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MPD officer confronted by crowd, punched, police say

A Madison police officer was confronted by a crowd and punched after a street fight on Prairie Road Wednesday night, according to a release from Madison police. The officer stopped in the area of Prairie Road and Jacobs Way around 6:20 p.m. after spotting a large number of people in the street. He said that as he approached he saw a woman punch a man in the face, and he could see that the woman had a can of pepper spray. The officer said that as he went to arrest the woman he was surrounded by a crowd that was voicing anti-police sentiments, including "We need to start killing these officers." Police said the woman’s daughter was grabbing the officer while trying to free her mother. The officer said he tried to diffuse the situation by explaining to the crowd that the woman had just punched someone and was armed with pepper spray. Police said his words were ignored, and the struggle with the two people continued. The older woman punched the officer in the face and grabbed him by the throat, according to the release. The officer said he could see many in the crowd were recording the incident on their cellphones while some accused him of misconduct and using excessive force. A witness told police he or she "felt the officer was in trouble" and said it appeared someone had gone for his gun. The two women were arrested when more officers arrived. "He demonstrated fantastic patience and restraint in dealing with these folks," Madison Police Department Capt. Vic Wahl said. "He was able to literally get assaulted in the midst of a large crowd and still take these women into custody without causing any injuries to anyone." Police said Latonya B. James, 40, of Madison, threatened many times to kill the officer while on her way to jail. She was arrested on suspicion of battery to a law enforcement officer, possession of pepper spray, disorderly conduct and resisting. Nanyamka N. James, 20, of Madison was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, resisting and on a parole hold. Police said a nearby resident who was not involved in the melee told a detective the officer who was battered has, in the past, done a great job reaching out to residents and communicating with the neighborhood.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:42:53 GMT


Published: Tue, 10 May 2011 13:51:57 GMT

Video might hold clue to officer's killing

Police may soon have "significant" evidence to announce in this week's killing of an Illinois police officer, including footage from a home security video system in the area of the shooting, an official said Thursday. Any video in the area could help authorities determine who shot and killed Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz on Tuesday morning. Until now, police have described the suspects only as two white men and a black man -- descriptions of people that Gliniewicz had indicated he'd encountered shortly before the shooting. A homeowner in Fox Lake, a community of about 10,000 people in northern Illinois, turned over his surveillance video after telling police that he saw people in the area, Lake County Major Crime Task Force commander George Filenko said Thursday. Local investigators don't have the proper equipment to see the recording, so the footage was given to a nearby Department of Homeland Security office, and police hope to learn what it shows soon. "We have retrieved ... what we believe to be some significant video," Filenko said. "Until we review it, we're not confirming whether these are the same people that we're talking about." Filenko didn't say when the video was recorded or reveal how the homeowner described the individuals. Meanwhile, a source involved in the investigation told CNN on Thursday that Gliniewicz's gun was fired on the morning, though it's not clear who discharged the weapon. The gun was recovered at the crime scene, the source said on condition of anonymity. It's not clear how Gliniewicz's gun figures into the killing. Police have declined to answer questions about whose gun was used to kill him. The last day of work Gliniewicz was on his way to work Tuesday morning, in the cruiser that he had taken home the day before, when he saw three suspicious people, Filenko said earlier this week. This would not have been unusual as Gliniewicz was the type of officer who considered himself on duty as soon as he rolled into town, Filenko said. The lieutenant made the first call at 7:52 a.m. and called three minutes later to request backup. The backup units arrived at 8:01 and found their fellow officer dead, roughly 50 yards from his vehicle, at 8:09, Filenko said. Authorities initially marked off a 2-square-mile area across tricky terrain and brought in helicopters, K-9 units, federal agents, night-vision equipment and body-heat sensors. Police cleared every home in the cordoned-off area and fielded more than 100 tips, Filenko said. On Wednesday, they widened the search area. So far, police have found no witnesses. Besides the home security video that Filenko mentioned Thursday, police say they also have one video from a truck driver who had a camera in his vehicle and was in the area Tuesday. An autopsy was completed, but authorities aren't releasing the results yet, Filenko said. The Northern Illinois Police Crime Laboratory is expediting its review of evidence to determine whether there was any fingerprint or DNA transfer. Filenko said results from the review could come Thursday evening or Friday morning. A challenging search The FBI, U.S. Marshals and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined in the hunt. More than 400 law enforcement officers raked through the heavy woods near Fox Lake on foot, all-terrain vehicles and horseback. Local police officers have volunteered to come in while they're off duty, and other law enforcement officers in the surrounding area have called to offer their assistance, Filenko said. Following a false lead On Wednesday night, an Illinois woman sent 100 officers scrambling after saying she saw two men who fit the description of the cop killers police have been looking for. But after hours of searching, police said, they discovered she had made the whole story up. "It's very disappointing because our resources could have been used somewhere else," Lake County sheriff's Detective Christopher Covelli said early Thursday morning. On Wednesday night, Kristin B. Kiefer, 30, called police and said she was driving and pulled over near a cornfield because she was having car trouble, Covelli said. Kiefer told officers a white man and a black man tried to get in her car, Covelli said. She said when she picked up her phone to call police, the two men fled into the cornfield. More than 100 federal, state and local law enforcement officers descended on the area overnight. Eleven K-9 officers and three aircraft also responded to the tip. But Kiefer later admitted she fabricated the story because she was looking for attention, Covelli said. She was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct -- one felony, one misdemeanor -- due to the false report, the detective said. Kiefer was being held Thursday morning at the Lake County jail and is scheduled to have a bond hearing later in the day. Gliniewicz was a hero to many in Fox Lake. Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday night for a vigil to honor the 30-year police veteran. He led the local police explorers' program, mentoring and training youths interested in becoming officers. He was also a husband and father of four. "Joe was my best friend and my world. My hero," Melodie Gliniewicz told more than 1,000 people at the candlelight vigil Wednesday evening. She said her husband was "the love of my life for the last 26½ years. He was my rock as much as I was his rock."

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:21:20 GMT

Police: Woman under influence hits pole while driving kids to school

A Darlington woman faces criminal charges after police said she was driving her two daughters to school while under the influence and hit a utility pole. A Darlington police officer was patrolling Galena Street around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when they found a vehicle that had hit a utility pole near the intersection of Hill Street, according to a news alert. Investigators said 30-year-old Stacey Macmanus, of Darlington, was taking her 8- and 9-year-old daughters to school when the crash happened. Macmanus and her daughters were transported to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County, where they were treated for minor injuries and released, according to the alert. Macmanus has been cited and criminal charges have been referred to the Lafayette County District Attorney’s Office for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance with children in the car, operating without insurance and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:02:04 GMT

DNR firefighters return from fighting Montana wildfires

Three Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources firefighters returned to Wisconsin Thursday from fighting wildfires in Montana. The firefighters were in Montana for about two weeks and assisted with attacking new fires as they broke out. The firefighters, Aaron Young, Nick Morehouse and Paul Kloppenburg, were among other DNR staff assisting with the western fires. There are currently 22 DNR staff helping in various western states. Young works in the Dodgeville area, Morehouse works in the Wisconsin Dells area and Kloppenburg works in the Baraboo area.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:02:37 GMT

Salmon spawns on Obama in Alaska

During his historic trip to Alaska, President Barack Obama spent some time fishing at Kanakanak Beach in Dillingham and in a comical moment, a salmon spawned on his shoes. Wearing a pair of orange gloves, Obama examined some of the fish that he caught. The second one he picked up began squirting at his shoes. "Uh-oh, what's happening there?" he asked. The woman standing by him explained that the salmon was spawning. "Did you see that? Something got on my shoes," Obama called to the press. "He was spawning a little bit, which, generally you don't want fish spawning on your feet." "He was happy to see me," Obama added.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:04:04 GMT

Prime Quarter on E. Wash. closes permanently

After nearly 30 years of business, a steak restaurant on Madison's east side that's been closed about four months after a fire will not reopen, the business owner said. Al Sanger, who operated the Prime Quarter at 3520 E. Washington Ave. for nearly three decades, said the grill-your-own steak eatery would not reopen at that location. A fire on May 9 forced staff and diners from the building as crews battled the flames. Part of East Washington Avenue was closed during the fire fight. Sanger said he and the property owner had a 30-year agreement that would have dissolved in 2016. He said the fire sped up the end-of-business process, since the cost to renovate and repair the damage from the fire was not worth it to reopen for only a few months. "It would not financially be feasible to put that money into renovations when that partnership would dissolve itself," Sanger said. He said the estimated cost of renovations was about $350,000. "So I made the decision not to make those renovations in a leased building." Sanger said Thursday that the equipment, furniture and some fixtures had already been removed from the building. Sanger doesn't own the property. He said he leased it as part of the 30-year partnership. He does own the Prime Quarter name and three locations that are separate from the Madison partnership deal. He said the restaurants in Green Bay and Janesville, Wisconsin, and Princeton, Illinois, will continue to serve grill-your-own diners. He said he's proud of the 30 years Prime Quarter served the Madison area and estimated the East Washington restaurant served more than 2 million meals. A sign posted at the 3520 E. Washington Ave. site Thursday said a new gas station, car wash and convenience store was planned at the site, and a hearing on the action would take place Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the City-County Building in room 201.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:58:00 GMT

Student injured after practice sues district, wrestling coach

The Riverdale School District in Muscoda is being sued, along with a previous member of the high school wrestling team coaching staff, after an incident at a practice in February 2014. The civil complaint said assistant coach Chris Lull hit student Isaiah Snyder in the face and tackled him to the ground. Snyder’s attorney said the resulting concussion and leg injury ended his season. Snyder is now suing to cover the cost of physical and emotional injuries. “We have a police investigation. There were a number of eyewitnesses and we have an investigation that was done by the local department of social services that concluded that assistant coach Lull was in the wrong,” said Jeff Scott Olson, Snyder’s attorney. Lull was not criminally charged, but he is no longer coaching at Riverdale. Snyder continued wrestling last year and plans to wrestle this year, which is his senior year. The district did not respond to News 3’s request for comment.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:53:29 GMT

Town of Monroe man drowns in pond

A town of Monroe man drowned in a pond on Wednesday, officials said. The Adams County Sheriff's Office said 80-year-old Lester York went to a pond on private property near the intersection of County Road Z and County Road C sometime Wednesday to perform maintenance on the pond. When York didn't return home, his wife went to look for him and  found him face down in the water. Investigators said Lester fell or stepped into the water and was unable to get himself out. It's not known how long he was in the water before being found. The Big Flats Fire Department, Nekoosa ambulance and the Adams County Medical Examiner's Office assisted at the scene.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:11:38 GMT

Man dies after falling from Janesville parking ramp

A man died after falling from the top level of a parking ramp in downtown Janesville, according to Janesville police. Police said they were called to the parking ramp at 13 N. Parker Dr. at 1:08 p.m. Thursday and found the man alive, but he was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. Police estimated the man fell at least 40 feet and landed behind a bar. Witnesses told police the man, David R. Galvan, 36, of Janesville, was sitting on the top ledge of the ramp with his feet dangling off the side before he fell. Police said they found a bicycle, backpack and bottle of alcohol on the top level of the ramp. Police said video shows Galvan was alone on the ramp. No foul play is suspected.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:45:14 GMT

North side gas station robbed

A north side gas station was robbed by a man with a handgun early Thursday morning, according to a release from Madison police. Officers were called to the PDQ at 1434 Northport Dr. at 3:13 a.m. after a man entered the store with a scarf on his face and demanded the clerk turn over cash from the till. Police said the man fled with an unspecified amount of cash and merchandise.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:00:48 GMT

Woman, girl found dead after western Wisconsin house fire

Police say a woman and a child were found dead after a house fire in western Wisconsin and a 37-year-old suspect has been arrested in Texas. Police say fire crews were called to the New Richmond home around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday after getting a report from a person who smelled smoke coming from the home and heard the sound of running water. Emergency personnel discovered two bodies inside. The Star Tribune reports the body of the 30-year-old woman was found on an upstairs floor. The body of a 10-year-old girl was found in the basement. Both were taken to the Ramsey County medical examiner for autopsies. The cause of death was not disclosed Police Lt. Jerry Cody says it was "an isolated incident" at the home.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:24:51 GMT

Milwaukee County exec Abele says he won't run for governor

Democratic Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says he "definitely" will not be running for governor in 2018. Abele told The Associated Press on Thursday that he felt compelled to deny speculation he might run so it wouldn't impair his ability to work with both Democrats and Republicans in Milwaukee. He says, "I am definitely not running for governor. Not that I ever made any noise about it, but others have." Talk of Abele possibly preparing for a gubernatorial run has spiked since he hired former state Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate and the party's communications director Melissa Baldauff in recent weeks. Abele was first elected in 2011 and is up for re-election next year. Abele jokes that he might consider running for governor "if the capital is moved to Milwaukee."

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:29:23 GMT

First television ad backing Walker touts fight with unions

The first television ad backing Republican Gov. Scott Walker's presidential campaign to begin airing in Iowa next week highlights his 2011 battle with public sector unions. The 60-second ad was released Thursday by the Unintimidated super PAC that has announced it is spending $17 million in the next six months on an ad campaign backing Walker. The ad will begin airing statewide in Iowa on Tuesday as part of a $7 million buy. The ad comes as Walker is trying to regain ground in Iowa after rocketing to a fast start earlier this year before falling to the middle of the pack in more recent polls. The ad highlights Walker's record as governor, including winning a 2012 recall spurred by his effectively ending unions' collective bargaining rights.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:57:30 GMT

Governor taps bank executive to lead job creation agency

Gov. Scott Walker has appointed a bank executive who has contributed thousands of dollars to his campaign to lead the state's troubled economic development agency. Walker announced Thursday that he has tapped Mark Hogan to serve as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's chief executive officer. Hogan has worked for nearly 40 years at M&I Bank and BMO Harris Bank. He retired in 2010 as M&I's executive vice president and chief credit officer. He signed on as BMO Harris' senior adviser the following year. He has served as chairman of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority since March. Hogan replaces Reed Hall, who plans to retire this month.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:01:35 GMT

Former chief justice appeals decision in lawsuit over title

Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson has appealed a ruling that her fellow justices properly stripped her of her title. Voters approved a Republican-authored constitutional amendment in April that allows the justices to pick the chief rather than automatically giving the title to the longest-serving justice. The court's conservative majority removed the liberal-leaning Abrahamson hours after the election results were certified and named Justice Pat Roggensack chief. Abrahamson filed a federal lawsuit arguing she couldn't be removed as chief until her term expires in 2019. U.S. District Judge James Peterson dismissed the action in July, saying the justices were authorized to remove her. Abrahamson filed notice of an appeal to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. The filing didn't include any briefs laying out arguments.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:43:02 GMT

Walker says anti-police rhetoric rose under Obama

Gov. Scott Walker is connecting an increase in anti-police rhetoric to the tenure of the Obama administration in a guest column on “In the last six years under President Obama, we’ve seen a rise in anti-police rhetoric,” wrote Walker, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president. “Instead of hope and change, we’ve seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law enforcement as a scapegoat.” The headline reads, “We need a united-in-chief, not a divider-in-chief.” “This kind of attitude has created a culture in which we all too often see demonstrations and chants where people describe police as ‘pigs’ and call for them to be ‘fried like bacon,’ he wrote. “This inflammatory and disgusting rhetoric has real consequences for the safety of officers who put their lives on the line for us and hampers their ability to serve the communities that need their help.” In highlighting his record on police relations, Walker noted the recent passage of a Wisconsin law requiring an independent investigation when a suspect dies in police custody. Walker also said that he has always supported police officers and treats them with the respect they deserve.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:28:26 GMT

DNR confirms round gobies in the Fox River

The state Department of Natural Resources has confirmed round gobies have been found in the lower Fox River. DNR officials said in a news release Thursday that the fish were caught immediately below the Neenah dam. The release did not say when or by whom. A DNR spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to emails seeking details. The aggressive, bottom-dwelling fish are native to the Black and Caspian seas. They range from 3 inches to 6 inches long but feed voraciously and aggressively defend spawning sites. They first appeared in the Great Lakes in 1990. Fisheries experts believe they arrived in ballast water discharged by transoceanic ships. They're considered an invasive species. The Fox River Navigational Authority has closed the Menasha lock in hopes of preventing the gobies from spreading upstream.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:25:33 GMT

Outside review requested for Rock County jail death

The investigation into an inmate who died in custody Tuesday at the Rock County Jail is being turned over to the Dane County Sheriff's Office for review. The Rock County Sheriff's Office reported that 39-year-old Dante Tyreese Wilson, of Beloit, died of natural causes. He died inside the Rock County Jail Aug. 18 after becoming physically ill inside the facility. Paramedics were called to the jail just after 12:30 a.m. for a report of an inmate who was ill and had labored breathing. Paramedics joined the jail nurse and correctional staff in providing medical treatment to Wilson before taking him to Mercy Hospital in Janesville, where he was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. The final autopsy report, including toxicology, are still pending.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:36:51 GMT

DNR firefighters return from fighting Montana wildfires

Three Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources firefighters returned to Wisconsin Thursday from fighting wildfires in Montana. The firefighters were in Montana for about two weeks and assisted with attacking new fires as they broke out. The firefighters, Aaron Young, Nick Morehouse and Paul Kloppenburg, were among other DNR staff assisting with the western fires. There are currently 22 DNR staff helping in various western states. Young works in the Dodgeville area, Morehouse works in the Wisconsin Dells area and Kloppenburg works in the Baraboo area.

Published: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:02:37 GMT