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Campaign volunteer recants assault allegations

Eight days before the election, a volunteer for a Wisconsin congressional campaign has recanted allegations that he was attacked at his home last week for being a gay Republican.

Kyle Wood, who was a volunteer for Chad Lee's campaign in the 2nd District,�could face criminal charges.

Madison police were investigating an assault that Wood claimed was politically motivated. On Monday, police said the report, at least partly, was fabricated.

Wood, 29, told Madison police that he was attacked last week inside his home in the 900 block of High St., near St. Mary's Hospital.

Last week, Wood told WISC-TV that he was attacked for political reasons. He said his face was smashed into a mirror and he was choked with something around his neck.

Wood said he is an openly gay Republican volunteering with a Republican campaign and that his attacker made comments to the effect that he was a political traitor.

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A 'safe' Freakfest finishes with only 36 arrests

Police described Saturday?s Freakfest as a ?safe event,? reporting 36 arrests made over the course of the night.

Police said 36 arrests were made during Madison?s Halloween bash -- held annually on State Street -- for minor alcohol-related violations such as underage drinking and open intoxicants. Four people were jailed, but the remaining 32 people who were arrested received citations and were released.

About 300 law enforcement officials were on hand to help keep the peace during the party, which attracted approximately 33,000 revelers, police reported.

In 2011, about 26,000 people attended Freakfest and a total of 32 people were arrested, according to Channel3000.com records.

Madison Police Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Dane County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin Capitol Police, Fitchburg Police Department and the State Fair Park Police worked together to cover the event.

Sheriffs call ads soliciting public donations ?misleading'

Area sheriffs clarified Tuesday that they are not affiliated with recent radio ads seeking donations for local law enforcement.

Sheriff Nate Dreckman in Lancaster, Wis., said the Grant County Sheriff?s Office is not associated with the group -- which calls itself the National Constitutional Sheriff?s Association -- nor are any other county sheriffs in Wisconsin associated with that group.

The Dane County Sheriff?s Office also commented, stating the ads may have falsely given radio ?listeners the impression that the local sheriff is asking for this support" Sheriff David Mahoney said, which is not true. He added that no local agencies will benefit from funds the National Constitutional Sheriff's Association is seeking to collect.

The sheriff?s offices do participate in law enforcement group associations; however Dreckman and Mahoney said those groups do not solicit donations from citizens.

Madison police announce traffic enforcement patrols

The Madison Police Department has announced traffic enforcement patrols for this week.

The Madison Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team, in addition to other enforcement efforts, will be specifically addressing traffic violations this week in the following areas:�

  • Tuesday -- West District -- 1200 S. High Point Road (35 mph zone, speed enforcement)

  • Wednesday -- Central District -- 100 John Nolen Drive (35 mph zone, speed enforcement)

  • Thursday -- North District -- 4900 E. Washington Ave. (35 mph zone, speed and work zone enforcement)

The Madison Police Department said it's committed to improving the safety of the community by increasing compliance with traffic laws through education and enforcement.

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Two men attacked outside Madison bar

Two Madison men were attacked after accidentally bumping into two other men as they walked out of a bar Saturday morning, according to police.

The victims, both 21, said they didn?t want trouble after bumping into the two men outside a bar at 1421 Regent Street at 2:32 a.m., but they were punched in the head and knocked to the ground, according to police.

Witnesses and the victims provided police with a description of the attackers.� One of the attackers was spotted by police, chased down and tackled by an officer near the corner of Regent Street and Randall Street.

Jason A Siebecker, 19, of Mauston, was arrested on suspicion of battery, resisting arrest and underage drinking.

Police are looking for the other attacker described as white, 19 to 22 years old, 5-feet 7-inches to 5-feet 9-inches tall, 140 to 160 pounds and wearing a T-shirt.

One of the victims required multiple stitches.

Homecoming heartbreak: Badgers fall in OT

It had been 11 years to the day since Michigan State last came away victorious from Camp Randall Stadium, but the Spartans used stifling defense and just enough offense to pull off an 16-13 upset overtime victory over No. 25 Wisconsin on Saturday in a Big Ten game.

After holding the Badgers (6-3, 3-2) to a field goal on its first possession of overtime, Andrew Maxwell connected with Bennie Fowler in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown to snap Wisconsin's 21-game home winning streak.

"I thought, obviously, we played very well defensively pretty much throughout the entire football game," Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio said. "The offense made plays down the stretch when we had to make it."

Mayor wants city to fund music video promoting Madison

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is proposing spending $50,000 to produce a music video promoting arts and culture in Madison.

Soglin said if the video goes viral, it could mean big business for the city. But not everyone is behind the idea.

The idea was inspired by a YouTube video that went viral in Grand Rapids, Mich., when city leaders and residents lip-dubbed a 9-minute video singing "American Pie."

"I took a look at (the video) and said, 'There's a couple things wrong with it, and we could do better,'" Soglin said.

The mayor's budget proposes $50,000 to produce a music video promoting Madison.

"When there's a potential for getting 5 million hits on YouTube, what it says about our city when it comes to marketing, I can't think of a better way of spending our money," Soglin said.

But some city leaders said they think the money would be better spent in other ways.