Jose R. Tavarez, 21, the treasurer of a UW-Madison fraternity, is charged with stealing $12,000 in frat funds to feed his addiction to video games. And Keri L. Hanson, 47, is charged for pocketing $4,000 from La Follette High School's Booster Club. What do they think this is, AIG?
A 55-year-old Madison woman ends up in intensive care on a respirator after trying to swallow two baggies, believed to contain drugs, when pulled over by police.
Several gunshots are fired in the early morning hours at Wiggie's bar. No one is injured. Police believe other bar patrons could ID the perp, who remains at large.
Gov. Jim Doyle declares a health emergency after several cases of swine flu, a.k.a. H1N1, are confirmed in Wisconsin.
William C. Workman, 45, the editor of Street Pulse, a local paper focused on the homeless, is convicted of 15 counts of secretly videotaping sexual encounters with women; sentencing is pending. And DNA is ordered taken to see if it implicates him in other sex crimes.
The 40th annual Mifflin Street Block Party is relatively peaceful, with just 164 "arrests" and three people hauled off to jail, compared to 440 arrests and 64 bookings last year. "Mifflin is still too much about drinking," blogged Mayor Dave. "But for the first time in over a decade, the city had a responsible party to work with, and there was more to do than just get wasted." Yeah, you could watch other people getting wasted.
Supporters of Ruth Kolpack, the Beloit church worker fired by Bishop Robert Morlino for not renouncing her stated support of gender equality, hold a protest at St. Patrick's in Madison. The diocese responds with the back of its hand, declaring that Kolpack won't be rehired and cannot even hold volunteer leadership roles in her parish. But she can still sing in the choir.
The Madison Plan Commission gives a thumbs up to a proposal to tear down 11 old dwellings in the 600 block of East Johnson to put up three large apartment buildings with 83 units. Plans also call for renovating eight historic buildings over the next eight years.
Local health officials announce a probable case of H1N1 flu: a Madison boy, now fully recovered, who became ill while traveling to Mexico.
The Madison Common Council approves a 10-year master plan for Meriter Hospital, including a number of expansions and renovations. (At least the health care profession is still swimming in dough.) It also eases curfew restrictions on young people after debating a proposal to tighten them.
The Madison Parks Division announces that free wood mulch is again available at four city parks: Sycamore, Warner, Garner and Elver. Happy days are here again.
Compiled (in part) from local media