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Amos Mortier, who was 27 when he disappeared, attended classes at Madison Area Technical College, shopped at the Willy Street Co-op, frequented the Inferno, and had worked at the Den and Shakti, two shops on State Street in downtown Madison. more

Feb 12, 2009 4:00 PM From the archives

Brittany Zimmermann's screams are apparently captured on an audiotape of a 911 call she placed as she was being attacked inside her downtown Madison apartment, according to newly released court documents. "The disconnect call started with the sound of a woman screaming and the line remains active and open picking up the background sounds of a struggle for a short period of time," according to a search warrant affidavit signed by Madison Police Det. Marion Morgan. more

Dec 2, 2008 8:45 PM News

Kathleen Falk thinks she knows what's wrong with Dane County's 911 Center and how to fix it. What's needed, says the county executive, is new, uniform police dispatch software. more

Nov 26, 2008 3:00 PM News

On Nov. 4, Madison voters will decide whether to hike property taxes on an average home by $189 over the next three years to stave off $27 million in budget cuts for the city's public schools. The district is pitching it as prudent and necessary. more

Oct 16, 2008 2:00 PM News

Ellen Foley, hired as editor of the "Wisconsin State Journal" in April 2004 to "sharpen the edges" of the state's second largest newspaper, resigned today, effective Friday. Foley's resignation is the latest sign of tumult at Capital Newspapers Inc., which owns and publishes the "State Journal" and "The Capital Times". The "State Journal" is also one of the flagship newspapers of Lee Enterprises, a newspaper company whose stock has plummeted in recent months. more

Oct 6, 2008 9:50 PM News

Joe Norwick, the retired chief deputy of the Dane County Sheriff's Office who County Executive Kathleen Falk handpicked to lead the center in 2007, offered his resignation to Falk Friday morning. more

Sep 5, 2008 5:56 PM News

Dane County's 911 Center oversight board has failed to conduct performance evaluations of the center's director in the past five years, in violation of a county law. more

Sep 4, 2008 2:00 PM News

The administration of County Executive Kathleen Falk continues to stymie media efforts to learn more about longstanding problems at the county's 911 Center. And what little information is being released following revelations that UW-Madison student Brittany Zimmermann called 911 before she was killed is not comforting. more

Jul 24, 2008 2:00 PM News

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray professed pride in his department, and with good reason, but the official guardedness over details in the Joel Marino homicide did not abate. "This case," Wray told a press conference late this morning, "is still unfolding." Police have arrested a 20-year-old UW-Madison dropout in Marino's stabbing death, one of three central-city murders in the past year apparently committed by strangers. more

Jun 27, 2008 6:38 PM News

After a month of questions about the adequacy of Dane County's 911 system, the Dane County Board is expected next week to create two new 911 dispatcher positions. The board could also authorize the second independent audit of the 911 Center in five years. more

May 29, 2008 2:00 PM News

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and 911 Center director Joe Norwick came under heavy fire Monday night as Dane County citizens and employees complained about Falk and Norwick's failures to address longstanding problems at Dane County's 911 Center. more

May 20, 2008 2:56 AM News

Prompted by "Isthmus"' coverage of the cases, Van Susteren returned to her college stomping ground to prepare a special report on the recent apparent stranger-murders. The unsolved murders have been masked in secrecy and marked with missteps, including a botched 911 call and allegations of not taking key tips seriously." more

May 19, 2008 4:47 PM News

A heavily redacted copy of a 40-page report into the alleged mishandling of a 911 call for help from murder victim Brittany Zimmermann sheds little, if any, new light on a number of important questions. The report was released on Thursday night, minutes after the end of a joint committee of the Dane County Board in which embattled 911 Center director Joe Norwick answered questions from county supervisors about 911 center policies. more

May 9, 2008 2:08 AM News

Joel Marino's grandmother says the Madison police told her not to talk to the press about her grandson's murder. Today, she broke her silence. "I think we have a right to know more than they're telling us," Betty Parman tells "Isthmus". Parman was the last person known to have talked to Marino before he was stabbed to death inside his house on West Shore Drive, three blocks south of Brittingham Park, on Jan. 28. more

May 8, 2008 8:15 PM News

A key witness in the Joel Marino murder investigation says he saw Marino's killer walking along West Shore Drive six weeks ago, but he believes police did not take his call seriously. more

May 8, 2008 5:02 AM News

Former Dane County 911 dispatchers say it easily could have been them who forgot to call back a silent 911 call, and they fear that the dispatcher who failed to send police in response to murder victim Brittany Zimmermann's call for help will be made a scapegoat. more

May 8, 2008 5:01 AM News

Two points regarding "Isthmus"' original story on the Brittany Zimmermann 911 call case have caused some confusion. Here's some elaboration to clear it up. more

May 5, 2008 3:39 PM News

Madison police believe Brittany Zimmermann called 911 before she was stabbed and beaten to death inside her Doty Street apartment, but the 911 Center failed to send help after erroneously concluding the call was a mistake. more

May 1, 2008 5:01 AM News

A lawyer and former teacher will replace a lawyer and former teacher in the uncontested Madison school board elections on April 1. The result will be the most inexperienced board in years at a particularly important time for the city's public schools. more

Mar 27, 2008 3:00 PM News

John Matthews planned to sneak out of an educational policy speech at the UW-Madison after giving some introductory remarks. He hoped to make it home by dinnertime. more

Mar 27, 2008 3:00 PM News