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$41M MMSD referendum will fund improvements at 16 schools

Residents in the Madison Metropolitan School District will be asked to vote on a $41 million referendum April 7. It’s an investment the district and its supporters said is needed to ensure the success of students in the area.

"People think, 'Oh, this is just the building,' but really this directly impacts students abilities to learn and all of our students’ ability to be successful," Carousel Bayrd said.

Bayrd has seen firsthand the impact of overcrowding in district classrooms as the mother of a student at Van Hise Elementary. Van Hise is just one of the 16 schools the district hopes to improve with funds approved in the referendum.

"My daughter, who is a kindergartner, is in a class with 32 kids. I don't mean to be complaining, she is succeeding and she is thriving and she is learning her letters and playing with friends, but that is a really loud classroom and that is a difficult classroom for all student types to be successful in," Bayrd said.

UW-Madison fraternity terminated after hazing allegations

UW-Madison terminated the Chi Phi fraternity chapter Wednesday after allegations of hazing.

In January, the dean of students received allegations that Chi Phi leaders and members hazed new members during an initiation weekend in December.

The frat was suspended while an investigation took place.

The investigation found that chapter leaders allowed and fostered a dangerous hazing environment. The chapter violated the terms of the university's student organization alcohol policy by forcing underage new members to drink excessively.

"We found that members were forced to stay at the house for a certain amount of time. They were forced to wear hoods for certain parts of the ceremony. They were found to have food deprivation, were forced to eat things that weren't palatable. They were also forced to consume alcohol and provided with marijuana," Assistant Dean and Director of the Division of Student Life Eric Knueve said.

Two men face charges of stealing cellphones downtown

Madison police said two teenagers face charges of strong armed robbery after two people had their phones stolen out of their hands downtown Tuesday night.

The incidents happened around 9:30 p.m. near the corner of Lake Street and University Avenue.

According to police, victims in the incidents provided descriptions of the two men involved. Soon after, an officer observed and contacted a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old at a bus stop in the 400 block of State Street.

Police said the men had both stolen phones and were each arrested for theft.

Motorist arrested after striking moped

An Oregon woman was arrested after striking a moped in Madison Friday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police.

Police were called to the 200 block of West Doty Street at 3:56 p.m. for a report of a moped struck by a car. The moped driver suffered scrapes and other minor injuries.

The car’s driver, Michelle E. Allen, 30, was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing and also on a probation hold.

MPD investigates incident after officer hears gunshot

Madison police continue to investigate a reported shooting in downtown early Sunday morning.

Around 3 a.m., a Madison police officer heard a gunshot in the area of Basset and West Johnson streets, according to a release.

A preliminary investigation indicated there was an altercation between patrons at JD’s Restaurant. Police said a man allegedly displayed a pistol, the altercation moved out of the restaurant and that’s when the gunshot was heard.

Officers found a 27-year-old man in the area who was the victim of a battery that had happened during the incident, according to the release. The 27-year-old was taking to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Authorities believe the people involved in the fight knew each other and there is not a threat to the general public.

The man with the gun is described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a muscular build and was bald. He was wearing jeans and a light blue fitted sweatshirt.

WATCH: Studio offers an outlet for expression following Robinson shooting

Wheelhouse Studios on the UW campus is letting people use art to react to the police shooting of Tony Robinson.

It's community that's helping people cope with a death that's left an imprint with many. 

Wheelhouse Studios is in the Memorial Union. Anyone is welcome to stop by and make a reaction print through Friday at 6:29 p.m., when there will be a closing reflection. 

Family, friends keep Tony Robinson memorial going after shooting

Family, friends keep Tony Robinson memorial going after shooting

A friend of Tony Robinson’s said a cleaning crew was out at 1125 Williamson St. Thursday cleaning up what was left of the shooting scene, but family and friends plan to keep a memorial going.

“I'm surviving. It's the loss of a family member, someone you loved, someone you got to talk to, hug, laugh with, spend time with, converse with,” Melvin Ivy said. “It's hard to regenerate something you'll never be able to have again.”

Ivy, who is the uncle of some of Robinson’s best friends, spent most of his time outside Thursday, rearranging the makeshift memorial people had contributed.

Robinson was shot and killed by Madison police officer Matthew Kenny Friday night. Police said they were responding reports of to a man jumping in and out of traffic and a possible battery at the time.

Police said Kenny entered the residence Robinson went into and was allegedly assaulted by Robinson. That’s when, police said, Kenny fired his weapon.