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County joins efforts to help youth vulnerable to sex trafficking

Funds, coordination key topics in conversation on ending the crime    

Dane County is taking steps to raise awareness on the issue of human sex trafficking.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Thursday that the county is focused on coordinated education efforts and resources for homeless and runaway youth.

The 2013 county budget includes $30,000 to replace recently eliminated federal funds that support outreach services to homeless and runaway youth, a group that youth advocates cautioned are susceptible to trafficking.

"At the very base, this problem exists because there's a demand for people to buy sex," Parisi said. "People need to realize if they're going to go out and purchase someone's body to use, that is not a victimless crime."

Woman accused of using heroin, driving

Reports of an erratic driver led police to arrest an Orfordville woman Tuesday for driving under the influence of heroin, according to Madison police.

Police said they found Kathleen M. Prindiville, 47, in the 2400 block of South Park Street after reports of an erratic driver in the area.

Prindiville admitted to police she had come to Madison to buy heroin and had used some prior to getting back behind the wheel, according to police.

She was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating after suspension.

Deputies: Snowmobile driver arrested after crash

The driver of a snowmobile that crashed and injured himself and a passenger was arrested on suspicion of operating a snowmobile while intoxicated causing injury.

The Madison Fire Department and Scuba Team members removed the two people from the ice on Lake Waubesa near Lake Farm Park after they were injured when their snowmobile tipped over Wednesday evening.

The driver, Samuel S. Dimaggio, 53, of Fitchburg made a sudden turn, causing him and Lisa M. Rowland, 48, of Deforest, to be thrown from the snowmobile, according to the investigation.

The pair were transported to St. Mary's Hospital with non-life-threatening head injuries, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office. The report said the pair was not wearing helmets.

Dimaggio was admitted and Rowland was treated and released.

Police release recordings in shooting case

Madison's police chief said one of his officers acted reasonably when he shot and killed a man who tried to grab his gun in a scuffle.

Chief Noble Wray told reporters Wednesday that Officer Stephen Heimsness will return to patrol duty after an internal investigation exonerated him. Wray said the investigation determined that Heimsness acted in compliance with police department policies and training.

Investigators said 30-year-old Paul Heenan was drunk when he entered the home of a neighbor, Kevin O'Malley, early on Nov. 9. O'Malley went downstairs to investigate while his wife, Megan O'Malley, called 911 to report a break-in.

O'Malley was escorting Heenan back to Heenan's home. Heimsness arrived to find Heenan and the neighbor in a scuffle, pulled his gun and ordered them down.

Wray said Heenan disobeyed and grabbed at the officer's gun. He said the officer believed he was in imminent danger of being disarmed, so he opened fire.

Two snowmobilers injured on frozen lake

The Madison Fire Department and Scuba Team members removed two people from the ice on Lake Waubesa after they were injured when their snowmobile tipped over.

Scuba Team members drove the ARGO vehicle on the ice at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday to the snowmobilers' location, where they assisted firefighters with patient care and immobilization.

Fire officials said the snowmobile did not go through the ice on the lake. The two people were traveling on the ice when their snowmobile tipped over.

The snowmobilers were transported to St. Mary's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a Madison Fire Department news release.

The incident occurred about 300 yards from shore.

Officer found to be 'in compliance' in shooting case

An internal Madison Police Department investigation of a Madison police officer involved in the shooting death of Paul Heenan found the officer to be in compliance with police department policies and training.

The ruling was announced during a news conference with Madison Police Chief Noble Wray Wednesday.

WISC-TV has obtained an audio recording of communications between a Dane County 911 dispatcher and Madison police responding to the incident.

Officer Stephen Heimsness will be assigned back to a patrol, but Wray said where and when that happens has not been determined.

In the report, Wray stated that it?s undisputed that Heenan, 30, didn?t comply with Heimsness? commands and became physically engaged with officer Heimsness in the Nov. 9 incident in the 500 block of Baldwin Street.

Dr. Greg Burnett to Join St. Mary’s as Vice President of Medical Affairs

Dr. Greg Burnett to Join St. Mary’s as Vice President of Medical Affairs

Greg Burnett has accepted the role of Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

Burnett served most recently as a physician and West Division Medical Director at Marshfield Clinic, an 800 member physician organization located in central and western Wisconsin. Prior to that, Burnett was the President and Vice President of medical staff at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

During his five years as Division Medical Director, Burnett recruited more than 60 physicians, fostered and managed relationships with four hospitals, directed 30 medical and surgical specialties including more than 140 providers.