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Camp Randall to be site of bomb simulation

Authorities plan to simulate a bomb attack in or around Camp Randall stadium next week as part of the largest emergency-response simulation the state has ever seen.

The exercise Thursday near downtown Madison will involve more than 400 people from 20 agencies. The goal is to test how well police, hospitals and first responders coordinate during a mass-casualty emergency.

"We're going to make this as realistic as possible," said Marc Lovicott, a spokesman for University of Wisconsin-Madison police. "People will be made up to look like real victims, there'll be a real tactical response. We're really trying to test everything ? see what we're doing well, what we need to improve."

Law enforcement agencies, hospitals and others conduct exercises to make sure they're ready to handle crisis situations. They discuss their plans verbally, set up staging areas to practice specific skills and assemble large-scale simulations like this.

Annual downtown sidewalk sale hits 40th year

The 40th annual Maxwell Street Days Summer Sidewalk Sale will be held in downtown Madison next Friday though Sunday, according to a release.

The sale will go from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, organizers said.

The annual sidewalk sale showcases the State Street and Capitol Square shopping district with more than 100 shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants, according to the release. Many of the locally owned businesses will be offering bargains on clothing, jewelry, gifts, sporting goods, artwork, food and drinks.

Maxwell Street Days is organized by the Greater State Street Business Association with support from Madison?s Central Business Improvement District.

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.

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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