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DA: Expect 48-hour notice on Robinson case decision

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Friday that he will give 48 hours' notice before he releases a decision on whether to charge a Madison police officer who shot Tony Robinson.

Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny shot Robinson on March 6. Police have said that Robinson attacked Kenny as the officer was responding to calls that Robinson had assaulted two people and was running in traffic.

Ozanne said he received final reports from the Division of Criminal Investigation and had a second meeting with the Medical Examiner's Office on Monday.

Sheriff: Midwest Horse Fair traffic may cause Beltline delays

Dane County officials are warning drivers of possible delays on the Beltline Friday morning because of extra traffic heading to the Midwest Horse Fair.

The Midwest Horse Fair starts Friday morning at the Alliant Energy Center, and hundreds of spectators and exhibitors are expected to be arriving during the morning commute, officials said.

Authorities expect east- and westbound lanes of the Beltline to be congested, according to the release.

Drivers heading to the event can access the Alliant Energy Center grounds via the Olin Avenue, Rusk Avenue or Rimrock Road gates, officials said. One lane of outbound John Nolen Drive and one southbound lane of Rimrock Road will be closed to help horse fair participants get onto the Alliant Energy grounds efficiently.

Officials look for possible pit bull puppy that bit man

Dane County Department of Public Health officials are looking for information on a dog that bit a man Monday.

A small, brown and white dog that may be a pit bull puppy bit the man when he petted it on its head around 2:30 p.m. at the Warner Park Dog Park at 2201 Sheridan Dr., officials said.

Officials ask anyone with information on the dog to call 608-255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

2 charged with 1st-degree murder in death of man found in Lake Mendota

Three days after a body was found in Lake Mendota, two men were charged with homicide in the death, authorities said.

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The Dane County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday afternoon that Rudy Alberto Ramirez-Millan, 27, of Waunakee, and Juan Aguilar-Vargas, 27, of Madison, are being held in the Dane County Jail on charges of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of 23-year-old Jacob Payne, of Fitchburg.

Payne's body was found Saturday afternoon by a canoeist in Lake Mendota off Governor's Island, according to the sheriff's office. Detectives said the body had obvious signs of injury when it was recovered.

Payne did not have a permanent address, but had most recently been staying at a vehicle repair shop at 4260 Acker Road in the town of Burke, according to investigators.

Madison Water Utility billing, water usage tracking site down since March

Madison Water Utility’s customer care page that gives customers access to their bills and water usage data has been down since March 10, officials said.

MWU’s Public Information Officer Amy Barrilleaux said the city’s IT department felt the site should undergo a security upgrade and has been working with the software vendor and a security vendor for the past several weeks to make that happen.

MPD: Man jumps out of car, robs woman on north side

MPD: Man jumps out of car, robs woman on north side

Madison police said a 24-year-old woman reported being robbed on Madison’s north side Saturday night.

A 24-year-old told police Monday night that the robbery happened Saturday around 9:15 p.m. in the 1500 block of Northport Drive at Troy Drive.

The woman said she was walking on Northport Drive when she heard a car approach, according to the release. A man got out of the car and started grabbing at her backpack.

Police said the woman tried to hold on to her backpack, but she gave him her money when she thought the man was reaching for a weapon.

The robber got back into the car with other people, and drove away, according to the release.

Detectives seek information about Fitchburg man found in Lake Mendota

A body found Saturday in Lake Mendota off Governor's Island has been identified as Jacob D. Payne, 23, of Fitchburg.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said Payne's death is being investigated as a homicide.

The Dane County medical examiner said Monday Payne died as a result of "homicidal edged weapon violence."

The sheriff's office said Payne's body was found after 4 p.m. Saturday by a canoeist. The body was in about 5 to 6 feet of water about 30 yards from shore.

Detectives said the body had obvious signs of injury when it was recovered.

Payne did not have a permanent address, but had most recently been staying at a vehicle repair shop at 4260 Acker Road in the town of Burke, according to investigators. An older-model black BMW 528i was also found at the location.

Detectives are looking for evidence at the Acker Road location, and a dive team searched the lake near the spot where the body was found.