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Wray leaves Urban League CEO position

Former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray is leaving his leadership position with a Madison civil rights organization focused on issues affecting African Americans.

The Urban League of Greater Madison chief financial officer, Jim Horn, said Wray's appointment was only temporary and his departure was expected.

Horn said the Urban League would have welcomed Wray to stay with the organization, but Wray is moving on to continue his consulting work.

Wray will continue with the organization as a member of the board and as a spokesperson, Horn said.

Edward Lee will act as the interim CEO for the Urban League until the next leader is chosen. Horn said the organization is interviewing candidates and hopes to appoint� someone permanently by the end of the year.

Drunken driver hits bicyclist, knocks man unconscious, police say

Drunken driver hits bicyclist, knocks man unconscious, police say

Police said a Madison woman was suspected of drunken driving after she reportedly struck a bicyclist in the downtown area early Friday morning.

Madison police said a 22-year-old man was biking on the 600 block of University Avenue at 2:09 a.m. when he was hit by a car. He was knocked unconscious and suffered apparent non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses described the car to police, and a State Capitol police officer spotted the vehicle on East Johnson Street, according to the report. Madison police responded and the 22-year-old driver, Brynn K. Maphis, denied striking the bicyclist.

Police said the car's passenger side mirror was missing. The mirror was found at the scene of the crash.

Maphis performed poorly on field sobriety tests, police said. She registered a 0.21 on a preliminary breath alcohol test and was cited on suspicion of operating while intoxicated.

Police said possible other charges are pending.

Man charged for walking into Capitol naked

The man who was arrested for walking into the Capitol rotunda naked Monday afternoon was officially charged Wednesday.

State officials said a naked man found his way into the Wisconsin state Capitol's rotunda Monday around 4 p.m.

The man, identified as Brian M. Ireland, 39, appeared undressed in the rotunda and began shouting at the top of his lungs.

A Capitol police officer quickly led him away.

Stephanie Marquis, spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration, said the man was screaming that he was Jesus Christ.

Ireland was charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct and lewd and lascivious behavior. He was released on a signature bond with the condition that he cannot be on the Capitol grounds.

He will be back in court Nov. 4.

Man punches, kicks woman during heated argument, police say

A Madison man was arrested Thursday after punching and kicking a woman who confronted him about making rude comments, according to a release.

Madison police responded to the 500 block of State Street around 2:20 a.m., officials said.

Officers found a 22-year-old woman who had a significant cut on her hand, and who said Joseph B. Reines, 26, made rude comments to her and they got into a heated argument, according to the release.

Witnesses told police Reines punched the woman in the face, which knocked her down, and then kicked her a couple of times, officials said.

When the woman was able to get back on her feet she slapped the man?s face with her bloody hand, according to the release. The woman believes she cut her hand on some glass while she was on the ground.

Reines was arrested on tentative charges of battery and disorderly conduct. The woman was taken to a hospital.

Police said the woman and Reines both smelled heavily of alcohol.

City asks for public input on redesign of municipal building

The city of Madison is asking for public input on the redesign of the Madison Municipal and City-County Building.

The city of Madison has entered into a design contract with MSR Design to work with city officials and community partners on the pre-design for the building, according to a release.

?A major component of this design work is to engage the community in this important project,? the release said.

There are 23 different city agencies that are represented in these two buildings, which provide services for members of the community, according to the release.

Officials said it is important to hear from the public to shape the project to better serve the community.

There are elements of the Madison Municipal building that are in need of repair, including the roof, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical systems, according to the release.

Seasonal leaf collection crews to start pickup

Seasonal leaf collection crews to start pickup

The city of Madison will begin the season's leaf collection pickup next week.

The Streets Division crew will start collecting leaves Monday and will continue as long as the weather permits through late November or early December.

There is no leaf collection schedule, according to the city news release. The crew begins in the Monday refuse collection area and continues through each district in order of the day of the week. However the collection may be on a different day than the regular refuse schedule depending on the workload.

"We always start leaf collection the first Monday in October because many residents want to get started cleaning out their gardens," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said.  "We will operate with fewer crews until the volume of material picks up," which is expected to be mid-to-late October.

UW midwives mark 25 years 'catching' babies

At UW Health's West Clinic, there are a group of women who have given the phrase "good catch" new meaning.

"We catch babies, we don't deliver them. Mamas deliver them, we catch," explained Melissa Kaminsky, a certified nurse midwife.

Before her interview, Kaminsky met with mom Emily Johnson and 6-week-old Miles, part of post partum care.

"How are you doing now? Are you getting much sleep?" Kaminsky asked Johnson. She replied, "About as much as you can get."

Kaminsky is one of eight midwives with the UW Nurse Midwifery Service, a program marking its 25th year of service, the profession has been going on for ages.

"Because it is such an old profession I think some people think it's based on having been taught or learned from mothers and grandmothers. All of us are nurses who have masters degrees or doctorate degrees.