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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.

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Police: Woman duped by overseas 'fiance'

A Madison woman lost $1,600 to an overseas scam artist who wanted to ship her an engagement ring.

The woman is in her 60s and on a fixed income. She told police she was corresponding with a suitor who called himself Matt Campbell for months via Facebook. The scammer told her he needed a box to ship her an engagement ring, and she wired the money.

The scammer responded by telling her that she was now involved in a money laundering criminal syndicate and that she would be exposed to the authorities if she did not send more cash.

Police urge caution when sending money to other countries to people they have never met.

UW-Madison will ask students to fill out sex assault survey

University of Wisconsin-Madison officials plan to ask students to fill out a sexual assault survey this spring.

The school says it has agreed to administer the Association of American Universities' survey on the sexual assault climate on campus. The White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault has recommended colleges administer the survey as a way of identifying the extent of the problem. A spokesman for AAU declined to comment on the types of questions, saying releasing that information could compromise the results.

UW-Madison officials plan to send the survey by email to all students over 18 during the last three weeks of April. Results are expected to be made public this fall.

Lily's Fund advances seizure research, brings comfort to people with epilepsy

Whenever 11-year-old Meg Heinzen plays piano, she can anticipate the notes. Yet as a young child, her family could never have anticipated her habit of rolling her eyes at them could mean something more serious.

"I'm really not kidding when I say we would always talk about the fact she is always rolling her eyes at us, she's going to be the tough one, and it wasn't until her kindergarten teacher said something," Meg's mother, Tess O'Brien, said.

O'Brien noticed her daughter, the youngest of four, seemed to have a harder time in school compared to her siblings. Then one day she noticed something different about Meg's constant eye rolling.

"She rolled her eyes, they kind of went in the back of her head almost, and then she looked back up at me, and I said, 'What was that? Did something just happen?' and she said, 'I don't know; sometimes that happens to me,'" O'Brien said.

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Crane removal will close West Dayton, North Henry streets 4 days

Crane removal will close West Dayton, North Henry streets 4 days

The dismantling of a tower crane in downtown Madison will close West Dayton and North Henry streets Thursday through Sunday, according to a release.

Starting Thursday at 7 a.m., contractors will be dismantling the tower crane adjacent to Madison Fire Station No. 1, officials said.

The 300 block of West Dayton Street between North Henry Street and North Broom Street and the 100 and 200 blocks of North Henry Street will be closed to through traffic through the end of the work day on Sunday, according to the release.

Local vehicle access to residences and the Overture Center parking garage in the 300 block of West Dayton Street will stay open from the west at all times, officials said. Pedestrian traffic will also be allowed on the south side of West Dayton Street and to all residences during the closure.

Officials encourage motorists and bicyclists to use alternate routes to avoid delays during the closure.

Police: Woman tried stealing purses downtown, fought officers

Police: Woman tried stealing purses downtown, fought officers

A Madison woman is accused of trying to steal purses at downtown bars and restaurants and fighting officers trying to arrest her.

Police said staff at several downtown bars and restaurants called Monday night to complain about a woman who was attempting to steal patrons? purses. They said an employee at Red Sushi Grill at 106 King St. confronted the woman after she tucked someone else?s purse under her coat.

The woman threw the purse to the ground and got angry with yelling and profanity and was screaming cursing when police took her into custody, police said. They said she also bit and kicked at officers.

Heather M. Dubeau, 40, was arrested on suspicion of battery to law enforcement officers, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and bail jumping.

Police said Dubeau has a history of committing similar crimes in the Isthmus area.

2 Stoughton men involved in crash face heroin-related charges

Two Stoughton men face heroin-related charges after crashing into a taxi cab near Chazen Art Museum Monday night, Madison police said.

Madison police responded to reports of a three-vehicle crash in the 700 block of University Avenue around 5:10 p.m., according to a release.

A car, being driven by Kyle Moore, 22, of Stoughton, was stopped in traffic when a car behind Moore honked its horn, investigators said. Moore accelerated suddenly across lanes of traffic, sideswiped a vehicle, and went into the driveway of the Chazen Museum where the car hit a taxi cab.

The cab driver and passenger suffered minor injuries, police said. Moore was not injured in the crash, but he was unconscious when authorities arrived.

After crews revived Moore, they found drug paraphernalia in his vehicle, according to the release.