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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 69.0° F  A Few Clouds
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Over 60 goats stolen from Dodge County farm, Ralph Armstrong dismissed of murder charges, 50 gay and lesbian couples sign up for partnership benefits

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Wednesday, 7.29

FBI agents storm an apartment complex on Madison's southwest side, executing a search warrant and taking one man into custody. The feds refuse to say why. They later report the arrest of four men for allegedly robbing an Amcore Bank on Verona Road in July. They don't say whether there's a connection.

Sixty to 70 goats, worth $18,000, are stolen from a Dodge County farm - the second major goat theft in the county in a week. One of the victims, Gene Zimmerman, tells the Wisconsin State Journal: "I've been farming over 25 years and this is the first time this has happened."

Thursday, 7.30

Police arrest Edward W. Edwards in Louisville, Ky., for the suspected killing of two teenagers in Jefferson County in 1980. Tim Hack and Kelly Drew, both 19, disappeared from a wedding in Sullivan, and their bodies were later found near Watertown. Police were aided in their investigation by Edwards' 1972 autobiography, Metamorphosis of a Criminal: The True Life Story of Ed Edwards, in which he explains his criminal modus operandi.

Judge Robert Kinney dismisses the rape and murder charges against Ralph Armstrong (see "Court Filing: Ralph Armstrong Was Framed for Madison Murder"). Armstrong's 1981 conviction was overturned in 2005, but prosecutors were preparing to retry him. In dismissing those charges, Kinney rules that the Dane County prosecutor should have informed Armstrong's attorney that his brother, Steve Armstrong, had confessed to the 1980 murder of Charise Kamps, and that the prosecutor destroyed evidence that could have exonerated Ralph. But Armstrong still isn't free: Kinney allows prosecutors 20 days to weigh their options before releasing him.

Saturday, 8.1

Police blanket Burr Oaks neighborhood, searching for two men who earlier held up the Bank Mutual on Odana Road. The men escape.

Monday, 8.3

Catholic Multicultural Center, the social services center in South Madison, reopens after Our Lady Queen of Peace Church steps in to run it. The Madison Diocese closed the center two months earlier, citing a lack of money.

About 50 gay and lesbian couples take advantage of the state's new domestic partnership registry by signing up at the Dane County Clerk's Office.

The city of Madison petitions a U.S. District court to keep Justice, a dog at the center of a civil rights case, out of court. The dog's owner, Stephen Bottila, suffers from epilepsy and claims Justice is a service animal who was improperly denied access to a restaurant and park by police. The city claims the dog's presence will prejudice the jury.

Tuesday, 8.4

Zachary Schams pleads guilty to killing his neighbor with a sword in Sun Prairie in April. Schams, who claimed to be a reincarnated Egyptian priest, believed his neighbor, 31-year-old Anthony Edlbeck, was stealing his energy. Schams was committed to a mental hospital.

Wednesday, 8.5

PETA protesters smash a six-foot bottle of "maple syrup" in front of the Capitol, urging a boycott of Canada's most famous import to build pressure against the country's annual baby seal hunt.

Compiled (in part) from local media

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