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DOJ turns over shooting report to prosecutor

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has turned over its final reports on the events that led up to a white Madison Police officer killing an unarmed biracial man to prosecutors.

Matt Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment house near the state Capitol on March 6. Kenny was responding to calls that Robinson had attacked two people and was running in traffic. Police said Robinson assaulted Kenny before he was shot but have released no other details.

The incident has sparked multiple protests, with demonstrators demanding Kenny be charged with homicide.

The DOJ has been investigating the incident. A spokeswoman said the agency turned over all its findings to Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne on Friday.

Ozanne has said he doesn't have a timetable on a charging decision.

Madison considers future restrictions of tobacco, vaping businesses

The city of Madison is considering an ordinance that would restrict the future locations of stores that primarily sell tobacco products and vaping supplies and paraphernalia.

The ordinance is currently being looked at by the city planning commission, and as it is currently written would apply to businesses where 20 percent or more of its display area is for the sale of tobacco products, vaping supplies or paraphernalia.

Businesses falling into that category would be restricted from opening within 1,000 feet of schools, day care centers, health care facilities or residences. They would also be restricted from opening within 500 feet of other tobacco retailers.

Businesses falling into that category that are currently operating would be allowed to stay open and would be grandfathered in under the new ordinance. Those businesses could be sold to a new owner and continue to operate as long as there is not a 12-month gap in which they cease to do business.

Mayoral candidates debate racial disparity, crime, homelessness

Madison mayoral candidates Paul Soglin and Scott Resnick debated topics including racial disparity, crime, job creation and homelessness in Tuesday night’s debate hosted by WISC-TV3.

In the candidates’ only televised debate, fireworks erupted between Soglin and Resnick, with Soglin lecturing Resnick on his policy positions and using the term "lack of understanding" many times.

Resnick emphasized a new police station needs to be built and prioritizing a crackdown on gang activity, but Soglin said dollars spent on a new police station are unnecessary and money should go toward real racial disparity solutions like job creation.

Resnick said the key to dealing with racial disparity is spending $250,000 more on early childhood care, scholarships and city resources.

Program aims to address disparities through driver’s ed classes

A partnership between the county and local education leaders will give more teens access to a driver’s license who wouldn’t be able to afford one otherwise, according to a release.

The new initiative, Access to Opportunity, is a partnership between Cooperative Education Services Agency, Dane County and the Madison Metropolitan School District.

The pilot program will start this summer at Madison East and Madison Memorial high schools, and will allow 50 teenagers who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford driver’s education the chance to take driver’s education through the school district in partnership with Dane County and CESA.

“The ability to obtain a driver’s license is a major barrier to employment. I am proud to announce this pilot program that will help more kids get their driver’s license,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in the release.

Public Health looks for dog that bit child near Olbrich Gardens

The Department of Public Health is looking for a dog that bit a child on Madison’s near east side Saturday, according to a release.

The dog was being walked on a leash along with two other dogs near Olbrich Gardens on Atwood Avenue, officials said. The dog was being walked by a white woman possibly in her 70s with a thin build who was wearing a sweatshirt and glasses.

The dog is described as a gray terrier or schnauzer with one other similar grey dog and another similar white dog, according to the release. The dog’s name may be Pepsi.

Officials ask anyone with information on the dog or the owner to call 608-255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

Firefighters observe smoke and locate, extinguish eastside house fire

Within an hour, city of Madison firefighters were able to locate a house fire and extinguish it Saturday afternoon, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department.

Ladder Company 8 was conducting fire inspections on Atwood Avenue when the crew saw smoke from a nearby neighborhood. The crew followed it, and located a home in the 3100 block of Buena Vista Street. They called in the fire at 3:50 p.m.

Firefighters found fire on a house deck. Flames reached the second story.

As they were getting the fire under control, a man left the house to see what was happening. He reported he had been asleep and his wife was sleeping upstairs.

Crew members entered the home to make sure the woman got out safely. There were no fire alarms going off in the home.

According to the fire department, the quick response limited damage to the home's exterior. Damages are estimated at $25,000.

Uncle believes Robinson took hallucinogenic drugs before shooting

Tony Robinson's uncle said he believe his nephew took hallucinogenic mushrooms shortly before he was shot and killed by a Madison police officer March 6.

Turin Carter told News 3 Robinson made a mistake because of his inexperience with the drug.

According to Carter, Robinson asked his grandmother Sharon Irwin to "cleanse" him earlier in the week.  Carter said Irwin burned sage and drew a bath with sea salt for her grandson the Wednesday before the shooting. However, he also confirmed Robinson was high on mushrooms the night he was killed by a Madison police officer.

Carter said he believes Robinson was using the hallucinogenic drugs to find his spiritual way.

He also wants to make sure the public understands he doesn't think the mushrooms are to be blamed for Robinson's death.