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Badger Herald to print once weekly

The Badger Herald student newspaper in the University of Wisconsin campus will go from printing twice a week to once a week.

In a note from the editor published Thursday, Aliya Iftikhar said the change will “foster creativity among the staff by continuing to move away from the stagnant structure of daily print newspapers.”

Iftikhar said they plan to generate more features across all section, and the weekly edition, “will tell students everything they need to know by recapping highlights of the past week and previewing what’s ahead.”

The newspaper went to a digital first model two years ago, which included limiting publication to twice a week.

Police: Woman attacked with baseball bat in downtown Madison

Police said a good Samaritan attempted to help a woman who was being attacked with a baseball bat in downtown Madison early Tuesday.

Madison police said a concerned resident left his apartment and went to the aid of a woman who was being battered by a man in the 1200 block of Regent Street at about 12:17 a.m.

The 20-year-old man told police a man armed with a baseball bat struck the woman multiple times with his hands and the bat.

The woman was on the ground when the good Samaritan yelled at the attacker, according to the report. The beating stopped. The assailant ordered the woman to get into a large white SUV and he fled with her from the area.

Neither the man nor the victim has been identified, police said.

The attacker was described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build, police said. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Police: Man randomly attacked people on State Street

A drunken man randomly attacked several people on State Street Wednesday night, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to the 600 block of State Street at 6:58 p.m. when a man got punched in the head while the attacker yelled racial slurs and vulgar language.

Another man suffered a bloody nose and another complained of concussion-like symptoms.

Police said they couldn’t determine the reason the man was attacking strangers.

Julian R. Parks, 23, was arrested on suspicion of three counts each of battery and disorderly conduct.

Police seek help finding home invader

Madison police are looking for help finding a man who forced his way into a downtown apartment building Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the man in an image released Thursday pushed his way into an apartment in the 200 block of North Bassett Street at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday while carrying a baseball bat. He told a 22-year-old resident to, “Give me everything you’ve got,” before the two struggled and the resident ran from the apartment and summoned police, according to the report.

The man said he didn’t know the intruder, but police said they believe the apartment was targeted, according to police.

The man is described as in his 20s, 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 4 inches tall with a husky build. He was wearing a red sweatshirt, dark pants and black tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about the robber’s identity is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

UWPD turns to public while preparing to implement body cameras

During the first of two University of Wisconsin Police Department public forums focused on helping department leaders form a body camera policy, about 15 campus community members seemed open to the idea of implementation this summer.

“I’m open-minded to it as long as the policies are transparent to me,” one student said.

“But I do think they should be allowed to be open record if you're really trying to have full transparency between what's going on with the officer and how they interact with the public,” another student said.

UWPD Chief Sue Riseling said she would like to have any of the 10 UWPD officers on patrol continually using the $400 cameras by summer. However, the policy they will follow is still a working document.

UW police Taser man at Memorial Union Terrace

A Madison man was hit with a Taser and arrested after running from police and ending up on the Memorial Union Terrace Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Around 1 p.m., University of Wisconsin – Madison police responded to Memorial Union for a welfare check, according to a release.

Union staff told police there was a conscious but unresponsive man lying on the ground outside near Lot 1.

Charles A. Blissett, 32, of Madison, was intoxicated and clearly had fallen, as he was covered with cuts and blood, police said.

Once seated, Blissett started walking away from the officer, and when he was told to stop he took off running, according to the release.

Blissett ran into Memorial Union, but when additional officers responded, they found him outside in a chair on the terrace, police said. Blissett threw a chair, and a UWPD officer deployed his Taser. Blissett was eventually restrained and arrested.

Police: Man who pulled knife on bus had 0.316 BAC

A man who reportedly pulled a knife on a Madison Metro bus Tuesday afternoon was drunk, according to police.

Madison police said officers responded to a report of a passenger armed with a knife during a dispute with two other riders about 1:10 p.m.

Police said 58-year-old Ronald E. Duell was in the midst of an ongoing argument with a 53-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, according to the report. The Metro bus driver pulled over on South Park Street when he heard the 53-year-old man say someone had pulled a knife.

Police said Duell blew a 0.316 when he took a Breathalyzer test.

Duell was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct while armed and unlawful possession and consumption of an open intoxicant on a public street.

Duell and the two other people in the bus dispute are homeless, police said.