Sunday State News Briefs: Extra police presence in downtown Madison this weekendWisconsin News
-- Ten extra Madison police officers were working the downtown area Friday night, then another 20 extra police personnel were on the streets last night. Officers were riding bikes and horses, as well as walking the beat and observing activities in their squad cars.
MADISON - Ten extra Madison police officers were working the downtown area Friday night, then another 20 extra police personnel were on the streets last night. Officers were riding bikes and horses, as well as walking the beat and observing activities in their squad cars.
Just last week police had to use pepper spray on a big crowd, stopping several fights, in the busy 600 block of University Avenue. That’s why police were out in force this weekend. One Madison squad car was parked across the street from Wando’s bar, where the fights had started a week ago tonight. At least three people were injured. Authorities blame big groups of people under the drinking age, who come down to the area and just hang out. When officers approach, police say the young people are often confrontational.
The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office is determining the cause of death for a 57-year old patient at the county Behavioral Health Division, but foul play isn’t suspected. The staff had found the man to be unresponsive in his room at about 3 a.m. yesterday. Sheriff’s detectives and medical personnel were called in to the facility. Efforts were made to resuscitate the patient, but he was declared dead by doctors at a nearby hospital. The man was said to be the only person in the room.
A Sheboygan priest will be honored today at a national gathering of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. Father James Connell has become a strong advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse. He has criticized bishops and the church at large for the way the crisis was handled. He will receive the Millstone Award at a ceremony in Chicago. Connell has been working for the last two years with fellow priests in what is believed to be there first effort to pastor victims and help parishes heal the problems created by the abuse scandal. Father Connell says he had an epiphany after SNAP had criticized the way he handled a case – and he has been speaking out on behalf of survivors ever since.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office says the 16 year old driver of an SUV was killed when he hit a tree. Noah J. Morris of the Town of La Prairie was a member of the Clinton FFA. He had exhibited the grand champion barrow at the Rock County 4-H Fair last Wednesday. Emergency responders say Morris wasn’t breathing when they arrived and he was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:35 a.m. yesterday. Morris had been westbound on Rock County Highway J when he hit an embankment and his SUV went airborne before slamming into the tree. He as wearing a seatbelt at the time.
Of the 125 positions eliminated by Harley-Davidson, 83 of the displaced workers were in the motorcycle maker’s Milwaukee office. Those workers are getting what is called preferential consideration for new jobs at other company locations. The positions eliminated were in information technology. A company based in India has signed a five-year contract to handle information technology services for Harley-Davidson.