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Committee chooses East Washington Ave. location for public market

After some passionate arguments for each option, Madison’s Local Food Committee unanimously recommended the city start a public market on the east side. In a vote Tuesday night, committee members passed a resolution asking the council to move forward with the public market planning process on the site at East Washington Avenue and First Street. Alder Marsha Rummel said market development would likely start with the city-owned fleet service garage behind the shopping center that faces East Washington Avenue. “We spent 10 years planning, talking about food and all of the other synergies of the Capitol east district,” Rummel said. “And it does take a long time to get these things in place so something like this then seems obvious.” The recommendation stressed to city officials this is just the first step in creating a greater food district, and urged those people to keep locations on the south and north sides of Madison under consideration for future markets. “We don't see a public market district as a one-stop retail shop. We're hoping it can be something that grows,” Rummel said. The committee had narrowed down possible locations for a public market before Tuesday’s meeting. Project for Public Spaces, a consultant hired by the city to help with market planning, analyzed the final three sites. The consultant evaluated the following three sites: East Washington and First Street, around a strip mall and next to the Yahara River; South Park Street and Wingra Drive, where the former Thordstad’s car dealership building still stands; and Northport Drive and North Sherman Avenue, where the Northside Town Center Shopping Center used to run. The analysis looks at various factors favorable for a market location, such as traffic, bus routes and paths, space availability, and neighborhood diversity. Overall, the analysis concludes the East Washington Avenue location would be best for a public market. Bus access and traffic were the highest at that site, and its proximity to downtown was seen as an advantage. In addition, the study says there’s “a great opportunity to create an appealing public space” at that location, with it being close to parks and the Yahara River Parkway. However, the analysis pointed out that the communities around the East Washington Avenue site are already well-served with food available in the area. In his presentation to the committee, Larry Lund with Project For Public Spaces said the east side location would likely bring in the most money. He stressed to the committee members how important that is to attract and keep quality vendors at a permanent market, especially with the fragile nature of this kind of market structure. “We're dealing with small businesses, the livelihoods of people who are going to make commitments,” Lund said. The analysis praised the South Park Street site for its proximity to the Beltline. The report also said, “The location is among Madison’s most diverse populations and the opportunity to create jobs and spawn new business is a plus." With only one property owner to deal with at the north side shopping center location, the analysis points out the positive of having that kind of partnership for the city. That said, the consultant had concerns about the area that is reportedly struggling as a food retail location. The study also called the site somewhat remote for many Madison residents. The recommendation will be passed along for the city council to consider at its Aug. 5 meeting. During the next phase of planning, the city will move forward with acquiring any private properties needed for market development and finalize the design and business plans needed to start building. Staff and the Local Food Committee expect to be working on that through the end of the year.

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:12:15 GMT

House struck when two vehicles collide

A house was struck when two vehicles collided in the town of Sun Prairie Wednesday morning, according to Dane County dispatchers. The crash occurred at 7:37 a.m. at the intersection of Burke and Bailey roads. There’s no indication of how much damage the house sustained. Minor injuries are reported. Map

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:05:43 GMT

Paramount apologizes for 9/11 'TMNT' poster

An Australian promotional poster for Michael Bay's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie has resulted in the wrong kind of publicity. On Tuesday, Paramount Pictures Australia tweeted its official ad for the live-action "TMNT," which promoted its Sept. 11 release date in Australia along with an image of the four warrior turtles falling from a building with an explosion in the background. The film is set in New York City. As BuzzFeed reports, Paramount deleted the tweet, but not before some users caught it and called it insensitive. "WHO thought that poster would be a good idea considering date??" tweeted one observer. "Or did they just think no one would notice or indeed care? #TMNT." In the end, Paramount followed up on its deleted tweet with an apology. "We are deeply sorry to have used that artwork for the marketing materials promoting the September 11 opening in Australia," Tom Roache, the head of publicity for Paramount Pictures Australia, said in a statement. "Combining that image and date was a mistake. We intended no offense and have taken immediate action to discontinue its use." Stateside, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," which is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett , is scheduled to open Aug. 8.

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:01:07 GMT

Man accused of sexual assault faces 116 years in prison

A man accused of raping a woman on Madison’s south side in May faces up to 116 years in prison and $60,000 in fines, according to a criminal complaint. A 44-year-old woman was walking on South Park Street to get medications for her hospitalized mother when she was approached from behind by a man wielding a handgun, according to a Madison Police Department report. The man led her to a dark parking lot on North Wingra Drive and threatened to kill her before allegedly raping her, according to the complaint. He also tried to rob her of money, but she didn’t have any cash. DNA testing done at the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory led to Weaver’s arrest on July 24. Weaver is charged with first-degree sexual assault, attempted first-degree sexual assault, strangulation and suffocation, and attempted armed robbery with the use of a dangerous weapon.

Published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:31:40 GMT

Crash in bridge work zone injures 4, officials say

Four people were injured in a crash that happened in a work zone on Interstate 90 Tuesday morning, according to a release from the Wisconsin State Patrol. Around 11:40 a.m. a crash happened on eastbound Interstate 90 in Juneau County near New Lisbon, officials said. The right lane of traffic was closed for a bridge inspection and maintenance crews, according to the release. Traffic was passing the work zone in the left lane at a slower pace than usual. A Toyota passenger car was in the left lane when their vehicle was hit from behind by a 2006 Dodge van, officials said. The driver and passengers of the Toyota, all from Edina, Minnesota, were taken to Hess Memorial Hospital in Mauston for mostly minor injuries, according to the release. The driver of the cargo van, from Chicago, was not transported.

Published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:47:41 GMT

Police report iPad snatchings on west side

On Tuesday morning, a 66-year-old man had his iPad Mini grabbed from his hands while at the West Towne Food Court, according to a release from Madison police. The man told police he chased after the thief, falling twice in the process, and suffered minor injuries. The criminal, described as a black, age 15-17, 6 feet tall with short hair, was last seen heading in the direction of Memorial High School. This is the second incident of snatching electronics on the West side in the past 24-hours. On Monday night, a 25-year-old Madison woman had her iPhone taken around 9:15 p.m. as she sat at a table inside McDonald’s, 6190 Odana Road, according to the release. The man who took the phone was described as black, late teens and around 5 feet 8 inches tall. Last summer, the MPD put out a YouTube video with tips on how citizens can best protect themselves from these types of crimes. It was released during the height of a nationwide crime spree that some tabbed “Apple Picking.” While Madison has not seen the same level of thefts and robberies this summer, they are still occurring.

Published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:39:32 GMT

Sun Prairie man faces 6th-offense OWI charge

A Sun Prairie man faces drunken driving charges after a Dane County sheriff’s deputy found him pulled over on the shoulder of Highway 151, officials said. Around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday a Dane County sheriff’s deputy stopped to check on an occupied vehicle that had pulled over onto the shoulder of Highway 151 near Twin Lane Road in the town of Bristol, according to a release. The deputy talked with the driver, Todd D. Finkler, 55, of Sun Prairie, and determined he had been drinking alcohol, officials said. Finkler was arrested on tentative sixth-offense operating while intoxicated charges.

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:13:36 GMT

Oral arguments set in John Doe appeal

Oral arguments are set for Sept. 9 in the appeal of a federal judge's ruling halting an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign and other conservative groups. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago set the argument date late Tuesday. It comes exactly two months before Walker faces re-election. The court will also hear arguments over a media coalition's request that all records in the case be made public. Conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth sued in federal court to stop the probe, which was looking into alleged illegal campaign activity related to Walker's 2012 recall and other campaigns. In May, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa halted the investigation, saying it was a violation of Wisconsin Club for Growth's free speech rights. Prosecutors appealed.

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:30:07 GMT

Officer testifies tote with missing baby had frost on it

Federal prosecutors continue to build their case against the woman accused of kidnapping a 5-day-old child and abandoning him in sub-zero weather. Kristen Smith is being tried on federal kidnapping charges in connection with the Feb. 6 disappearance of Kayden Powell in Beloit. Jurors got a glimpse of the emotional 30 hours when Kayden was missing. They heard from Kayden’s mother and father about the terror they experienced when they discovered the child was gone. The child disappeared from a town of Beloit home in the middle of the night. When they discovered Kayden was missing, they also noticed the child’s aunt, Smith, was gone. Initially they did not suspect Smith had taken the child because she was planning on leaving and returning to Colorado. In a frantic 911 call, Kayden’s mother, Brianna Marshall, made it clear she didn’t think her sister was involved in Kayden’s disappearance. Kayden was eventually found 30 hours later behind a gas station in West Branch, Iowa. The child spent much of that time in a gray tote in sub-zero temperatures. West Branch Police Chief Mike Horiham, the officer who found Kayden, described the weather at the time as 12 degrees below zero. He said he found the tote near some recycling containers with the lid clamped shut and frost on top. The EMT who removed Kayden from the tote said she was amazed the days-old baby was doing so well. Prosecutors have told the judge that they intend to rest their case Wednesday morning. The defense will then present its case. In opening arguments, the defense said it will show evidence that Smith had taken the child at the request of Kayden’s father. Smith faces 25 years to life in federal prison if convicted.

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:35:02 GMT

Police: Drunken driver causes Beltline crash; Dumps beer cans

A drunken driver caused a three-vehicle crash on the Beltline Monday afternoon and tried to dump a bag of empty beer cans after the crash, according to a release from Madison police. Police said Vicente J. Albino-Esteban, 33, of Madison, was trying to exit the Beltline onto Fish Hatchery Road just after 2:30 p.m. Monday when he plowed his truck into another truck causing the second truck to strike a car. The truck and car involved in the crash were stopped for a red light. The drivers of the truck and car told police they saw Albino-Esteban toss a bag of empty beer cans down a hill. The bag was later collected by police. Albino-Esteban was arrested on suspicion of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, operating while revoked, having open intoxicants in a vehicle and inattentive driving.

Published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:18:15 GMT

Crandon voters recall mayor

Residents of a northeastern Wisconsin community have recalled their mayor. Voters in the Forest County community of Crandon removed Rob Jaeger from office Tuesday and replaced him with Dennis Rosa. WJFW-TV reported Rosa received about two-thirds of the vote in the community of about 2,000 people. Recall supporters began collecting signatures in May. The mayor's opponents accused him of micromanaging the city.

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:21:12 GMT

Wisconsin makes ranking of states with worst roads

Everyone gripes about road conditions, but these states really do have the worst highways.

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:57:57 GMT

Teen attacked 69-year-old man, police say

Five teens were detained by police after a daylight attack on a 69-year-old Madison man, according to a release from Madison police. The man told police he was walking in the 6500 block of Schroeder Road just after 7 p.m. on Monday when a group of boys approached him from behind. He said the blow hurt him but he stood his ground and said he was calling police as the teens fled. The man described the teens, including one with a distinct hairstyle that helped police identify the group as it walked near the intersection of Watts Road and Struck Street. The 14-year-old accused of hitting the man told police some of his friends encouraged him to do it. One of the other group members admitted to police that his friend struck the man. The 14-year-old was arrested on suspicion of battery to an elderly or at-risk individual. The other four were released to parents and police will recommend that each be charged with being a party to the crime.

Published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:47:59 GMT

Supreme Court refuses to give Beloit man new trial

The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a Beloit man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend should not have been granted a new trial based on his insanity defense. The court on Wednesday overturned a state appeals court which last year granted Donyil Anderson a new trial. He was sentenced to life in prison for the 2008 killing of Stacey Hosey. Anderson argued on appeal that he deserved a new trial because instructions to the jury about how his mental state may have been affected by a drug he was taking to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But in a 5-2 decision the Supreme Court disagreed. It said an insanity defense cannot be based on the defendant arguing his mental state was caused by the taking of a prescription drug.

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:33:14 GMT

Milwaukee archdiocese owes millions in legal fees

Is the Archdiocese of Milwaukee too broke to pay its legal bills? That's the question Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley will be asked to answer Wednesday. Kelley agreed more than a year ago that the archdiocese would not have to pay legal fees while its bankruptcy case was pending so it could keep enough cash on hand to cover at least one month's bills. Bankruptcy law requires the archdiocese to pay legal fees for itself and its creditors. In this case, most creditors are victims of clergy sexual abuse. Their attorneys say the archdiocese has more cash than anticipated, and they'd like to get paid. The lawyers say they are owed more than $2 million. Attorneys for the archdiocese say it doesn't have the money to pay all the bills now.

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:47:58 GMT

What you need to know: Wednesday

It's Wednesday, July 30 and here is your day ahead: In local news... WEATHER: Mostly sunny skies this morning with temperatures in the 50s and low 60s. High temperatures will be near 80 this afternoon with a slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm. Full forecast  1. DIAS DOMESTIC ABUSE SHELTER Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, DAIS, officially opens its brand new facility today.  It spans 36,000 square feet, has 56 beds, a large kitchen and space for children, adults even pets. The big difference is the organization's visibility. Unlike the original shelter, DAIS workers haven't been shy about sharing the location, mostly in part because of a tight security system. 2. MADISON PUBLIC MARKET A Madison public market is a step closer to reality. The city's local food committee decided on East Washington Avenue at First Street. A consultant pushed the site as the best option for its proximity to downtown, access to buses and bike paths, and its ability to pull in revenue. More on this story 3. KAYDEN POWELL KIDNAPPING  The prosecution is expected to rest its case today in the trial for Kristen Smith. She's being tried on federal kidnapping charges in connection with the Feb. 6 disappearance of Kayden Powell in Beloit. On Tuesday, the EMT who removed Kayden from the tote said she was amazed the days-old baby was doing so well. More on this story 4. EARLY VOTING  Early election voting is underway across Wisconsin. This is the first election since the legislature put limits on the in-person absentee voting, which now limits when early voting can take place. Absentee voting is allowed two weeks before an election, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. More on this story 5. CONCERTS ON THE SQUARE Tonight is your last chance to go to Concerts on the Square this season, and there's going to be more than just music. Internationally renowned artist Danielle Roney will turn the state Capitol into a work of art. After the orchestra plays tonight, a U2 tribute band is performing. During that time, Roney will present a projection art program literally on the Capitol building right above the performers. It will start around 9 p.m. and should last about 30 minutes. In national news... 1. EBOLA DOCTOR DEATH "RIP Dr. Khan": A doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has died from complications of the disease. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan fell ill early last week while overseeing Ebola treatment at a government hospital. This disease typically kills 90% of those infected, but the death rate in this outbreak has dropped to roughly 60% because of early treatment. The outbreak is happening primarily in three West African countries: Guinea, where it began, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More on this story 2. MIDEAST CRISIS No truce: There's lots of finger pointing in the Middle East where Hamas and Israel are blaming one another for the lack of a cease-fire in a conflict that has left more than 1,200 people dead. The latest efforts to broker a deal to end the violence failed yesterday, with Hamas rejecting a cease-fire proposal put forward by the Palestinian Authority that called for a 24-hour truce that could be extended to 72 hours. Hamas maintains that any deal must include an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza. Israel says any truce must protect it against tunnels used by Palestinian militants in Gaza to make their way into Israel. More on this story 3. UKRAINE – AIRLINER CRASH SITE Dangerous area: Nearly two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky by a suspected surface-to-air missile, the Dutch investigators in charge of finding out what happened still can't get to the crash site. Pro-Russian rebels control the area of eastern Ukraine where the Boeing 777 went down on July 17. They gave Malaysian officials the plane's "black boxes" on July 22. The rebels have also handed over some human remains from the site. As of Monday, 227 coffins had been sent to the Netherlands. There were 298 people on board when the plane crashed. More on this story 4. RUSSIA SANCTIONS Upping the ante: The U.S. and European Union have unleashed a new round of sanctions on Moscow. The move targets Russia's state-owned banks, weapons makers and oil companies, along with top cronies of President Vladimir Putin. The idea is to punish Russia for arming pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, and it's suspected role in providing the surface-to-air missile that's believed to have brought down the Malaysia Airlines jet in the conflict zone. More on this story 5. VETERANS AFFAIRS AUDIT Hide the truth: A new internal Veterans Affairs audit shows about half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to falsify data and hide the true time it took patients to be seen by a doctor after making an appointment. Schedulers said supervisors directed them to manipulate information so their centers could meet performance goals, which would help top officials get bonuses, according to documents obtained by CNN. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned over the scandal in May. More on this story

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:24:29 GMT

Racine officers cleared in fatal shooting

An investigation has cleared two Racine police officers in the shooting of a man they said was wielding a knife. Rajko Utvic, 37, was killed July 6 by officers responding to a 911 call from a man who said he had taken 100 Ibuprofen pills. Police said the man refused to drop the knife, and he was shot when he came at officers Craig Klepel and Mathias Zinnen. An investigation by the Racine County Sheriff's Office said witnesses confirmed the officers' accounts. They said officers tried to stop Utvic with electronic shock devices, but they didn't work. A summary of the report from Racine police said the investigation found Utvic suffered from mental illness. It didn't provide details. The officers have returned to duty.

Published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:51:52 GMT

Pediatrician accused of assault gives up license

An Eau Claire pediatrician acquitted of the majority of sexual assault charges against him has agreed to give up his medical license so that the remaining counts will be dismissed. Dr. David Van de Loo, 61, was accused of having sexual contact with 15 juvenile male patients while working at Mayo Clinic Heath System in Eau Claire. Defense attorneys argued the contact was nothing more than a medical procedure. Van de Loo was acquitted on 14 of 16 counts. The jury was hung on the other two charges and a mistrial was declared. Tuesday afternoon in court, Van de Loo agreed to surrender his license, ending the criminal case against him. WEAU-TV reported Van de Loo is still facing several civil lawsuits filed by the families of the juvenile patients involved.

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:48:14 GMT

Crimes unit investigates teen's death

Racine police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old man. WISN-TV reported police aren't saying how the man died, but said his death is a crime. The teen was found dead in a residential area on the city's north side Tuesday about 7 p.m.

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:56:28 GMT

Woman is threatened with assault by unknown caller

On Tuesday, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of an obscene phone call received on a cellphone. The caller had a foreign accent and the only number to show up on caller ID was 178 according to a release. The unknown male caller was still on the line with the woman when the deputy arrived on scene. The obscene caller knew the woman’s name, address and was threatening to show up at her home and assault her. The caller was insistent that the woman remain on the line with him. Deputies said further investigation determined that the caller was keeping the complainant on the phone to attempt to install tracking software on her phone, in an effort to try and obtain log in and password information. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens to be careful if you receive a call from a number you are not familiar with and if only 4 digits show on caller ID, do not answer it. “This is the first complaint of this type of scam, so citizens need to make sure they are properly protecting their electronic devices, utilizing anti-virus, ant-malware software, as well as using a VPN (virtual private network) to make sure they are browsing the internet securely,” Sheriff Nate Dreckman said in a release. If you do receive this type of call please contact your local law enforcement to report it.

Published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:54:16 GMT