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DA: Expect 48-hour notice on Robinson case decision

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Friday that he will give 48 hours' notice before he releases a decision on whether to charge a Madison police officer who shot Tony Robinson.

Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny shot Robinson on March 6. Police have said that Robinson attacked Kenny as the officer was responding to calls that Robinson had assaulted two people and was running in traffic.

Ozanne said he received final reports from the Division of Criminal Investigation and had a second meeting with the Medical Examiner's Office on Monday.

Monticello man suspected of 4th OWI

A Monticello man was arrested on suspicion of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated after he was spotted driving erratically in Madison, according to a release from Madison police.

Madison police said Jamie L. Bartels, 53, was spotted around 3 a.m. Friday driving an SUV erratically in the Verona Road construction zone and nearly striking orange barrels.

Bartels also turned against a red arrow onto Raymond Road, according to a police report. He was then pulled over and arrested.

South side day care opens to public as nonprofit

For Ndazonia Ndafooka, it was nice to see the south side building buzzing again.

“The community seems to be really anxious to get this place back up and running,” Ndafooka said. “I know I am!”

Before it closed its doors to south side neighbors, Ndafooka walked with her now two-year-old toddler to Child Development, Inc. every day. However, the child care facility fell into debt and out of its five-star ranking.

“We were really in shock and frantically looking for something,” Ndafooka said.

Since then, the city stepped in and allocated $34,000 in emergency funds to the facility. Kaleem Caire, former head of the Urban League, then took up the project, creating a nonprofit organization to refund and rebrand the day care as One City Early Learning Centers.

“There's a need for this. Families keep knocking on this door,” Caire said.

Sheriff: Midwest Horse Fair traffic may cause Beltline delays

Dane County officials are warning drivers of possible delays on the Beltline Friday morning because of extra traffic heading to the Midwest Horse Fair.

The Midwest Horse Fair starts Friday morning at the Alliant Energy Center, and hundreds of spectators and exhibitors are expected to be arriving during the morning commute, officials said.

Authorities expect east- and westbound lanes of the Beltline to be congested, according to the release.

Drivers heading to the event can access the Alliant Energy Center grounds via the Olin Avenue, Rusk Avenue or Rimrock Road gates, officials said. One lane of outbound John Nolen Drive and one southbound lane of Rimrock Road will be closed to help horse fair participants get onto the Alliant Energy grounds efficiently.

Robbers shock man with stun gun

Robbers shock man with stun gun

A 20-year-old man was punched, kicked and shocked with a stun gun by two men who robbed him near a bike trail, according to a release from Madison police.

The man told police the attack happened Saturday night near a bike path off Verona Road and near Freeport Drive.

The robbers fled with his cash, according to police.

The robbers are each described as black, 15 to 18 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 150 pounds. One of them had dreadlocks and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The other had orange Afro hair on the top of his head with shaved sides, and was wearing a navy blue polo shirt.

Madison Water Utility billing, water usage tracking site down since March

Madison Water Utility’s customer care page that gives customers access to their bills and water usage data has been down since March 10, officials said.

MWU’s Public Information Officer Amy Barrilleaux said the city’s IT department felt the site should undergo a security upgrade and has been working with the software vendor and a security vendor for the past several weeks to make that happen.

MPD: Suspicious man follows girl, tries to talk to her

Madison police are looking for a suspicious man who followed a young girl on South Park Street Monday night, according to a release.

Police responded to the 1900 block of South Park Street around 5:30 p.m. for a report of a suspicious man following a young girl near Buick Street, officials said.

The man tried to talk with the girl before she fled to a safe location and called for help, according to the release.

The man was white and had bright blue eyes, pale skin and a deep voice. He was wearing a tan T-shirt and was driving a medium-sized, white pickup truck with rust around the front wheel wells.