing her in bed, then drove from the scene.
David Roberts, 20, of Waunakee, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide for killing his three-month-old son. Police say Roberts admitted hitting the baby repeatedly because he would not stop crying.
Eugene Zapata admits to killing his wife, Jeanette, 31 years ago, and hiding her body in various places. Zapata's first trial ended in a hung jury last year. Under a plea deal, he receives a five-year prison sentence, but will likely serve only three years.
Dane County sees its all-time-highest turnout for a presidential primary, with 52% of voters casting a ballot. With all precincts reporting, Barack Obama beats Hillary Clinton for the state's Democratic delegates, 645,954 to 452,757. On the Republican side, John McCain defeats Mike Huckabee, 224,209 to 151,181. See columns on page 8.
In the primary races for Dane County Board, with all precincts reporting: In Dist. 1, incumbent Scott McDonell (1,299) and J.P. Heyn (364) advance over Dennis deNure (275); in Dist. 12, incumbent Paul Rusk (1,638) and Ted Krez (779) beat Will Sandstrom (302); in Dist. 15, Lisa Subeck (1,387) and Ronn Ferrell (1,209) knock out incumbent Rich Brown (351); in Dist. 28, Kurt Schlicht (1,337) and Susan Beil (1,018) best Jeanne Poast (756) and Tom Kavanaugh (605); and in Dist. 36, incumbent Richard Pertzborn (1,715) and Cynda Solberg top Karen Kessenich (579).
Madison Schools Superintendent Art Rainwater announces that the district's schools will dismiss students later and shorten lunch hours in an effort to make up time missed because of snow days this winter.
Compiled from local media