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Fireworks, BBQ, human cannonball planned at Shake the Lake

The new summer fireworks event planned for downtown Madison this month will include a rooftop DJ party, BBQ, musical acts stage, human cannonball and more, according to an announcement Wednesday morning.

Organizers for Festival Foods Shake the Lake, to take place June 27 on John Nolen Drive, said a variety of entertainment is scheduled for the new event, which is a privately funded show put on by the Madison Mallards and Festival foods.

Shake the Lake will include a "Star Wars"-themed firework show launched over Lake Monona beginning at 10 p.m., according to a release Wednesday.

The city's traditional fireworks festival, Rhythm and Booms, was canceled last year by Madison Festivals Inc. after the event was moved downtown from its longtime home in Warner Park on the city's north side.

Other events announced include the iHeart Media Rooftop Party, which gives attendees who pay $15 a guaranteed spot to see the fireworks.

Man falls from 3rd-floor balcony

A 22-year-old man who fell from a third-floor balcony was taken to UW Hospital early Wednesday morning, according to Madison fire officials.

Crews were called to 431 W. Gorham St. at 2:32 a.m. and found a man with severe injuries.

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MPD: 21-year-old charged in Langdon Street attack

Madison police have arrested a 21-year-old man they believe is responsible for hitting a woman over the head Saturday morning.

Luis A. Castillejos, of Madison, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of recklessly endangering safety in connection with a violent attack on a woman in downtown Madison, police said.


Police said Castillejos was taken into custody in the area of the Northgate Shopping Center. The police north district team had him under surveillance and detained him at about 9:15 p.m.

The victim told police she was walking along Langdon Street around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police said Castillejos followed the 25-year-old woman from one Langdon Street-area apartment building to another and attacked her as she was entering the second building.

Madison School Board approves additional $1.5 million for behavior plan

Madison schools will have an additional $1.5 million to address student behavior problems next year.

Over the past nine months, the district has implemented its Behavioral Education Plan to keep kids in school by limiting the reasons for suspensions or expulsion, but some teachers have said the new protocol that keeps disruptive kids in class also creates a distracting and sometimes unsafe environment.

At a special meeting held Monday night, the school board passed revisions to its original behavior plan, including clarifications to its alcohol and drug policy and distinctions between the repercussions for selling and buying marijuana. It also passed the addition of $1.586 million of funding for the program.

About $328,000 of the money will pay for more teacher training, while $455,612 will help support programs for student mental health and other intensive student needs.

Motion to ban homeless from loitering around CCB after hours fails

A motion before a Madison committee to ban the homeless from loitering around the City-County Building after hours failed Monday night.

The proposal came after complaints from CCB employees who said they want a safe and clean work environment and said the homeless were loitering in the halls after hours.

“It is an atrocity,” downtown resident Rosemary Lee said. “I don’t understand why people don’t do something about it. These people don’t contribute anything to our community. They don’t do anything good.”

The motion that failed 4-4 would have issued a monetary penalty of hundreds of dollars for anyone caught loitering in or around the building after regular business hours.

“Giving people without homes tickets for $600 or $800 doesn’t solve the problem,” homeless advocate Brenda Konkel said.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin wanted the committee to consider the proposal because he said the current policy is failing.

Electronics stolen when group joins downtown parties, police say

Electronics were stolen after a group invited itself to two downtown parties Saturday night, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers said four cellphones, a gaming system, two computers and a long board were taken from parties in the 900 and 1000 blocks of Spring Street.

Police said a 21-year-old downtown resident brought a group of people with him to the parties. At one party, it was believed the man was a friend of a friend. At the other party, some of the people at the party knew the man, but not the people whom he brought with him.

The thefts were not discovered until after the group left the parties.

Some of the victims who did not know the man were able to trace stolen cellphones to his apartment in the 1000 block of West Dayton Street on Sunday morning. Victims from the other party arrived at the apartment as police were at the scene investigating.

East Mifflin Street to be closed Monday, Tuesday

East Mifflin Street will be closed Monday and Tuesday for crews to install utilities, according to a release.

The 200 block of East Mifflin Street between North Webster and Butler Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, officials said.

Crews will be installing underground utilities in association with the new apartment building at 201 E. Mifflin St., according to the release.

Access to the Capitol Square North Parking Garage will be maintained from North Butler Street during the closure, officials said.