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Police: Fighting trio should be banned from State Street

Madison police are asking that three people involved in a fight near the Capitol Square be banned from the State Street area.

Officers were called to 116 W. Mifflin St., which is a cul-de-sac near the Capitol Square, at 9:09 p.m. Thursday for a report of a disturbance in which someone had been knocked unconscious.

Police said they found a man down and a man and woman walking away from the scene.

After speaking with witnesses and viewing video of the incident police determined that Cordez Mullen, 41, of Madison, and Keith Mattson, 35, of Madison, were fighting at least twice. Mattson was knocked unconscious toward the end of the fight.

Police said Mullen continued beating Mattson until a friend of Mattson's drew Mullen away. That friend was later attacked by Patience Hans, 41, of Madison, according to the report.

Mattson was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Fall from scaffolding injures construction worker

Fall from scaffolding injures construction worker

Officials said a 24-year-old man was injured in downtown Madison after falling several stories from a scaffolding.

Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said the construction worker fell 40 to 50 feet at about 1:30 p.m. at 425 W. Washington Ave.

Madison police spokesman Officer Howard Payne said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the fall.

"Investigations are ongoing as to what actually occurred, or what was responsible for the male falling," Payne said.

Galvez said it wasn't clear if the man was conscious when he was taken to UW Hospital with injures considered "level one" trauma.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating the incident, police said. The fire and police departments are also continuing to investigate.

UWPD to launch resource for students dealing with sexual assault

UWPD to launch resource for students dealing with sexual assault

Sexual assaults are going unreported on college campuses across the country, and a new study shows not enough students are educated about the seriousness of the incidents.

The study says that 20 percent of college women, or 1 in 5, experience sexual assault while in school.

In 2013 there were only 32 reported cases of sexual assault on the University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus. Official said those numbers don't add up, and they have to make a change.

"The new thing we are doing is trying to be pro-active and reaching out to students. And if something happens to them, they know it's OK to reach out to us," UW police spokesperson Marc Lovicott said.

To help find solutions to the problem of unreported sexual assaults, UW police are launching a "Tell Us" campaign aimed to be a resource for students.

Nearby fisherman pulls man out of Lake Mendota

A nearby fisherman pulled a man out of Lake Mendota into his boat Monday night, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department.

Just after 7 p.m. crews responded to Babcock Drive and the lake for a report of a man yelling for help in the water, officials said.

When crews arrived they found that a passing fisherman had helped the man out of the water and dropped him off on a dock, according to the release.

Police determined the man was intoxicated. He had planned to swim across the lake, but when he reached a buoy he realized he couldn't make it, officials said.

Paramedics assessed the man and found he did not need medical attention, officials said. UW police transported him to detox.

Man accused of making threats at restaurant

A Madison man threatened a bartender and patrons of a downtown restaurant before threatening a police officer?s life, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said Michael P. Kennedy, 42, was causing a disturbance at Dotty Dumpling?s Dowry at 317 N. Frances St. on Monday by threatening the bartender, yelling at people inside the bar and refusing to leave. Officers said he threatened other patrons and refused to leave after the bartender refused to serve him.

Kennedy was accosting a passerby when officers arrived, according to the report. He was reportedly taken into custody after a short struggle and threatened an officer?s life while he was taken to jail.

Police said alcohol appears to be a factor in the incident.

Kennedy was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting an officer.

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City draws line in sand with Uber, Lyft

A letter from City Attorney Michael May said Uber and Lyft have been given 10 days to tell the city steps they will take to come in compliance with the city's ordinances.

Uber and Lyft offer ride services within the city of Madison, but are not currently regulated in the same manner as cab companies. Riders use apps to contact the two companies for ride pickups.

In the letter, the city attorney outlined steps the city will take if Uber and Lyft fail to respond within the 10-day period.

"If you fail to do so, the city will determine to take any necessary additional enforcement," the letter said.

The ultimatum from the city came as a surprise to Madison Alder Scott Resnick, who has been involved in negotiations with Uber and Lyft. Resnick said this decision may undermine the progress being made.

Wednesday?s Concerts on the Square will feature music of James Taylor

Due to travel problems this week?s Concerts on the Square will now feature the music of James Taylor, according to a release.

Pianist Robert Wells will be unable to perform, so the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra has contracted with Jeans ?n Classics for ?Shower the People.?

?While we are disappointed that Robert will not be joining us, we are very happy to be able to perform with Jeans ?n Classics who always put on an incredible show,? WCO Executive Director Mark Cantrell said in the release. ?The music of James Taylor appeals to a wide audience, and I?m confident those joining us on Wednesday will have a great concert experience.?

Wednesday?s concert will feature many of Taylor?s hits including ?Carolina on My Mind,? ?Sweet Baby James,? ?You?ve Got a Friend? and ?Fire and Rain.?

?We welcome the opportunity to bring back Jeans ?n Classics with another of their hit shows. They never fail to disappoint,? Music Director Andrew Sewell said.