Minerva Lopez, 32, and her husband, Porfirio Olivas-Lopez, 38, are charged with multiple counts of child abuse for allegedly beating their 14-year-old daughter. Police say the girl's mother beat her with a broomstick and other objects, scalded her with hot water and bit her face. Her father allegedly told police she had the devil inside, which was why he beat and choked her. Police are investigating whether the couple's four other children were also abused.
Police say Salvador Tellez-Giron, 66, killed his wife, 33-year-old Viviana, before hanging himself. Family members say the couple had been living apart. The family was named Wisconsin Hispanic Family of the Year in 2005 by UMOS.
Ellen Foley, editor of the Wisconsin State Journal, announces she is stepping down. Foley, 56, became editor of the daily paper four years ago and presided over a period of transformation and turmoil, culminating in recent layoffs and buyouts. She says she'll be looking for another job but plans to spend more time with her family; her husband, Tom, has been battling cancer.
At a competency hearing, Ee Lee of Madison is said to have been found by psychologists to be mentally retarded, making it possible she will never face criminal prosecution. Lee, 24, is accused of torturing and murdering her six-week-old daughter, Anastasia Vang, in 2007.
Elizabeth Burmaster, 54, announces she will not run for re-election as state schools superintendent. Her term ends in June 2009. Her deputy, Tony Evers, plans to run for the seat next spring.
Dane County Circuit Court Judge Diane Nicks denies Brittany Zimmermann's parents' request for police records about their daughter's murder because the investigation is ongoing. They had asked for the records as part of their lawsuit against Wisconsin Management, which they claim did not provide adequate security at their daughter's apartment.
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz introduces his $238 million operating budget for 2009. It would increase taxes on the average Madison home, valued at $248,000, by $53. Cieslewicz proposes increasing cash fares for Madison Metro by 50 cents to $2, cutting 21 city staff positions and limiting pick-up of large trash items to every other week.
Two people walking on the bike path near Spring Street on the UW campus are robbed at gunpoint. Police believe there may be a connection to a string of violent robberies in the campus area since March.
Compiled from local media