Our network

UW residence hall to honor American Indians

A new University of Wisconsin-Madison residence hall will be named in honor of American Indians.

Dejope Residence Hall opens Aug. 26 and will be home to 408 students near the Lake Mendota shore.

The name was selected after consulting with members of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

In the Ho-Chunk language, Dejope means "four lakes," a reference to lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa, which are connected by the Yahara River.

The Ho-Chunk and other American Indian tribes used to live on the land near the lakes.

The residence hall will also recognize tribal culture, including having a fire circle facing the lake and bronze plaques representing the 11 Indian Nations in Wisconsin.

Community Sponsors

Greek-style lunches and dinners
Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?
Beautiful and unique accessories, jewelry, and gifts.

Elderly woman notifies Madison police of phone scam

An elderly woman notified Madison police after�receiving several phone calls�asking for bail money for her neighbor's grandson.

The 84-year-old woman told police she answered two phone calls Monday night. The first came around 9 p.m. with the caller asking for Grandma. She told the caller she did not recognize the voice, but that it could be the grandson of a neighbor. The caller said that's exactly who he was. The caller told the woman he was in Los Angeles and needed bail money for a drunken driving arrest. He told the woman he did not wish to tell his family. The woman asked how much was the bail and the caller responded, saying his attorney would give her a call back.

The woman received a second call about 11 p.m. The caller claimed to be the attorney of the previous caller and bail was set high at $9,200. When the woman said she would not pay that much, a second voice came on the line saying a lesser amount of cash would work.

Police: Man pointed gun near HotelRED manager

The manager of HotelRED near Camp Randall told police a man pointed a gun near him early Tuesday morning.

Police said the manager had gestured to a motorcyclist outside the hotel to stop revving the engine. The manager told police he was afraid the noise would wake up guests.

Police said the middle-aged motorcyclist did not shut off his engine, but revved it more. The manager told police he used an obscene hand gesture at the motorcyclist. That's when the motorcyclist drew out a black handgun and pointed it in the air, according to police.

The motorcyclist did not fire any shots, said police and he took off along Monroe Street.

Wis. Senate to discuss transfer of power

Republican state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald said he wants the Senate to meet next week to transfer power from Republicans to Democrats.

The Democrats have a 17-16 majority following the victory of John Lehman in a recall election over Sen. Van Wanggaard. The contest was certified Wednesday morning by state elections officials.

Fitzgerald, who had been the Republican majority leader, said in a statement Wednesday that he is asking senators to meet next week so a new Senate president and president pro tempore can be elected.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Mark Miller, who is the Democratic leader, did not immediately return a message to see if Democrats agreed with Fitzgerald's plan.

The Legislature is not scheduled to be in regular session again until January.

Community Sponsors

Beautiful and unique accessories, jewelry, and gifts.
Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?
Greek-style lunches and dinners

Madison man arrested in 2 exposure incidents

A Madison man was arrested after witnesses told police he was touching himself in public on Monday in the downtown Madison area.

Joshua Kann, 26, faces two charges of lewd and lascivious behavior. Police said Kann was standing shirtless near the intersection of Johnson Street and Fordem Avenue just after 9 a.m. He quickly tried to put his shirt on when he saw the officers' squad car, according to police.

A 34-year-old Portage woman identified Kann as the man she saw masturbating on the corner of Johnston Street and Marston Avenue around 8:40 a.m., police said.

Later that day, another woman contacted police about a man she saw masturbating in the 500 block of State Street between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Police said video surveillance confirmed Kann as that man.

Kann also faces a felony charge of bail jumping.

Celebrate Monona Terrace's 15th Anniversary

Monona Terrace will be celebrating its 15th anniversary on July 19 with a beach party-themed event.

The Beach Boys tribute band, Catch A Wave, will be performing on the building's rooftop from 7 to 9 p.m.

The performance is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend, with games, treats and prizes available.

Monona Terrace is located at 1 John Nolen Drive. Parking is available after 5 p.m. for $5.

Police: Concerned citizen saved elderly woman

A concerned citizen likely saved the life of an elderly woman during last week's historic heat wave, according to Madison police.

Authorities said the citizen became worried about the 85-year-old woman when she did not pick up her phone or open her door. The elderly woman lived on the second floor of an East Washington Avenue apartment that did not have air conditioning.

Police said the elderly victim did not drive nor did she have any family involved in her life.

The concerned citizen had the property manager check on the victim on Saturday. She was found unresponsive on her bathroom floor.

Police said she was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be heat-related problems.