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911 dispatcher first to scene of city hall brawl

A 911 dispatcher was the first to the scene of a fight just up the hall from the communications center at the City County Building, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the two men were fighting in the hallway outside the City Clerk?s Office Monday morning after one accused the other of ?messing with his girlfriend.?

The dispatcher grabbed one of the men and dragged him away as police responded from the floor below.

The men, Willie E. Campbell Jr., 51, and Phalen Pierson, 54, were arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

A city official said the men are banned from the building.

Police release image of Father's Day beating suspect

Police release image of Father's Day beating suspect

Madison police have released an image of one of two men who they believe attacked a 51-year-old celebrating Father's Day with his daughter downtown, according to a release.

Police were dispatched to the Red Rock Saloon around 2 a.m. on June 15 for reports of a substantial battery, officials said.

The 51-year-old fifth-grade science teacher from outside of Madison was celebrating Father's Day with his adult daughter, police said. When he went to the bar to buy drinks, he was confronted by a man who punched him backwards into a group of people.

Another man punched the 51-year-old, knocking him unconscious, according to the release. The second man straddled the victim and repeatedly punched him in the face and head before leaving with the first attacker and a group of others.

The 51-year-old was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for a suspected concussion, a broken jaw and other non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

City prepares to debut new Rhythm and Booms location

Drivers on John Nolen Drive should enjoy the easy flow of traffic this week, because on Saturday the stretch of road will be front row seats as Rhythm and Booms moves to its new location.

Madison Festivals has been preparing for months for the annual firework show that is being held on Lake Monona for the first year. The organization hopes the new location will draw in a bigger crowd.

"The fantastic fireworks show. The same world-class firework show set to music, the 30-minute show will be the same. Everything else will be different,"Madison Festivals President Rita Kelliher said.

It's the first year Madison Festivals is running the event. The nonprofit group plans to incorporate more vendors and water skiing as a part of the celebrations.

Kelliher said they hope the view will attract a crowd.

19-year-old robbed at gunpoint downtown, officials say

19-year-old robbed at gunpoint downtown, officials say

A Madison man allegedly took a 19-year-old's cellphone and displayed a handgun in downtown Madison Friday night, Madison police said.

Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at 627 Mendota Court around 11:15 p.m., according to a release.

The 19-year-old told police a man approached him and asked to use his cellphone. Initially he refused, but changed his mind and gave the man his phone, police said.

Once the man got the phone he displayed a handgun and fled the area with accomplices, according to a release.

The suspected robber was later identified as Quinton L. Peake, 21, and was later located and arrested, police said.

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UW football player disciplined for giving alcohol to potential recruit

A University of Wisconsin football player who provided alcohol to a potential recruit has been disciplined, according to Athletics Director Barry Alvarez. The school plans to report the recruiting situation to the Big Ten conference.

The violation of UW-Madison's recruiting policies came out when sophomore linebacker Leon Jacobs testified in the sexual assault trial of former recruit Dominic D. Cizauskas.

Jacobs told jurors his job as the student host of Cizauskas was to "show him a good time." He said he met the recruit at a residence hall where they both consumed four to five shots of spiced rum before walking to a party hosted by members of the track team where Cizauskas consumed another alcoholic drink.

Officials: Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove hit hardest by storms

High wind from a severe storm knocked down trees and power lines in Dane County a day after tornadoes caused extensive damage in the area.

The Sun Prairie and Cottage Grove areas, especially the Bird Street neighborhood in Sun Prairie, were hardest hit, according to Dane County officials. At least five houses in Sun Prairie were damaged by fallen trees. Cars were also damaged.

The National Weather Service reported damage in the Sun Prairie area was likely caused by "microburst" winds that might have exceeded 80 mph and not a tornado.


Madison Gas and Electric had at one time about 8,118 customers without power, and as of 9:45 p.m. Wednesday power had been restored to over 99 percent of the 8,000 customers who lost power. MGE officials said crews will continue working through the night until all services have been restored.

Police investigate $14K copper theft

Madison police are investigating a copper theft from a downtown construction site, according to a release.

An estimated $14,000 worth of copper was stolen from a construction site at 420 W. Johnson St., police said.

Officials believe the theft happened sometime over weekend.

A supervisor at an apartment construction site alerted police of the crime, according to the release. The supervisor said the wire had been stored in a parking garage of the new complex.

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