Madison Police got a call reporting a large, loud party near Camp Randall about 15 minutes before a 17-year-old Madison high school student was killed in a drive-by shooting there.
Midtown District Capt. Jason Freedman couldn't remember a time when police set specific goals for reducing specific types of crimes.
A crowd of some 300 people was gathered at the park to celebrate the life of a recent homicide victim, 24-year-old Maurice R. Bowman Jr.
Impression and anecdote aside, police data show problems at the top of State Street follow well-worn patterns.
The church, after a favorable court ruling, had reopened last week, but without the prior open use of cannabis and acceptance of "donations" from church members in exchange for dispensations of marijuana "sacrament."
The Lion of Judah House of Rastafari reopened its Downtown location after a favorable court ruling Monday.
Plans call for increasing police efforts, making modest physical changes to the space and taking other steps to address negative and criminal behaviors.
Public intoxication, people urinating and defecating in doorways, aggressive panhandling, drug use and prostitution at the intersection of two of Madison's marquee destinations.
Police have reported an uptick in the number of non-students coming to the area late on weekend nights, some of whom are gang-involved, armed or both.
Since March, two men have been operating the Lion of Judah House of Rastafari church and openly been smoking cannabis and distributing it as a sacrament to donating church members from a building at 555 W. Mifflin St.
City also planning to shut down city's only strip club.
This week, the university suggested that the bars and liquor stores in the city use smart ID scanners, a move a Madison Police Department captain supports.
Just steps from the Capitol and vibrant State Street shops, business owners say they're witnessing the worst criminal behavior in years.
"This is one of many opportunities to address the problem," Madison police Capt. Jason Freedman said.
A 36-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday night in a shooting at a State Street apartment. The suspect is being sought
Operators of the beer garden requested earlier opening times on summer holidays and an increase in the number of servings patrons can purchase at one time.
The ordinance to be introduced at City Council Tuesday would designate the plaza where North Frances meets State Street as a performance area.
“The Beacon is not going anywhere. We’re here to stay," Catholic Charities CEO Jackson Fonder said.
Police calls to the homeless day center decreased after enacting stricter guest standards. Still, calls are expected to increase around The Beacon.
Madison's first homeless day resource center, sees between 135 and 155 people per day.
Tuesday’s 12-7 vote was the second time the Council considered reversing the mayor’s decision.
“We have too many places selling drinks in Madison, particularly in the downtown area,” Soglin said.
On the first day, 185 people showed up, with numbers up to 250 daily during the arctic snap that gripped the area in recent weeks.
Madison's City Council lacked the 14 votes needed to override Mayor Paul Soglin's veto of a beer and wine license for a Taco Bell Cantina on the 500 block of State Street.
The alcohol license raised questions about the density of alcohol establishments downtown.