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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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Drug, OWI charges for driver slumped over wheel

Drug, OWI charges for driver slumped over wheel

A Madison man found slumped over the wheel of a vehicle on Madison's east side Thursday night was charged with his fourth driving under the influence offense, police said.

Madison police said officers responded to the intersection of North Stoughton Road and East Washington Avenue for a report of a running car stopped in traffic at 9:10 p.m.

Njiru T. Lowe, 31, of Madison, was slumped over the wheel, according to the report.

Lowe regained consciousness and was arrested on tentative charges of fourth-offense operating while under the influence, possession of heroin and operating after suspension.

Madison fire paramedics also responded.

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."

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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19-year-old woman falls from apartment balcony

19-year-old woman falls from apartment balcony

A Madison woman suffered significant injuries from a fall from a second-floor apartment balcony.

Madison police said the 19-year-old was found below the balcony at a complex in the 6300 block of Driscoll Drive early Sunday morning by a man hired to remove snow.

The residents told police they didn't see the woman fall, but said she was visiting and sleeping in the apartment.

Police said they believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the fall. The woman remains hospitalized.

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.

'Large amount of cash' found in secondhand purse

A 64-year-old Madison woman found a large amount of cash in a purse she bought in a secondhand store, according to a release from Madison police.

The woman said she bought the purse at Savers at 2002 Zeier Rd. on Tuesday and was washing it when she heard something crinkling in one of the zippered pockets. She found an envelope with the cash.

The woman called police said someone would certainly be missing the money so she wanted to return it.

Madison police will hold the purse while they seek out the purse's former owner.