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Madison mayor candidates tackle downtown issues

With incumbent Mayor Paul Soglin away on the East Coast on city business, his opponents took the podium at the Concourse Hotel Thursday night. The forum was focused on issues in downtown Madison.

Richard Brown, an accountant and former Dane County supervisor, stressed a strong fiscal backbone and faith-based connections in the community.

"We're going to do this through strong fiscal policy and partnerships and collaboration. I want to be your mayor because I've been placed in this situation just for a time like this. My background has done a lot of things," Brown said.

Christopher Daly talked about his activism and his desire to establish a public bank for the city of Madison to protect citizens from a pending economic downfall. He mentioned economic, social and environmental sustainability as important points on his platform.

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WISC-TV executive, Madison business leader dies

George Nelson, a Madison business and community leader instrumental in the building of major civic projects, died Wednesday night. He was 76.

Nelson was a Morgan Murphy Media vice president for administration and finance for the Evening Telegram Company, the parent company of WISC-TV.

"George was as proud of WISC as we were of him," said Morgan Murphy Media President and CEO Elizabeth Murphy Burns. "He was an integral part of the community he loved and Channel 3. He will be missed by his family, his many friends, Madison, the station and me."

Cops: Kids in car with man passed out at wheel in traffic

Cops: Kids in car with man passed out at wheel in traffic

Police said a man thought he was in Beloit when police found him slumped over the wheel of his running car with young passengers aboard Saturday morning in Madison.

Police said 39-year-old Luis F. Garduno was stopped in a traffic lane at 11:37 a.m. on the 2900 block of East Washington Avenue when police spotted him. Officers said Garduno was surprised to learn he wasn't in Rock County but was in Madison.

Police said Garduno admitted that he had smoked synthetic marijuana.

There were also three children under the age of 10 in the vehicle, according to the report. The kids were turned over to a family member.

Garduno was arrested on suspicion of operating while under the influence, possession of synthetic cannabinoid and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Madison committee approves study on police body cams

Police officers in Madison are one meeting closer to wearing body cameras.

Members of the city's Board of Estimates unanimously voted to recommend a $30,000 study and ad hoc committee to take a closer look at how police body cameras would work in Madison. The proposal would also hire a project manager to oversee the process.

The proposal was put on the fast track by its authors, bypassing both the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Public Safety Review Committee to make it to the Board of Estimate Monday night. Alders said that was necessary to ensure the proposal reached City Council in a timely manner, allowing for the study to take place this summer.

While board members approved of the proposal Monday night, some voiced concern the move may be too fast for those still questioning cameras.

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Investigation leads MPD to 2nd suspect in east side theft

Investigation leads MPD to 2nd suspect in east side theft

An investigation led Madison police to identify a second suspect in a theft that happened early Thursday morning, according to a release.

A barking dog alerted a Madison resident of two people stealing tools out of his SUV early Thursday morning, Madison police said.

Around 2:15 a.m. the dog alerted the residents of something going on outside their home in the 3600 block of Johns Street, according to a release.

The resident saw two men inside his SUV that was parked in the driveway, officials said. When the resident went outside the thieves ran off with some of his work tools.

The resident tried to track the thieves in his SUV, but lost them, according to the release. Police later found 17-year-old Dylan M. Kaioula, of Mazomanie, thanks to a description from the victim.

Police respond to shots fired on Madison's east side

Madison police responded to the 1800 block of Fordem Avenue at 4 p.m. Friday on a report of shots fired at a vehicle.

Officers located the victim, a man in his 30s, who was not injured.

Police said the man who fired the shots is described as black, chubby and wearing a gray jogging suit with a black and gray knit cap. He was last seen driving a green minivan near the intersection of East Washington Avenue and Blair Street.

It is not believed to be a random act and there is no immediate danger to the community, police said.

StartingBlock to draw, keep talent in Dane County

Madison's growing community of entrepreneurs will soon have a new place to potentially call home, StartingBlock.

The project has garnered big investors, including American Family Insurance, and the city has put aside $1.5 million for the effort in its Capital Budget.

Some say the project will help bring new life to the city's East Capitol District.

Sector67 and startup accelerator Gener8tor will move into one space on East Washington Avenue and Livingston Street. The space will be called StartingBlock.

Startingblock, a more than $30 million endeavor, would be the anchor tenant of a new mixed-use building that would include space for mentor program, collaboration and a performing art venue.

It would be a space dedicated to sparking new ideas and giving 20- to 40-year-olds more reasons to keep their talents in Dane County.