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Madison mayor candidates tackle downtown issues

With incumbent Mayor Paul Soglin away on the East Coast on city business, his opponents took the podium at the Concourse Hotel Thursday night. The forum was focused on issues in downtown Madison.

Richard Brown, an accountant and former Dane County supervisor, stressed a strong fiscal backbone and faith-based connections in the community.

"We're going to do this through strong fiscal policy and partnerships and collaboration. I want to be your mayor because I've been placed in this situation just for a time like this. My background has done a lot of things," Brown said.

Christopher Daly talked about his activism and his desire to establish a public bank for the city of Madison to protect citizens from a pending economic downfall. He mentioned economic, social and environmental sustainability as important points on his platform.

WISC-TV executive, Madison business leader dies

George Nelson, a Madison business and community leader instrumental in the building of major civic projects, died Wednesday night. He was 76.

Nelson was a Morgan Murphy Media vice president for administration and finance for the Evening Telegram Company, the parent company of WISC-TV.

"George was as proud of WISC as we were of him," said Morgan Murphy Media President and CEO Elizabeth Murphy Burns. "He was an integral part of the community he loved and Channel 3. He will be missed by his family, his many friends, Madison, the station and me."

Police withhold cause of death in north Madison party death

Police on Thursday asked the district attorney to charge one of the suspects in a north Madison death investigation with homicide.

The Madison Police Department said it has recommended to the Dane County District Attorney that Roy Smith Jr., 36, of Fitchburg, be charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 26-year-old Lonzell Daniel, of Chicago. It is up to the DA to decide to charge Smith.

Daniel was among several others including Smith at a party on the 1400 block of Trailsway when police responded to a report of a disturbance Jan. 10. Police said Daniel was found injured in the apartment and died at the scene. Daniel died of homicidal violence, but investigators didn't specify the nature of the fatal injuries.

For many neighborhoods, accessing fresh food remains a challenge

For many neighborhoods, accessing fresh food remains a challenge

Food deserts abound in Madison, especially on north, south sides  

It's a struggle to find fresh and healthy food some areas in Madison, despite many big box grocery stores and 16 seasonal farmers' markets.

The closing of Walgreens on Verona Road at the end of 2014 has exposed the instability of south Madison's Allied Dunn's Marsh neighborhood. Though the neighborhood is biking distance from the Capitol, the amount of resources present in its immediate area are severely lacking.

Burglar causes $1,800 damage but takes nothing from shops

Burglar causes $1,800 damage but takes nothing from shops

A man broke into two near west Madison businesses early Sunday causing property damage, police said.

Madison police said a burglar used a flower pot to break windows of an ice cream shop and a gift-and-game store at 12:30 a.m.

Surveillance video showed the burglar enter the Chocolate Shoppe, then enter the business next door, Whoops & Co., according to the report.

Police said it didn't appear the burglar stole anything from the stores, but property damage from the broken windows was estimated at $1,800.

Cops: Kids in car with man passed out at wheel in traffic

Cops: Kids in car with man passed out at wheel in traffic

Police said a man thought he was in Beloit when police found him slumped over the wheel of his running car with young passengers aboard Saturday morning in Madison.

Police said 39-year-old Luis F. Garduno was stopped in a traffic lane at 11:37 a.m. on the 2900 block of East Washington Avenue when police spotted him. Officers said Garduno was surprised to learn he wasn't in Rock County but was in Madison.

Police said Garduno admitted that he had smoked synthetic marijuana.

There were also three children under the age of 10 in the vehicle, according to the report. The kids were turned over to a family member.

Garduno was arrested on suspicion of operating while under the influence, possession of synthetic cannabinoid and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Madison committee approves study on police body cams

Police officers in Madison are one meeting closer to wearing body cameras.

Members of the city's Board of Estimates unanimously voted to recommend a $30,000 study and ad hoc committee to take a closer look at how police body cameras would work in Madison. The proposal would also hire a project manager to oversee the process.

The proposal was put on the fast track by its authors, bypassing both the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Public Safety Review Committee to make it to the Board of Estimate Monday night. Alders said that was necessary to ensure the proposal reached City Council in a timely manner, allowing for the study to take place this summer.

While board members approved of the proposal Monday night, some voiced concern the move may be too fast for those still questioning cameras.